Director of Grants

 Support the GSCY Philanthropy Department through research of funding sources. 
Job Description

Under the direction of the Chief Philanthropy Officer, the Director of Grants is responsible for all grant development and management including managing relationships with foundations and corporations; identifying, researching, cultivating and writing proposals for identified programs and projects; facilitating and capturing all necessary internal information for grant submission and timely and accurate reports for existing grants.  Supports the Philanthropy Department through research of funding sources, proactively identifying and researching public, private, government and corporate sources. Additionally, this position will oversee association-wide fundraising events to achieve financial goals.


1. Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, or a related field or equivalent education/experience.

2. Three to five years of successful experience in Development, grant management or equivalent experience.

3. Successful track record in applying proven practices related to developing successful grant proposals, working with institutional donors, and the management of all related grant compliance and reporting practices. 

4. Knowledge/clear understanding of fundraising techniques and strategies.

5. Excellent verbal and written communications skills, particularly the ability to read, analyze, write, edit reports according to prescribed style/format and correspond with external businesses and community members. 

6. Experience in project/event management achieving set goals. 

7. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, peers, volunteers, members customers and the general public. 

8. Ability to meet deadlines, as well as the ability to collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions, reason and solve problems. 

9. Ability to develop and use spreadsheets and standard business software systems.

Essential Functions
  1. Research grant opportunities and conduct prospect research on foundations, corporations, government agencies and individuals. 
  2. Write, compile and submit grant proposals in accordance with timeline, project/program fulfillment on behalf of Greater Somerset County YMCA and its branches. 
  3. Work with GSCY finance department and branch personnel to gather information necessary to complete applications and to report to funders on current grant programs. 
  4. Ensure that there is a calendar for grant submissions and a system is in place for researching and appropriately responding to grant opportunities. 
  5. Manage a comprehensive process for timely and accurate grant evaluation, quality compliance, project and program fulfillment and reporting to funders. Manage and monitor funders’ requirements and follow up reports related to their grant polices. 
  6. Arrange on-site tours with foundation officers, prospects, and other stakeholders; provide stewardship to current funders and provide regular written updates on programs and projects. 
  7. Serves as primary contact to manage Association wide fundraising events to ensure financial goals are achieved.  
  8. Serves as an exempt staff member performing other duties as assigned to ensure optimum operations in the Philanthropy Department. 
Cause-Driven Leadership Competencies

Mission Advancement: Reinforces the Y’s values within the organization and the community. Effectively communicates the benefits and impact of the YMCAs efforts for all stakeholders. Implements effective systems to develop volunteers at program, fundraising, and policy leadership levels. Secures resources and support for all philanthropic endeavors.

Collaboration: Develops strategies to ensure staff and volunteers reflect the community. Builds
and nurtures strategic relationships to enhance support for the YMCA. Serves as a community
leader building collaborations based on trust and credibility to advance YMCA mission and goals. Communicates for influence to attain buy-in and support of goals. Provides tools and resources for
the development of others.

Operational EffectivenessIntegrates multiple thinking processes to make decisions. Involves members and community in the development of programs and activities. Ensures execution of plans. Institutes sound accounting procedures, investment policies and financial controls. Assigns clear accountability
and ensures continuous improvement.

Personal Growth: Fosters a learning environment embracing diverse abilities and approaches. Creates
a sense of urgency and positive tension to support change. Anticipates challenges that can sidetrack
or derail growth and personal learning. Has the functional and technical knowledge and skills required
to perform well; uses best practices and demonstrates up-to-date knowledge and skills in technology.