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Community Partners

Program Director

Employment type
3 months ago
Los Angeles

Community Partners offers expert guidance, essential services, and a strong dose of passion to help foster, launch, and grow creative solutions to community challenges. For more than 20 years, hundreds of individuals, groups, foundations and other institutions have worked with Community Partners to create new nonprofit projects, establish coalitions, and manage major philanthropic initiatives to benefit the region.

Across all program areas, Community Partners works toward our organizational vision: A vibrant society in which individuals and institutions use knowledge, resources, and relationships to build equitable, democratic and thriving communities.

Our work includes:

Fiscal Sponsorship
We provide the structure, finance and administrative services, and expert counsel that help nonprofit leaders succeed.

Grantmaker Partnerships
We help foundations, corporations, government agencies, and other institutions achieve greater impact.

Knowledge Sharing
We offer workshops, reports, speaking engagements and a range of publications help strengthen the field.

Community Partners today works with upwards of 180 projects and initiatives and manages roughly $50 million in revenues annually. Our work spans the fields of civic engagement, arts and culture, education, social justice, health, public policy, social services and youth. To learn more, please visit us at

The Position
As a senior staff generalist reporting to a Vice President, the Program Director is responsible for managing a portfolio of projects and program offices, developing new opportunities, and serving as a resource in their field(s) of expertise.

The Program Director will be expected to:

  • Develop, implement, and manage intermediary programs for grantmakers and government agencies
  • Work with staff colleagues to assess developmental needs of grassroots nonprofit leaders; support grassroots nonprofit organizations and projects in government contract compliance
  • Plan content for peer-learning gatherings, trainings, and conferences; oversee staffing and logistics for program operations and events
  • Manage a portfolio of projects under Community Partners’ fiscal sponsorship
  • Keep abreast of current trends and issues in Los Angeles nonprofit, philanthropic, and government sectors, and state-of-the-art approaches in organizational and leadership development
  • Represent Community Partners publicly and help extend our civic reach through strategic networking and relationship building
  • Identify opportunities to apply Community Partners’ expertise and generate new programs
  • Work with staff colleagues to develop, document and deliver curriculum for training and workshop modules; facilitate peer learning opportunities
  • Provide supervision, coaching and mentoring for other program and administrative staff
  • Prepare reports, budgets, correspondence, proposals and other documents
  • Manage various projects and other duties as assigned



  • A minimum of 7-10 years of relevant work experience in nonprofit management, public policy, public health, public administration, program development, community development, civic engagement, organizational or community capacity building, evaluation, philanthropy or other relevant field(s)
  • Lived experience in a community traditionally under-represented in nonprofit leadership roles strongly preferred
  • Experience leading complex government-funded contracting or grant initiatives, a nonprofit, or a startup venture a plus
  • Experience and/or comfort with operating in knowledge organizations and thought partnership roles; a creative and a reflective thinker
  • Experience working with diverse groups and in a team environment, with a collaborative and consultative style
  • Familiarity with the landscape of LA’s nonprofit, philanthropic, and government sectors strongly preferred; prior experience managing an LA County contract a plus
  • Excellent organizational, analytical, and written/oral communication skills
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and deadlines
  • Master’s degree or equivalent experience a plus


Community Partners staff are working remotely during COVID-19; after re-opening at our ADA-accessible offices in The California Endowment, this role requires the ability to travel locally, with occasional overnight travel to meetings or conferences outside the LA area.

Salary range for this position is $90,000-$110,000 depending on experience.

Benefits include paid holidays and vacation, a 403(b) plan with employer match, medical, dental, vision, flex spending, Metro pass, and a range of professional development opportunities. Community Partners has a

9/80 work week option under which employees may elect to work 80 hours in 9 days and take every other Friday off (after completion of introductory period).


To apply

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume by clicking here.

Community Partners® is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. In addition, the organization will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.