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Community Partners

Program Associate

Employment type
This is a grant-funded position, with an anticipated end date of February 2022. Contingent upon grant renewal, position duration may be extended.
2 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 28 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: an equitable, thriving, and inclusive civil society. 

Our work includes: 

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

Intermediary Services 
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 to help strengthen the field. 
Community Partners today works with upwards of 180 fiscally-sponsored projects and initiatives and manages roughly $70 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

Community Partners seeks a full time, hourly (non-exempt) Program Associate. Reporting to a Senior Manager, this position works in collaboration with team members on a range of activities. This position provides high-level administrative, events, and programmatic support for the planning, execution, and development of multiple intermediary programs. This is a grant-funded position, with an anticipated end date of February 2022. Contingent upon grant renewal, position duration may be extended. 

Community Partners staff are working remotely during COVID-19; after re-opening, we will return to our ADA-accessible offices in downtown Los Angeles, and this role will be required to travel locally (across LA County) and provide on-site event support.


  • Provide programmatic, administrative, and events support on multiple intermediary initiative teams, including thought partnership for content development, documentation of processes and learning, and conducting issue area specific research and synthesizing findings 
  • Develop and maintain relationships with cohorts of participants, provide logistical and administrative support to multiple learning groups, and provide coaching as needed
  • Develop and coordinate organizational systems and processes related to specific projects, including managing, updating, and migrating files and data 
  • Oversee grantmaking processes and administration including co-developing grantmaking guidelines, providing technical assistance to applicants, reviewing proposals and budgets, conducting site visits, tracking grant agreements and reports 
  • Comfortably utilize Zoom and other digital platforms to host virtual, interactive convenings and team meetings 
  • Organize and schedule meetings and appointments for internal colleagues and external partners; high proficiency with calendar protocols required 
  • Enter, compile, and analyze registration and participation data, including manually adjusting, formatting, and cleaning data sets 
  • Process and submit invoices and payment requests; file corresponding paperwork; update tracking documents 
  • Compile and format content for projects including grant reports, timelines, and other documents 
  • Track project timelines and remind internal and external colleagues about deadlines 
  • Coordinate and prepare for peer learning convenings, workshops, trainings, and other events; when appropriate to meet in-person, research venues and manage the event specs including logistics and setup, catering, A/V, and materials. 
  • Coordinate event registration and logistics, including ordering and sending out supplies; when appropriate to meet in-person, prepare, print, and collate materials such as badges, signage, handouts, evaluations, agendas, meeting materials etc. 
  • When appropriate to meet in-person, travel across LA County to meetings, conferences, and other work-related events and be on-call during those events to ensure that logistics run smoothly and participants’ needs are met 
  • Represent Community Partners publicly and help extend our civic reach through strategic networking and relationship building 
  • Contribute to team efforts by accomplishing other duties as needed 



  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent experience) with at least 5 years of relevant work experience is required. 
  • Graduate-level (or equivalent experience) research and writing skills preferred.
  • Must have excellent organizational skills, be highly attentive to detail, and have the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously in a busy, fast-paced, and evolving team environment. A passion and proven track record for detail-oriented work is required. 
  • Demonstrate exceptional interpersonal and communication skills with diverse audiences including staff members in all positions throughout the organization, as well as external stakeholders such as event participants, vendors, and funders. 
  • Able to understand an issue and take initiative to develop and implement solutions. 
  • Experience in planning, executing, and evaluating high-quality events. 
  • Experience working on simultaneous projects with different teams and team leads preferred. 
  • Familiarity with the landscape of LA’s nonprofit, philanthropic, and government sectors preferred. 
  • Proficiency in MS Office and multiple online platforms required. 
  • When safe to do so, ability to travel throughout Los Angeles County required. 
  • We welcome applications from people who consider themselves under-represented in the nonprofit sector even if they feel they meet only some of the qualifications. 
  • Experience with research project design and proficiency in writing literature reviews and annotated bibliographies a plus. 
  • Experience with or interest in creative thinking frameworks, complexity theory, and anti-racist practices a plus 


The employee is regularly required to sit for extended periods of time, frequently required to walk and stand. The employee must also use their hands to operate office equipment and reach with hands and arms. Employee may occasionally climb, stoop, kneel or bend. Employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with special needs to perform essential job duties.

Salary range: $55,000 - $60,000 depending on experience
Benefits include paid holidays and vacation, a 403(b) plan (with employer match after two years), 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 Resumes without cover letters will not be considered.

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