YMCA of Metropolitan L.A.
  • 14-Mar-2023 to 13-Jun-2023 (PST)
  • Mission Advancement
  • Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • 64480.00-70000.00 Dependent on experience
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Medical, Dental, Vision, 10 Paid Holidays + 2 Flexible Vacation Days, free facility access to our 26 greater LA branches, before and after school childcare, sports and youth classes, paid annual Wellbeing Day, 20% off of LA Y programs, 25% off day camp for your child 10% YRetirement Fund contribution (upon eligibility) plus access to a YRetirement 403(b) Smart Account, paid training and leadership development, tuition assistance, access to SoCal Credit Union, paid sick leave, and much more!

The YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles is not only the premiere non-profit in Los Angeles, it is also a great place to work, make a difference in your community and meet like-minded individuals. With twenty-six branches, three camps and over fifty child care sites, the LA Y is a highly-collaborative, rewarding and fun environment where you will discover your passion, grow your career and make an impact!

We believe in the four Core Values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility and understand that our staff are our biggest asset! We strive to create high-performing, strong teams in each of our branches and are looking for passionate and enthusiastic staff who will help us to strengthen our impact, empower our community and deliver incredible programming!


The YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles has an opportunity for an experienced and detailed-oriented a Grant Writer. As part of the Mission Advancement Department, the grant writer will report to the Associate Vice President Community Impact & Development. The grant writer role is a wonderful opportunity for a passionate individual to join a dynamic team dedicated to improving to lives of youth and families across Los Angeles, finding personal and professional fulfillment. The Grant Writer role is responsible for developing and writing grants and proposals to individuals, foundations, and corporations that successfully meet or exceed the fundraising goals and objectives of the YMCA of Metro Los Angeles. The ideal candidate will have the ability to set priorities, exercise sound judgment, work intuitively, and have experience effectively managing several projects at the same time.


  • EDUCATION: Bachelors Degree is required from an accredited college or university.
  • RELATED EXPERIENCE: A minimum of 3+ years in grant writing experience or comparable skills in a nonprofit setting, preferably in development, community relations, or marketing/communications that includes grant, proposal and report writing responsibilities
  • SPECIALIZED SKILLS: The successful candidate will possess: strong writing skills and verbal communications, the ability to meet deadlines and to work on multiple projects concurrently, the ability to work in a fast-paced environment, and strong interpersonal skills.

In addition, the person must be resourceful and creative and have the ability to understand target audience and apply ideas, thoughts and projects to relate work to those specific audiences.


  • You must have the physical, visual, and auditory ability to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable


Grant Writing (75%)

  • Author proposals and associated reports, both independently and in concert with other staff, for foundations, corporations, and governmental agencies
  • Assist the Associate Vice President of Community Impact & Development in compiling funding packages including from letter of intent, proposal, reporting, and tracking stages
  • Hold self-accountable for achieving at high levels to meet strategic goals and objectives
  • Model inclusive leadership behaviors and embraces all dimensions of diversity - building strong teams that apply their diverse skills and perspectives to our mission
  • Responsible for successful Strategic Plan metrics, and Objectives and Key Results (OKRs)
  • Implement a goal-based leadership approach (OKR methodology) and ensure the Mission Advancement department is actively working towards supporting organizational level objectives and key impact results.

Grant Administration (25%)

  • Identify, research, organize the application in preparation for submission.
  • Identify and help develop relationships with prospective funders.
  • Maintain calendar system to track grant application and report deadlines, record contacts, and correspondence, and acknowledge gifts
  • Review and record all incoming grant-related requests and serves as the initial point of contact.
  • Help maintain donor files and donor database.
  • Assist with grants tracking and reporting requirements.
  • Assist with additional development-related projects as needed.

Other Duties as Assigned

  • Research and identify potential donors by researching prospects, reviewing related files, following-up on leads, remaining up-to-date on donor research, analyzing funding reference tools such as annual reports, foundation directories, and IRS 990 forms and more.
  • Write accurate and interesting inquiries, letters and proposals requesting funds from individual, corporate and foundation prospects.
  • Write acknowledgement letters and reports to corporate and foundation donors.
  • Identify new funders to support programs that align with the organization's strategic and core focus areas.
  • Meet with program staff to determine funding needs and program planning.
  • Ensure that all submissions and correspondences with foundation and corporate staff are completed on time.
  • Track and monitor proposals, their deadlines, and requirements in database management.
  • Maintain tracking and reminder system for grant, renewal, and report deadlines.
  • Monitor results of written requests, such as proposal acceptance rate, number of requests, and more.
  • Coordinate the efforts of key staff members to ensure that documents are completed by the specified deadlines.
  • Maintain accurate and updated electronic files of donors and prospects including copies of correspondence, proposals, reports, and notes on significant phone conversations or donor visits.
  • Work in conjunction with administrative and fiscal staff to ensure that corporate and foundation gifts and correspondence are logged on Raiser's Edge.
  • Work in concert with the Marketing, Communications, and Creative Direction team members to support the organization to share its impact through:
    • Preparing content and content calendar for timely and concise postings on social media and website.
  • Creating engaging written and visual content to post.
  • Completing regular content updates including developing infographics or program outcome visualizations to share with funders, internally, and externally.
  • Assisting with writing and crafting for public relations materials including annual reports, newsletters, press releases, and other publications.
  • Attend and serve as staff support for fundraising-related and departmental events.
  • Contribute ideas and participate in the planning of department-wide projects and overall development operations.
  • Assist in the research, development, and summarization of annual needs assessment.
  • Assist in other fundraising and engagement activities, such as presentations, meeting with funders, and more.
  • Attend staff meetings and trainings as
  • Uphold YMCA policies for safety, supervision, mandated reporting and risk
  • Demonstrate the Six Pillars of Character (Trustworthiness, Citizenship, Respect, Responsibility, Caring, and Fairness) as well as the YMCA Core Values of caring, respect, honesty and responsibility in all dealings with members, guests, volunteers and fellow
  • Demonstrate competencies in and willingness to develop in the Cause Driven Leadership areas of mission advancement, collaboration, operational effectiveness and personal
  • All other duties as assigned by your

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