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Grants Writer/Director

Company: YMCA of Greater Kansas City
Date Posted: September 25, 2017


The Grants Director has responsibility for identifying, researching, cultivating, and writing proposals for both unrestricted operating revenue and restricted projects as well as submitting timely and accurate reports for all existing grant funded projects for the YMCA of Greater Kansas City. This position is both strategic and tactical, working closely with both leadership volunteers and staff, reporting to the Chief Development Officer. The incumbent will work closely with associates and volunteers to proactively seek out grants and successfully secure new and renewal funding from foundations, corporations, and government.


    • Contribute to the overall YMCA mission of healthy living, youth development and social responsibility.
    • Working with the CEO, Chief Development Officer, Mission Development staff, identifies funding sources needed to support association programs and services.
    • Generate grant proposals and letters of inquiry, and other materials related to the pursuit of association funding in concert with staff and volunteers.
    • Prepare ongoing grant updates for management, the Board of Directors, and volunteer committees.
    • Acquires and maintains a sound knowledge and understanding of the Y’s cause and mission, and uses that knowledge and understanding to better articulate the programs and projects for which grants will be sought.
    • Recruits, hires, trains and supervises associates within grants development in accordance with established procedures and financial controls
    • Work with finance department on compliance of grants and there is sound financial management by director overseeing program.
    • Provides leadership and guidance with associates to deliver upon financial development goals.
    • Incorporates program outcomes into grant reports and proposals.
    • Collaborate with People Services, Finance, Operations and Programs to evaluate if grant opportunities align with organizational priorities and capacities.
    • Prepares grant proposals in accordance with each grant-making organization's preferences, and follows exactly each grant-making organization's guidelines.
    • Maintains contact with grant-making organizations during their review of submitted applications in order to provide additional supportive materials and maintain the highest level of stewardship.
    • Supplies progress reports to grant-making organizations that have funded Y projects and programs.
    • Manage the collection of prospect information and work with Development Department associates to input and track appropriately in Raiser’s Edge.


    • Minimum of a bachelor's degree with Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), Certified Fund Raising Management (CFRM) designation preferred, or Grant Professional Certification (GPC).
    • Excellent project management and organization skills, ability to manage multiple projects at a time.
    • Minimum of three to five years of successful grant proposal writing experience for not-for-profit or a related field is required. 
    • Knowledge of grant funding policies and procedures and applicable local, state, and federal regulations.
    • Track record of successfully managing at least $1-2 million portfolio of grants.
    • Strong commitment to the mission, vision, values, and programs of the Y, and the ability to convey that information.
    • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills to include: verbal, written, presentation, facilitation and negotiation.
    • Exceptional research, strategic and creative thinking skills are essential.
    • Skilled at making compelling cases to appropriate funding organizations. 
    • Skill in building strong consensus and creating broad-based support for bold ideas and actions through a consultative approach to build funders’ support for the mission of the Y.
    • Must be able to work effectively with strict time lines.
    • Ability to forge productive working relationships with people at all levels within the Y movement and also the diverse communities we serve.
    • Proficient user of Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint, and Raiser’s Edge software applications preferred.
    • Ability to work outside standard work hours and to travel locally and nationally; a current driver’s license is required
Please apply online [here]. Or send your letter of interest and resume to