Grant Writer

Job Type

Full Time




Multiple Locations
2100 24th Ave S
United States



Who are we?

At the Seattle Y, we are an inclusive organization of people with a shared commitment to nurture the potential of youth, promote healthy living, and foster social responsibility.

At the Y, strengthening community is our cause. We work side-by-side with our neighbors throughout King and south Snohomish counties to help kids and families thrive – and apply their positive behaviors and goals at home, school, the workplace, and beyond.

  • 13 branches
  • 2 overnight camps
  • 10 swimming pools
  • More than 200 program sites

Become a leader on our team at the YMCA of Greater Seattle where we promote a continuous learning environment and career opportunities. Competitive pay range and excellent benefit package includes YMCA membership, health, dental, life and disability insurance; tuition assistance; 12% retirement contribution, as eligible.

If this sounds like an organization you'd like to work for, read on!


What you’ll be doing…

Craft new grant proposals; prepare and submit grant proposals to private and public funding sources; manage the grant program with regards to stewardship, cultivation of grantors, meeting all deadlines and reporting requirements; and researching and developing new funding sources.

Principle Activities:

  1. Build the grant prospect pool by researching and identifying grant opportunities, vetting potential grantors with internal staff, and developing and implementing strategies for pursuing grant resources.
  2. Maintain master calendar for all grant activity, to include submitted proposals and grant and reporting requests; create and maintain current records for all grants and reports
  3. Cultivate positive relationships with current grantors, providing reports and responding to requests.
  4. Assist in strategizing where to aim project proposals.
  5. Work with group leadership to develop new project proposals.
  6. Government grants: In partnership with the leadership team, write, edit, and coordinate the submission of City, County, State, and Federal grant applications and reports.
  7. Private foundations: Work with group leadership to identify and cultivate foundations aligned with Accelerator’s programs and projects to develop proposal strategies; conduct ongoing foundation research; direct key volunteers in cultivating and soliciting foundation representatives.
  8. Prepare and submit grants.
  9. Keep accurate detailed records on grants sent out, declinations and awards, reporting requirements, and application timelines to ensure all deadlines are met.
  10. Support inter-departmental work with Finance, Development, and Program team to ensure financial and reporting requirements are met.
  11. Be familiar with group programs, projects, and key staff
  12. Demonstrates a high degree of skill in communication and positive interaction with all group employees, volunteers, external agencies/companies, and the community at large.
  13. Performs all other duties as assigned.


You should have:

  • Bachelor’s Degree and demonstrated successful grant writing experience.
  • 3 to 4 years of grant writing experience.
  • Skill in highly persuasive and effective writing.
  • Skill in researching and analyzing.
  • Knowledge of grant writing and grant making techniques, current trends, and practices.
  • Knowledge of Human Service Organizations and experience working in the non-profit sector
  • Ability to read, write, and communicate effectively in English, including the ability to edit and proof materials.
  • Ability to read, and interpret grant requirements, general business periodicals, professional journals, financial information, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.
  • Ability to apply concepts of basic math: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and percentages; knowledge of NFP accounting practices and revenue projections
  • Skill in using computer software to accomplish word processing, spreadsheets, and e-mail.
  • Ability to handle multiple projects/tasks and juggle priorities while meeting multiple deadlines.
  • Ability to use good judgment to make sound decisions and resolve problems.
  • Ability to maintain confidential information and use discretion.
  • Ability to gain cooperation of others, work effectively as a member of a team, and ability to develop and maintain positive working relationships in a team-oriented environment.
  • Ability to work independently.

You'll be a great fit for the Seattle Y Team if you:

  • Thrive on working in a collaborative environment
  • Are very adaptable
  • Have high ownership and strong work ethic
  • Are a great problem solver who can think on your feet
  • Truly enjoy being of service to people
  • Like being part of a team that cares about one another as people and enjoy working together
  • Want to know that the work you do contributes to building a better, stronger community for all

The YMCA of Greater Seattle is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity. We are a drug & alcohol-free workplace; all job offers are contingent on results of a background check and drug screening, including screening for marijuana.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree