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Grants Manager
YM & YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood
54 Nagle Ave
New York, NY 10040

Principal Responsibilities:

The YM and YWHA of Washington Heights and Inwood is seeking an experienced, motivated and detail- oriented Grants Manager to join the Development team and help advance the organization's mission, values and strategic objectives. The successful candidate will report directly to the Chief Social Services and Development Officer, gaining exposure to the full cycle of institutional advancement, and will work daily with the Y's Program Directors in order to obtain a full picture of the organization's activities. The Grants Manager will hold primary responsibility over the writing of applications and reports, managing the grants calendar to ensure we meet the deadlines, and will support the Chief Social Services and Development officer in the research and identification of prospective funders, both private and government.

The Grants Manager will be able to write compelling, timely and data-driven proposals and reports, work with and present budgets thoughtfully in our proposals and reports, and help put systems in place to realize revenue growth.

Exacerbated by the pandemic, our community is experiencing increased needs in the areas of social services, education, recreation, and workforce development. The Y is striving to meet these evolving needs through government grants, foundation funding, and individual donations. As exemplified by the establishment of the Y's Norman E. Alexander Center for Jewish Life, there is also increased organizational emphasis on philanthropic support for innovative Jewish programming. Given these diverse areas for support, the need for a nimble and strategic development approach has never been greater. We are seeking a Grants Manager to play a key role in effectively managing our existing pool of grants and in supporting our executive leadership to identify and access new funding opportunities from institutional funders aligned with our mission.

Writing and Grants Management (70%)

  • Manage the grant calendar and ensure the timely submission of all proposals and reports to governmental, foundation and individual funders;
  • Work with Program and Marketing staff and to gather relevant information in a timely fashion (written, visual, and by participating in activities in-person) and translate data and facts into compelling stories for stakeholders;
  • Work with Finance team on budgets and statements for proposals and reports;
  • Lead the drafting of compelling letters of inquiry, concept papers, grant proposals, interim and final reports, and other requests for institutional funding.
Planning and Strategy (30%)
  • Support Y Leadership by creating internal systems that foster efficient data-gathering, timely submissions, and ongoing identification of prospect funding opportunities;
  • Perform relevant research to identify grant opportunities and cultivation plans for prospective funders (private and government);
  • Prepare reports for Y Leadership and Board on a regular basis.

Minimum Qualifications:

This job description is not designed to cover a comprehensive listing of all activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other functions and responsibilities may change or may be assigned.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
YM & YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood provides equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of their race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state, federal, or local law.



Agency Information:

Established in 1917 as one of the first Jewish community centers in New York City, the YM & YWHA of Washington Heights and Inwood (the Y) is a thriving and visionary not-for-profit human services organization in Northern Manhattan. We welcome people of diverse ethnicities and all ages, from pre-school to older adults, into the Y family with a wide range of educational, recreational and social services and programs that focus on improving the quality of their lives. With a long and distinguished history, the Y is a multi-service community center that is well known for its nurturing environment and non-judgmental philosophy.