Director of Program Development

Job Type

Full Time




new york
United States


Position Description

The Director of Program Development, reporting to the Vice President of Strategy and Program Development, will play a leadership role in the identifying and securing foundation grants and government contracts. The role will oversee and manage grant writing activities completed by outside consultants and/or other grant writing staff. The Director of Program Development will oversee and maintain the agency’s prequalification status on government portals to allow for grant submission.

Essential Job Functions

The following duties are mandatory requirements of the job:

  • Develop and write responses to funding opportunities for foundation/government proposals independently and in collaboration with program managers and consultants.
  • Develop and manage grant solicitation calendar to ensure timeline submission to funding opportunities.
  • Conduct and assess prospective funding opportunities that support agency needs.
  • Develop and managing work plans that include key tasks, timelines and responsible parties to complete grant applications
  • Manage support materials for grant applications.
  • Oversee and manage grant writing activities completed by outside consultants and/or other grant writing staff.
  • Create and manage funding calendar which will guide funding efforts across the agency.
  • Oversee kickoff and follow-up meetings related to RFPs.
  • Oversight of progress reports and other funder correspondence including (i.e., thank you letters, abstract summaries) as required by funder and senior administrator.
  • Monitoring trends and opportunities for foundation/government funding opportunities.
  • With the support of Senior Management, help initiate and coordinate site visits by potential donors and funders to showcase agency services.
  • Act as agency delegated administrator for grant making data systems including but not limited to adding new users, maintaining accounts, updating agency documents, initiating necessary grant submissions, report and troubleshooting errors.
  • Active role in transitioning newly funded projects to designed managers. Including providing a description of scopes, timeline for reporting, overview of approved budget and desired program outcomes.
  • Responsible for supervision of grant writing staff and other development consultants.
  • Managing the timely execution of contracts with the contracting agency/funder.
  • Attend conferences and webinars to help identify new funding opportunities and trends.
  • Manage database of agency wide procurement efforts.

Education and Certification

  • A Bachelor's degree is required
  • A Master's in a related field is preferred (i.e., public health, communication, journalism)
  • 5-8 years of grant writing, fund raising and grant management experience
  • Supervisory experience of projects and staff required.
  • Preferred working experience related to healthcare, HIV/AIDS, homelessness or other non-profit experience.
  • Highly Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Extensive successful work-experience may substitute formal education requirements

Special Skills and Knowledge

In addition to the above-listed job responsibilities and educational requirements, the ideal candidate for this position possesses most or all of the following:

  • Strong project management skills with ability to manage multiple projects in deadline driven environment
  • Excellent writing skills with ability to articulate complex ideas
  • Experience developing budget and conducting financial assessment of programs
  • Understanding of government and private grant making cycle
  • Solid computer skills and proficiency in word processing, database management, spreadsheets, and research skills
  • Strong communications and ability to manage change
  • Flexible and adaptive to changing priorities
  • Interest in taking on leadership role in grant making field

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree