OhioKAN Project Manager

To apply, please e-mail your resume to Susie Cummings at Scion Staffing, Inc.

Title: Project Manager

Reports to: Program Director

Job Location: Cleveland office or Remote

Benefits: Health, Dental, Vision and Retirement, Paid Time off, Holidays

Date Posted: November 2022

Overview of Kinnect

At Kinnect, we envision a child welfare system in Ohio where:

  • Foster care is a temporary or short-term option
  • Children and families are empowered to find solutions to the problems they face
  • Direct service providers and social workers can establish and maintain a culture of innovationand excellence
  • All stakeholders prioritize permanency in each decision made on behalf of a child and their family

We believe that childhood is a fundamental human right, and that every day for a child in foster care is a day in crisis. We envision a world where families, agencies, resources – and children – work together so that every child is loved and nurtured in a permanent chosen family. We develop partnerships that transform beliefs, values, and actions to achieve permanency for all children in the shortest time possible. We’ve been advancing this mission since 2005 (as Waiting Child Fund).

Overview of the OhioKAN Program:

OhioKAN is an innovative statewide Kinship and Adoption Navigator Program supporting formal and informal kin caregivers and adoptive parents by providing information and referral services and assistance obtaining support services. Building on current and previous Ohio kinship navigator programs, OhioKAN is distinguished by its planned statewide implementation, broad population of families served, and provision for rigorous evaluation. Contingent on evaluation results, OhioKAN may establish a new evidence-based practice model that may be considered for federal payments under the Family First Act of 2018.

OhioKAN builds community and systems capacity necessary to support families and works directly with kinship and adoptive families to build confidence and connections. Anticipated outcomes to be measured include greater family resilience, improved family functioning, increased stability and permanency for children, and improved child well-being.

OhioKAN is a statewide program organized into ten geographic regions. Regional staff will develop community capacity to support the work and deliver a service model designed to support formal an informal kin caregivers and adoptive parents in obtaining the knowledge and social support to access to the human services and resources they need to achieve positive health and wellbeing outcomes for themselves and the children in their care.

Position Summary:

The Project Manager is a full-time position responsible for coordination and completion of projects on time within budget and within scope. This role oversees all aspects of projects. The project manager will set deadlines, assign responsibilities, and monitor and summarize progress of project. The successful candidate will work to ensure deliverables fall within the applicable scope and budget. They will coordinate with internal and external stakeholders to ensure effective collaboration. The project manager will work in partnership with program and organizational leadership to advance multiple complex projects simultaneously while strengthening working relationships with staff, funders, and other partners. The project manager’s responsibilities include project management, stakeholder engagement, and performance management of projects.


Essential Functions:

Project Management

  • Assists in the definition of project scopes and objectives, involving all relevant stakeholders and ensuring technical feasibility
  • Develops a detailed project plans and processes to monitor and track progress
  • Creates and maintain comprehensive project documentation
  • Manages changes to the project scope, project schedule, and project costs through consultation with program and organizational leaders
  • Coordinates and contributes to grant proposals including developing projections for potential projects
  • Attends conferences and training as required to maintain proficiency
  • Performs other related duties as assigned

Stakeholder Engagement

  • Establishes, maintains, and manages effective project teams composed of funders, subject matter experts and other relevant stakeholders
  • Facilitates team decision-making to ensure the project teams meet their objectives
  • Coordinates the work of multiple project teams
  • Delegates project tasks based on team members individual strengths, skill sets, and experience levels
  • Shares project plans and an appropriate level of information with relevant project stakeholders
  • Meets with funders to identify and clarify specific requirements of each project
  • Identifies and advocates for resource availability and allocation
  • Use and continually develop strategic leadership skills

Performance Management of Projects

  • Measures performance using appropriate project management tools and techniques
  • Tracks project performance, specifically to analyze the successful completion of short and long-term goals
  • Develop spreadsheets, diagrams and process maps to document needs
  • Ensures that all projects are delivered on-time, within scope, and within budget
  • Reports out on progress and escalates challenges to management as needed
  • Meets budgetary objectives and makes adjustments to project constraints based on financial analysis
  • Performs risk management and identifies opportunities to minimize potential risks

Skills and Competencies:

  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office and SharePoint
  • Excellent client-facing and internal communication skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Solid organizational skills including attention to detail and multitasking skills


  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience, Master's degree preferred
  • 3-5 years of project management experience including work projects involving internal and external stakeholders
  • Experience with project management software tools
  • Professional certification or progress towards certification preferred

Working Conditions:

  • Background Check Information: The final candidate selected for the position will be required to undergo a criminal background check. Criminal convictions do not necessarily preclude an applicant from consideration for a position. An individual assessment of an applicant's prior criminal conviction(s) will be made before excluding an applicant from consideration.
  • This job generally operates in a professional office environment. The role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets,
  • This job requires occasional overnight travel in the state of Ohio
  • Ability to work within an office environment and have regular interaction via telephone, teleconference, text and email with Kinnect’s team as well as in the community.

Disclaimer: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification.  They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of employees assigned to this position.

All employment decisions at Kinnect are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, size, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV Status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, family medical history or genetic  information, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate.

American’s with Disabilities Act: This position involves sitting in a stationary position for at least 50% of the time and the ability to ambulate without assistance to attend on-site meetings, as needed. The job requires movement in a typical office environment with file cabinets, office machinery, office furniture and typical hallway and access doorways. The position must operate typical office equipment, such as copiers, telephones, computers and peripherals. This job requires that the person must have the ability to access transportation to attend meetings and special events. The organization provides reasonable accommodations for this position.