Director of Grants and Foundation Relations - YMCA of Austin

The Director of Grants and Foundation Relations is responsible for all grant development and management including managing relationships with foundations and corporations; identifying, researching, cultivating and writing proposals for identified programs; facilitating and capturing all necessary internal information for grant submission and submitting timely and accurate reports for existing grants. This position works independently under general direction and is expected to determine how to accomplish related tasks.

Essential Functions:

  • Write, compile and submit grant proposals to foundations, government agencies, and corporations.
  • Research new grant opportunities and conduct prospect research on foundations, corporations, government agencies, and individuals.
  • Establish and manage a comprehensive process for timely and accurate grant evaluation, quality compliance, project, and program fulfillment and reporting to funders.
  • Create and maintain an efficient and effective grant tracking and reporting system that supports the financial development efforts of the Y.
  • Coordinate with the development team, executive leadership, program staff, and CEO on deadlines, the timing of submissions and requests, and information-sharing.
  • Manage and implement an organized system of communications internally and externally to provide stewardship to donors regarding grant awards and the management of funders’ requirements for recognition.
  • Interface with all YMCA Association departments as they relate to grant development to complete grants. Lead personalized stewardship efforts for thanking grant partners/funders to feel the impact of their support.
  • Lead strategic cultivation efforts for building relationships with potential new funders.
  • Assist in the identification of corporations to engage with the volunteer efforts and prospect pipeline for potential grants and sponsorships.
  • Assist in Y fund-raising activities and special events as a key team member of the development team.
  • Serve as an exempt staff member to the YMCA of Austin, performing those duties as assigned by supervisor and President/CEO of the YMCA.


  • Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university in language arts, communications, business, human services, non-profit management or a related field.
  • Minimum of three years’ experience writing grants.
  • Passionate about the Y’s work and mission with a strong desire to further youth development, healthy living and social responsibility imperatives for the Austin community.

Technical Skills

  • Masterful story teller.
  • Superb writing skills with keen attention to grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
  • Must be able to work under pressure and adhere to tight deadlines.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and attention to detail.
  • Must possess the ability to read, analyze, write and edit reports according to a prescribed format and correspond with external businesses and community members.
  • Successful track record in applying best practices related to successful grant proposals.
  • Demonstrated track record of grant award success.
  • Ability to conceptualize and describe funding needs in a manner that is compelling to various types of donors.
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, peers, volunteers, customers, and the general public. Excellent research skills.
  • Knowledge/clear understanding of fundraising techniques and strategies.
  • Familiarity with grant management software. Knowledge of Raisers Edge software beneficial.
  • Advanced skills in Microsoft Office, especially Excel and Word.
  • Ability to apply knowledge of accounting and finance basics.
  • Ability to assume responsibility for accuracy and timeliness of work product.
  • Ability and comfort multi-tasking and managing several projects at once. Grant Professionals Certification (GPC) or related certification preferred.


Physical Requirements

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand, walk, bend, talk and occasionally lift and/or move items. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


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About Us

The YMCA of Austin is a 501(c)(3) non-profit serving over 60,000 members and 30,000 program participants every year. The Y is dedicated to building programs for youth development, for healthy living, and for social responsibility that promotes strong families, youth leadership, and community development. Our Culture Our mission and core values are brought to life by our culture. It’s who we are, who we aspire to be and how we show up every day. We are cause-driven. We don’t just show up, we show up with purpose. We are welcoming: we are open to all. We are a place where you can belong and become. We are genuine: we value you and embrace your individuality. We are hopeful: we believe in you and your potential to become a catalyst in the world. We are nurturing: we support you in your journey to develop your full potential. We are determined: above all else, we are on a relentless quest to make our community stronger beginning with you. Join us and help transform lives.


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