Project Coordinator/Associate (Collaborative Technology and Communications) via Idealist

Kearns & West

Washington, DC, US

Kearns & West’s Washington D.C. Office seeks a Project Coordinator for immediate hire. Kearns & West is a national collaborative problem solving, dispute resolution, and strategic communications firm with offices in Sacramento/Davis and San Francisco, CA, Portland, OR and Washington DC. Kearns & West is a woman-owned small business.

Project Coordinator / Associate Position

The candidate will support our growing Collaborative Technology practice. The candidate will also provide a range of communications, problem solving / dispute resolution, and public engagement and outreach projects across the firm. This position will report to the Director of Collaborative Technology.

The position involves a wide range of responsibilities and roles including: technology based problem solving, user-centered design and research, interaction with diverse stakeholders, client-facing interactions, project research, communications and outreach support, digital engagement, development of project proposals including budgets, business development, contract administration, and invoice preparation. A strong candidate will also have experience in managing web and social media initiatives and will be proficient in Adobe Connect and the Adobe suite.

We’re looking for someone who is:

  • Organized and prepared to contribute to our full team
  • Adaptable and flexible
  • Self-motivated and comfortable working independently
  • An effective and reliable communicator
  • 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, and
  • Comfortable working in a small [10-person] office environment and collaborating virtually with inter-office teams (based in San Francisco/Portland/Sacramento/Los Angeles/Washington, DC).

A strong candidate will have sound professional and personal judgment. Work assignments will involve projects in the Washington DC area, but the capacity to work with staff in other locations is important. We are in the business of supporting effective problem solving, in the public and private sector, so communication skills are critical. A strong candidate will write clearly and accurately under deadlines, and will have strong “people” skills.

Candidates must have experience and keen interest in digital engagement or collaborative technology. It will also be important to learn on the job and adopt new technologies as they are incorporated into business practices. Other skills that are highly valued include:

  • Experience with webinar platforms, such as Adobe Connect
  • Experience working in iterative and incremental environments (e.g., Agile development)
  • Experience with graphic design including concept development, project and management, layout skills, and creative services
  • Familiarity or expertise with the Adobe Creative Suite preferred
  • Ability to translate complex technical content for non-technical audiences
  • Experience managing social media accounts and framing communications for specific audiences and social networks

This position:

  • Offers significant opportunities for professional growth and education

Will require regular presence in our Washington DC office

MINIMUM EDUCATION: Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree or equivalent.

Advanced degree or education a plus, but will not change job duties.

PREFERRED EXPERIENCE: Strong candidates will have one to three years of experience or master’s degree equivalent with a focus on computer science, public policy, the environment, water issues, or conflict management and resolution. Demonstrated understanding and interest in federal government services and/or energy, agriculture, water, marine, policy will enhance an application. Fluency in Spanish is desirable, but not required. Proficiency with database management, graphic design, and social media tools, and with GIS tools, also a plus.