Community Outreach Coordinator - Washington DC with KaBoom!
Community Outreach Coordinator
Department: Community Outreach
Reports To: Associate Director, Community Outreach
KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to bringing balanced and active play into the daily lives of all kids, particularly those growing up in poverty in America.
Headquarters: 4301 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite ML-100, Washington, DC 20008
Playgrounds Built, Open or Improved: 16,300
Volunteers Organized: 1,000,000+
Children Served: 8.1 million
Community Outreach Coordinators (COCs) are responsible for researching and prospecting a high quality applicant pipeline of child-serving organizations for KaBOOM! grant opportunities across North America. COCs help develop partnerships that align KaBOOM! Funding Partners' interests with the KaBOOM! community build model and community needs. The COC provides support through the screening and selection process. COCs also act as a liaison between community groups and KaBOOM! by helping introduce and publicize KaBOOM! programs, vision and points of view.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Managing a portfolio
- Pursue community organizations for build projects and grant programs that meet KaBOOM! criteria, through internet research and networking.
- Garner grant applications through email and phone communication; analyze submitted applications to determine viability and alignment with funding opportunities.
- Meet or exceed monthly, quarterly and annual job performance goals.
- Become an expert in assigned markets; understand the geography of assigned market and garner knowledge of potential Community Partners.
- Work closely with Community Outreach Specialists in a given geographic market to ensure that the most qualified groups are being identified, taken through our application process, and ultimately confirmed for a grant in a timely manner.
Developing relationships and advocating for groups
- Communicate benefits and obligations of KaBOOM! programs to community organizations to build interest in applying for a grant opportunity.
- Cultivate and manage ongoing relationships with non-profit child-serving organizations.
- Facilitate conference calls with key decision makers and community leaders to set appropriate expectations for KaBOOM! playground builds, educating community groups on the community build model while deciphering strengths and weaknesses of a particular group for a project.
- Present all applicable information about a potential Community Partner to an internal review panel to determine final viability and alignment to a funding opportunity.
- Prepare written recommendations to funding partners for potential Community Partners.
Handling general assignments as needed
- Respond to incoming inquiries from community organizations, providing appropriate resources and information.
- Participate in KaBOOM! promotional activities to promote programs and products of the organization.
- Actively participate in the KaBOOM! staff development program.
- Actively contribute to our inclusive work environment by valuing other people regardless of differences and taking an active role in promoting practices that support diversity, inclusion, and cultural competence.
- Occasional travel may be required.
- BA/BS degree is required along with at least 1-2 years of relevant experience in community outreach, client services, research, and/or community development.
- Possess demonstrated skills in building coalitions among people, organizations and institutions; experience gained in a nonprofit or community organization is a plus.
- Ability to manage multiple tasks and projects at the same time; absorb information quickly but thoroughly.
- Strong interpersonal and listening skills, as well as a strong sense of personal responsibility for one's work are valued.
- Candidate should be self-motivated, a team player, flexible, persistent and able to communicate assertively.
- Precise attention to detail and organizational skills are critical to success in this position.
- Excellent writing and oral skills are required; comfortable with heavy telephone communication (i.e. cold calling).
- Intermediate level MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and Outlook skills.
- Fluency in Spanish is highly desired.
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; the ability to handle stress, get along with others, and work in a cooperative and team oriented manner. The employee must have computer skills and the ability to type on a computer and conduct phone calls.
[This article has been edited by the Operating Team]