Project Manager Position in Washington, DC

Project Manager
Permanent Position
Washington, DC

The Organization

Kearns & West’s Washington, DC Office has an opening for a project manager. Kearns & West is a national collaborative problem solving, dispute resolution, and strategic communications firm with offices in Washington, DC, Sacramento/Davis, Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco, CA, and Portland, OR. We provide a spectrum of services including project management; outreach and engagement; process and meeting design, conflict resolution including mediation; collaborative decision making; and strategic planning. We work extensively – but not exclusively – on public policy decision making, conflict resolution, and citizen engagement across a broad spectrum of issues. Our collaborative programs are designed to identify and organize a range of issues, opinions, goals and interests into clear, productive processes that lead to successful conclusions for diverse parties and key stakeholders.

Kearns & West’s mission: Organizations impacting society operate within a complex framework of needs, policies, interests, and markets. Kearns & West navigates this framework to help clients collaborate, communicate vision, and create productive connections with their stakeholders, employees and customers.

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The Position

This is a mid-level position that will primarily support project management, collaborative problem solving, strategic planning, dispute resolution, public outreach and engagement, and communications processes with private sector and federal government clients, with a focus on the Department of the Interior. This position will also support our broader Collaborative Solutions practice described above.

The position involves multiple responsibilities and roles including: contract management and planning, establishing and maintaining client and partner relationships, managing the scope, schedule, and budget of multiple projects, providing project support including meeting facilitation and public engagement planning, developing project proposals, and leading business development efforts.


We’re looking for someone who is:

  • Committed to customer satisfaction
  • Highly organized
  • Adaptable and flexible
  • Self-motivated and comfortable working independently with limited supervision
  • An effective and reliable communicator
  • Able to reliably set priorities, manage multiple tasks, and meet project deadlines
  • Comfortable learning on the job
  • Able to work and balance multiple projects for multiple clients

This position:

  • will require regular presence in our Washington, DC office and may require some travel (local, regional, national)
  • is a non-partisan, “neutral” position in relation to subject matter, not an advocacy position

A strong candidate will be interested in integrating project management skills with the collaborative problem solving and stakeholder outreach and engagement work that is a significant business focus for Kearns & West.

IMMEDIATE HIRE: We plan to fill this position as soon as possible.

Education, Certifications and Experience

MINIMUM EDUCATION: Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree or equivalent. Advanced degree or education is valued including, but not restricted to, the field of conflict resolution.

REQUIRED SKILLS/EXPERIENCE: Proficiency in MS Office (Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel) is required. Demonstrated understanding of federal government contracting is required. Demonstrated project management experience is required. Project management certification is valued but not required.

PREFERRED SKILLS/EXPERIENCE: Strong candidates will have a minimum of eight years of employment experience. Proficiency with basic contract management tools including budget tracking is preferred and a recognized project management certification is valued.

PRIOR DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR EXPERIENCE: We value a demonstrated prior connection to and professional relationships with the Department of the Interior.

How to Apply

Please e-mail a resume and cover letter to We ask that you not call K&W staff or send telecopies. Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled.