AEOA is in search of an Executive Director.
The Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency (AEOA) seeks a vibrant forward looking leader committed to reducing
poverty and improving lives to serve as its next Executive Director. The Executive Director supervises eight directors
and the Executive Secretary, manages a budget of $34.6 million and oversees 350 employees and over a thousand

Bachelor’s degree plus five years’ experience managing a community-based nonprofit agency or directing and
administering social service and/or economic assistance programs required. Must have experience working with
governing boards, managing staff and a proven record that demonstrates excellent fiscal accountability. Qualified
candidates will be leaders with a commitment to serve and maximize the resources available to assist low-income

Salary range: $82,763 - $127,420 DOE/Q. Competitive benefits package. Qualified candidates submit your cover
letter and resume online at Interested applicants are strongly
encouraged to apply no later than October 30, 2015. For more information please contact Sharon Klumpp at or by calling 651.223.3053.

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Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency (AEOA) statement on recent events.

As one of the largest human service agencies in the region, AEOA wants to take a moment to express our collective grief surrounding recent events leading to the murder of George Floyd. We want to express our support to Mr. Floyd’s family and all black, indigenous, and communities of color grappling with systemic racism. We stand with all those who are fighting injustice and offer our support to those experiencing it.

Almost 56 years ago, Community Action was born as part of the civil rights movement, and AEOA continues to denounce all forms of violence and any actions or words that dehumanize anyone. Core to our mission is the wellbeing of the entire community. We seek to provide opportunities for not only those experiencing economic challenges, but for those experiencing social inequity as well.

Our Community Action values assert, "We believe that all people should be treated with dignity and respect and recognize that structural race, gender and other inequities remain barriers that must be addressed." If we truly believe this, we must live it.

We hold justice as one of our core values and recognize the inherent oppression and racism that permeate our systems. AEOA has hosted several programs aimed at addressing the disparity in employment outcomes for African American and Native American individuals, but we have more to do. Thirty-eight percent (38%) of our Adult Education students, 32% of those seeking homeless services, and 23% of Head Start families, identify with a race other than white. Considering only 8% of the region identifies as black, indigenous, or a person of color (2019 American Community Survey), these numbers highlight the large disparity within our communities. We commit ourselves to the long-term work necessary to achieve racial and economic justice for all.

The voices of those committing further violence should not overshadow those that are legitimately protesting the brutality that ended the life of George Floyd. As we stand collectively at the edge of the precipice the bravest among us are the first to take a step back to move us to a more positive outcome instead of further violence. We must all use our energy and passion to put an end to these situations before the violence starts.

Together let us lead by our examples and make tomorrow a better day for all people of color. When we see a person in need, we have no right to ask their race, religion or sexual preference we need only ask how we can help. The world will be a better place if we all put down our phones, look around and offer a hand up to anyone who needs it. Just like the pandemic, the only way out of this is to work together to heal this racial divide. None of us can do it on our own but we can if we work together.

When the children of tomorrow are taught about the events that ended the life of Mr. Floyd let us work together to ensure that his memory is not about brutality, protests and destruction but that it was the spark that changed the world for people of color everywhere.

AEOA will be the change we want to see in the world. Join us in this work by joining our Board of Directors or staff. You can do so HERE.

Be safe, be kind and make a difference starting today.

Thank you.

  • Scott Zahorik, Executive Director
  • Cathy Pazzelli, Assistant Executive Director
  • Emily Celley, Chief Financial Officer
  • Beth Peterson, Director of Planning
  • Jack Larson, Director of Arrowhead Transit
  • Jan Francisco, Director Employment and Training
  • Skip Ferris, Director of Head Start
  • Dave Johnson, Director of Housing
  • Marilyn Ocepek, Director of Senior Services

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