• 05-Jul-2017 to 03-Oct-2017 (EST)
  • External Affairs
  • Washington, D.C., DC, USA
  • Full Time

Position Name:  Senior Manager, Strategic Communications

Department:  External Affairs

Reports To:  Director, Strategic Communications

Classification:  Exempt


Brief Summary of Position:

The Senior Manager, Strategic Communications is responsible for the internal and external communications for KaBOOM! programming, including partnership promotion related to major corporate funders; media opportunities; social media and internal communications; playspace projects and overall communications activities. S/he is also responsible for ensuring the integrity of and helping to maintain all external KaBOOM! communications assets and assisting in the development of marketing collateral, as well as social media planning.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop and execute organizational communications strategies to support the overall KaBOOM! mission and vision.
  • Provide strategic guidance and content to implement corporate partner programs and outreach plans for new partner leads.
  • Lead the creation of content for internal and external needs, including press releases, media advisories, one-pagers, talking points, quotes, blogs, newsletters, annual reports, videos, special events, campaigns, etc.
  • Offer an internal "client service" type experience, demonstrating the ability to manage priorities while maintaining strong relationships with internal, cross-functional team members.
  • Act as project manager creating timelines and action plans to drive key projects to completion.
  • Build relationships with media, seeking opportunities to highlight our work.
  • Develop social media strategies for communications plans that drive national and local engagement.
  • Provide media guidance and support for high-profile KaBOOM!-led playground builds.
  • Actively contribute 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.


  • Bachelors' degree in communications, public relations, journalism, marketing or related field.
  • At least seven years of marketing and communications experience.
  • Outstanding written communication skills including experience preparing press releases, news articles, presentations, video scripts, reports and promotional content.
  • Corporate and non-profit experience is strongly desired.
  • Demonstrated success pitching and working with members of the media.
  • Ability to work effectively in informal and formal teams with individuals from diverse backgrounds.
  • Outstanding verbal communication skills including experience giving presentations and working with the media at events and conducting interviews.
  • Ability to work independently and within a team environment.
  • Ability to proactively manage multiple work tasks in a timely, efficient manner.
  • Working knowledge of online media tracking tools.
  • Design and video creation experience is a plus.

Other Skills, Abilities and Attributes

To ensure successful job performance, candidate must:

  • Possess the skills necessary to prioritize, multi-task and thrive in a culture of rapid change (learn quickly from multiple sources; possess well-developed analytical, planning, organization, and problem solving skills).
  • Model the behaviors that demonstrate commitment to KaBOOM! vision, mission, culture and values.
  • Be committed to accomplish objectives through the skills of persuasion, influence and negotiation.
  • Possess a high level of self-confidence and be willing to challenge conventional wisdom and the status-quo
  • Possess the orientation and ability necessary to collaborate and work effectively as a member of a diverse, high-performing, and inclusive team.
  • Possess effective communication skills (listening, oral, written and presentation).
  • Possess an excellent customer service orientation.

Essential Functions of Job:

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 and work cooperatively as an effective team member of a diverse workforce.  The employee typically sits or moves about to coordinate work along with using a computer and other office equipment.    

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.

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.

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