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Associate Director

1308 East Olive Avenue, Fresno, CA, USA


Full-Time; Exempt

Department/Program Focus:


Reports to:


$70,000 - $95,000 D.O.E.

Executive Director


Job Description

The Associate Director at the Education and Leadership Foundation (ELF) is a dynamic leader responsible for the day-to-day management and mentorship of our dedicated staff, ensuring alignment with our mission and goals. With a keen eye for talent development and team cohesion, the Associate Director fosters a culture of collaboration, innovation, and excellence within the organization. Moreover, this role entails spearheading grant writing and grant management efforts, leveraging strong communication and strategic thinking skills to secure funding and sustain our impactful programs. Additionally, the Associate Director adeptly handles the challenges and unforeseen obstacles that arise in day-to-day operations, swiftly addressing and resolving issues to maintain smooth workflow and organizational efficiency. With a holistic approach to leadership encompassing staff empowerment, resource optimization, and proactive problem-solving, the Associate Director plays a vital role in advancing ELF's mission of nurturing future leaders through education and leadership development.


Responsibilities & Requirements

TO APPLY: Interested applicants must submit a letter of interest, a resume, and a completed application to Matias Bernal via email at Please keep in mind that failing to submit all the required documents will automatically disqualify the application.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from an accredited college/university in Business

    Administration, Social Work, Community Advocacy, or closely related field. Master’s degree preferred.


  • Six (6) years of progressively more responsible experience in program/project management,

    administration, and/or grant work with at least five (5) years in a supervisory/leadership capacity.


  • Valid CA driver's license.


  • Bilingual (English/Spanish)

  • Keen attention to detail.

  • Ability to effectively delegate effectively.

  • Proven record in motivating and building (unifying) teams. 

  • Ability to explain complex issues and procedures to a diverse audience.

  • Effective problem-solving with innovative ideas.

  • Expert-level analytical abilities to spot issues and plan legal services for clients.

  • Ability to connect clients to existing resources (ELF and community).

  • Able to quickly build and maintain rapport with clients, community members, and coworkers of differing backgrounds, team player.

  • Strong organizational skills.

  • Customer-focused and service-oriented.

  • Positive professional insight.

  • Regularly exhibits flexibility and dependability in work and working relationships.

  • Demonstrated good problem-solving skills and sound judgment.

  • Understanding of modern office practices and procedures including scanning, faxing, video conferencing, text and chat messages, etc.

  • Intermediate to advanced software skills with MS Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher). 

  • Attention to detail and excellent follow-through on work tasks.

  • Able to handle multiple tasks simultaneously.


The Education & Leadership Foundation is a community benefit non-profit organization that provides education, civic engagement, and immigration services. 

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