Grant Writer

Do you have a poet's heart and a troubadour's style? Colorado is calling you...
Job Description

The YMCA of Northern Colorado is seeking a troubadour. Someone to sing the Y's praises and to wax poetic about its splendor, humanitarianism and efficacy.

But alas, the YMCA of Northern Colorado's full-time Grant Writer/Development Associate is more multifaceted than simply being a word nerd with a thesaurus. This position is responsible for helping to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars each year to support, strengthen and serve our neighbors in needs.

To fill this position, we need an organized, resourceful, detail-oriented professional with a poet's heart and a troubadour's style. Will you sing the Y's praises? You might be the right candidate if...

You are an experienced, passionate, prolific grant writer. Yes, this position requires serious grant-writing chops. If hired, you will be responsible for every aspect of the grant development and proposal process ' from research, preparation and submission to reporting and tracking. You will manage the schedule of grant applications and assure timely submission. You will also be responsible for careful and detailed post-award management. You will work with program staff and the finance department to track and gather information necessary to report to funders on current grant programs. You will ensure staff are complying with grant requirements, develop and maintain a tracking database and organize grant files and paperwork. And like any upstanding person, you will send thank you notes.

You are thorough and committed. You will dive into the Y world with everything you've got. You will need to learn about our long history (more than 140 years in the Boulder Valley), our incredible programs (so incredible) and the projects you will prioritize. You will not simply drink the Y Kool-Aid, you will live the Y cause.

You are a communicator. Not just with the words in your grants. You communicate with co-workers, superiors, grantors and volunteers with respect, clarity and professionalism.

You know that with every grant, every event, every donation, you are giving children opportunities to jump the achievement gap, families access to affordable childcare and seniors life-transforming wellness programs. You work hard because you know the impact will be far reaching and long lasting. You know you are part of something big, and you love it.

This year-round, full-time salaried position is based at our Arapahoe YMCA offices in Lafayette Colorado. The salary range is $47,000-$60,000 per year and includes generous medical, dental, vision, life, long term disability insurance options, paid vacation, sick and holiday time, free YMCA family membership, 50% reduced rates on YMCA of Northern Colorado programs including personal training, preschool, after school programs, day camp programs and more. We provide contributions of 10% of your salary to the YMCA Retirement Fund for eligible staff.

To protect our community, all Licensed Child Care Employees will be required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by October 1, 2021 or prior to hire. Since all other Full-Time YMCA Employees may be called upon to interact with our children and families in our licensed school-age programs they too are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by October 1, 2021 or prior to hire.

We were founded as the Young Men's Christian Association in 1844. But today, we are The Y, an association that values, and is made stronger by, its diverse people. At the YMCA of Northern Colorado, we are committed to equal opportunity employment regardless of gender, age, disability, ethnicity, sexual orientation or religious affiliation.  

  • Five years of documented success in grant writing
  • Excellent written and verbal skills
  • Extreme attention to detail
  • Experience in budget development and management
  • Demonstrated competency in program delivery and leadership
  • 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.
  • Ability to meet deadlines, as well as the ability to collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions, reason, and solve problems.
Essential Functions
  • Principal in identifying, researching, writing, editing and timely submission of grants.
  • Coordinate with staff on supporting aspects of grants including budget narratives, timeline, schedule, photos, etc. as required
  • Successfully understand and communicate mission and vision of YMCA of Boulder Valley in all development activities
  • Coordinate regular meetings with program and finance staff to track grant compliance
  • Maintain grant, donor and event databases
  • Ensure timely correspondence with donors and funders
  • Serve as staff liaison to all development department committees recording and distributing accurate minutes
  • Assist in creating and distributing end-of-year tax receipts to donors
  • Other duties as assigned