Grant Writer

Grant Writer | Position Description

YWCA Dayton, dedicated to the empowerment of women and the elimination of racism, seeks an energetic, dedicated person to be an integral part of our team. The Grant Writer, as part of the Development team, reports to the Grants Manager and is responsible for writing and reporting on private and government grants.


  • Responsible for managing the full range of activities required to prepare, submit, and manage grant and other proposals to foundation, government and corporate sources in the private and public sector.
  • Performs prospective research in collaboration with program staff and masters understanding of sources to maximize grant funding opportunity and foster building the relationship.
  • Supports maintenance of records in database and in accordance to grant specifications and organizational governance.
  • Collaborates with the Department of Development and in conjunction with program leadership provides information necessary for donor stewardship.
  • Acquires and maintains sound knowledge of the organization, and uses that knowledge and understanding to better comprehend all projects and programs for which grants will be sought and to recommend the seeking of grants.
  • Supports maintenance of master calendar for all grant activity, to include submitted proposals and grant requests.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in any field is required.
  • Minimum 2 years of writing and/or grant proposals (must submit writing sample).
  • High level written, oral and presentation skills; and an ability to relate with poise and self-confidence to diverse groups and stakeholders.
  • Keen understanding of the YWCA mission, vision, history and programs.
  • Comfort and agility in community engagement and a developed skill in relational savvy.
  • Knowledge of trends in philanthropic giving and corporate social marketing and government grants and contracts is essential, as well as familiarity with fundraising laws and regulations
  • Established funder contacts with demonstrable superior results in soliciting corporate sponsorship, philanthropic fundraising, and public funded grants.
  • Solid grant writing and proposal development skills with corporate and foundation funders, and ability to understand and match the needs and objectives of the prospective donors with fundraising goals of the YWCA.
  • Demonstrated commitment to and championing of the organizational mission and vision.
  • Must be able to work independently and be an enthusiastic self-starter, who is intelligent, highly creative and innovative in designing and planning, hard-working, punctual, detail-oriented, and personable, with strong organizational skills.
  • Must be a progressive learner who works well in deadline-driven environments.
  • Able to work well in a team environment, handle multiple assignments, and meet deadlines.
  • Monitors and meets income commitments.


  • $36,088-39,140 annually
  • Health, dental and vision coverage
  • Paid parental leave
  • Generous PTO and holiday pay
  • Life and AD&D insurance
  • Long-term disability
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • YWCA Retirement Fund

YWCA Dayton Culture and Values
Empowering Women and Eliminating Racism
YWCA Dayton is part of the largest and oldest multicultural women’s organization in the world; we leverage that collective strength into a unified movement joined through the comprehensive mission of eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.

Founded in 1870, YWCA Dayton lives its mission and is a champion of women and girls in three key ways: direct service programming, community outreach and education, and advocacy and public policy support. Our core services are focused on preventing and responding to gender-based violence; supporting women’s economic empowerment; strengthening women and girls’ leadership development; and advocating for legislation and policies that promote racial and social justice for women and girls.

These include:

  • Emergency shelter and crisis support services for women and children fleeing domestic violence
  • Crisis and counseling services for survivors of sexual assault, human trafficking, and stalking
  • Affordable housing and life skills training for single women transitioning to independent living from homelessness or abuse
  • Housing assistance for women and children who have experienced domestic violence and families who are experiencing sudden homelessness
  • Girls LEAD!, an in-school, after-school, and summer camp empowerment and education program for girls 11-18

YWCA Dayton continues to be a touchstone, a stepping stone, or a resting stone for more than 100 women and children, every day. We are constantly working to ensure that the Miami Valley community will always have amidst its future, a place dedicated to empowering women and eliminating racism.