CLOSING DATE: 02/14/2017
COMPANY WEBSITE: www.kearnswest.com
JOB_DESCRIPTION: Kearns & West has openings for a Project Coordinator/Associate in its San Francisco and Sacramento/Davis (located in Davis) offices. Kearns & West is a national collaborative problem solving, dispute resolution, and strategic communications firm with offices in Sacramento/Davis, Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco, CA, Portland, OR and Washington DC. We provide a spectrum of services to government agencies and public sector companies based on their internal and external objectives, constituencies, and key drivers such as subject matter and timing. Our service spectrum includes conflict and needs assessment; outreach and engagement; process and meeting design, conflict resolution including mediation; collaborative decision making; and strategic planning. We work extensively, but not solely, in the field of public policy.
Project Coordinator/Associate Position
The Project Coordinator/Associate will support collaborative problem solving, strategic planning, dispute resolution, public outreach and engagement, and communications processes involving stakeholders from state and federal agencies, tribes, advocacy organizations, industry, and local government in California and across the United States.
This entry-level position involves multiple responsibilities and roles including: planning, scheduling, and executing stakeholder meetings or other forums (including logistics such as venue location, audio visual equipment, and invitations), project research, strategic planning, stakeholder communications and outreach support, notetaking and preparation of meeting summaries, development of project proposals including budgets, business development, contract administration, and invoice and expense report preparation.
We’re looking for someone who is:
• Highly organized and prepared to contribute to team organization
• Adaptable and flexible
• Self-motivated and comfortable working independently
• An effective and reliable communicator
• Comfortable with taking direction and 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 [2-3 person] office environment and collaborating virtually with inter-office teams (based in San Francisco/Portland/Washington, DC).
A strong candidate will have sound professional and personal judgment. Work assignments will involve projects in the Davis or San Francisco office as well as in other K&W offices, and the ability to work with staff in other locations will be important. We are in the business of supporting effective problem solving and joint decision making, often in the public sector, so communication skills are critical. A strong candidate will write clearly and accurately under deadlines, and will have strong “people” skills.
• offers significant opportunities for professional growth and experience
• will require regular presence in our Davis or San Francisco office as well as 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 a career that incorporates strong collaborative problem solving and stakeholder outreach and engagement abilities.
SHORT-TERM CONTRACT: We plan to fill each position initially through a short-term contract; a successful candidate must be willing to work as an independent contractor during this initial period. We intend to convert this position to employee status when business conditions justify that step.
MINIMUM EDUCATION: Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree or equivalent. Advanced degree or education is valued but will not change job duties described above.
PREFERRED EXPERIENCE: Strong candidates will have one to three years of experience or a master’s degree equivalent with a focus on public policy, energy/transmission, the environment, water issues, or conflict management and resolution. Demonstrated understanding and interest in state and local government and/or agriculture policy will enhance an application. Fluency in Spanish is strongly valued but not required. Proficiency with online collaboration, database management, graphic design, and social media tools, and with GIS tools, also is preferred.
REQUIRED SKILLS: Proficiency in MS Office (Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel) is required.
PRIOR REGIONAL CONNECTION: For the Davis office position, we strongly prefer a demonstrated prior connection to the Sacramento/Central Valley region: family ties, work experience, or graduate school are examples.
TO APPLY: Please e-mail a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. We ask that you not call K&W staff or send telecopies. Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled.