Grants Manager

YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago

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 Growth and Engagement team has an opening for aGrants Manager.This position and team play a vital role in our ability to execute our mission.

Position Details

Grants Manager
Chicago Illinois
Chicago, IL

The Grants Manager is responsible for proactive prospecting of funding opportunities that align to the organization’s work and impact, writing and submitting proposals and grant applications, and stewardship of public and private donors throughout and after the grant cycle. The Grants Manager will contribute to the development of and participation in effective processes that ensure the organization’s successful performance on grants and contracts. The Grants Manager will also be responsible for working collaboratively with staff across the enterprise to compile and submit grant reports to partners and donors.

Scope of Responsibilities:

  • Research prospective funders, both locally and nationally, and both public and private, and align the potential grant opportunities with the Association’s core programs and services 
  • Assess a potential funder’s 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 
  • Develop, craft and submit proposals, grant applications, and reports to corporate and foundation donors and prospective donors, working with Center Executives and Center program staff, including Business Managers 
  • Develop and submit applications for public support, funded through governmental entities. 
  • Strategize best submission practices with the Chief Growth and Engagement Officer, Director of Institutional Giving and Association’s Research & Evaluation team to increase the chances of receiving grants 
  • Proactively manage the grants calendar and donor records for the Grants Program. 
  • Review grant opportunities that may become available through the YMCA of the USA and submit applications as appropriate 
  • Serve as liaison to Centers and Association programs to support their grant-related fundraising efforts 
  • Participate in all aspects of stewardship and moves management of public and private donors and prospects 
  • Manage the submission of all grant proposals and applications in accordance with the Internal Review process 
  • Develop and maintain key internal and cross-functional relationships that support the overall grants process and strategy 
  • Be seen as a collaborative partner across all levels of the Association 
  • Demonstrate an ability to manage multiple projects and applications at one time, being detail-oriented and keenly organized in the approach 
  • Participate in/lead recurring grants pipeline, performance and reporting meetings with program teams to ensure alignment around financial growth and sustainability of programs, successful grant outcomes, and continuous improvement

Minimum and Preferred Qualifications:

  • 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 ability to work in a fast-paced, deadline-orientated environment with attention to detail 
  • Must have experience with Raisers Edge

Child Abuse Prevention

Support 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

Our staff is the Y's greatest asset. Our teams provide valuable skills, knowledge, and passion that is essential to the contribution and positive impact in our communities, which is why we offer Y employees numerous perks and benefits, including:

  • Comprehensive benefits package for eligible employees 
  • Opportunity for eligible employees to participate in the Y's retirement fund 
  • Do meaningful work and contribute to the advancement of the YMCA vision by meeting the needs of the people in our communities 
  • Complimentary Family YMCA membership and a 25% employee discount on select programs 
  • Career advancement opportunities - grow your career at the Y!

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