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Grant Director

Job Description
This position is responsible for researching, preparing, and submitting proposals and grant applications in support of YWCA York’s ongoing needs and priorities. The director assists with tracking and reporting of grants with the assistance of senior staff and the finance department. The director has input in the development of strategies for planning and implementing a proactive and effective program of fund development. The director also serves as the database administrator for the development department, coordinating with finance and development staff to populate data and acknowledge gifts in compliance with company policy. As a member of the fund development team, the director will also assist with other department initiatives on an as-needed basis (i.e. signature event support, annual giving, special campaigns, etc.)
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:   
  • Write, review, and edit proposals and letters of intent for corporations, foundations, public and government agencies following funding guidelines, parameters and procedures, in coordination with CDO.
  • Research potential funding sources through a variety of sources to match funding focus with YWCA York projects.
  • Research and compile pertinent program information for projects requiring funding. This includes meeting with or contacting staff in various departments to garner information to be incorporated into case statements, letters of intent, proposals and reports. Also includes coordinating with program directors to develop and edit grant proposals.
  • Develop case statements, letters of intent, and other related materials. Prioritize projects and keep multiple projects moving in a timely manner meeting deadlines and managing supplemental data/material required for proposals.
  • Assist grant administrators and staff in the development of timelines with due dates for reporting.
  • Prepare stewardship and compliance reports and monitor tracking system to ensure reporting requirements are met.
  • Provide writing support for major donor proposals/letters required by senior leadership and assigned by CDO.
  • Draft and complete corporate and foundation correspondence or other information as required.
  • Serve as a clearinghouse for all philanthropic grant requests.
  • Organize and maintain electronic and hard copy files.
  • Assist CDO in the preparation of internal and external agency communications as related to funding statistics, including the annual report, and public presentations.
  • Manage development database and maintain accurate information on contributors.
  • Enter and acknowledge donations with thank you letters on a weekly basis, ensuring all data is entered in accordance with internal policies.
  • Work with event coordinator to input event attendees into the donor database.
  • Assist event coordinator with successful execution of events as needed.
  • Provide support to the CDO on fund development initiatives as needs emerge.
  • Demonstrate willingness to perform duties necessary in the development and maintenance of the organization.
  • Assist with other duties as assigned.
Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university; preferred degree in English, journalism, communications or marketing; or two to four years related grant writing/management experience and/or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Job Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Knowledge of grant writing and management principles and practices.  
  • Possess a professional, polished demeanor
  • Strong grant writing and business writing skills.
  • Database experience and knowledge of gift accounting standards.
  • Excellent organizational skills; is detail oriented.
  • Ability to work independently and as a team.
  • Ability to adapt to a fast-paced working environment with multiple deadlines.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and demonstrate professionalism.
  • Has initiative and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong computer skills including familiarity with databases, Microsoft Office Suite to include:  Word and Excel. Presentation experience with Power Point a plus.
  • Knowledge of social service system and community needs preferred.
  • Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences. Works with integrity and is ethical; upholds organizational values.
  • Approaches others in a tactful and proactive manner; Reacts well under pressure; Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; resolves conflicts quickly.
  • Maintains a culture of discipline. Responds to emails within two business days; completes tasks on time; set goals; tracks work; is punctual.
  • Observes safety and security procedures.
  • Adapts to changes in the work environment.
Physical Requirements:
  • Ability to lift, push, and/or pull up to 25 pounds.
  • May require driving in inclement weather.
  • Frequent standing, sitting and walking.
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