T. Jacquita Smith

T. Jacquita Smith

Professional Experience

Director of Operations & Programs              

Camp of Dreams, Chicago, IL

April 2010-March 2012

  • Supervised daily operations of an educational and cultural enrichment nonprofit organization that provided academic and social programs, leadership development, and college readiness guidance for nearly 200 under-served "Dreamers" aged 8-18; program area included over 95 schools on Chicago's West and South sides.
  • Promoted to director of operations, redesigned Dreamer applicant process and orientation, implemented teacher training program, and organized a parent advisory council & parent-led fundraisers within one year of working at the organization

Temporary Staffer

Various organizations, Atlanta, GA  

May 2009-July 2009  

  • Assessment Reader, Randstad Staffing/Pearson Educational Measurement: Scored standardized math and language arts assessments using objective rubrics
  • Enumerator, U. S. Census Bureau: Assessed quality control levels on selected addresses by explaining the purpose of the census interview to residents in assigned areas, eliciting information following a script, and recording census data on hand-held device

Substitute Teacher                                                                                                                                      

Cobb County School District

January 2008-May 2009

  • Provided instruction, encouraged student engagement & progress, and managed the learning environment in the absence of middle school and high school teachers
  • Established reputation among students and staff as an engaging & informative substitute with excellent classroom management skills, resulting in numerous requests to substitute in specialized programs such as AVID college preparatory classes and special education classes at Campbell Middle School in metro-Atlanta

Founder/Program Consultant (concurrent with full-time positions)                                              

Priceless Youth & Teens (P.Y.T.) GEMS, Leakesville, MS 

October 2008-August 2011 

  • Led strategic planning of all program aspects of a community-based, mentoring program that specializes in the college & career preparation, cultural exposure, and character-building of under-resourced girls (aged 11-18); program provided service for residents of 2 rural towns in Greene County, Mississippi.
  • Increased enrollment from 9 participants to program capacity of 50 mentees within 7 months of organizational launch; all inaugural year programs (e.g., college tours, meals, etc...) funded by in-kind donations and parent-led fundraisers

Regional Recruiter for Georgia                                                                                                            

The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL (based in Atlanta, GA)

January 2005-August 2006

  • Served as the inaugural Atlanta-based primary contact for the university and executed a specialized recruitment plan to persuade prospective students in Georgia to enroll at UA; territory included over 150 high schools in metro-Atlanta
  • Increased application submissions from schools in metro-Atlanta by 30% and maximized applicant enrollment yield by analyzing graduation trends, housing and socio-economic demographics, and standardized test data

College Admissions Counselor                                                                                                           

The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL  

April 2001-January 2005

  • Counseled nearly 2500 students from underrepresented socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds about the college admission process; territory included low-income counties in rural Alabama and urban school systems in Birmingham, Memphis, Atlanta, and New Orleans
  • Contributed to an overall office record of applications and subsequent enrollment of freshmen from targeted feeder schools in 2003-2005 by managing relationships with school counselors and providing personalized counseling to prospective students

Community Journalism Program Coordinator                                                                                

Program for Rural Services and Research, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL

August 1999-April 2001

  • Supervised the implementation of a school-based community newspaper program at 5 high schools in rural Alabama
  • Identified prospective donors and developed relationships with local community stakeholders to obtain vending opportunities, increase readership, and ensure that student newspapers could become financially self-sustaining 

Education & Professional Development

Post-graduate Courses in Grantwriting and Non-Profit Consulting                                   

Department of Continuing Education, Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS

Summer 2008  

Graduate Coursework in Urban Policy Studies            

Concentrations: Social Policy and Non-profit Management

Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA

August 2006-December 2007

Bachelor of Arts in Geography (Urban/Regional Planning)

The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL

May 2004

Bachelor of Arts in Communications & Information Sciences

Major: Journalism; Minor: Economics

The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL

May 1999

Activities & Affiliations

  • Member,South Suburban Coalition On Urban Girls,Chicago, IL
  • Member,Young Nonprofit Professionals Network, Chicago, IL
  • Consultant, Friends of Leakesville Library planning committee, Leakesville, MS
  • Participant, Leadership Evaluation & Assessment Program, Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, IL
  • Presenter, Social media for nonprofits, Tutor/Mentor Connections conference, Chicago, IL
  • Program Evaluation Volunteer, United Way of Metro-Atlanta CIV Program, Atlanta, GA 
  • Trainer, Starting a Non-Profit, Hands on Atlanta Citizen Academy workshop, Atlanta, GA 
  • Trainer, Grant-writing 101, Hands on Atlanta Citizen Academy workshop, Atlanta GA 
  • Facilitator, Action Without Borders/Idealist.org, Campus Volunteers conference, Chicago, IL 
  • Participant, Intro to Grassroots Organizing, Highlander Research and Education Center workshop, Chicago, IL 

Core Competencies

  • Program admin.
  • Program evaluation
  • Strategic planning
  • Capacity building
  • Youth development
  • Higher ed. admin.
  • College counseling
  • Team-building/HR
  • Volunteer mgt. 
  • Board development
  • Grant administration
  • Budget management
  • Fundraising
  • Event planning
  • Communications
  • Public speaking

Military Experience

E-4, Food Service Specialist/Interior Electrician

U. S. Army Reserves, Gordo, AL

March 1993-March 2002

  • Developed leadership, self-discipline, and teamwork skills and employed crisis management and problem-solving skills during combat simulation exercises and annual training seminars
  • Managed food service facility and ensured timely service to over 300 soldiers per shift by monitoring production schedule and facility supplies as shift leader during annual trainings
  • Awarded several Army Commendation Medals for exemplary service in support of mission-critical operations