Senior Associate/Associate, Strategic Communications & Public Affairs Focus, Sacramento, CA

THE ORGANIZATION 

Kearns & West is a leader in the collaborative communications field, providing services in strategic communications, public affairs, public involvement, stakeholder facilitation, and community outreach for the public and private sectors. Founded in 1984, the small, woman-owned business has offices in Sacramento, San Francisco, Davis, San Diego, Riverside, CA; Washington, D.C.; and Portland, OR.   

Kearns & West’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 our projects is finding solutions to advance policies and programs essential to solving some of society’s most pressing problems. Kearns & West helps clients build more equitable and sustainable communities through policy innovation, stakeholder engagement, and collaboration. 

Kearns & West is the ideal match for professionals seeking meaningful work, opportunities for growth, and colleagues that are smart, supportive, and oriented toward public service. Once on board, our team members stay for the long term. The entrepreneurial culture at Kearns & West values employee initiatives in practice innovation and business development. 

For more information, please visit: www.kearnswest.com. 

THE POSITION 

Based out of Sacramento, the Senior Associate/Associate position involves a wide range of responsibilities and roles including strategic communications, media relations, public affairs, community outreach, event management and crisis media management.   

Key responsibilities include: 

  • Developing and implementing strategic communications plans, earned media strategies and social media campaigns. 
  • Crafting and creating communications (press releases, talking points, articles, fact sheets, etc.) and multimedia (social media, videos, websites, etc.) content and materials.
  • Coordinating of stakeholder meetings including preparation of agendas, meeting materials, and confirmation. 
  • Drafting agendas, facilitation plans, meeting summaries, public comments, emails, and stakeholder outreach and engagement plans. 
  • Planning and executing stakeholder meetings and workshops including logistics of webinar platforms and functionality, supporting preparation and coordination of presenters, and materials distribution. 
  • Interacting with diverse stakeholders, including clients, other consultants, federal and state agencies, public officials, non-governmental organizations, and community members. 
  • Participating in internal team calls to coordinate roles, tasks, and share ideas.
  • Developing project proposals including budgets, business development. 
  • Supporting project management including contract administration, financial tracking, and invoice and expense report preparation.   

THE IDEAL CANDIDATE 

The Senior Associate/Associate focused on the fields of Strategic Communications and Public Affairs will be based in Sacramento and will primarily support communications, outreach and public engagement for a variety of clients in numerous sectors ranging from transportation, telecommunications, water, marine and community and regional planning. 

A background in communications, public affairs, technology, and government relations is desirable. An ideal candidate will have experience in working with elected officials, government agencies, campaigns, social media and an interest in working for public-and private sector clients.  

The ideal candidate has: 

  • 3-7 years of experience in communications, public policy, and government relations. 
  • Background with current and emerging social media, multimedia, and video platforms. 
  • Proven ability to manage projects in collaboration with multiple team members, including in-house staff, consultants, clients and outside stakeholders. 
  • Excellent writing and public speaking skills and demonstrated ability to translate complex concepts into accessible, audience-specific materials. 
  • Strong organizational skills, detail orientation, and ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects. 
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment in an emotionally intelligent and collaborative manner. 

EDUCATION, CERTIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE  

MINIMUM EDUCATION: Minimum of bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, public relations, political science, public policy, or related field. Advanced degree or education a plus but will not change job duties. 

PREFERRED EXPERIENCE: Successful candidates will have a minimum of three (3) to seven (7) years of experience with a focus on communications, public policy, or government relations. Proficiency with online collaboration tools and emerging social media. Spanish-speaking candidates are highly encouraged to apply. 

Successful candidates will have a minimum of three (3) to seven (7) years of experience with a focus on media relations, communications, local government, technology issues, community relations, public policy, and/or conflict management and resolution. Spanish-speaking candidates are highly encouraged to apply.  

REQUIRED SKILLS: Proficiency in MS Office (Word, PowerPoint, and Excel). Proficiency in online collaboration tools is desirable. Proficiency with database management, graphic design, and social media tools are also a plus. 

