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CREATIVE COMMUNICATOR. INTENTIONAL DESIGNER. GRAMMAR NINJA.

Work

Director of Communications

Grace Covenant Church
May 2016Present
  • Strategize, manage (a team of four), and coordinate all visual, electronic, printed, and written communications for a nonprofit organization with 5000+ participants, including but not limited to individual promoting and resourcing 10 departments, 10-12 directors, and several dozen weekly and one-time programs and events each season.
  • Write and execute strategic email campaigns for the promotion of various events to a dozen sometimes overlapping target audiences
  • Managed a website redesign and several department redesigns
  • Implemented a new database management and communications system, including coordination communications to encourage participants to create profiles
  • Ghostwriter for executives
  • Coordinate and execute fundraising initiatives
  • Edit all organization emails, materials and curriculum
  • Create weekly printed programs from start to finish
  • Manage printer contracts and printers for approximately 40 staff members (one production machine, two mid-size printers and one desktop printer), including troubleshooting
  • Plan and oversee the communications budget

Communications Specialist

FaithBridge Foster Care
August 2014April 2016
  • Created and managed an integrated marketing campaign for nonprofits including graphic elements, a monthly newsletter with twice the open rate of the national nonprofit average, social media, training pieces, events, blogs, and videos
  • Write monthly newsletters aimed at specific markets and for training events 
  • Edited and managed a team of foster parent bloggers, staff contributors and calendar and was the lead writer for the organization's blog
  • Rewrote, redesigned, and was project manager for five training manuals aimed at specific audiences, including graphics, participant and presenter versions and printing
  • Communicated internal staff updates and events
  • Created, wrote, and designed flyers, stand-up banners, bulletin inserts, posters, online event invitation, e-blasts, magnets, billboards, and other unique marketing materials, as needed 
  • Organized all-staff annual party and planned events for foster families and children, including revamping our annual Christmas party with personalized gifts for all foster children
  • Populated and launched a redesign of the organization's three websites within my first 120 days, including learning a new website design software (Umbraco)
  • Managed the process and worked with a trademark attorney to register trademarks

Freelance Writer + Editor

makeswordsdance.com
2004Present
    • Various Christian publishing companies including Group Publishing and Simply Youth Ministry
      • Curriculum, idea, philosophy and training books for adult and youth ministry
      • Books (contributing author)
      • Magazine articles
    • Corporate training manuals
    • Marketing materials

    Director of Youth Ministry

    Christ Church of Atlanta
    20102014
    • Started, selected and wrote curriculum for, taught regularly at and recruited leaders for a high school girls' discipleship program and middle school youth group
    • Selected and wrote curriculum for, taught regularly at and recruited leaders for middle school and high school Sunday school
    • Partnered with parents, meeting with moms of teenagers regularly
    • Wrote and managed all youth ministry communications, including social media pages
    • Planned and led local and national events and trips, at times partnering with outside organizations
    • Women's ministry

    Associate Director of Youth Ministries

    Covenant Presbyterian Church
    20062009
    • Led and developed a team made up of full-time interns, an administrative assistant, an associate and volunteers (included recruiting)
    • Planned and led special events, domestic and international trips and weekly programs
    • Oversaw an annual budget and all project, trip and event budgets
    • Worked with parents as they endeavored on the difficult journey of parenting adolescents
    • Wrote articles and curriculum, taught regularly, mentored adolescents and led a small group of high school girls

    Church Resources Youth Ministry Editor

    Group Publishing
    20052006
    • Created, wrote and edited resources and curriculum in partnership with copy editors, writers, designers, suppliers and marketers as part of the entire publishing process

    Various Internships, Leadership Roles and Volunteer Positions

    University Presbyterian Church in Seattle, Christ Church of Oak Brook, PFR Youth Ministries, RUF Campus ministry and K-Life Youth Ministry
    19972002
    • Middle school, high school and college ministry

    Reporter, Copy Editor, Designer

    Columbia Missourian
    19992001
    • Wrote, edited and designed local and national copy for news, editorials, features and sports

    Skills

    Writing, editing, and content creation
    Event Planning
    Project management, project planning, and team management
    Adobe Creative Cloud: InDesign
    Adobe Creative Cloud: Illustrator
    Adobe Creative Cloud: Photoshop
    Social Media: Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter
    HTML/CSS
    WordPress Websites
    Umbraco Website Design
    Microsoft Office Products and Microsoft Office 365
    Basecamp
    Google Analytics

    Education

    Masters of Arts in Youth & Family Ministry

    Denver Seminary
    20022004

    Course emphasis on theology, leadership and adolescent faith development

    Bachelors of Journalism

    University of Missouri School of Journalism
    19972001

    Degree emphasis in news editorial design