Development Associate/Grant Writer

This position is great for someone who would like to work with a Director of Development and support this department.
Job Description

The Northern Middlesex YMCA, located in Middletown, CT, is looking for a Development Associate/Grant Writer who will be responsible for a full range of development activities including, however not limited to, administrative functions (record keeping, stewardship, reports, event support) and grant writing (research, creation, reports). Each principal task area should account for approximately 50% of the work.

 Working with the Senior Director of Development, the ideal candidate will be preparing grant proposals to local, state, private, and federal funders. This position will require proactive activity to identify grant opportunities and working with YMCA department heads in the areas of camp and childcare, housing, healthy lifestyles, and facilities. 

On the Administrative side, this position will work with the business office to register all gifts in the Donor Perfect system as well as reconciling with the accounting system. Stewardship activity will include donor recognition and communication. Fundraising event support will also be required on occasion.


  • Core Competencies/Skill Sets
  • Excellent written and verbal communication, analytic and computational skills.
  • Demonstrated familiarity with nonprofit funding sources and requirements.
  • Previous grant proposal submission and reporting processes preferred.
  • Exceptionally strong organizational, administrative, and analytical skills.
  • Proficiency in traditional office software.
  • Strong aptitude for learning new software programs and identifying appropriate tools to meet organizational needs.
  • Ability to manage time, multiple projects and consistently meet deadlines.
  • Excellent attention to detail; ability to proofread effectively.

Professional Experience/Educational Requirements

  • Associate’s Degree or compatible professional experience preferred.
  • MUST have experience in grant writing.
  • Minimum of 5 years demonstrated professional experience
Essential Functions

Overview and Requirements

While YMCA experience is preferred, the ideal candidate will have previously worked with customer management systems specific to data entry, analysis and reporting. 

Additionally, acquiring sound knowledge of the organization is critical to using that information to examine projects and programs for potential grants for YMCA programs:

  • Review application guidelines to determine if a foundation, government agency, or corporation is a good match for the YMCA.
  • Write grants for federal and state government agencies, public/private foundation funders and other funding sources when applicable.
  • Create and submit follow-up performance reports for funders when applicable.


Cause-Driven Leadership Competencies
  • MUST have experience in grant writing.
  • Minimum of 5 years demonstrated professional experience
Required Certifications
  • Associate’s Degree or compatible professional experience preferred.