Experienced Fundraiser, Foundations & Strategic Partnerships

  • KaBOOM!
  • Washington, DC, USA
  • Aug 05, 2019
Full time Business Development Nonprofit-Social Services

Job Description

KaBOOM! is looking for a passionate, self-motivated team player to join the Partnership Development team in Washington, D.C. This position is an integral member of the Partnership Development team and is responsible for securing funding from new national, regional and state-focused foundations to increase and diversify our revenue over time to expand the funding base of KaBOOM!. The incumbent will play a vital role in identifying and securing new foundation partnerships, developing and delivering compelling cases for support, and shepherding prospective funding partners through every phase of the cultivation cycle. They will work in close partnership with our Corporate and City Partnerships team to steer our portfolio of foundation relationships towards public-private partnerships, strategic initiatives, and other sustainable growth strategies.  

What you'll do:

  • Work as part of a new foundations team to develop and secure strategic philanthropic partnerships that will help advance our mission to close the play equity gap
  • Help meet community play infrastructure needs through our growing menu of play solutions by identifying and securing six and seven figure grants that will allow us to test and scale
  • Secure seven and eight figure multi-year partnerships through the development and cultivation of key relationships with the foundations funding community
  • Write and deliver compelling grant proposals and presentations, provide reports to funders, and identify new prospects
  • Stay abreast of philanthropic trends and proactively identify funding opportunities in collaboration with the public and private sectors
  • Understand the landscape of play among mission-aligned organizations and funders to explore possible partnerships, particularly ones that are aligned with city and municipal priorities 
  • Collaborate with KaBOOM! colleagues to secure funding that supports the organization's strategic goals and advances our sustainable growth, city and innovation priorities 
  • Actively contribute to our equity-informed and 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

What you have:

  • Bachelor's degree and 5+ years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified
  • Proven experience securing and managing funder relationships with national, regional and state-focused foundations, with a focus on health and early childhood education funders a plus; developing public private partnerships; managing effective fundraising programs and securing six to seven figure multi-year grants
  • Deep understanding of the foundation 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 that result in the resources and revenue required to advance what is possible through our work
  • Proven record of success in cultivating and growing existing funder relationships
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and conveying large-scale, systems-change solutions and/or partnerships that serve communities experiencing chronic disinvestment 
  • Openness and ability to thrive in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial setting with aggressive deadlines and significant ambiguity; management of 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
  • Ability to effectively distill large amounts of information and provide recommendations on how to build public private partnerships
  • 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
  • Excitement for an environment that balances fun and professionalism
  • New business development and/or experience a plus
  • Ability to travel up to 30%

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 gender expressions and gender identities, people of all abilities, LGBTQ individuals, veterans and national service alumni to apply.