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Laura H. Chadwell

Non Profit Administrator & Fundraising Professional

Summary

I am an arts, community, and education focused non profit administrator who has been working in in the Greater Boston area since 2007. I have experience across multiple sectors including higher education, non-profit performing arts institutions, and community based organizations. I also have extensive experience with event planning, fundraising, marketing, grant writing, program planning, curriculum writing, supervision, budget management, databases, and more. 

Education

2012

M.Ed

LESLEY UNIVERSITY

Master of Education in Art, Community, & Education, 4.0 GPA

Master's Thesis Topic: Assessment & Evaluation for Small Arts Based Institutions

Master's Level Internship: Boston Youth Art Evaluation Project/ RAW Art Works, Lynn, MA

2007

B.S

ITHACA COLLEGE

Bachelor of Science, Theater Arts Management, 3.6 GPA (Dean’s List and Dean’s Scholar)

Work History

Sept 2017Current

Contract Grant Writer

Community Art Center, Cambridge, MA
  • Prospect research, writing  and submitting grants and reports on an as needed basis.
Aug 2017Current

Grants Manager (Part Time)

YMCA of Metro North
  • Responsible for foundation and corporation prospect research, grant writing, submission, reporting, deadline tracking, and all other tasks related to contributed funds from foundations and corporate giving.
  • Assist with capital campaign planning and research as needed
  • Meet regularly with branch staff to establish budget goals and areas of need
  • Assist branch staff with evaluation and data collection 
Sept 2016Aug 2017

Events & Marketing Manager (Part Time)

Community Art Center, Cambridge, MA
  • Plan and execute all tasks related to special events including annual gala fundraiser, mural openings, youth-led national film festival, and more.
  • Responsible for all aspects of marketing, website updates, public relations, and social media.
  • Locate and facilitate corporate sponsorships for all events.
  • Manage event pledges and follow up for individual donors.
  • Create and execute outreach for annual crowdfunding campaign.
Nov 2014Sept 2016

Director of Community Programs

Community Art Center, Cambridge, MA
  • Manage all aspects of community based program including large scale colaborative public art projects, special events including DIYDS!! National Youth Film Festival, and all family engagement initiatives. 
  • Coordinate leadership groups and volunteer engagement, manage department budget, hire & contract guest artists, and supervise program staff, interns, & volunteers.
  • Build and strengthen relationships with external partners i.e. politicians, corporations and institutions, and serve on City of Cambridge committees related to neighborhood violence and safety, STEAM engagement, and youth-focused initiatives as requested. 
  • Responsibilities related to corporate, government, and foundation giving include management of deadlines, application and report writing and submission, and appropriate follow-up. FY14 budgeted amount for contributed funds exceeded $500K. Also responsible for research related to new foundation or corporate prospects.
  • Also responsible for all print and digital marketing, public relations, social media engagement,  special events planning, and community events and projects in partnership with local organizations. 
Jun 2013Nov 2014

Director of Community Programs

The Center for Arts in Natick, Natick, MA
  • Responsible for the direction, supervision, management, and planning for all community based- programming for a thriving performing arts center including local artist exhibits, community theater troupe, teen rock program, open mics and cabaret nights, after-school and musical theater classes for children, & teen performing arts workshops, community rentals, and ticket donation program.
  • Booked artists and managed contracts for family themed performance series totaling 15 live shows per year.
  • Responsibilities related to corporate, government, and foundation giving include management of deadlines, application and report writing and submission, and appropriate follow-up. FY14 budgeted amount for contributed funds exceeded $500K. Also responsible for research related to new foundation or corporate prospects.
  • Also responsible for all print and digital marketing, public relations, social media engagement,  special events planning, and community events and projects in partnership with local organizations. 
    Jun 2012Jun 2013

    Program Assistant/ Interim Director of Youth & Family Services

    Community Art Center, Cambridge, MA
    • Supervise staff of 6 employees, 5 graduate and undergraduate level interns, and several volunteers as director of an arts-focused state-licensed after-school program for low-income youth.
    • Responsible for establishing program goals, assessing progress related to strategic planning, and meeting state guidelines for licensed center-based after school and summer care.
    • Ensure outcomes of quality are met related to child safety, family engagement, quality of activities, and more through supervision and program evaluation. 
    • Responsible for all administrative aspects of the organization. Duties range from state billing and accounts management, to classroom assistance and volunteer program coordination. Supervise part-time staff, interns, and volunteers.
    • Provide front-line support for staff, parents, volunteers, and vendors. Coordinate human resources needs, recruitment, budget management, A/P and A/R duties, facilities needs and supplies, and facility rentals.
    • Also responsible for programming support duties, including semester planning and scheduling, assisting teachers with curriculum development and assessment.
    Dec 2009Jun 2012

    Recruitment Specialist

    Lesley University, Cambridge, MA 
    • In collaboration with finance, implemented employee benefit and time management programs such as the transition to a new online timecard system, employee information portal, employee discounts and benefits like move tickets. Also created training materials for various HR and Payroll systems.
    • Responsible for the recruitment and hiring process for a 600+ employee university; managed on-boarding process for new hires, data entry and reporting in HRIS system, student worker and volunteer hiring and management, recruitment strategy and research, and more.
    Sep 2007Aug 2009

    Development Associate

    The Boston Conservatory, Boston, MA
    • Maintained data and correspondence related to donations, assisted with special events, coordinated capital campaign projects, student scholarship program, budget management for department, grant writing assistance, and more responsibilities as needed.
    • Responsible for data entry and report management of Sage development database.
    • Provided executive assistance to VP when needed, including travel arrangements, prospect research, correspondence, and other duties as assigned.

    Skills & Competencies

    • Youth Development in the Arts Training, Lesley University
    • Youth Worker Supervisor Training, Best Training Institute
    • Mental Health First Aid Certified
    • MA Driver's License        
    • MAC and PC fluent                                                                
    • Trained in Art Therapy, Trauma Informed Care, Restorative Justice, Conflict Resolution & Mediation
    • Social Media, Web Design, Content Creation, and Online Marketing fluent across multiple platforms

    Memberships, Public Speaking, & Other Experience

    • Member, MassCreative Leadership Council
    • Guest Lecturer, 2016 & 2017 Endicott College Arts Administration Program, Beverly, MA
    • Invited Speaker, Coalition for Arts, Culture, & a Healthy Economy '16 Annual Meeting, Medford, MA
    • Alumni Panel Guest Speaker: 2015 Lesley Creativity Forum, Cambridge, MA
    • Attendee: 2015 National Guild for Community Arts Conference, Philadelphia, PA
    • Attendee: 2016 Americans for the Arts Conference, Boston, MA
    • Adult Ally/ Planning Committee for 2015 Cambridge Youth Leaders Luncheon
    • Volunteer/ Planning Committee: Port STEAM Nights, February & October 2015, Cambridge, MA
    • Volunteer, 2015 Door to Door Family Outreach w/ Police Department in Cambridge Public Housing
    • Volunteer, 2012, 2013, 2015, & 2016 Port/Area IV Pride Day, Cambridge, MA