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Skills

Workplace Wellness
I am very passionate about wellness promotion and involvement in the workplace.  I was in on the ground floor as the Wellness Program started at the Department of Children and Families.  I have contributed to research, pulling white papers on the benefits of workplace wellness programs, and attending Working Well meetings in Tallahassee.  I worked actively in developing applications and waiver forms for the administration program, and established weekly on-site activities such as Zumba, Yoga classes, Wellness Challenges, Seated Massage, and Lunch and Learn presentations.  I implemented, analyzed, and developed the report for our annual wellness survey, which you can see in the sidebar on the right as a work sample.  I also participated actively in planning and implementing our large annual wellness fair (over 45 exhibits).
Social Media Strategy
I have recently taken several trainings and stay current on the world of social media strategy for nonprofits and social services.  This rapidly growing and changing landscape of outreach and garnering support for organizations and causes is fascinating and offers a lot of opportunities for those who are able to navigate it.  Unfortunately, many groups jump on the bandwagon without planning a clear social media strategy, which can lead to overwhelming supporters and making them disinclined to continue support.  However, taking the time to craft a flexible yet focused strategy can ensure that messages are on point and supporters are mobilized and encouraged.
Website Design
I have experience in designing and upkeep of websites using HTML and CSS.  I am familiar with programs and interfaces such as DreamWeaver and WordPress.  My approach is to create clean and easily navigable pages which provide essential information.  There is nothing more annoying than out-of-date information, and my philosophy is that websites are only as good as its usefulness and value added to the end user.
Social Program & Policy Evaluation
I am constantly looking for new ways to evaluate programs and how they can be improved.  This certainly includes the use of objective metrics and performance measures, but I also like exploring and combining it with other methods of gathering information to see the larger, more human picture of the effect and success of human services.
Personnel Administration
My philosophy for organizing volunteers and supervising employees is to ensure that communication is open and encouraged, nurture staff's inherent desire to succeed, and continually challenge their level of engagement and performance.  I also like to celebrate and recognize work and other life achievements to build community and value staff as whole persons.
Grant Writing
I have extensive experience writing and being funded for grants, both at the non-profit and federal government levels.  My approach is to provide the funder with a compelling yet detailed practical prospectus of programs which deserve their support.

Education

Aug 2004Aug 2005

Masters of Social Work

Florida State University

Major Courses and Skill Sets

Social Program & Policy Evaluation

Organizational & Community Change

Advanced Social Service Administration

Advanced Policy Analysis

Grant Writing & Management

Legislative Advocacy

Personnel Administration

Homelessness in America

Work experience

Jun 2011Present

Director of Religious Exploration

Unitarian Universalist Church of Tallahassee
  • Design and coordinate the faith development programs of the church, including children, youth, and adults
  • Manage the Religious Exploration budget and maximize use of donations and volunteer work
  • Supervise child care and volunteer teachers, offer training as needed
  • Ensure curriculum and programming are age-appropriate and includes core elements of world religions, diversity, earth stewardship, social justice, and major life issues
  • Facilitate vision and mission focus groups annually to ensure the program is staying on track
Sep 2009Present

Procurement Manager / Wellness Champion

Florida Department of Children and Families
  • Develop service delivery models and requirements for client services with program office team – Refugee Student Academic Enrichment Services, Youth and Family Services, Integration Assistance Services, Refugee Social Services, Childcare Services, and Legal Services
  • Develop solicitation documents incorporating project needs and desired service delivery models
  • Manage and direct evaluation teams to assess and score responses from potential providers
  • Apply annually for federal funding for Refugee Services through the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Refugee Resettlement
  • Manage and report on federal grant funding, project status, and service quality and performance
  • Provide research and social work perspective in guiding the methods and approach for delivering refugee services
  • I work on the side to provide support to the Wellness Council - my specific and significant work in that regard is outlined under my skills section under "Workplace Wellness."
Feb 2007Sep 2009

Quality Assurance Specialist

Florida Department of Children and Families
  • Developed an annual statewide contracting system assessment and led teams to develop QA Plans each fiscal year
  • Conducted evaluations statewide on performance effectiveness and viability of pilot project models
  • Participated and led teams in redesigning the office intranet site and developing new technology-driven solutions
  • Identified and maintained relevant performance measures for key contract processes
  • Assisted in regular reporting and analysis through the use of several databases
  • Sustained collaborative communication with stakeholders through conducting meetings and conference calls
  • Provided technical assistance and participated with field staff in procurement and contracting tasks
Jan 2006Feb 2007

Program Coordinator for Emergency Assistance Program

Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida
  • Established new policies, standards, and procedures for the Emergency Assistance Program
  • Developed staff competence through supervision and training
  • Participated actively in two Performance and Quality Improvement teams
  • Met reporting and contract requirements
  • Played a major role in implementation and development of a new service database software
  • Assisted in development of new agency-wide policies and procedures for COA re-accreditation
  • Conducted outreach activities and presentations with local agencies and organizations
  • Secured funding through DCF for Homelessness Case Management services
  • Assisted Regional Director in administrative duties and facilitated the transition of duties during the absence of a Regional Director for three months
May 2004Sep 2005

Administrative Director

Planet Gumbo, Inc.
  • Developed and implemented a new nutrition outreach program for low-income communities
  • Facilitated strategic planning and development of the Board of Directors
  • Provided direction for the general growth and development of the organization
  • Secured funding for organization through grant proposal writing and planning of two major benefit events
  • Coordinated membership and volunteer communication and events

References

Holly Merrick

Holly is my current supervisor at DCF, where I currently work 40 hours per week.  I have shared with her my desire to transition out of the job, so please feel free to contact her.

Robin Gray

Robin is my supervisor at UUCT, where I work part-time.  Please feel free to contact her at any time.  She has flexible office hours, so email is probably the easiest way to reach her.

Bob Roller

Bob was my supervisor in my previous Contracting Quality Assurance position at DCF.  Please feel free to contact at any time.

Stephanie Beckingham

Stephanie was my supervisor for my social work practicum in my last semester for my MSW program.

Certifications

Jul 2010Present

Certified Public Manager

Florida State University
2007Present

Certified DCF Contract Manager

Florida Department of Children and Families
May 2008Jul 2012

Project Management Professional (PMP)

Project Management International

Work Samples

Volunteer Activities

North Florida Chapter - Society of Certified Public Managers, Secretary, 2010 - Present

Girl Scout Junior Troop 511, Co-Leader, 2010-2011

Girl Scout Brownie Troop 348, Co-Leader, 2009-2011

Leon County Homeless Shelter, Cooking or Serving Dinner, 2004 - Present

Big Bend Homeless Coaltion, Point-In-Time Survey & Service Days, 2003 - Present

Objective

I am seeking a flexible work environment which expects great results and can engage me as a passionate advocate for human and social services.  I am currently seeking to transition out of working 60 hours per week into keeping my part-time job at the Unitarian Universalist Church and having another part-time position and/or freelancing/consulting.   I have a grounded foundation in my education, certifications, and experiences working on a broad range of projects during my career.  My experience ranges from developing and starting up new services, coordinating and refining an established program, analysis and improvement of large statewide programs, and developing funding applications and solicitations.