YMCA of Greater Kansas City

Grants Writer

Job Location US-MO-Kansas City
Req No.
Location Site
Association Resource Center
Minimum Salary
USD $20.36/Hr.
Midpoint Salary
USD $25.45/Hr.
Position Hours
Location : Location
US-MO-Kansas City


The Grants Writer has responsibility for identifying, researching, cultivating, and writing proposals for both unrestricted operating revenue and restricted projects as well as submitting timely and accurate reports for all existing grant funded projects for the YMCA of Greater Kansas City. This position is both strategic and tactical, working closely with both leadership volunteers and staff, reporting to the Chief Development Officer. The incumbent will work closely with associates to proactively seek out grants and successfully secure new and renewal funding from foundations, corporations, and government.


  • Working with the development team to identify funding sources needed to support association programs and services.
  • Generate grant proposals and letters of inquiry, and other materials related to the pursuit of association funding in concert with staff and volunteers.
  • Prepare ongoing grant updates for management
  • Acquires and maintains a sound knowledge and understanding of the Y’s cause and mission, and uses that knowledge and understanding to better articulate the programs and projects for which grants will be sought.
  • Strong commitment to the mission, vision, values, and programs of the Y, and the ability to convey that information.
  • Work with finance department on compliance of grants and there is sound financial management by director overseeing program.
  • Provides leadership and guidance with associates to deliver upon financial development goals.
  • Incorporates program outcomes into grant reports and proposals working in partnership with development team.
  • Collaborate with People Services, Finance, Operations and Programs to evaluate if grant opportunities align with organizational priorities and capacities.
  • Prepares grant proposals in accordance with each grant-making organization's preferences, and follows exactly each grant-making organization's guidelines. 
  • Maintains contact with grant-making organizations during their review of submitted applications in order to provide additional supportive materials and maintain the highest level of stewardship.
  • Supplies progress reports to grant-making organizations that have funded Y projects and programs. 
  • Manage the collection of prospect information and work with Development Department associates to input and track appropriately in donor database system.


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in a related field or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Two years of successful grant proposal writing experience for not-for-profit or a related field is required. 
  • Certified Fund Raising Executive, Certified Fund Raising Management designation, or Grant Professional Certification preferred.
  • Excellent project management and organization skills, ability to manage multiple projects at a time.
  • Knowledge of grant funding policies and procedures and applicable local, state, and federal regulations.
  • Demonstrated experience in successfully managing at least $1 million portfolio of grants.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Excellent overall writing skills with impeccable spelling and grammar
  • Exceptional research, strategic and creative thinking skills are essential.
  • Skilled at making compelling cases to appropriate funding organizations. 
  • Skill in building strong consensus and creating broad-based support for bold ideas and actions through a consultative approach to build funders’ support for the mission of the Y.
  • Ability to forge productive working relationships with people at all levels within the Y movement and the diverse communities we serve.
  • Proficient user of Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint, and donor database software applications preferred.


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