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Community & Housing Initiatives (Bill Rees and YMCA Welcome Village):
Director of Grants and Contracts (Ref: CP_DGC)

YMCA Community Programs and Housing Services

Has the following permanent full-time position available:

Director of Grants and Contracts                                CP_DGC

The Director of Grants and Contracts researches program and capital funding opportunities in the local, regional and national context, establishes and maintains working relationships with relevant external funders, and explores funding options, feasibility, and requirements for program and capital grants and contracts. The Director coordinates the development, completion, and submission of preliminary expressions of interest, intent and/or inquiry, requests for proposals and all final grant and service contract submissions. The Director is the preliminary funder contact during the submission process and works collaboratively with the Association Lead who endorses and approves the submission. The Director tracks the status of all submissions and follows up with the Association Lead to confirm and track reporting requirements for grants and contracts. The Director may also assist with document and case preparation associated with Major Gift requests.

The Director works primarily with the YMCA Community Programs and Housing Services Department (0.70 fte) and provides grant and contract services to all other local and regional service areas of the YMCA of Northern Alberta (.03 fte). The Director reports to the General Manager YMCA Community Programs and Housing Services.

A willingness to work a flexible schedule is required as shifts may vary. This role is classified as a full-time salaried position, and the incumbent will be eligible for a salary commensurate with experience and an attractive benefits package.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Acquire financial resources from grant and contract funding sources: government, corporations, and foundations:  applies for $500,000 – $750,000 annually.
  • Coordinate and implement all aspects of grant and contract applications including; research, cultivation, planning, consultation, data gathering and analysis, writing, editing, submission, acknowledgement and reporting.
  • Establish and maintain effective funder and community relationships and partnerships.
  • Build relationships and collaborate closely with leadership colleagues, partners, staff and volunteers to ensure funding for key programs, services and capital initiatives.
  • Develop and integrate case statements, research and outcomes information into grant and contract submissions.
  • Develop and maintain administration, tracking, reporting and information systems.
  • Participate actively on assigned Association teams/task groups.
  • Contribute as a member of the leadership team and complete other duties as assigned.
  • Demonstrate and promote a personal understanding of and appreciation for the YMCA vision, mission and values.


  • Education/Certifications/Credentials/Professional Registration
  • Relevant University Degree (Arts, Business, Human Services, Education) or equivalent.
  • Current Child Welfare & Police Security Clearance.
  • Annual registration in a professional organization if required by law.
  • Experience
  • 3 years’ experience with grants and contracts research, cultivation and proposal writing.
  • Experience with funder-relationship building and funds development activities.
  • Experience working with collaborative initiatives and partnerships.
  • Knowledge/Skills
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent technical writing, research and editing skills
  • Excellent organizational, project management and time management skills.
  • Working knowledge of program planning, outcome evaluation and case development.

Applications will remain open until February 20, 2013

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