Senior Manager, City Partnerships


Brief Summary of Position:

The Senior Manager, City Partnerships is an integral member of the City Engagement team, providing guidance on team priorities, engaging in strategic planning and goal-setting, and understanding city dynamics to both recommend and implement city engagement plans in priority cities. The City Engagement team plays a critical role in supporting the mission of KaBOOM! by fostering strong partnerships with city governments, local elected officials, and community leaders.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Help shape the strategy for establishing and maintaining city partnerships in collaboration with the Director, City Partnerships
  • Research key local issues, stay abreast of trends and developments, and proactively identify opportunities for collaboration with government agencies in priority cities
  • Coordinate, manage, and actively engage local officials to provide input and guidance on program implementation and assess if there is potential for a large-scale, long-term partnership
  • Support and lead implementation of key public-private partnerships by helping overcome challenges, developing creative solutions, and satisfying city-specific goals
  • Conduct presentations, workshops, and trainings to highlight innovative play opportunities and showcase the work of KaBOOM! at national, regional and local conferences and meetings of local government officials
  • Understand the landscape of play among mission-aligned organizations with city networks to explore possible partnerships and elevate the conversation around playability among local government officials
  • Support KaBOOM! efforts to overcome historic hurdles in key cities and provide innovative ideas for building transformational partnerships
  • Actively contribute to our inclusive work environment by valuing other people regardless of differences and take an active role in promoting practices that support diversity, inclusion, and cultural competence.
  • Some domestic travel is required.


  • Passion for the mission of KaBOOM! paired with expertise in a related field (e.g., public policy, urban/city planning, public health, education)
  • Bachelor’s degree with at least five years of work experience in a related field
  • Experience and demonstrated record of success working with city-level government, either as a partner or from within, particularly as it relates to city administrative, legislative and budgeting processes
  • Ability to interact effectively with local officials and all levels of city agency staff
  • Deep understanding of the nuances of government bureaucracy, including a sensing mechanism for complex political dynamics and how to diplomatically work within those dynamics
  • A sharp mind with top-notch critical thinking and organizational capabilities, adept at quickly absorbing information and inputs 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 proceed with opportunities in cities
  • Openness and ability to thrive in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial setting with aggressive deadlines and significant ambiguity, manage multiple priorities and projects at once, and balance long-term goals with day-to-day demands 
  • High level of integrity, trust and accountability
  • Excellent judgment, intuition, and common sense as well as the right blend of professional confidence with a keen sense of diplomacy
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills as well as interpersonal and relationship-building skills, with a focus on strong customer service
  • Collaborative and team-oriented working style, combined with self-motivation and drive to get the job done with little supervision
  • Proactive and creative problem-solver, with ability to identify and anticipate challenges, analyze options, and recommend solutions
  • Excitement for an environment that balances fun and professionalism

An exceptional candidate will have:

  • Master’s degree in Public Administration, Public Policy, Public Health, or related field
  • An existing network of relationships with stakeholders in city governments
  • Experience managing key relationships with strategic decision-makers
  • Experience advocating on behalf of underserved communities when competing for extremely limited resources

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
  •          Be an effective team player who can argue like they’re always right and listen like they’re always wrong
  •         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

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.

Washington, DC
Due Date: 
Friday, September 29, 2017
Posted by Mary.Fichtner on August 30, 2017 - 9:39am