Grants Administrator

Community Service Society of New York | New York, New York


The Community Service Society of New York (CSS) is an informed, independent, and unwavering voice for positive action on behalf of more than 3 million low-income New Yorkers. CSS draws on a 170-year history of excellence in addressing the root causes of economic disparity through research, advocacy, litigation, and innovative program models that strengthen and benefit all New Yorkers.

The mission of the Community Service Society is to identify problems which create a permanent poverty class in New York City, and to advocate the systemic changes required to eliminate such problems. CSS will focus on enabling, empowering and promoting opportunities for poor families and individuals to develop their full potential, to contribute to society, and to realize social, economic and political opportunities.

Job Summary

The Community Service Society of New York (CSS), a 175-year-old organization dedicated to fighting economic disparity and improving the lives of New York City's working poor, is seeking a bright, meticulous writer, and creative thinker to complete our dynamic development team. The position is a growth opportunity for someone with one to two years of grant-writing experience who is passionate about issues related to poverty and social justice.


  • Work closely with the Director of Institutional Giving, and other staff in the creation of grant proposals to foundations, corporations, and government agencies. Help organize each step in the grant submission and reporting process.
  • Conduct extensive, targeted research of potential funders, including creating prospect profiles and bios of key staff. 
  • Maintain and update the Development Dept’s searchable compilation of key foundations, including program areas, financial data, previous history, and staff/board members.
  • Prepare grant acknowledgments, reports, and communicate progress and accomplishments of existing programs to funding sources. 
  • Attend meetings with new and existing funders, as well as serve as a key liaison between foundations and CSS staff.
  • Assist in formulating short- and long-range fundraising goals with a strategic approach.
  • Track and oversee funding calendar via database management.
  • Assist with coordinating funder briefings and events, as needed.
  • Represent CSS externally when opportunities arise.


  • Bachelor's degree required.
  • 1–2 years experience in fundraising.
  • Experience in the preparation of government grants, a plus.
  • Strong written and communication skills, attention to detail, and ability to track complex requirements and deadlines.
  • Ability to think strategically about how CSS can effectively secure funding support.
  • Creative and collaborative work ethic.
  • Experience with donor software, Raiser's Edge, preferred.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite.


Salary commensurate with experience. Competitive benefits available.


Cover letter, resume, and writing sample required for consideration. Applicants who fail to submit one of the three requirements will not be considered.

How to Apply

Please send all required materials to 

Community Service Society of New York


Organization: Nonprofit Organizations