Director, Partnership Development

Director, Partnership Development

Director, Partnership Development 150 150 arich
August 5, 2022
Contact Name (not public)
Alisa Rich


About KABOOM!:
KABOOM! works nationally to achieve playspace equity: where every kid has access to high-quality playspaces. We do this by amplifying the power of communities to build inspiring play spaces that spark unlimited opportunities for every kid, everywhere. We believe that the right to play is a social justice issue, and that systemic and structural racism has created a gap in access to play for communities of color; therefore, we center racial equity in pursuit of playspace equity We know that creating equitable access to play opportunities requires cross-sector partnerships and systems-level solutions and are driven to lead this collaboration.
Position Summary:
The Director of Partnership Development is an experienced fundraising leader who is motivated in making transformative change addressing the inequities that exist for kids in communities across the country. This regional position is responsible for developing meaningful partnerships with corporations, securing funding from national, regional and state-focused foundations and building relationships with strategic partners to further advance our mission. The Director plays a vital role in expanding the funding base of KABOOM! by developing and delivering compelling cases for support and shepherding prospective funding partners through every phase of the cultivation cycle. The Director also steers and grows a portfolio of relationships towards large-scale partnerships, strategic initiatives, and other sustainable growth strategies in support of our 5-year organizational plan. Equity and community responsiveness are at the center of our work and the Director of Partnership Development has the ability to lead and co-create partnerships with internal and external stakeholders.
Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Develop and secure strategic and philanthropic partnerships that will help advance our mission to close the playspace equity gap and reach organizational budget goals of $20M+
  • Develop and implement effective fundraising strategies within a targeted region, including an overall funding landscape analysis
  • Cultivate a portfolio of prospective funding partners within targeted geographies and aligned with organizational priorities, including racial equity and child development outcomes in health, learning, and resiliency
  • Collaborate with KABOOM! peers and leadership to write and deliver compelling proposals and presentations, manage partnerships, and deliver impact reports to funders
  • Help shape and implement our coalition-building strategy, which aims to galvanize local partners necessary to address playspace disparities in targeted geographies,
  • Support the development of key public-private partnerships by helping overcome challenges, developing creative solutions, and satisfying geographic-specific goals
  • Stay abreast of philanthropic trends and proactively explore partnerships with mission-aligned organizations and funders in the public and private sectors
  • Actively contribute to our equity-informed and inclusive work environment by taking an active role in promoting practices that support diversity, inclusion, and belonging
  • Fully embrace our organizational values of partnership, humility, equity, play and accountability
Education and Experience Required:
  • Bachelor's degree and at least 10 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified. Proven experience in large-scale, new business revenue generation, managing funder relationships and growing a portfolio of multi-year gifts
  • Deep understanding of the current funding environment, with an exceptional ability to build strong cases for support that align with funder priorities, and creating a common purpose across multiple stakeholders
  • Past experience cultivating and growing existing funder and/or strategic partner relationships with executive-level stakeholders
  • Proven ability to thrive in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial setting with aggressive deadlines; managing multiple priorities and projects at once, while balancing long-term goals with daily demands
  • Exceptional and persuasive written, oral, interpersonal and presentation skills with the ability to effectively interface with staff, community leaders and senior level executives
  • A sharp mind, top-notch critical thinking and organizational capabilities, adept at quickly absorbing information from various angles, always keeping an eye on the big picture while maintaining superior attention to detail
  • High level of integrity, trust and accountability along with excellent judgment, intuition, and common sense as well as the right blend of professional confidence with a keen sense of diplomacy
  • Collaborative, team-oriented work style with self-motivation and drive to get the job done with little supervision
    Additional Requirements:
    Individual has the ability and willingness to build relationships across differences and discuss issues of structural and institutional racism.
    Essential Job Functions:
    Office Staff – “Ability to maintain acceptable standards of office conducts and work cooperatively as an effective team member of a diverse and inclusive workforce. Communicates with others, sits or moves about the office to coordinate work and uses a computer as well as other office equipment as needed.”           
    Note: 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. COVID-19 vaccination required.

How To Apply

Interested applicants should apply directly to this job announcement with a cover letter and updated copy of their resume.

KABOOM! is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity employer that is dedicated to giving all kids – regardless of color or zip code – the childhood they deserve through great, safe places to play. We prioritize diversity, equity and inclusion as an integral part of our culture. We strongly encourage people of color (including bilingual and bicultural), all genders and gender identities, people of all abilities, LGBTQ individuals, veterans and national service alumni to apply.