Project Manager Position in Washington, DC

Location: Temporarily remote/virtual; Washington, DC area highly desirable

Term: Independent contractor for maternity leave duration between November 1, 2020 and April 1, 2021

Approximate hours per week: 20-30, with potential additional hours as candidate is available

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 a focus on the Department of the Interior. This position may also support Kearns & West  Collaborative Solutions practice with other federal and state agency clients, based on background and qualifications.

The position involves multiple responsibilities and roles including: federal contract management and planning, establishing and maintaining client and partner relationships, managing the scope, schedule, and budget of multiple projects, managing multiple task orders, and supporting meeting facilitation and public engagement. Depending on future needs the position may expand to include support for proposal preparation and other business development.


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

  • is a temporary independent contractor opportunity during a maternity leave; approximate dates are between November 1, 2020 and April 1, 2021
  • is approximately 20-30 hours per week; additional hours may be available depending on candidate availability and qualifications
  • has the potential for additional work or time extension dependent on candidate’s performance and evolving organizational needs
  • will likely require regular presence in our Washington, DC office, consistent with public health guidance regarding the covid-19 situation and organizational decisions
  • is a non-partisan, “neutral” position in relation to the subject matter, not an advocacy position

A strong candidate will be familiar with federal government contracting and 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 but not a requirement.

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. Experience with the following is also valued: collaborative technology, facilitation, conflict resolution, stakeholder engagement and process management, and communications.

PRIOR DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR EXPERIENCE: We value a demonstrated prior connection to and professional relationships with the Department of the Interior, although these are not required.

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.

The Organization

Kearns & West’s Washington, DC Office has an opening for a project manager with federal contracting experience. 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; stakeholder and public outreach and engagement; process and meeting design; conflict resolution including mediation and facilitated decision making; and strategic planning. We work primarily – but not exclusively – across a broad spectrum of public policy 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.