Community Playground Organizer
About the organization
KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to giving all kids – especially those living in poverty – the childhood they deserve through great, safe places to play. KaBOOM! inspires communities to make play the easy choice and works to drive the national discussion about the importance of PLAYces. KaBOOM! has collaborated with partners to build or restore more than 17,000 playspaces, engaged more than 1.5 million volunteers and served over 9 million kids.
KaBOOM! is looking for a playful, self-motivated and equity-minded Community Playground Organizer to join our Project Management team in Washington, D.C. As a Community Playground Organizer, working in historically overlooked communities and often in communities of color, you will play a key role in working with these communities through the coordination and execution of KaBOOM! community-built playground projects across the country. Through an equity lens, you will guide communities through the design and planning process, culminating in a one-day volunteer event that acts as a springboard for further community change.
What you’ll do:
Plan KaBOOM! community-built playground projects by leading about 8 weeks of preparation by volunteer committees securing local resources needed for their one-day playground Build, including volunteers, food and tools
Facilitate a high-energy, playful Design Day to kick off projects by asking the kids and adults to design their dream playground
Manage 30+ volunteers for two days to prepare and organize construction materials for the playground Build Day
Manage and motivate 200+ volunteers to work together to build a safe new playground in just 6 hours
Develop and maintain relationships with community, corporate and foundation project partners
Participate in a team-based work environment and work together with other departments at KaBOOM! for general mission support as needed
What you have:
1-3 years of project/event management experience and bachelor's degree preferred
Ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse communities and backgrounds, and with a diverse, high-performing and inclusive team
Ability to travel up to 60% of the time during certain months, including weekends
Strong coordination, prioritization, organization, interpersonal, and communication skills, as well as a strong sense of personal responsibility for your work
Meticulous attention to detail
Effective communication skills (listening, oral, written and presentation)
Valid U.S. driver’s license and good driving record
Prior construction related experience is helpful but not required
Proficiency in written and spoken Spanish is a plus
Please submit a thoughtful cover letter with your application.
Equal Opportunity Employment
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