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Work History

Work History
Jun 2011 - Present

Private Career Advancement Consultant

Mark R. Gerlach Communications Consulting

Self-run consulting service for job seekers, designed as a skill-sharpening and income generating tool during a geographical transition period.

Jul 2010 - Apr 2011

Workforce Program Manager

Express Employment Professionals

Develop & Implement an entire line of high-energy, high-interest workshop curricula, with an emphasis on outreach. Collaborate with state, college, local workforce board, and private employment partners toward common educational goals. Manage continuous-improvement Evaluation and Documentation of program performance. Highly independent role.

  • Designed and delivered outreach program resulting in expanded service to four previously-unreached geographic areas
  • Managed program Communication; created promotional materials for online and print media; increased program participation by approximately 100% in 2 months
  • Supervised staffer, and Coordinated the work of multiple organizations on a daily basis
  • Developed and monitored/managed $80,000 annual program budget
  • Daily interaction with extremely diverse groups, from high-end professionals, to urban laborers, to inexperienced youth
Dec 2010 - Apr 2011

Adjunct Faculty

Clackamas Community College

Design and Implement a training program tailored to the needs of industrial workers who want to use social media in their job search.

Nov 2008 - Jul 2010

Workforce Employment Consultant

Express Employment Professionals

Consultant to college Workforce Development department and the local state employment department. Specialist in Social Media training for the job search. Highly collaborative.

  • Wrote Grant Proposal resulting in the above-listed position, and a 33% increase to Express Milwaukie’s social-service program; consulted on multiple other Express Grant Proposals
  • Developed Curricula & Lesson Plans for over 15 ongoing workshops from scratch, including Social Media Networking, and incorporating computer elements each.
Jan 2008 - Nov 2008

Business Developer

Express Employment Professionals

Analyze and understand local business needs via relationship building. Market services to new and established relationships. B2B marketing: meaningful conversations with 150+ employers weekly.

  • Created and Disseminated marketing material for promotion of professional services
  • Trained all current and incoming staff on the use of online marketing material, brochures, and advanced e-mail marketing
Sep 2004 - May 2005

Fire and Safety Commissioner

Marlboro College

Managed a team of 6 commissioned officers of the college to reach the common goal ofeducating the campus on issues of safety, and enforcing regulations.

  • Recruited, supervised, and trained a volunteer staff of 5
  • Created and distributed online marketing material, including a website and an e-mail newsletter.
  • Supervised the transition from paper to electronic data tracking system.
Mar 2003 - May 2005

Substitute Teacher/Proctor

Lewiston Porter Senior High School
Jan 1998 - Jan 2004

Deacon

First Congregational United Church of Christ

Deacon01/1998-01/2004

Liaison position between church community, church council, and pastor. Represent church in local community organizations and professional associations.

  • Co-Designed campaign, including promotional events and publications to grow membership
  • Fundraising and event planning: organize fundraising breakfasts & dinners, tours, other events
  • Establish collaborative relationships with area professionals in order to work toward the common goal of urban revitalization.
Mar 1999 - Jun 2002

Co-Founder/Tutor

After School Homework Helpers

Educational Outreach program for challenged urban youth.

  • Collaborated w/ local educators to hand-pick students who would most benefit from the program
  • Trained staff of 7 tutors in program objectives and tutoring guidelines, as well as confidentiality
Jan 1999 - Jun 2001

Founder/President

Main Street Neighborhood Congregations

Grassroots group whose ad-hoc events promoted awareness of religious activity in Niagara Falls, NY

  • Supervised and Trained Volunteer staff for promotional events: laborers, fundraisers, speakers…
  • Managed program Communications: radio spots, flyers, promotional posters, news releases
  • Identified and established collaborative partnerships with six area congregations, multiple business leaders, and one mayoral candidate

Strengths and Performance

Simplifying Complex Ideas

Education

Education
Sep 2002 - May 2006

Bachelor of the Arts

Marlboro College

An intensive broad-spectrum education, with a focus on community development, independent research and responsibility, and the development of lifelong learning strategies.

  • Graduated Cum Laude
  • Authored 147-page thesis regarding the role of poverty in Western civilization, as seen through the social contract; and the rates and causes of voter turnout by industrialized country