Innovation Officer, Fresno EOC

Directly supervises the Planning and Resource Development Office and the Fresno Street Saints Program.


The Innovation Officer will lead Fresno EOC efforts to explore and develop ideas to solve the causes and conditions of poverty. The Innovation Officer will work to develop an agency culture that recognizes and supports initiatives to encourage innovation. Most importantly, the Innovation Officer will be familiar with the process of turning fresh ideas into great products.

Identifies and researches funding opportunities and alternative resources that address Fresno EOC?S vision, mission, strategy, goals and objectives. Examines and coordinates grant opportunities, leads planning efforts, and directs staff to prepare and review applications. Encourages and coordinates new initiatives, partner development, and the preparation of proposals to fund new initiatives. Coordinates and conducts agency-wide advocacy activities in support of programs and important agency activities.

Assist in the fulfillment of the agency's vision, "For Those We Serve," by empowering individuals to thrive as healthy, self-sufficient and contributing members of our communities.


Completes RFP/RFI submittals and proposals, ensuring that all requirements are fully articulated to appropriate program management staff.

Manages a research/resource library of development and grant related materials, templates, tools, and official EOC boilerplate language.

Maintains master file/database on all grants.

Coordinates the preparation, assembly and delivery of proposal documentation.

Tracks the status of proposals and follows up with funders to provide additional information as may be required.

Develops and distributes relevant concept papers and white papers in support of development and growth goals of the Agency.

Directs, coordinates, and performs a variety of advocacy functions for programs and the agency.

Prepares written and oral presentations to the Board of Commissioners, funding review panels and community groups.

Participates in contract negotiations with funding sources and prepares amendments when needed.

Develops, in collaboration with Agency management, appropriate budgets for all grant proposals.

Provides oversight for the start-up and implementation of newly funded programs. Includes:

  • Staffing needs

  • Service Delivery Processes and Procedures

  • Quality and Compliance Controls

  • Coordination of Agency Services and Support Needs

  • Reporting and Stated Funding Requirements

Participates along with the Executive Team in strategic planning and related development and growth processes for Fresno EOC.

Keeps current in the field by maintaining professional certifications, reading published information, and attending seminars and conferences.

Travels for agency business using personal/agency vehicle.

Maintains regular attendance and punctuality.

Works evenings and weekends as required.

Performs other duties as assigned.


To execute this job successfully, an individeual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are reprentative of the knowledge, skill and /or ability required. Resonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


High school diploma or GED.

Bachelor's degree in Business Adminsitration or a related field.


Minimum five (5) years of management experience in a non-profit organization.

Five (5) years of demonstrated successful grant development and writing experience. Government grants preferred.

Five (5) years of supervisory experience.


Creative and innovative skill set.

Confidence and ability to be a change agent.

Think and act in an inclusive and collaborative manner.

Must have a basic understanding of poverty, its causes and conditions and recognize its impact on individuals and communities. A strong understanding of Community Action Agencies is preferred.

Working knowledge of organization and decision making principles and processes.

Knowledge of Governmental and non-profit funding sources, and accounting principles, practices and regulations, funding criteria, and economic development resources.

Ability to interpret and explain legal aspects and ramifications of contractual agreements.

Ability to analyze financial and economic development related recommendations and proposals in light of their total impact upon agency operations, programs and policies.

Able to establish effective relationships with staff and the public in the course of the performance of duties.

Thorough understanding of economic development practices and demonstrated business analytical qualities.

Knowledge of, and sensitivity to the needs of the low-income community. Ability to communicate effectively with individuals and groups of diverse cultures.

Highly skilled in oral and written communication.

Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Must maintain a valid California driver's license and automobile insurance.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and talk or hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, and ability to adjust focus.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Justin Kamimoto