Grants Manager

  • YMCA
  • Chicago, IL, USA
  • Nov 20, 2020
Full time Business Development Nonprofit-Social Services

Job Description

The YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago is one of the largest associations of YMCAs in the nation. Our mission is to develop strong children, families, and communities across the Metropolitan Chicago area through academic readiness, character development, violence prevention, fitness, and healthy living. The Mission Advancement team has an opening for a Grants Manager. This position and team play a vital role in our ability to execute our mission. 

In this position, the Grants Manager is responsible for writing and submitting proposals, grant applications, and program reports to the Association’s corporate and foundation donors and identifies prospective corporate and foundation donors. This role will require someone who is a self-starter and a team player, who is willing to write and submit proposals as well as research and identify both local and national corporate and foundation prospects. 

Imagine going to work knowing that what you do each day positively affects the lives of youth and families in your community. Discover more than a job—enjoy a career with a future and the opportunity to make a lasting difference in the lives of those around you.

Scope of Responsibilities:

  • Write and submit proposals, grant applications, and reports to corporate and foundation donors and prospective donors, working with Center Executive Directors and Center program staff, including Business Managers.
  • Research both locally and nationally and identify corporate and foundation prospects based on the Association’s priorities and core programs by reviewing web sites, annual reports, and Form 990s; assess their giving priorities, giving histories, and relationships with the Association and its Centers; determine if they are, or continue to be, prospects for the Association and its core programs.
  • Strategize best submission practices with other members of the Mission Advancement team to increase the chances of receiving grants; manage the grants calendar and donor records and lists for the Corporate and Foundation Relations unit.
  • Review the weekly YMCA of the USA Hot Fax for grant information and periodically check the YMCA of the USA’s financial development section of its web site for grant opportunities; Compile and maintain an ongoing calendar of corporate and foundation deadlines; work with Director of Development Operations in monitoring Raiser’s Edge to confirm that pending proposals and corporate and foundation gifts have been recorded accurately.
  • Serve as liaison to specific Centers and Association programs and help them with their corporate and foundation funding and reporting needs.
  • Participate in all aspects of stewardship and moves management of corporate and foundation donors and prospects.


  • Must have a Bachelor’s Degree in English, Communications, Social Science, or related field with 3 or more years of experience in grant writing and/or financial development.
  • Must have the ability to work in a fast-paced, deadline-orientated environment with attention to detail.
  • Must have experience with Raisers Edge.
  • Supports the YMCA’s commitment to child abuse prevention by:
    • Reporting any items that may provide a health or safety hazard to staff, members, or guests to your supervisor
    • Following all policies and procedures related to keeping children safe in our facilities and programs, including those related to the monitoring and supervision of children
    • Reporting any suspicious behavior and violation of policy and procedures to your supervisor
    • Completing all child abuse prevention training as required

Perks of being a YMCA employee:

  • Free YMCA membership for you and your family
  • Comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, short term & long term disability insurance, and a life assistance program
  • Paid time off that grows with years of service, paid holidays & floating holidays
  • Be part of our mission and make a difference in our communities!

YMCA of Metro Chicago located at 1030 W Van Buren St. Chicago IL 60607. This is a full-time opportunity with standard business hours. Due to COVID-19, this position will start remotely. This role will not be remote long-term and will return to an office setting once we're safe to do so following the guidance of local health authorities and the CDC. 

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