Category:  Human Services

Southwest Youth and Family Services partners with youth and families to transform their futures. We serve culturally and economically diverse families, youth, and children in southwest Seattle and King County and promote healthy family functioning; early childhood learning; student academic success; and positive youth development.

The Grants Coordinator position works as part of the Development team to meet SWYFS’s strategic goals by writing grants and proposals that secure funding to substantially contribute to SWYFS’s $4.5 million budget. The Grants Coordinator must be a dynamic and creative individual with excellent analytical ability, technical and narrative writing, communication skills, and grant writing experience. A solid understanding of program development and implementation is essential, as well as an understanding of the systemic racial and social injustices that create disparities in our community. 

Please attach a writing sample with your application. A previous LOI or a Grant Application is preferred.  

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This position is full time, 36 hours per week, flexible schedule required, $22-25 hourly, DOE. Benefits include employer paid medical, dental, vision, Short/Long term disability, EAP, Voluntary Accident and life insurance; generous sick and vacation time as well as a two-week paid Holiday break in December, and a Costco Membership. 


For nearly 40 years Southwest Youth and Family Services (SWYFS) has been providing critical services in significantly under-resourced communities of Southwest King County, including Southwest Seattle, White Center, South Park, Burien, and SeaTac. As systemic racial and economic inequities continue to create significant barriers to communities of color across the nation, SWYFS remains committed to seeing our diverse community of South King County thrive. Participants in SWYFS programs are 61% children and youth, 92% people of color, 95% low-income (89% very low-income), and over 50% refugees and immigrants.

Our vision is that all residents of Southwest King County flourish and actively participate in the success of the community. We believe when we all commit to equity and expanding knowledge, we can build a community of acceptance, belonging and hope, where all families thrive.



Grant and Proposal Writing  

  • Meet agency funding goals for government and private foundation income.
  • Draft program designs with input from Program Managers. 
  • Develop LOIs, proposals, and grants from draft through final submission, modifying each submission to align with donor requests, priorities and objectives.
  • Prepare and review drafts of budgets; work with supervisor to secure approval from Executive Director.
  • Package proposal contents to meet distinct donor requirements; submit proposals/reports on time.
  • Coordinate site visits and attend these and other meetings with potential funders, as needed.
  • Understand and be prepared to present institutional history and programs in writing and verbal presentations.
  • Working with Development Director, participate in developing and articulating agency vision/s for programs and organizational development as well as prioritizing applications based on strategic plan and theory of change.


  • Monitor funding/grant databases and other sources of information for new and on-going opportunities to meet agency and program operating and strategic needs.
  • Review and analyse RFPs and Foundation applications to determine if funding opportunities are an in alignment with organizational priorities 
  • Research and evaluate general prospects for public and private grant sources for restricted/unrestricted funding.
  • Establish and maintain excellent on-going working relationships with program staff to develop and coordinate proposals and reports as needed.
  • Maintain knowledge of local funders and community institutions, including a knowledge/understanding of Seattle/King County, communities served, and continuing issues such as housing, displacement, socio-economic barriers for immigrants and refugees.

Data Management, Administration, and Record-keeping

  • Monitor and evaluate progress toward grant and proposal fundraising goals, update grant matrix, prepare reports for the board and recommend changes or additions to the plan, as needed.
  • Track deadlines for, prepare, and submit grant and proposal reports as required by funders.
  • Use agency database to obtain and analyse data and statistics relevant to grant and proposal writing.
  • Maintain donor database by entering all donations, updating addresses, and sending acknowledgement letters 
  • Coordinate mass mailings and mail merge including annual tax letters, annual appeals, annual report, event invitations etc.
  • Other
  • Assist other staff members in developing written materials as needed and requested.
  • Participate in personal and agency racial equity development. 
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor.


  • 3 years’ experience writing grants 
  • BA in related field or equivalent experience and training
  • Proven track record of success in obtaining funding through grants in both private and public sectors, including grants, proposals, letters of inquiry, requests for investment, and other formats, both hard copy and online.
  • Clear and persuasive writing and speaking skills. Strong ability to match writing and communications styles to differing needs.
  • Strong analytical skills with the ability to interpret requests for proposals, research potential funders, and analyse donor priorities to 1) determine if funding opportunities are an in alignment with organizational priorities and 2) create applications and proposals that clearly demonstrate program alignment with funding priorities and objectives.
  • Strong research skills and ability to process and organize complex amounts of information.
  • Demonstrated ability in finding new funding sources and tracking grant cycles of local funders/governments.
  • Strong experience with outcomes based planning, monitoring, and evaluation.
  • Experience with quantitative, qualitative, and process evaluation.
  • Comfortable and competent in developing and presenting budgets.
  • Ability to work effectively in a deadline driven environment.
  • Very strong proficiency in Word and Excel.
  • Strong ability to communicate in culturally competent manner with culturally and socioeconomically diverse staff and community members.
  • Ability to work independently and in teams as required.
  • Willingness to submit to and pass a criminal background check.
  • Preferred but not required:  Clear driving record with no more than two moving violations in the last three years; access to a working automobile; and proof of insurance.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. This employer participates in E-Verify. The employer will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with information from each new employee's I-9 to confirm work authorization.