Director, Strategic Partnerships

  • Job posted by KaBOOM!

Job Type

Full Time




District of Columbia
United States


Director, Strategic Partnerships


Washington, DC

Department:   Partnership Development

Reports To:  Vice President, Partnership Development

About KaBOOM!

Only one in four kids in the US are getting the recommended daily amount of physical activity. That means, in a class of 20 students, only 5 are truly able to be a kid for just one hour each day. Children are not playing at home, they are not playing in schools, and they are not playing in their communities. Play is an equity issue, too. For the 14 million kids living in poverty, play is too hard to come by as their families face many obstacles to play; from a lack of safe places, under-resourced schools that cut recess and physical education, and too much screen time.


As of the end of 2017, KaBOOM! has directly built over 3,000 playgrounds. Combined with our other grants over our 20+ year history, KaBOOM! has built or improved over 17,000 playspaces. Our unique model, called Build it with KaBOOM!, pairs funding partners with under-resourced communities who come together to build safe playgrounds – in just one day – resulting in kids feeling valued. Our community-built playgrounds generate a tangible, achievable win for communities too familiar with broken promises, too much talk and little, if any, action.


Position Summary

KaBOOM! is hiring a Director, Strategic Partnerships to expand and diversify our revenue streams from the private and public funding community. The Director will identify and build new relationships with national and regional foundations, government entities, and companies to generate $10M+ in annual revenue. The ideal candidate will bring a passion for our mission, a proven ability to secure seven-figure gifts or partnerships, and a talent for developing authentic and trusted relationships with team members and funders.


  • Responsibilities Work collaboratively with colleagues to identify, develop, and secure funding from national and regional foundations, government entities, and companies
  • Build strong relationships with funders, creatively identifying opportunities to deepen their engagement in our work
  • Build support cases that align with funder priorities, create a common purpose across multiple stakeholders, and result in the resources and revenue required to advance what is possible through our work
  • Write compelling grant proposals and reports that capture our unique approach to positively impacting kids’ lives through play
  • Develop a thorough knowledge of the landscape of play, specifically in underserved communities, among mission-aligned organizations to explore possible partnerships, including with local and municipal agencies
  • Actively contribute to our inclusive work environment by valuing other people regardless of differences; take an active role in promoting practices that support diversity, inclusion, and cultural competence.


  • QualificationsProven record of developing strong relationships with regional and national funders
  • Demonstrated experience developing large-scale solutions and/or partnerships that serve underserved communities and residents
  • Successful record of securing 6- and 7-figure figure gifts from foundations, government entities, and companies
  • Preferred experience working with municipal funders on public-private partnerships
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial setting, managing multiple priorities
  • Exceptional and persuasive written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills with the ability to effectively interface with staff, community leaders, and senior level executives
  • High level of integrity, trust, and accountability along with excellent judgment, intuition, and common sense
  • Collaborative, team-oriented work style with self-motivation and drive to get the job done with little supervision
  • Ability to travel up to 20% 


Essential Functions: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential function of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 


The employee must have the ability to maintain acceptable standards of office conduct; the ability to handle stress, get along with others, and work in a cooperative and team-oriented manner. The employee must have computer skills and the ability to type on a computer. The employee must regularly lift and/or move objects up to 10 pounds. Office days may involve sitting at desk, using computer for 10-12 hours. Other job tasks will require movement around the office. Travel is required (20%).

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement