Vice President of Grants, Contracts and Risk Management

January 26, 2023

The Vice President of Grants, Contracts and Risk Management is responsible for supporting and protecting the legal interests of the organization and its fiscally sponsored projects (FSPs) and intermediary programs.  A member of the Senior Leadership Team (SLT), reporting to the CEO, this position will lead a team in all aspects of contracts, grants and risk management for FSPs and intermediary programs.  This includes opportunity assessment, preparation and review of contracts and grants, negotiation with funding partners, regulatory and contract compliance, and risk management for FSPs and intermediary programs.

This is a growth area in a dynamic, team-based environment and requires an exceptional leader with a strong legal mind and proven abilities to direct and contribute to initiatives and processes within and across the organization. This leader must also support the larger organization as a strategic collaborator across all functions with a purposeful pursuit of mission and results. This position is hybrid but must be in the Los Angeles office 2-3 days per week. 


  • Negotiate, write, review, summarize, research, and execute a wide variety of agreements and business contracts, ensuring compliance with applicable public sector statues and regulations, private funder restrictions and Community Partner protocols and procedures.
  • Manage governance and compliance issues including compliance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations. This includes developing and maintaining a strong equity-centered compliance culture throughout the organization.
  • Periodically review, update, and develop contract templates in accordance with changes in applicable law and organizational processes/priorities.
  • Effectively communicate and collaborate with CP colleagues and fiscal sponsored projects as needed during negotiations and/or contracts and grants approval processes.
  • Oversee all risk management initiatives and programs which includes 1) the administration of various lines of insurance and 2) safety programs that ensure the well-being of employees, volunteers, independent contractors, and clients of the organization.
  • Build positive, effective working relationships across CP functions and with fiscally sponsored projects.
  • Participate in the definition and development of organizational policies, procedures, and programs.
  • Provide support and training to management on legal issues and company policies.
  • Work closely with outside counsel regarding legal issue strategy and resolution as needed.
  • Collaborate vertically and horizontally throughout the organization and with external funders and partners.
  • Establish a continuous improvement environment for the team and across the organization to drive more effective completion of the team’s and organization’s mission.
  • Advise and inform stakeholders of legal, risk, and/or compliance considerations (including internal controls, policies, and procedures) as it relates to intermediary programs, fiscally sponsored projects.
  • Responsible for the supervision and leadership of a four to eight-person team.


  • A minimum of 8 years of experience in a corporate legal or law firm environment in the area of business agreements and contracts law.
  • Experience with charitable agreements and charitable purposes contracts is a plus. At least 3 years of experience managing and leading a team of employees.
  • Experience in leadership and management at an organizational level.
  • Graduate of an accredited law school and admitted to and in good standing with the California State Bar.
  • Experience in public sector and non-profit regulations and law strongly preferred.
  • Must have a demonstrated knowledge and experience of applicable laws related to contracts, charitable grants, and risk management.
  • Demonstrated experience with contract management systems.
  • Ability to provide a high level of responsive customer service.
  • Proven ability to independently lead and execute all facets of legal and risk management matters.
  • Ability to effectively exchange ideas, concepts, facts, and data with diverse audiences.
  • Self-starter with demonstrated initiative and creative problem-solving ability.
  • Highly collaborative and consultative work style.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Effective negotiation skills.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize tasks and handle high-pressure situations and short deadlines.


Salary range for this position is $ $175,000 – $205,000 depending on experience. Benefits include paid holidays and vacation, a 403(b) plan with employer match after two years, medical, dental, vision, flex spending, life and disability insurance, 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).


Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume.

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.