Director/Senior Director Permanent Position Portland, OR

For Immediate Hire

THE ORGANIZATION 

Kearns & West is a leader in the collaborative communications field, providing services in public involvement, stakeholder facilitation, community outreach, and mediation, for the public and private sector. Founded in 1984, the small, woman-owned business has offices in Portland, Riverside, San Diego, Sacramento, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC. 

Focusing on positive, mutually beneficial results has allowed Kearns & West to maintain long-term relationships with the people and organizations they assist. The firm’s high-stakes projects include work at local, state, and national levels and cover a variety of sectors including transportation, natural resources, equity and diversity, land use and community planning, major public facilities and infrastructure, energy, water, and marine resources. At the core of all of our projects is finding solutions to advance essential policies and programs. 

Kearns & West is the ideal match for professionals seeking meaningful work, opportunities for growth, and colleagues that are smart, capable and supportive. Once on board, our employees stay for the long term. The entrepreneurial culture at Kearns & West values employee initiatives in practice innovation and business development. Compensation and benefits at Kearns & West are also highly competitive with firms in our field. 

THE POSITION 

Kearns & West seeks Director or Senior Director in our Portland, Oregon office. This position involves a wide range of responsibilities and roles, including: all aspects of planning and executing a full range of stakeholder-focused meetings, workshop, and other forums; applying a diverse set of process skills including facilitation and mediation; designing and conducting effective public involvement; strategic planning; development of project proposals and identification of new business opportunities; project and client management; and contract administration.  

Candidates from a variety of backgrounds, including dispute resolution, public policy, and communications will be considered. An interest in collaborative problem-solving and effective communications is essential. This position requires a non-partisan, neutral approach to policy issues and solutions consistent with K&W’s principles of impartiality. 

In particular, the position offers the right candidate the opportunity to build or advance a career in engagement and dispute resolution, including planning and executing stakeholder input processes; supporting clients in building their negotiation capabilities; assessing complex issues; engaging diverse communities and constituencies in public policy processes; developing collaboration information gathering and planning processes; developing consensus-backed plans, policies and settlements; and translating consensus into agreements, implementation and adaptive management programs. The position provides an opportunity to work on projects throughout the Pacific Northwest as well as the possibility of involvement in state-wide and national projects.  

THE IDEAL CANDIDATE 

The ideal candidate will be someone with experience in the policy arena and demonstrated interest in a range of collaborative engagement and conflict resolution skills. This candidate will also have a track record of successful client development and strategic decision making. The ideal candidate will be enthusiastic in joining the K&W team as a senior member. 

In addition, the ideal candidate will be: 

  • Committed to good public policy, integrity and positive solutions 
  • Able to both lead and contribute to teams and groups 
  • Organized and prepared to contribute to broader team organization 
  • Comfortable planning and facilitating stakeholder meetings, workshops, and other forums of diverse sizes, as well as public meetings that involve a high level of conflict 
  • Committed to business development and growing Kearns & West’s collaboration practice sector and/or a pre-existing client base 
  • Willing to mentor and support other team members in their professional development 
  • Adaptable and flexible
  • An effective and reliable communicator and skilled writer 
  • Able to reliably set priorities, manage multiple tasks, and meet project deadlines 
  • Able to work and balance multiple projects for multiple clients 
  • Successful at balancing working as part of a team with working independently 
  • Comfortable operating in a small (6-8 person) office environment and collaborating virtually with inter-office teams (based in San Francisco/Los Angeles/Sacramento/Davis/Atlanta/Washington, DC).  

QUALIFICATIONS 

This position requires a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree. An advanced degree or education and/or policy-level experience in government or the private sector is preferred.  

Successful candidates will have 8-12 years of experience with stakeholder 

engagement, meeting facilitation, conflict management and resolution, local and regional government, public policy, and/or community relations. Experience in the fields of transportation, equity, and natural resources is desired. A background in communications, stakeholder engagement and facilitation consulting is highly desirable. Demonstrated success in building client relationships and generating business is desired. Fluency in Spanish is a significant plus.  

Applicant must demonstrate strong computer skills with proficiency in Microsoft Office. 

COMPENSATION 

The salary for this position is open and will be dependent upon the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate. In addition, benefits are provided which include: profit-sharing; 401K; bonuses; health, dental and disability insurance; vacation and holidays; and more. 

HOW TO APPLY 

Please apply immediately by submitting cover letter and resume to personnel@kearnswest.com with the subject “Portland Director/Senior Director Opening.” Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled. 

Project Coordinator Opportunity in Denver, CO

THE ORGANIZATION

Kearns & West is a leader in the collaborative communications field, providing services in public involvement, stakeholder facilitation, community outreach, and mediation, for the public and private sector. Founded in 1984, the small, woman- owned business has offices in Austin, Denver, Portland, San Francisco, Riverside, San Diego, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Washington, DC. Kearns & West is committed to maintaining a diverse workplace and is an Equal Opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.

Focusing on positive, mutually beneficial results has allowed Kearns & West to maintain long-term relationships with the people and organizations they assist. The firm’s high-stakes projects include work at local, state, and national levels and cover a variety of sectors including transportation, land use and community planning, major public facilities and infrastructure, natural resources, energy, water, and marine resources. At the core of all of our projects is finding solutions to advance essential policies and programs.

Kearns & West is the ideal match for professionals seeking meaningful work, opportunities for growth, and colleagues that are smart, capable and supportive. Once on board, our employees stay for the long term. The entrepreneurial culture at Kearns & West values employee initiatives in practice innovation and business development. Compensation and benefits at Kearns & West are also highly competitive with firms in our field.

THE POSITION

Kearns & West seeks a Project Coordinator in the Denver, Colorado office. The candidate will support a range of stakeholder engagement, communications, problem solving, dispute resolution, and public engagement and outreach projects. It is likely this position will focus on projects in the transportation sector. The position provides an opportunity to work on projects around the state as well as the possibility of involvement in regional and national projects.

The position involves a wide range of responsibilities and roles including:

  • Leading or supporting coordination of meeting logistics
  • Attending meetings with stakeholders and providing logistics and note taking support
  • Developing meeting summaries and reports
  • Communications and outreach support
  • Preparation of informational materials for stakeholders and the public
  • Project research
  • Proofreading reports and other documents
  • Database management
  • Business development support including assistance with coordinating, tracking, and writing project proposals
  • Tracking project activities and deadlines
  • General staff support and maintaining office operations
  • Administrative duties
  • Managing staffing schedules
  • Coordinating invoicing and expenses
  • And more…

QUALIFICATIONS

Successful candidate will have a bachelor’s degree and a background/interest in transportation, community/regional planning, natural resource management, renewable energy, environmental/public policy issues, air quality, public involvement, conflict resolution, peacebuilding and mediation. One to three years of work experience is preferred. Fluency in Spanish is highly desirable but not required.

We are looking for someone who is:

  • Organized and detail-oriented
  • Prepared to contribute to our full team
  • Adaptable and flexible
  • Self-motivated and comfortable working independently
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment
  • An effective and reliable communicator
  • Interested in learning facilitation skills and growing to facilitate complex public policy issues
  • Comfortable with taking direction yet able to take the initiative as needed
  • Able to reliably set priorities, manage multiple tasks, and meet deadlines
  • Able to work and balance multiple projects for multiple clients
  • Successful at balancing working as part of a team with working independently

Applicant must demonstrate strong computer skills with proficiency in Microsoft Office and database management. Graphic design and InDesign skills are desirable, but not required.

COMPENSATION

Compensation will depend on the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate.

HOW TO APPLY

Please apply immediately by submitting cover letter and resume to personnel@kearnswest.com with the subject “Denver Project Coordinator Opening.” Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled.

Additionally, we are always interested in hearing from potential colleagues at the senior level who would be interested in joining our Kearns & West affiliates team on a contract basis. If you are interested, we encourage you to submit your qualifications and resume to personnel@kearnswest.com with the subject “Denver Affiliate Interest.”

Associate Opportunity in Denver, CO

THE ORGANIZATION 

Kearns & West is a leader in the collaborative communications field, providing services in public involvement, stakeholder facilitation, community outreach, and mediation, for the public and private sector. Founded in 1984, the small, woman-owned business has offices in Austin, Denver, Portland, San Francisco, Riverside, San Diego, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Washington, DC. Kearns & West is committed to maintaining a diverse workplace and is an Equal Opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. 

THE POSITION 

Kearns & West seeks an Associate in our Denver, Colorado office. The candidate will support a range of stakeholder engagement, communications, problem solving, dispute resolution, and public engagement and outreach projects across the firm. It is likely this position will focus on projects in the transportation sector. The position provides an opportunity to work on projects around the state as well as the possibility of involvement in regional and national projects. 

The position involves a wide range of responsibilities and roles including:

  • Support for multi-party collaboratives involving complex, high-profile public policy issues
  • Leading or supporting the coordination of meeting logistics
  • Documenting stakeholder engagement and community meetings, including notetaking, report preparation, and database management
  • Communications and outreach support
  • Tracking project activities and deadlines
  • Preparation of informational materials for stakeholders and the public
  • Project research
  • Administrative duties
  • Digital engagement and social media
  • Business development and development of project proposals including budgets
  • Project management, contract administration, and invoice preparation
  • Proofreading reports and other documents
  • And more…

QUALIFICATIONS 

The successful candidate will have a bachelor’s degree and a background/interest in transportation, community/regional planning, environmental/public policy issues, natural resource management, renewable energy, transmission, air quality, public involvement, conflict resolution, peacebuilding and mediation. Two to five years of experience is preferred. 

We are looking for someone who is: 

  • Organized and prepared to contribute to our full team
  • Adaptable and flexible
  • Self-motivated and comfortable working independently
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment
  • An effective and reliable communicator
  • Interested in learning facilitation skills and growing to facilitate complex public policy issues
  • Comfortable with taking direction yet able to take the initiative as needed
  • Able to reliably set priorities, manage multiple tasks, and meet project deadlines
  • Able to work and balance multiple projects for multiple clients
  • Successful at balancing working as part of a team with working independently

Applicant must demonstrate strong computer skills with proficiency in Microsoft Office and database management, and proficiency or interest in webinar, website, and data analysis technologies. Graphic design and Adobe Creative Suite skills are desirable, but not required. 

COMPENSATION 

Compensation will depend on the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate. 

HOW TO APPLY 

Please apply immediately by submitting cover letter and resume to personnel@kearnswest.com with the subject “Denver Associate Opening.” Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled. 

Additionally, we are always interested in hearing from potential colleagues at the senior level who would be interested in joining our Kearns & West affiliates team on a contract basis. If you are interested, we encourage you to submit your qualifications and resume to personnel@kearnswest.com with the subject “Denver Affiliate Interest.” 

Senior Associate Equity and Environmental Justice Focus, San Francisco, CA

THE POSITION

Kearns & West seeks to hire an Associate or Senior Associate with responsibilities in project management, public outreach, stakeholder engagement, facilitation and communications, planning/logistics and business development in support of our work. A key focus is on supporting our equitable and inclusive engagement practice, which participates in a growing portfolio of projects.

The Associate/Senior Associate will work with the project team to carry out communications, public outreach and stakeholder engagement. The Associate/Senior Associate will work with stakeholders representing local communities, as well as representatives from local, state and federal agencies, tribes, advocacy organizations, business industries and local interests. The Associate/Senior Associate would also be supporting strategic meetings with clients to implement outreach and engagement plans. Most of the projects are based in Northern California and are centered in the San Francisco Bay Area, but projects could include work throughout California and across the United States.

Given our expanding portfolio of projects, a candidate’s interest and experience in community planning, transportation, air quality, energy and climate is highly desirable. Candidates come from a variety of backgrounds, but past work with local, state and/or federal government agencies on planning, collaborative problem-solving, communications, community development, public policy, and/or dispute resolution projects is preferred.  

Key responsibilities include the following:

  • Interaction with diverse stakeholders, including clients, community members, and others on a range of sensitive issues and topics
  • Support team and project management
  • Facilitation of stakeholder discussions, group meetings, and events
  • Graphic communication (e.g., presentations, videos, brochures, websites)
  • Coordinating and participating in community outreach events, including in-language events and meetings with a wide diversity of audiences
  • Planning and executing stakeholder and public meetings or other forums (including logistics)
  • Research and writing of survey summaries, meeting summaries, public comments, and outreach plans for many types of audiences (including environmental justice communities, multilingual communities, business groups, elected officials, etc.)
  • Implementing engagement plans, including maintaining detailed calendars, schedules, and task lists
  • Development of strategic plans
  • Development of project proposals including budgets, business development, contract administration, and invoice and expense report preparation.
  • Client interface on certain aspects of the outreach and engagement planning.

QUALIFICATIONS

We’re looking for someone who is:

  • Organized and prepared to contribute to the collaborative culture of our organization
  • Adaptable and flexible
  • Comfortable working with community partners and stakeholder organizations
  • Self-motivated and comfortable working independently, yet successful at balancing working as part of a team
  • An effective and reliable communicator
  • Comfortable facilitating discussions and making presentations
  • Comfortable taking direction and empowered to take the initiative
  • Comfortable with client interface
  • Able to reliably set priorities, manage and meet project deadlines on multiple projects for multiple clients, in a fast-paced environment.
  • Comfortable working in a small 20-person office environment and collaborating virtually with inter-office teams (based in Sacramento; Portland; Southern California; Washington, DC; and Atlanta). 
  • Able to travel in Northern California, as needed

EDUCATION, CERTIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

MINIMUM EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent. Master degree, other advanced degree, or educational equivalent is a plus, and may be considered in lieu of work experience.

PREFERRED EXPERIENCE: Successful Associate or Senior Associate candidates will have 3-7 years of work experience, with a background in equity and environmental justice issues as they pertain to various environmental policy sectors (e.g., water, air, climate, biodiversity), land-use, transportation, urban planning, conflict management and resolution, public stakeholder engagement and strategic communications, local and regional government, public policy, and/or community relations. Fluency in Spanish is highly desirable.

REQUIRED SKILLS: Strong writing, presentation, and teamwork skills. Fluency in MS Office (Word, PowerPoint, and Excel).

DESIRED SKILLS: Experience with online collaboration tools. Proficiency with database management, Adobe Creative Suite software, and social media tools. Graphic design.

COMPENSATION

Compensation will be dependent upon the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate. Kearns & West provides a competitive package of benefits.

HOW TO APPLY

Please apply with a cover letter and resume to personnel@kearnswest.com.