Senior Grants Writer / Institutional Relations Manager

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Compensation: The YPC offers an attractive compensation package, which includes a competitive salary.




37 West 65th Street
2nd Floor
United States


Job Description:


Position:                     Senior Grants Writer/Institutional Relations Manager

Company:                   Young People’s Chorus of New York City

Location:                    Manhattan, NY

Work Experience:       5+ years of Grants Management and Grants Writing Experience

Career Level:             Experienced


The Young People’s Chorus of New York City (YPC) is a multicultural youth chorus internationally renowned not only for its superb virtuosity and brilliant showmanship, but also as a model for an inclusive society that is being replicated globally. Founded 30 years ago by Francisco J. Núñez, this groundbreaking program harnesses the power of music to benefit children musically, academically, and socially. Over 1,700 children from ages 8 to 18 participate annually through its core after-school program, its in-school Satellite Program in 18 New York City public schools, and two thriving after-school Community Choruses in Washington Heights and at Goddard Riverside Community Center. Francisco Núñez was honored with a MacArthur Fellowship for creating a unique paradigm that integrates children from broad ethnic, cultural and economic strata to achieve artistic excellence. Among YPC’s many awards is the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award - America’s highest honor for youth programs. Its commitment to artistic excellence and diversity inspires frequent invitations for collaborations and performances from a global array of festivals, cultural institutions, and cities on four continents, and its commitment to education ensures that 100% of its graduates go on to college. 

Position Overview

The organization has an immediate opening for a seasoned Senior Grants Writer/Institutional Relations Manager. Reporting to the Director of Development, he/she will take the lead on all institutional writing, including but not limited to letters, LOI’s, proposals, reports and collateral materials, cultivate relationships with current institutional donors (foundation, government, and corporate) and reach out to new institutional prospects; track multiple institutional deadlines, coordinate with the program and artistic staff, manage a part time grant/staff writer, and work closely with a highly collaborative development team.


Detailed responsibilities include:

·       Create an annual plan, working with the DoD, for meeting fundraising goals;

·       Manage and execute YPC’s corporate, foundation and government grants program;

·       Ensure the timely submission of new and renewed proposals, reports and supplemental materials

·       Communicate effectively with current donors and new prospects;

·       Identify and develop new institutional prospects with support of the development and artistic team;

·       Write grant proposals and LOIs and collaborate with the development director, grant writer/editor and other key staff to develop strategic and compelling grant applications;

·       Coordinate institutional site-visits and attend meetings;

·       Work with artistic and education staff to ensure evaluations and reports comply with funder requirements;

·       Participate in development team meetings to review progress towards meeting the organization’s annual development plan, review grants calendar, and develop strategy for new funding sources;

·       Greet VIPs at performances and cultivation events.



  • 5+ years of grants management and grant writing experience
  • Superb writing skills
  • Proven ability to speak persuasively
  • Demonstrated success in building strong prospect lists, successfully presenting the organization to prospective funders, and building relationships that yield expanded and multi-year funding
  • High integrity and devotion to team efforts
  • Self-motivated and a self-starter
  • Ability to sustain focus on detailed and lengthy writing projects
  • Ability to work on multiple projects at once
  • Pro-active approach, flexibility and positive attitude extremely important
  • Ability to learn new procedures on the job without formal training
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and attention to detail
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines, willingness to push limits of existing abilities of the department to meet changing needs
  • Ability to work calmly within a fast-paced and hectic environment
  • Knowledge of NYC arts/youth funding community is a plus


Core Competency Requirements:

  • Pro-active
  • Highly organized with superb attention to detail
  • Adept at working on numerous projects at once
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines
  • Consummate relationship building skills within and outside the organization
  • Must be able to work with limited support staff, in a highly entrepreneurial environment
  • Sense of humor and ability to work calmly and resourcefully within a high-pressure environment and adapt quickly to changing needs
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Suite, including Access, Excel and Word
  • Sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds of students


The Young People's Chorus of New York City is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Applicants from populations underrepresented in the development and arts fields are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, familial status, sexual orientation, national origin, ability, age, or veteran status.



The YPC offers an attractive compensation package, which includes a competitive salary.


Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

To Apply:  

Please send your cover letter, two (2) writing samples and resume to:

Careers at YPC

Young People’s Chorus of New York City

37 West 65th Street, 2nd Floor

New York, NY 10023


For additional information on the YPC organization visit: