Grants Director

We're hiring a Grants Director to join the Greater Austin YMCA! 
Job Description

How you Will Power our Purpose (Job Summary)

The Director of Grants is a critical member of the Development team and is responsible for driving the grant funding strategy and execution for our organization. This position will research prospective funders, identify aligned opportunities, collaborate across departments, write and submit compelling grant proposals, as well as implement systems for effective management of all components of the grant process. This role will cultivate relationships with current and potential foundations and corporations that can help deepen our impact on the community. Reports directly to the Associate Vice President of Development.

You will also support the enterprise's commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) and the core character values of the YMCA. Reporting directly to the Associate Vice President of Development, you will partner closely with other senior leaders throughout the enterprise to achieve outcomes. 



What You Bring to the Community Enterprise

Education & Experience

  • You have 5+ years experience in writing grants.
  • Proven record of accomplishment securing 5-7 figure funding through the grant writing process.
  • Knowledge of nonprofit fundraising and grant writing best practices.
  • Experience with using a Customer Relationship Management Database. (Raiser's Edge is preferred, but not required.)
  • Grant Professionals Certification (GPC) or related certification is a plus. 


You are a Cause-Driven Leader - You are effective at:

  • Advancing our mission and cause -- providing visionary leadership to ensure resources are mobilized to adapt to new challenges and needs in the community.
  • Building relationships -- connecting people to the Y's cause by developing inclusive relationships, partnerships, and collaborations to co-create solutions to pressing social needs.
  • Leading operations -- ensuring relevance, effectiveness, and sustainability of the organization so we can continue to fulfill our promise to the community.
  • Developing and inspiring people -- supporting the holistic development of self and others so everyone can embrace the Y's cause, sustain our culture, and inspire others to action.


Physical Requirements

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand, walk, bend, talk, and occasionally lift and/or move items, including equipment, furniture, and/or children. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.


Essential Functions

How You Will Make an Impact (Essential Functions)

Grant Writing & Impact Narratives (60%)

  • Write, compile, and submit grant proposals to foundations, government agencies, and corporations, with a focus on securing 5-7 figure grant funding, including multi-year proposals.
  • Accountable for securing a minimum of $2M annually in grant funding.
  • Drive coordination with the Development team, executive leadership, program team members, and the Chief Executive Officer on deadlines, the timing of submissions and requests, and information-sharing.
  • Lead the grant process from start to finish, including pre-planning with relevant departments, collecting required documentation and financials, and clearly identifying expectations and deliverables prior to grant submissions.
  • Utilize data for analysis, evaluation, reporting, and logic modeling to portray program impact and craft compelling narratives to secure funding.


Grant Tracking & Reporting (20%)

  • Establish and manage a comprehensive process for timely and accurate grant evaluation, quality compliance, project and program fulfillment, and reporting to funders.
  • Create and maintain an efficient and effective grant tracking and reporting system that aids the financial development efforts of the Y.
  • Align with the Marketing team on accurate and timely publicity of grant awards in accordance with funder agreements.
  • Maintain rigorous funder records in Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Database System and execute an organized system of communications to steward grant partnerships regarding awards and the management of funders' requirements for recognition.
  • Lead personalized stewardship to thank and reflect grantor impact of their support.
  • Lead strategic cultivation efforts for building relationships with potential new funders.


Grant Prospecting & Planning (20%)

  • Partner with Development, Marketing, and program team members to proactively prepare for proposal creation and submission, which includes creating comprehensive narratives reflecting the robust YMCA programs.
  • Identify funding needs and proactively research new grant opportunities, building our prospect portfolio of foundations, corporations, government agencies, and individuals.
  • Partner with the volunteer manager and development team on the identification of corporations to engage with volunteer efforts and manage an ongoing prospect pipeline for potential grants and sponsorships.
  • Partner with departments across the association as they relate to grant development for successful funding and reporting compliance.
  • Complete other duties as assigned.


Work Location

55 North Interstate Highway 35, Austin, Texas 78702     About Us

The Greater Austin YMCA is a nonprofit community enterprise with a vision to cultivate thriving communities across Central Texas where every person benefits from an empowered and well-educated childhood, equitable access to opportunities, resulting in an elevated quality of life and the promise of a sustainable future. Founded in 1953 and anchored in three Central Texas counties, the Y has served close to 500,000 people and provided more than $30M in financial assistance and program subsidies over the past 10 years. We operate 8 community centers and Camp Moody along with 6 early childhood education centers, 60 afterschool programs on school campuses in four districts, and 20 summer camps, with 1500 staff team members, 1000 volunteers, and a $47M annual operating budget.


Additional Information

The organization has reviewed this job description to ensure that essential functions and basic duties have been included. It is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all functions, responsibilities, skills, and abilities. Additional functions and requirements may be assigned by supervisors as deemed appropriate.

The Greater Austin YMCA provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws. Greater Austin YMCA complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which we have employees. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

  We Take Care of Our People

Our mission isn't just a statement--it's a guiding force that shapes our actions every day. Rooted in our unwavering commitment to serving our community and esteemed team members, our mission is a true way of life. We're passionate about fostering health and wellness for all, and we're truly excited to introduce the following comprehensive benefits package that has been thoughtfully designed to prioritize your well-being.

  • Health Insurance: We provide comprehensive health coverage, including medical, dental, and vision plans, to ensure the well-being of our employees.
  • Retirement Savings Plan: We offer a 12% employer-funded retirement plan upon meeting eligibility, empowering employees to plan for their future.
  • Paid Time Off: Work-life integration is important to us, which is why we provide up to 48 days of paid time off over vacation, holidays, and sick leave.
  • Additional Perks: Free household membership to facilities operated by the Greater Austin YMCA, which is worth $1,000 annually.
  Pay Range $70,000 -$85,000 annual salary, DOE