Development Manager, Public Funding

Job Type

Full Time




New York
New York
United States


Position Summary: Primary responsibility is to support the team (which sits in the Development Department) in securing city, state, and federal grants (approximately $10-50 million annually) by conducting ongoing prospect research and creating 20-30 compelling, outcomes-driven, and client-ready proposals. This position will also support the Institutional Giving team with occasional letters of inquiry, reports, and proposals as well as mentoring junior grant writers. The ideal candidate will possess not only the requisite experience, but also good judgement, leadership, exceptional project management skills, strong attention to detail, and a belief that all children have limitless potential.

Grant Writing (85%) 

  • Analyze government RFP opportunities, summarize key findings, and consult with leadership team to determine agency fit
  • Develop, write, and assemble funding applications to city, state, and federal agencies representing a diverse portfolio spanning 40+ programs. Use excellent discretion and independent judgement in presenting program content and outcomes
  • Work closely with program, evaluation, and fiscal teams across seven agency divisions to develop narrative content and proposal budget
  • Conduct research on child welfare, education, and social service related issues and integrate findings, including statistics, program models, and trends, into work product
  • Attend workshops and events, as requested, to keep current in the field of child welfare, education and social services as it pertains to Children’s Aid programs
  • Attend bidder’s conferences and technical assistance workshops for government RFPs
  • As needed, travel to Children’s Aid sites across New York City (Washington Heights, Harlem, the South Bronx, and northern Staten Island) to meet with staff and gather information for proposal development
  • As needed, support the department’s Institutional Giving team to write letters, reports, and proposals on select projects

Prospecting (10%)

  • Conduct research on prospective government, corporation, and foundation donors
  • Maintain corporate and foundation files in donor database, Raiser’s Edge
  • Other duties as assigned by the Director of Public Funding or Chief Development Officer

Staff Mentorship (5%)

  • Serve as thought partner to Associate Director and Manager of Institutional Giving to foster culture of accountability as appropriate
  • Mentor junior team member(s) in proposal writing and grant reporting. Edit drafts and provide in-depth coaching


  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Minimum of three years in public (preferred) or private grant writing experience required
  • Demonstrated track record of successfully securing city, state, and federal government funding and/or private grants
  • Experience in developing budgets required
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills; capable of working comfortably with a variety of individuals at all levels inside and outside the organization
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Must be detail and deadline oriented, and work well under pressure
  • Advanced proficiency with Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Excel, and Outlook
  • Previous experience with CRM databases, such as Raisers Edge (preferred)



Medical, Dental, Vision, 403(b)

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Please apply online through Children’s Aid website – Job ID: 002861

Children's Aid is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability.