Senior Grants Writer

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Position Overview

The organization has an immediate opening for a full-time seasoned Senior Grants Writer. Reporting to the Director of Development, he/she will take the lead on all institutional writing, including but not limited to letters, LOI’s, proposals, reports and collateral materials, track multiple institutional deadlines, coordinate with the program and artistic staff, manage a part time grant/staff writer, and work closely with a highly collaborative development team.

  • Location: Manhattan, NY
  • Work Experience: 5+ years of Grants Writing Experience

Detailed Responsibilities Include:

  • Write 50+ grant proposals, LOIs, and reports annually for foundation, corporate and government funders and collaborate with the development director and other key staff to develop strategic and compelling grant applications
  • Ensure the timely submission of new and renewed proposals, reports and supplemental materials
  • Work with DoD to communicate effectively with current donors and new prospects
  • Identify new institutional prospects with support of the development and artistic team
  • Work with artistic and education staff to ensure evaluations and reports comply with funder requirements
  • Participate in development team meetings to review progress towards meeting the organization’s annual development plan, review grants calendar, and develop strategy for new funding sources
  • Greet VIPs at performances and cultivation events
  • Attend and observe YPC programs in schools, afterschool and some weekends and evenings.


  • 5+ years of grant writing experience and demonstrated success securing grant awards
  • Superb writing skills and ability to write nuanced, compelling cases for support in different styles and voices
  • High integrity and devotion to team efforts
  • Self-motivated and a self-starter
  • Demonstrated success in building strong prospect lists, successfully presenting the organization to prospective funders, and building relationships that yield expanded and multi-year funding
  • High integrity and devotion to team efforts
  • Self-motivated and a self-starter
  • Ability to sustain focus on detailed and lengthy writing projects
  • Highly organized and able to work on multiple projects at once
  • Pro-active approach, flexibility and positive attitude extremely important
  • Consummate relationship building skills and attention to detail
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines
  • Ability to work calmly and quickly in a fast-paced, rigorous and entrepreneurial environment
  • Knowledge of NYC arts/youth/education funding community
  • Sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds of students

The Young People’s Chorus of New York City is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Applicants from populations underrepresented in the development and arts fields are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, familial status, sexual orientation, national origin, ability, age, or veteran status.


YPC offers an attractive compensation package, which includes a competitive salary.

To Apply:

Please email with the following:

  • A cover letter explaining your interest in this role, how you learned about this opportunity and why you would be a good fit for this position.
  • Your resume/CV
  • Two (2) writing samples