COMPENSATION 

Compensation will be dependent upon the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate. 

COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION 

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. 

HOW TO APPLY 

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

Project Coordinator, Strategic Communications & Public Affairs Focus, Northern California

THE ORGANIZATION 

Kearns & West is a leader in the collaborative communications field, providing services in strategic communications, public affairs, public involvement, stakeholder facilitation, and community outreach for the public and private sectors. Founded in 1984, the small, woman-owned business has offices in Sacramento, San Francisco, Davis, San Diego, Riverside, CA; Washington, D.C.; and Portland, OR.   

Kearns & West’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 our projects is finding solutions to advance policies and programs essential to solving some of society’s most pressing problems. Kearns & West helps clients build more equitable and sustainable communities through policy innovation, stakeholder engagement, and collaboration. 

Kearns & West is the ideal match for professionals seeking meaningful work, opportunities for growth, and colleagues that are smart, supportive, and oriented toward public service. Once on board, our team members stay for the long term. The entrepreneurial culture at Kearns & West values employee initiatives in practice innovation and business development. 

For more information, please visit: www.kearnswest.com. 

THE POSITION 

Based in Northern California, the Project Coordinator position involves a wide range of responsibilities and roles including strategic communications, media relations and crisis management, community outreach and events management, and policy and public affairs. 

A typical day-to-day might include: 

  • Tracking strategic communications plans, earned media strategies, and social media plans. 
  • Coordination of communications (press releases, talking points, articles, fact sheets, etc.) and multimedia (social media, videos, websites, etc.) content and materials development.
  • Coordinating of stakeholder meetings including preparation of agendas, meeting materials, and confirmation. 
  • Drafting agendas, facilitation plans, meeting summaries, public comments, and emails. 
  • Planning stakeholder meetings and workshops including logistics of webinar platforms and functionality, supporting preparation and coordination of presenters, and materials distribution. 
  • Interacting with diverse stakeholders, including clients, other consultants, federal and state agencies, public officials, non-governmental organizations, and community members. 
  • Participating in internal team calls to coordinate roles, tasks, and share ideas.
  • Developing project proposals including budgets, business development. 
  • Supporting project management including contract administration, financial tracking, and invoice and expense report preparation. 
  • Managing staff schedules and maintaining office operations.   

THE IDEAL CANDIDATE 

The Project Coordinator focused on the fields of Strategic Communications and Public Affairs will be based in Northern California and will support clients in sectors ranging from transportation, technology, water, marine and community and regional planning. 

A background in communications, public affairs, technology, and government relations is desirable. An ideal candidate will have experience in working with elected officials, government agencies, campaigns, social media and an interest in working for public-and private-sector clients.  

The ideal candidate has: 

  • 2+ years of experience in communications, public policy, or government relations. 
  • Background with current and emerging social media, multimedia, and video platforms. 
  • A proven ability to manage projects in collaboration with multiple team members, including in-house staff, consultants, clients and outside stakeholders. 
  • Excellent writing and public speaking skills and demonstrated capacity to translate complex concepts into accessible, audience-specific materials. 
  • Strong organizational skills, detail orientation, and ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects.
  • Drive to work in a fast-paced environment in an emotionally intelligent and collaborative manner.  

EDUCATION, CERTIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE  

MINIMUM EDUCATION: Minimum of bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, public relations, political science, public policy, or related field. Advanced degree or education a plus but will not change job duties. 

PREFERRED EXPERIENCE: Successful candidates will have a minimum of two (2) years of experience with a focus on communications, public policy, or government relations. Proficiency with online collaboration tools and emerging social media. Spanish-speaking candidates are highly encouraged to apply. 

REQUIRED SKILLS: Proficiency in MS Office (Word, PowerPoint, and Excel). Proficiency in online collaboration tools is desirable. Proficiency with database management, graphic design, and social media tools also a plus. 

COMPENSATION 

Compensation will be dependent upon the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate. 

COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION 

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. 

HOW TO APPLY 

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

Associate/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.

Associate, Water & Hydropower Focus, Sacramento, CA

The Organization 

Kearns & West, Inc. is a stakeholder engagement, collaborative solutions, and communications firm. Our staff is passionate about supporting dispute resolution and complex public policy issues. 

Kearns & West works in the following sectors: natural resources management, energy and renewables, waste management and recovery, community planning, and transportation. 

The Kearns & West approach to collaborative services and dispute resolution involves assessment, outreach, process and meeting design, facilitation, interest based or mutual gains negotiations, and development of communications tailored to each project’s unique process. Collectively, these tools and techniques build productive stakeholder relationships, integrated approaches, and strategic partnerships with the goal of developing long-term, sustainable solutions. 

Kearns & West offers a collaborative, collegial work environment. We offer professional development and a partnership track as team members advance in their careers.  

The Position 

Position: Associate. 80-100% time, negotiable.  

Location: Temporarily remote/virtual; Greater Sacramento/ Davis area highly desirable; Bay Area with willingness to drive to Sacramento on a weekly basis, sometimes more. 

Kearns & West seeks to hire an Associate with responsibilities in the collaboratives services and dispute resolution services supporting our water and energy sector work. 

 Key responsibilities for this position include the following:  

  • Coordinating of stakeholder meetings including preparation of agendas, meeting materials, and confirmation
  • Drafting of agendas, facilitation agendas, meeting summaries, public comments, emails, and stakeholder outreach plans.
  • Planning and executing stakeholder meetings and workshops including logistics of webinar platforms and functionality, supporting preparation and coordination of presenters, and materials distribution
  • Supporting planning for stakeholder outreach messaging and events
  • Producing reports including graphics, formatting, editing
  • Interacting with diverse stakeholders, including clients, other consultants, federal and state agencies, public officials, non-governmental organizations, and community members
  • Participating in internal team calls to coordinate roles, tasks, and share ideas
  • Developing project proposals including budgets, business development,
  • Supporting project management including contract administration, financial tracking, and invoice and expense report preparation.

Qualifications 

Kearns & West are looking for someone who is: 

  • Self-motivated, comfortable working independently and successful working as part of a team
  • Organized, self-disciplined, with attention to detail
  • Adaptable and flexible
  • Ethical and committed to seeking positive outcomes for clients and stakeholders
  • Effective and reliable communicator including interest in and willingness to actively listen
  • Interested in learning and practicing facilitating discussions
  • Practice developing and presenting talks or presentations
  • Comfortable taking direction and being empowered to take the initiative
  • Able to reliably set priorities, manage multiple tasks, and meet project deadlines on multiple projects for multiple clients
  • Comfortable and efficient working virtually or in a small office environment and collaborating virtually with inter-office teams (based in San Francisco; Portland; Southern California; Washington, DC; and Atlanta)
  • Interest in learning business development and willingness to network and reach out to new contacts
  • Able to travel in California, as needed once COVID restrictions allow.

Education, Certifications and Experience  

MINIMUM EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.  

A plus would include a master’s degree, other advanced degree, certificate, training, or educational equivalent. This educational experience may be considered in lieu of work experience.  

PREFERRED EXPERIENCE: Successful Associate candidates will have 3-7 years of work experience or time spent pursuing and advanced degree or certificate. We are looking for a candidate with some background in or knowledge of natural resource management particularly in water or hydropower, sustainable water management, or environmental review. Experience could include roles in dispute resolution, stakeholder engagement, community activism, advocacy, negotiations, public policy, communications, and/or journalism.  

REQUIRED SKILLS: Positive and willing attitude a must. Very strong writing and organizational skills. Ability to create power point presentations. Fluency in MS Office (Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel).  

DESIRED SKILLS: Technical aptitude for learning various new online collaborative tools including Asana, Trello, Miro, and various videoconferencing platforms including Zoom, Ringcentral, etc 

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.