Grant Specialist

Our financial development department is looking for a Grant Specialist to join their team as part of our Association Office staff.


YMCA of Greater Cincinnati


Cincinnati, OH 45202

Job Description

The Grant Specialist will be responsible for managing an assigned grant portfolio for programs & projects seeking outside funding, and will ensure timeliness of submission, reporting, & compliance with YMCA & donor requirements. The Specialist will prepare & review grant budgets in conjunction with financial development & operations, and will conduct research & work closely with the Development Director of Grants & Impact to determine needs & identify resources to meet those needs.


  • Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • Experience in a field related to grant writing, business, marketing, communications, government relations or similar discipline, plus minimum of 2-4 years of experience with grant writing & prospect research.
  • Demonstrated strong written communications, strong proofreading & editing skills giving attention to detail.
  • Good organizational skills with the ability to multi-task & adhere to deadlines.
  • Ability to work with all levels of the Association, portray leadership skills & articulate steps to meet grant deadlines and reporting requirements.
  • Knowledge and familiarity with research techniques for fundraising prospect research.

Essential Functions

  • Performs prospect research on foundations & corporations to evaluate prospects for grants.
  • Develops timeline for each proposal submission determining clear objectives, articulating needs, identifying reporting needs & following formal monitoring process for each grant.
  • Conducts the full range of activities required to prepare, submit & manage grant proposals to foundation and corporate sources.
  • Prepares materials & participates in meetings with prospective & existing donors (corporations, foundations and individuals).
  • Works with finance department to gather necessary information for reports and reviews for grantees.
  • Provides stewardship & assures adherence to reporting requirements keeping recipient programs focused on achievement of stated outcomes.
  • Interprets program needs & articulates in compelling grant requests resulting in funding and maintains current database and files for grant tracking and reporting.

Cause-Driven Leadership® Competencies

Project Management

Functional Expertise

Quality Results


$36,327.00 - $39,000.00

How to Apply

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