Grant Writing Manager (Location Flexible)

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Year Up
Boston, MA

Year Up

Published 10 days ago

April 4, 2021
February 6, 2021


Year Up is seeking a Grant Writing Manager to provide direct support to Year Up's site-based fundraising teams by providing complete and comprehensive grant management, writing, and any other support needed to ensure funders' needs and requirements are met. Reporting to the Director of Grants Management, this individual will work both cross-functionally and in support of specified Year Up sites to creatively develop proposals to secure new funding, track required grant compliance and write necessary reports, and create proposals that support the sites' efforts on renewals.

As an ideal candidate for this role, you will bring a passion for our mission and an interest in gaining experience in the fields of development and communication. To be successful in this position, you will have excellent writing skills, an ability to clearly articulate the specifics of Year Up's mission, program, and outcomes, and a customer-oriented approach to working with site personnel to develop and deliver full grant management packages.

The Grant Writing Manager will at times interact with Year Up students as a mentor, group facilitator, and advocate, participating in building a positive educational environment.

The location for this position is flexible and open to candidates in any city where there is a Year Up site.


Grants and Research

  • Write grant proposals that include rational and emotionally compelling articulation of Year Up's success in youth development, postsecondary education, and career training
  • Access, organize, and synthesize information provided from subject matter experts as well as our Customer Relationship Management system at the local sites to create accurate and well-written documents
  • Ensure that all information is consistent with the organization's brand, message, objectives and style standards
  • Assist Director of Grants Management and sites in researching, identifying, and pursuing new sources of funding compatible with the organization's mission and programming
  • Keep current on philanthropy news and policy reports relating to workforce development and disconnected young adults
  • Other duties as assigned

Site Support

  • Consult with Institutional Giving Managers and External Relations Managers at sites to generate proposals and reports capturing the essence of each individual site while clearly articulating the specifics of Year Up's mission, program, and outcomes
  • Develop and deliver the full grant management package to the local sites including all required data, documents, proposals, budgets and other supplementary items as required by the funder
  • Support Year Up sites in developing meaningful relationships with funders by ensuring all written documents demonstrate deep understanding of the funder's mission and alignment to each Year Up site
  • Manage an internal grant proposal and reporting system to track deadlines, deliverables, and requirement and proactively communicate with sites on timelines

Site Team/Learning Community Member

  • Serve as a coach/mentor for a small number of current students
  • Join and sometimes facilitate weekly group sessions with students
  • Participate in staff meetings and trainings


  • 3-5 years of writing experience (grant writing preferred) in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial nonprofit environment
  • Exceptional writing skills; experience writing and managing grants as well as understanding of budgets required
  • Salesforce experience preferred, though not required
  • Ability to speak and write in a compelling way about the organization's funding and programmatic goals
  • Professional and resourceful, with the ability to work independently and as a team player, to take initiative and manage multiple deadline-driven tasks and projects simultaneously
  • Proven passion for working with youth, an unshakable belief in their potential, and a strong commitment to the mission of Year Up
  • Understanding the Opportunity Divide and its drivers
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion


Year Up is an award-winning, national 501(c)3 organization that enables motivated young adults to move from minimum wage to meaningful careers in just one year by providing the skills, experience, and support they need to reach their full potential. Through a one-year, intensive program, Year Up utilizes a high-expectations, high-support model that combines marketable job skills, stipends, coursework eligible for college credit, and corporate internships at more than 250 top companies. Its holistic approach focuses on students' professional and personal development to enable young adults with a viable path to economic self-sufficiency and meaningful careers. Year Up has served more than 30,000 young adults since its founding in 2000. Year Up has a presence in 27 U.S. cities, including Arizona, Baltimore, Bay Area, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Greater Atlanta, Greater Boston, Greater Philadelphia, Jacksonville, Los Angeles, the National Capital Region, New York City/Jersey City, Pittsburgh, Puget Sound, Rhode Island, South Florida, Tampa Bay, and Wilmington.

Voted one of the Best Nonprofits to Work For in the country by The NonProfit Times, Year Up is a rewarding place to work. Our staff is passionate, supportive, mission-driven, and committed to positive change and continuous learning. We set high standards for both ourselves and our students, and live by a set of core values that reflect an unshakable belief in the talent and full potential of our young people. The work we do is life-changing, and we know that our team is the greatest asset in achieving our mission.


Year Up actively engages individuals from all backgrounds. We are committed to embracing diversity within our organization because we firmly believe that diverse employee teams help us to achieve our best organizational outcomes and provide the most effective support to our young adults as we work to close the Opportunity Divide. We are deeply dedicated to creating and maintaining an inclusive and supportive work environment. Learn more about our commitment to diversity:

As an equal opportunity employer, Year Up is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, veteran status, pregnancy, parental status, genetic information or characteristics, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.


Please submit a thoughtful cover letter and resume through our website.

Note that applications without a cover letter will not be considered. We respectfully request no phone calls.


Year Up is seeking a Grant Writing Manager to provide direct support to Year Up's site-based fundraising teams by providing complete and comprehensive grant management, writing, and any other support needed to ensure funders…

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  • Full Time Schedule
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Boston, MA

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