Manager of Government Funding and Gift Processing

Bronx County, New York, United States | Full-time | Partially remote

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About DreamYard

DreamYard is an arts and social justice organization that provides nationally recognized, transformative arts education to Bronx youth and young adults, and supports them as they work toward higher learning, creative-filled careers, and social action. BX Start, a DreamYard site, seeks to provide a space where entrepreneurship, digital media, and gaming can be used to promote economic opportunity, community building, and forward the cause of social justice for residents of the Bronx. 

Since 1994, DreamYard has invested deeply in the Bronx, developing learning pathways for young people in K-12th grade and collaborating with NYC schools, the NYC Dept of Education, public officials, community groups, corporations, and foundations. Together with BX Start, DreamYard is dedicated to working with Bronx youth, families, and schools to build pathways toward equity and opportunity through the arts.

Anti-racism Commitment

At DreamYard, we commit to being an anti-racist organization. We lead with race because we operate in a country founded on the genocide of Indigenous people, the enslavement of African people, and the oppression of countless others. We acknowledge the role this history plays in perpetuating inequity and dominant white culture.  See below for DreamYard’s full anti-racist commitment.


Position Description

DreamYard is looking for a dynamic and experienced Manager of Government Funding and Gift Processing to join our team. This role is a key member of DreamYard’s (DY’s) Development Department and will manage two critical areas:  The application and renewal of all Government Contracts and Grants as well as processing and maintaining records on all gifts, pledges, and donor-related transactions.

This position will also bolster the government grants portfolio by maintaining and further building government support as well as developing government grant proposals and contracts with city, state, and federal agencies to raise 25% of DY’s 7.5 million dollar budget. In addition, this position ensures all donations made to DY are promptly and accurately entered, reconciled with the Finance department, and acknowledged.

This is a full-time hybrid position that works on the Development team and reports to the Director of Development. 


Government Funding

  • Learn and maintain a deep working knowledge of DreamYard’s mission, core values, programs, and strategic goals.

  • Stay informed about changes in the local, state, and federal government funding landscape to identify opportunities for new and increased support.

  • Collaborate with colleagues across the Development, programs, Finance teams, and external partners to draft proposals, applications, and reports to government agencies.

  • Ensure timely completion of all government grants and contract applications, proposals, and reports.

  • Maintain an active profile for DY on all city, state, and federal government portals.

  • Manage and ensure all government documents such as insurance certificates, financial information, etc. are active and up to date.

  • Coordinate outreach and engagement with local and state elected officials.

Gift Processing

  • Ensure the accurate entry, timely processing, and acknowledgment of all gifts/contributed revenue according to Finance and Development policies.

  • Be the point person for all gifts made by check which includes logging the information on the Finance check log, scanning a copy of the check and award letter (if provided), and sharing it with the Finance and development teams.

  • Maintain the security and confidentiality of all donor records.

  • Communicate the receipt of major donations to the appropriate Development staff member.

  • Update biographical information in constituent records to have complete and accurate constituent records.

  • Develop ideas and advise on improvements in gift management, reporting, usage etc.

  • Work closely with the Finance Department regarding weekly, monthly, and quarterly revenue reconciliation.

  • Any other duties as assigned by management


Desired Qualifications and Competencies

  • Candidate must have at minimum an Associate Degree.

  • 2-3 years experience in database management, i.e., Raiser’s Edge, SalesForce and/LGL

  • 2-3 years experience managing city, state, and/or federal government contracts, which include any or all of the following: 

    • the Department of Youth and Community Development’s (DYCD) - SYEP, COMPASS, SONYC, & WLG contracts

    •  the Office of Children and Family Service's - Advantage contract

    • Empire State Afterschool Programs

    • the Department of Education’s MTAC contract

    •  the NY State Council on the Arts grant

    • the Department of Cultural Affairs - CDF and CASA grants

    • City and State discretionary funding

    • National Endowment of the Arts

  • Experience using government portals such as PASSPort, Vendrep, OCFS Contract Management System, GrantsGateway, and SAM

  • Strong project management and implementation skills

  • Organization, with an exceptional attention to detail

  • Strong writing skills

  • Excellent interpersonal and verbal communication skills

  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to gracefully manage tight timelines in a fast-paced working environment and multiple projects concurrently

  • The ability to collaborate effectively with team members


How to Apply

Click the “apply for the position" link and submit a resume and DreamYard-specific cover letter.

DreamYard is an equal-opportunity employer. DreamYard prohibits unlawful discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, age, national origin, genetic characteristics, disability, status as a special disabled veteran or veteran, marital status, sexual orientation, sexual identity or any other basis prohibited by law.


More Information

The Manager of Government Funding and Gift Processing is a full-time, exempt position with a salary range of $65,000-$70,000 commensurate with experience. DreamYard offers an excellent benefits package, and generous paid time off.

COVID19 Protocol
Please note that proof of vaccinations will be required as a DreamYard COVID-19 health and safety protocol.

DreamYard is committed to the principles of arts education, educational reform, and social justice, and fashions its programs to specifically address the needs of urban communities that are typically underrepresented because of race, sex, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. Accordingly, we welcome and encourage applications from a diverse range of individuals. Bronx-based and Spanish-speaking applicants are strongly encouraged to apply. DreamYard Project, Inc. employs without regard to race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, disability, or any other attributes not related to superior performance.