Youth and Philanthropy Initiative

YPI Canada is Hiring!

JOB POSTING: Part-time Grant Writer, 6 month Contract

We’re hiring!  

Are you a strong communicator, adept at researching and producing high-quality grant applications, fundraising proposals, and funder reports? Are you excited about social justice philanthropy, youth civic engagement, and decentralizing power in grant-making? We’re eager to hear from you! Please consider applying for the new Part-Time Grant Writer position with YPI Canada. Please see full details below. Deadline to apply is Thursday Oct 14, 2021.  


Summary of Role

YPI Canada is seeking a Part-Time Grant Writer to join our small, dynamic team. This new position is responsible for researching and writing new funding proposals, renewal applications, and impact reports to support the Executive Director in meeting revenue targets and building relationships with a community of funders across Canada. This position is strategically aligned with YPI Canada’s mission to be a strategic, high-impact partner for Canada’s philanthropic community, through our leadership in participatory youth grant-making. 

This position would be ideal for individuals with a successful track record in writing grant applications, and experience reporting on grants for government, corporations, as well as public and private foundations. 

The new contract position is structured by our strategic plan, formal performance planning and supportive management, and clear objectives. You will report and work in close collaboration with the Executive Director, join a team of dedicated colleagues, and receive design and technical support in-house, or outsourced as needed. 


Key performance areas:

  • Work with the YPI Canada team to acquire a deep understanding of our work and the unique value proposition we offer to the philanthropic community, as a way to de-centralize and shift grant-making power to young people and their communities.
  • Research, develop, and draft funding proposals in support of YPI Canada’s strategic plan and growth. Develop timelines for new and renewal applications, funder communications activities, and reporting using outcomes-driven data.
  • Meet YPI Canada’s reporting obligations to funders through formal impact reporting.
  • Support stewardship communications that build trust and demonstrate the effectiveness and impact of YPI Canada’s programming.
  • Maintain up-to-date records relating to fundraising and stewardship activities. Experience using Salesforce or other CRM software would be an asset.
  • Ensure that YPI Canada’s website and published materials meet our obligations for funder recognition. Technical support provided by YPI Canada’s Operations Director.
  • Coordinate the translation of materials (including proposals) into French as needed.
  • Participating in special projects or performing other tasks as requested.

Preferred qualifications and skills:

    • Job experience: 3+ years professional experience in grant-writing, reflecting strong research, writing, and reporting skills. Direct experience preparing successful grant applications is strongly preferred.
    • Education: We will consider candidates with diverse educational backgrounds, including on-the-job training. A degree/diploma or formal training in fundraising, communications, journalism or a related field will be an asset.
    • Commitment to centering truth and reconciliation, anti-racism, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of YPI Canada’s work. Shortlisted candidates will be asked questions about this during the interview.
    • Necessary technical skills: Clear, engaging writing and storytelling skills; research; project management; strong computer skills including Microsoft Office, and experience with cloud-based technologies.
    • Strong asset: Professional Working Proficiency (written and oral) in French. This position requires fluency in English.
    • Asset: Insight and understanding gained from working with any of YPI Canada’s key stakeholder groups: young people (14-18 years old), secondary education (teachers, principals, boards), the non-profit/charitable sector, and/or formal philanthropy (e.g. foundations, CSR departments, and other grant-makers)
    • Commitment to ongoing learning and to being a reflective practitioner

Remuneration package:

Six month contract: Approx. Nov 1, 2021 – March 31, 2022. 

Hours and remuneration: 15 hours per week, pro-rated from $55,000-$60,000 annual salary (40% of FTE). Salary is negotiable depending on experience and qualifications.  

Deadline to apply is Thursday Oct 14, 2021.  

This position is remote, based anywhere in Canada, with the option to work from the YPI Canada head office in Toronto when it is safe to do so. Our entire team is working from home during COVID-19. You will be required to use your own computer and cell phone, but you will receive a work-from-home stipend to offset the costs of using your personal devices, internet, and cell phone data. You will be provided with access and training on specific software platforms as needed.

Working hours may be completed on a flexible schedule; please note our team works 9-5 EST, and this role would require occasional participation in virtual meetings during these hours.

YPI Canada’s workplace is an inclusive, respectful, and 2SLGBTQ+ friendly environment. We have a supportive, professional, and life-friendly work culture.

YPI Canada is an advocate for equity and we believe that our work is stronger when it benefits from the experience, knowledge, and wisdom of people who have faced systemic barriers. We encourage applications from people with disabilities, Indigenous Peoples, members of racialized groups, women, and members of other historically marginalized communities.

If you would like to be considered for employment equity please indicate this in your cover letter by including the statement “I would like to be considered for employment equity.” No further elaboration is necessary, but you are free to add more information if you would like. Where candidates don’t differ significantly in terms of other desired qualifications, priority will be given to those considered for employment equity.

To apply for this position, please submit your resume and a brief cover letter outlining your interest in working with YPI Canada by email to Rachel Paris, Operations Director: 


About Youth and Philanthropy Initiative Canada

YPI Canada is an innovative public foundation committed to supporting local social justice charities now, while contributing to the conditions for systemic social change. We do this by operating an inclusive, multi-award-winning youth civic engagement program for high schools across Canada, which directs hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants to local charities every year, 100% based on the hands-on research and peer-to-peer advocacy of tens of thousands of teenagers.

YPI was created as a project of the Toskan Casale Foundation in 2002, and has been recognized as the world leader in youth-led participatory grant-making. 650,000 students have participated in YPI at hundreds of high schools across Canada, the United Kingdom, and New York City. Each year, at every participating school, student teams research and advocate for social justice issues and a local charity of their choice: the team with the top research presentation earns a CAD$5,000 grant for their charity, funded by YPI’s generous supporters in each country.

In 2016, YPI Canada was launched as a new public foundation to continue and build on the work of our founder. YPI Canada works at the unique intersection of philanthropy, secondary education, and the charitable sectors, and we create impact by connecting participants across all three sectors.

Despite COVID-19, demand for our adapted in-class and online/blended virtual program is strong from high schools across the county. Our small team is working hard to support youth, teachers, and local charities during an exceptionally challenging time. We are grateful for our partnerships, and for the scale and depth of impact we have achieved with and for young people, educators, schools, charities, funders, and communities across Canada.

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