Chief Executive Officer

Job Description *Updated 8/19/19*


Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree required with Master’s degree or higher preferred in fields of study including: social work, criminology, nonprofit management, public or business administration, leadership, sociology, or related field. Or a minimum of 5+ years proven experience in organizational leadership and serving at-risk youth or combination of education and experience. 


Must have and maintain CA Driver’s License with reliable transportation and may require specified car insurance requirements


Background Clearance Requirement:

Employment will be contingent on successfully passing a mandatory background check through Fresno County Probation Department (selected candidates will complete this process through Focus Forward, please do not contact Probation). This will be completed, passed and clearance will be maintained according to the satisfaction of Probation. An outside background clearance will not be accepted or considered


Experience: Proven experience in leadership, programmatic development (with strong commitment to impact), fundraising (grants, contracts, events, donor relations, planned giving, general unrestricted fundraising, major gifts, etc.), financial management (with mixed funding streams), representing public agency, interacting effectively with multiple agencies (both public and private), serving at-risk youth, staff supervision, organizations/financial/programmatic strategic planning, and someone who is a creative long term strategic thinker.


Supervision: Reports to Focus Forward Board of Directors


Description of Duties and Responsibilities:



  • Report to the Board of Director’s, insuring transparent reporting and communications and develop agenda and scheduling alongside board President or an appointed executive member

  • Develop policies and procedures

  • Maintain compliance with all State and Federal regulations that apply to 501(c)(3) organizations

  • Develop, coordinate and oversee all programs and services, working in collaboration  with Probation, the Courts, and DSS  (relationship maintenance is a vital component of success)

  • Attend community meetings and maintain a network of partner agencies as well as public representation of Focus Forward

  • Executive decision and planning in daily operations and alongside the governing board, accordingly

  • Market Focus Forward in the community 



  • Prepare monthly financial reports for the Board (with Finance Manager/FF Management)

  • Provide fiscal management, including budget development, monitoring of all expenses and payments, and invoicing for services rendered

  • Prepare all narrative and budget reports for funding agencies

  • Purchase equipment and supplies

  • Oversee Finance Operations, such as payroll 

  • Oversee all Human Resources 

  • Budget projections for spending and comparisons with goals and past performance

  • Work with staff and Board of Directors, accordingly to insure fiscal accountability, comprehension and sustainability (for example, make sure staff understand programmatic budgets and make sure fiscal reports are presented to the board in a way that makes sense and insures the board fully understands financial position of Focus Forward)


Fund Development:

  • Develop and coordinate  fundraising activities

  • Develop donor relationships

  • Establish and manage contracts

  • Research, develop grant proposals and manage grant implementation

  • Fund develop strategies, promoting long-term sustainability

  • The ability to analyze financial reports to develop financial goals for organizational sustainability (alongside Board of Directors), monitor progress and assess performance


General Administration:

  • Manage website and email accounts

  • Ensure that appropriate insurance coverage is maintained

  • Supervise agency staff and oversee supervision of volunteers and interns

  • Provide educational presentations to community organizations

  • Oversee the development of  resources and community based referrals for the youth

  • Oversee all incoming and outgoing correspondence—including newsletter and annual report

  • Respond to incoming calls or inquiries

  • Maintain file system and agency database

  • Program development in accordance with client needs and mission achievement/progress

  • Insure all legal responsibilities are maintained including, but not limited to CPS and Police reports—alongside Probation and DSS

  • Supervise all programs and service delivery

  • Program evaluation and data collection

  • Staff evaluations and program support

  • All other duties as required, needed and for the ongoing success of agency


Required Knowledge/Skills

∙         Must exercise good judgement and critical thinking

∙        Broad understanding and skill sets with fund development including but not limited to: grant writing, donor development, research and program development, data collection, story-telling, effective marketing to engage stake-holders, etc.

∙         Must be proficient in writing and communication

∙         Basic computer skills (Microsoft, data based, etc.)

∙         Strong skill set to manage people and build/maintain effective partnership

∙         Must have knowledge and skills working with diverse, high risk, high need population

∙         Entrepreneurial skills to identify capacity, opportunities and strategic planning

∙         Broad knowledge of Community-Benefit Agencies (also known as nonprofit)

∙         Ability to adapt to various agency situations and political climates and demonstrate effective cross sector collaboration 


Work Environment and Physical Conditions and Demands:

Cubicle setting, sitting/standing for prolonged periods of time, lifting up to approximately 40 pounds (more or less as needed), some meetings and appointments or presentations offsite in the community, heavy computer and telephone usage, physical coordination, working in noisy or crowded environment, speak loudly, stooping, bending, lifting, reaching, must drive vehicle. Must be comfortable working with families facing various challenges and provide services in a non-judgmental manner. These conditions and physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.


How to Apply:

This position is open until filled. In order to be considered for this position please email a cover letter and resume to the Executive Search Committee: and CC Coreen Campos at with email subject labeled FOCUS FORWARD CEO APPLICATION.


Focus Forward is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service or other non-merit factor.