Associate Position Opening in Washington, DC


Permanent Position – Washington, DC


Kearns & West is a leader in the collaborative communications field, providing services in public involvement, stakeholder facilitation, community outreach, and mediation, for the public and private sector. Founded in 1984, the small, woman-owned business has offices in Atlanta, Riverside, San Diego, Sacramento, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Portland, and Washington, DC.

Focusing on positive, mutually beneficial results has allowed Kearns & West to maintain long-term relationships with the people and organizations they assist. The firm’s high-stakes projects include work at local, state, and national levels and cover a variety of sectors including land use and community planning, transportation, major public facilities and infrastructure, natural resources, energy, water, and marine resources. At the core of all of our projects is finding solutions to advance essential policies and programs.

Kearns & West is the ideal match for professionals seeking meaningful work, opportunities for growth, and colleagues that are smart, capable and supportive. Once on board, our employees stay for the long term. The entrepreneurial culture at Kearns & West values employee initiatives in practice innovation and business development. Compensation and benefits at Kearns & West are also highly competitive with firms in our field.


Kearns & West seeks an Associate in the Washington DC Metro area. Job duties include meeting coordination and logistics, meeting attendance and note taking, database management, client and stakeholder relations, administrative duties, media release prep and advertisement placements, proofreading, preparation of basic informational materials for the public, assistant facilitation opportunities, and more.


Successful candidate will have a bachelor’s degree and a background/interest in community/regional planning, transportation, natural resource management, renewable energy, transmission, environmental/public policy issues, air quality, public involvement, collaboration and mediation. One to two years of experience is preferred.

We are looking for a self-starter who can work well independently and as part of a team. Ability to successfully manage multiple projects simultaneously is a must. Some travel is required. This position requires initiative, excellent organizational skills and attention to detail, strong written and oral communication skills, a quick learner, and the ability to work in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment. Applicant must demonstrate strong computer skills with proficiency in Microsoft Office and database management, and proficiency or interest in webinar, website, and data analysis technologies. Graphic design and Adobe Creative Suite skills are desirable, but not required.


Compensation will depend on the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate.


Please apply immediately by submitting a cover letter and resume to with the subject “DC Associate Opening.” Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled.