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Kanopi Studios Project Manager (remote - US) in Des Moines, Iowa


Kanopi Studios is a Design, Development & Support Agency with a fully distributed team of 45+ people who are experts in Drupal & WordPress.

Our clients have a mission; we design, build and support websites that help their mission thrive.

But we want our employees to thrive as well. Because our team members do great work for great clients, Kanopi works hard to support them in their career as they continue to create a better web.

Kanopi strives to be a place where clients and employees alike feel connected, supported, empowered, and delighted by the day-to-day operations. We believe that treating people well creates long-lasting relationships and positive outcomes.

And it works: staff retention is 95%, and 95% of our business comes from word of mouth and referrals.

As a result, our business continues to grow, and so must our team. We’re excited to announce this opportunity to join our team as a Project Manager.


As a Project Manager, you’ll work alongside a team of talented experts to deliver high-quality digital materials for a diverse range of clients. You’ll be responsible for supporting Sr. Project Managers as you guide clients through their entire project lifecycle; from kickoff to launch and through ongoing support, the Project Manager is responsible for assisting with the management of timelines and budgets, as well as collaborating with UX/UI Designers and Developers.

You will share responsibility for the day-to-day execution of client project solutions for academic institutions, nonprofits, and large and small businesses. You will report to the Director of Project Success and will be empowered to collaborate with peers and senior management to enhance processes, provide thoughtful and purposeful feedback on deliverables, collaborate on strategic decisions made by the Kanopi team throughout client engagements, and overall ensure the work produced is of quality, on target and polished.

As a Project Manager, your typical day may include:

  • Managing day to day logistics for multiple clients and projects, and in collaboration with other Project Managers

  • Understanding a client’s business needs and being able to generally convey those to Kanopi team members

  • Participating in some meetings with clients, which may include tracking next steps, demonstrating features and functionality, and proactively identifying needs

  • Supporting the curation of a backlog of work for each project; ensuring project teams have the clear information they need, working with clients to fill in any gaps, and shifting priorities as needed

  • Expediting urgent requests or needs, and prioritizing work accordingly

  • Carefully monitoring budgets and timelines to ensure tasks are completed on-budget, and on-time; keeping senior team members in the know by reporting with hours and progress updates on a regular basis

  • Working with clients and project teams to remove barriers to completing work

  • Learning and developing understanding surrounding complex technical concepts

  • Working with senior project team members to forecast and resource appropriate resources based on a project’s needs; including front-end/back-end developers, UX strategists, and designers

  • Reviewing and testing completed work (designs, documents, development work) to ensure a standard or quality before clients review

  • Demonstrating good time management skills to stay on top of your workload and the team members’ you are supporting

  • Knowing when to escalate situations to the attention of senior team members

  • Maintaining a calm demeanor when in stressful or high-pressure situations

  • Assisting in the overall process of making the company awesome by building repeatable patterns for success and happiness

Please note: you must have worked at at-least one Digital/Website Agency as a Project Manager/Producer to apply for this job. Drupal/WordPress experience preferred. Due to the volume on inquiries, we are unable to respond to unqualified candidates.


We are looking for candidates who…

  • Have 1-3 years of agency Project Management experience - bonus if that experience includes working with Drupal and/or WordPress

  • Have experience managing a web build throughout its full life cycle and support projects on iterative improvements and updates

  • Have experience managing and working with distributed project teams

  • Have experience resourcing development project resources

  • Can demonstrate an ability to set priorities and communicate changes to both the development team and senior team members

  • Can work well under pressure within a fast-paced environment on multiple projects

  • Have the ability to manage the day-to-day delivery of engagements, risk mitigation, issue tracking, change management, and escalations

  • Possess strong problem-solving abilities, intelligence, initiative, and the ability to thrive under pressure

  • Have a passion for the web, for open source development, and for working with a bunch of fun, humorous people

  • Have excellent interpersonal and communication skills

  • Possess an awareness of best practices with respect to performance, configuration, and development

At Kanopi, we believe a variety of backgrounds, experiences, and voices make for a better workplace. We strongly and enthusiastically encourage people of color, individuals who identify within and beyond the LGBTQ+ spectrum, women, and people with disabilities to apply.


If you think this post was written just for you, here’s what to do next:

  • Submit your resume and a link to your portfolio.

  • Answer the questions you see here on this page.

  • Send us a cover letter.

Now… About that cover letter… This is VERY important!

Please include all of the typical reasons why you’d be an outstanding candidate for this position, plus answer this question: What is your favorite piece of technology?

Our screening process takes a bit of time, because we like to ensure that you are the perfect fit for us, and we are the perfect fit for you! After we’ve taken a look at your application, we will send you a series of questions that will help us get to know you better. From there, you will engage in several interviews with members of our team, and a skills assessment or two in order to take a look at how you do the things you do! Some candidates may even do a mini-project, depending on the role you are interviewing for. We’ll be happy to explain a bit more once we’re in the interview stage.

Please note - we try to make an effort to contact every applicant to let you know the status of your application, but we are human, so if you don’t hear from us, drop us a line!


This is a full-time position. Annual compensation is commensurate with experience. Not to worry. The pay is competitive and what you’d expect for this role. This is a 100% remote role, but you must live and be able to work in The US or Canada.

Fully Remote: Work where and when you do your best. It’s about feeling connected to others, having a flexible schedule and staying healthy.

Top Talent: Since we are not limited by walls, our ability to hire the best is limitless. Collaborate, learn and surround yourself with a strongly skilled and diverse team.

Travel: Love to see the world? So do we. Just find a place with good wifi, get connected and make great work happen!

This job description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by those assigned to this classification. This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by those occupying this position. The job description and job functions described herein are subject to possible modification by Kanopi Studios in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.

No agencies, recruiters or overseas applicants.