Community Build Manager

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Commensurate with experience




District of Columbia
United States


Position Name: Community Build Manager

Department: Project Management

Reports to: Associate Director, Project Management

Job Summary:

The Community Build Manager (CBM) will assist in and lead the coordination and execution of KaBOOM! community-built playground projects and activities culminating in a one day volunteer event. The CBM coaches the community partner and funding partner through project planning and provides the planning teams with specific resources and tools to achieve positive changes within their communities. The CBM will shadow a Project Manager on all elements of a community-built project prior to leading her/his first project. The CBM will serve as a Build Day Second and a Third for multiple builds in the first 2 – 3 months and will lead approximately 6 - 9 projects during the first year. The CBMs will be closely supervised by project management team leadership on their first few projects and will gradually gain autonomy and authority over the decisions made on each of their projects.

CBMs will be responsible for working with the Community Outreach team on conducting Outreach, researching and prospecting a high quality applicant pipeline of child-serving organizations for KaBOOM! playground grant opportunities across North America. CBMs will also act as a liaison between community groups and KaBOOM! by helping introduce and publicize KaBOOM! programs, vision and points of view. The CBM will perform various support tasks including, but not limited to: updating procedures, research/knowledge sharing, facilitating planning calls for Project Managers who are traveling, taking minutes for Project Managers on their planning calls, assisting Project Managers with travel arrangements, analyzing findings from post build reports, assisting with developing on-going training, assisting, as needed, with special organization-wide projects and programs. Playground projects are located across the United States, Canada and Mexico. Significant amount of travel (up to 60%), including weekends, is required for execution of the KaBOOM! Design Day and KaBOOM! Build Day events. Proficiency in written and spoken Spanish is preferred for this position. CBMs are expected to satisfy state testing eligibility requirements and pass the Certified Playground Safety Inspector exam within 1 year of employment.

KaBOOM! is an EOE dedicated to workforce diversity - women, people of color and LGBTQ+ individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Managing KaBOOM! projects

  • Coordinate playspace build projects to exceed the expectations set for each project.
  • Efficiently solve problems and ensure a consistent standard of quality and success for each project.
  • Generate project reports and documentation for internal and external review.
  • Inspire and guide community partners and funding partners through the project planning process.
  • Coordinate logistical planning and execution of Build Day.
  • Prepare equipment and material orders, coordinate vendor deliveries, and stage equipment
  • Precisely manage project expenses for construction, equipment, materials, and travel.
  • Manage small and large teams of volunteers.
  • Facilitate KaBOOM! Design and Build Days to empower the community and corporate sponsors.
  • Carryout a variety of mandatory administrative tasks related to the position.
  • Lead and motivate others through public speaking and articulation of KaBOOM! mission.

Developing and maintaining relationships with project partners

  • Provide excellent internal and external customer service.
  • Establish and manage working relationships with a diverse set of community members, including youth.
  • Establish and manage working relationships with funding partners to exceed their expectations of success.
  • Provide guidance and counsel to planning teams, including representatives from non-profits, corporations, government agencies, grassroots organizations and various diverse community groups.
  • Respond to partner queries regarding the project and playground information.
  • Create project reports in a timely manner.

Conduct outreach for potential Community Partners

  • Pursue community organizations for build projects that meet KaBOOM! criteria, through internet research and networking.
  • Garner playground grant applications through email and phone communication; analyze submitted applications to determine viability and alignment with funding opportunities.
  • Meet or exceed monthly, quarterly and annual job performance goals.
  • Work closely with Community Outreach Coordinators in a given geographic market to ensure that the most qualified groups are being identified, taken through our application process, and ultimately confirmed for a project in a timely manner.

Handling general assignments as needed

  • Perform as Build “Second” and “Third” on projects (travel is required to the location of the event).
  • Complete administrative duties as needed or required.
  • Participate in KaBOOM! promotional activities to promote programs and products of the organization.
  • Actively participate in the KaBOOM! staff development program.
  • Conduct research for the organization in the areas of safe and healthy play, playground design & construction, community building, child development and other related topics.   
  • Actively contributes to our inclusive work environment by valuing other people regardless of differences and takes an active role in promoting practices that support diversity, inclusion, and cultural competence.


Proficiency in written and spoken Spanish is preferred for this position. Candidates should have project/event management experience and the ability to manage multiple tasks and projects at the same time. Strong coordination, organization, interpersonal, and communication skills, as well as a strong sense of personal responsibility for one’s work are valued. The ideal candidate should be self-motivated, a team player, flexible and able to bring a high level of energy to everything (s)he does. Precise attention to detail and organizational skills are critical to success in this position. Physical strength and/or stamina are important for Build Days where the work is done outdoors during 8 to 12 hour work days and requires heavy lifting. The ability to work with a diverse community of volunteers and corporations and large numbers of people is essential. Excellent writing and oral skills are also required. Prior construction related experience is helpful but not required. Bachelor’s degree is desired along with relevant project management /event management experience.

Employee must have a valid driver’s license and a good driving record at all times. In addition, (s)he must be comfortable driving large passenger vehicles, as he/she will be required to drive rental vehicles and/or a KaBOOM! van. Finally, the employee will travel alone up to 60% of the time necessitating map interpretation skills. 

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. 

On average, 60% travel is required across North America (to include some weekends). The employee will be required to lift up to 100 lbs. and to reach above head, holding pieces of playground equipment weighing up to 40 pounds. Similarly, the employee must be able to bend down, walk on uneven surfacing, and operate a wheelbarrow containing up to 200 pounds. The employee will often use a shovel to scoop and lift mulch onto a tarp, then carry the tarp filled with mulch (weighing up to 40 pounds) a distance of up to 200 feet. This process may be repeated multiple times for up to 6 hours. The employee will need motor skills to operate tools, such as hammers, wrenches, ratchets, drills, shovels, rakes, wheelbarrows, post hole diggers, and allen keys. Some Build Days and preparation for Build Days may entail being on one’s feet for 15 hours. While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works in outside weather conditions (rain or shine) on sites with much moving construction equipment and potentially loud noises. 


When not working outside, the employee must have the ability to maintain acceptable standards of office conduct, along with 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.  Office days may involve sitting at a desk, using a computer or phone for 8 hours. Other job tasks will require movement around the office.


This job description does not constitute an employee agreement between the employer and the employee; this description is subject to change by the employer as the needs and requirements of the job change.


Competitive benefits package

Level of Language Proficiency

English - fluent

Spanish - full professional working proficiency preferred

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

2-year degree

How To Apply

Individuals interested in applying for this position are encouraged to go to and select Community Build Manager – DC or CA. 

Applications submitted without a cover letter will not be considered.