Director of Strategic Partnership

Washington, DC

KABOOM! works with communities to build incredible, kid-designed playspaces that help give kids in every zip code the opportunity to thrive. Kids who don’t have access to play miss out on childhood and are denied critical opportunities to build physical, social, and emotional health. For more than two decades, KABOOM! has teamed up with inspiring partners and community members, starting with the kids themselves, to understand each neighborhood’s unique aspirations. Then KABOOM! builds incredible places to play, inspired by their design, courage, and leadership.


Over the last 23 years, KABOOM! has built or improved more than 17,000 playspaces, engaged more than 1.5 million community members, and brought joy to over 10 million kids. As KABOOM! looks to the future, they aim to reach communities at scale through public-private partnerships with city leaders, municipal systems, non-profit allies, corporations, and private foundations. KABOOM!s mission is to end playspace equity, for good.


KABOOM! is looking for a passionate, self-motivated person to join the Partnership Development team to expand support from national, regional, and state-focused foundations. Working closely with other teams, the director will develop trusted relationships with foundation officers that lead to large-scale partnerships and strategic initiatives. The director will collaborate with program colleagues to develop program/project concepts that can secure new foundation funding; write and deliver compelling grant proposals, presentations, and reports; and explore possible program collaborations in impact areas—early childhood development, health equity, neighborhood revitalization, disaster recovery, and teen engagement—that could lead to new funding opportunities.


The ideal candidate will actively contribute to an equity-informed and inclusive work environment that supports diversity, inclusion, and cultural competence. Work experience and qualifications include:


  • Proven record of cultivating long-term relationships with funders; familiarity with funders within the health equity, disaster recovery, and early childhood development fields a plus.
  • Experience managing multiple priorities and projects at once while balancing long-term
    goals with daily demands and deadlines.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced setting that is undergoing strategic change.
  • Bachelor’s degree and at least 8 years of relevant experience; master’s degree preferred.
  • Persuasive written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills, with the ability to interact effectively with diverse staff, executives, and community leaders.
  • Top-notch critical thinking and ability to quickly synthesizing information from various sources.
  • Integrity, accountability, and excellent judgment necessary to build lasting trust with colleagues; comfortable with conversations about race and racial equality.
  • Enthusiasm for environments that balances fun and professionalism.
  • Capacity for frequent U.S. travel.



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