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Jessica Schwartz

Public relations professional

Work experience

Jul 2014Present

Retail Merchandiser

  • As Cookie/Cracker Team Lead, lead a team of Crossmark and other company employees in cookie/cracker reset. Work closely with reps from Wakefern, Nabisco, Pepperidge Farms, Kelloggs, and Archway to ensure proper placement and presentation of products in the cookie cracker aisle. Adapt reset to space limitations, extra/missing products and other obstacles
  • As cosmetics team lead, lead a team of two to five employees to complete three-day resets of the entire cosmetics sections in various Harmon’s stores
  • Work closely with managers and other staff members to ensure proper placement, distribution and presentation of clients’ products as retail rep for four area Rite Aids
  • Use planograms to perform resets/revisions of Health & Beauty and Grocery sections in various stores, including Rite Aid, Shoprite, Kings, A&P and Harmon stores
  • Perform weekly and monthly pricing surveys in five area stores for two major clients.
  • As a mentor train numerous new Crossmark employees in various store settings
  • Perform regular distribution checks for Kimberly-Clark in a Target store to ensure products are on the shelves and endcaps and displays are active
  • As the Hills rep for an area pet supply store, ensure store is fully stocked with Hills products. Sell in new products to fill voids. Educate staff on Hills’ products to ensure staff can properly represent products to their customers
May 2008Present

Public Relations/Web Consultant

International Dyslexia Association
  • Work with board and committees to design and implement communication plans
  • Designed new website in 2010 and currently designing a brand new website to be unveiled very soon
  • Update and maintain the website to keep organization members current with events, professional development opportunities, and current research in the field.
  • Assist with planning of conferences and events
Nov 2013Jul 2014

Volunteer Assistant to Manager of PR and Events

Cancer Support community of central new jersey
  • Researched sponsorship and donation sources for events
  • Completed donation and sponsorship applications
  • Created forms for events in Blackbaud’s E-Tapestry
  • Created flyers for events and programs, using Publisher
  • Drafted news releases for awareness events
Feb 2012May 2013

Administrative Assistant, Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF)

Community Hope, inc.
  • Worked with program director and key members of senior management to plan and implement a public relations strategy for the SSVF program
  • Assisted with preparation for state, federal, local, and independent audits and reviews
  • Provided training to staff in the use of social media
  • Edited and formatted agency newsletter
  • Designed and drafted copy for marketing materials, including postcards, posters and flyers
  • Managed contacts and sent e-blasts in Constant Contact
  • Created and sent letters to local and county officials
  • Managed relationships with media companies; designed creative for campaigns
Sep 2010Feb 2012


community hope, inc.
  • Maintained contacts in SAGE and Constant Contact and sent out mailings/e-mailings
  • Researched funders and potential funders
  • Monitored and maintained Community Hope's Facebook page, Jumo page and other social media pages
  • Set up for orientations, trainings and meetings at the office; typed and distributed meeting minutes from recordings
Mar 2008Jun 2008

Public Relations Intern

Artists alliance
  • Proposed and planned launch event for Watch This Space, a networking site for New Zealand student artists
  • Wrote news releases for events and resources
  • Wrote articles for the organization’s magazine
  • Researched funding options for a specific program, artists2U; created indexed funding database for program
  • Completed grant application and sponsorship letter
  • Conducted customer satisfaction surveys


Aug 2005May 2009

Bachelor of Science in Communication (Public Relations)

Boston university
  • Graduated Cum Laude


Microsoft Office (Including Publisher)
Constant Contact
Illustrator, Photoshop, Flash, and Dreamweaver (Adobe Suite)
Website Layout & Design
Survey Design/Interpretation
SAGE Software