Come play with us!

KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to giving all kids, particularly those growing up in poverty in America, the childhood they deserve filled with balanced and active play, so they can thrive. Since 1996, KaBOOM! has collaborated with partners to build, open, or improve more than 17,000 playgrounds, engaged more than 1.5 million volunteers, and served 9 million kids. We believe that when kids play, we all win.

The Manager, Creative Services on the External Affairs team is responsible for stewarding the KaBOOM! brand across a variety of audiences and mediums, including through all of our print materials, branded collateral, and photographic and video assets. He/she will manage in-house and external vendor/freelancer activities, ensuring project milestones and expectations are met.

KaBOOM! is an EOE dedicated to workforce diversity; people of color and LGBTQ+ individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage the creation of all brand and creative concepts for KaBOOM!, effectively positioning our cause, initiatives and the impact of our work across all stakeholders and audiences
  • Maintain brand consistency by ensuring materials are developed following the KaBOOM! Style Guide; updating and appending the KaBOOM! Style Guide as needed
  • Develop solutions with internal clients and external vendors, synthesizing complex concepts into cohesive, on-brand assets that motivate the intended audience into action
  • Develop creative briefs, budgets and project schedules to guide the creation of new materials
  • Maintain supply of print collateral for departmental events and programs
  • Make recommendations regarding the content and format of key KaBOOM! materials, such as the annual report
  • Regularly communicate the progress and status of projects with supervisor and KaBOOM! staff through digital communications platforms and department/status meetings
  • Manage all creative vendors, freelancers, interns and subordinate designers
  • Maintain in-house lightbox and toolkit for staff to self-develop their own materials
  • Create materials and assets as needed
  • 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

Qualifications:

Can Do!

Candidates should have the ability to manage multiple tasks and projects at the same time. Candidates should demonstrate the ability to effectively shift course when faced with changing circumstances, rising to the challenge of unfamiliar tasks or issues.

Will Do!

Candidates should be willing to take on new tasks and responsibilities as they grow in their position and in the organization.

Team Fit!

The ideal candidate should be self-motivated, a team player, flexible and able to bring a high level of energy to everything they do. Candidates should be quick to respond to team needs while maintaining excellence in the quality of their work.

Damn Quick!

Strong coordination, organization, interpersonal, and communication skills are valued. Precise attention to detail and organizational skills are critical to success in this position.

Damn Smart!

A bachelor's degree along with 4+ years of graphic design experience is required.

We have a fun and dynamic work atmosphere filled with talented and passionate Boomers who want to make a difference in kids' lives. Individuals interested in applying for this position are encouraged to go to kaboom.org/careers and select Manager, Creative Services. Please make sure to include a thoughtful cover letter. This position will be based in our Washington, DC office