Summary

Creative, results-focused professional, extremely effective in fast-paced roles managing multiple programs and projects. Track record of initiative and leadership in improving operations, increasing efficiency, cutting costs, and streamlining processes. Strong writing, editing, communication, and teamwork skills.

Work History

Work History
Feb 2005 - Mar 2008

Senior Program Coordinator

Education in Action Foundation

Member of evaluation and program team that investigates, awards, and manages grants supporting creative programming in Jewish education and cultural awareness. Participate in the Foundation's strategic planning process and manage a wide array of projects and operational functions.

Program Coordination: Annually, manage a portfolio of grant semifinalists, serving as primary point of contact and advising on program development. Conduct site visits and prepare recommendations for Board review.

  • Conceived idea for 2 innovative "seed grant" programs to support mini-initiatives that fall below general grant guidelines. Worked with executive director to refine the concept and prepare Board presentation; pilot programs planned for 2008.
  • Created and implemented a new office-wide process to ensure the accuracy and consistency of information given to all potential applicants.

Administrative Management: Ensure smooth running of office and continuously seek opportunities to improve operational efficiency and consistency.

  • Investigated and initiated new purchasing program, cut office-supply expenses by 50%.
  • Created centralized records system that, for the first time, provides immediate and easily accessible information about grants at every stage from application through award and reporting.

Writing and Publication: Write, edit, and publish printed materials including award books and bios, grant and award guidelines, newsletter, and ongoing correspondence with applicants and recipients.

  • Revitalized the Foundation's newsletter, increasing frequency of publication and expanding distribution from a handful to more than 300 people. Serve as chief writer and editor.
Sep 2004 - Sep 2005

Writing Tutor

University of Pennsylvania - University Writing Lab

Worked directly with undergraduate and graduate students to improve quality of written materials. Proofread, edited, and tutored students to improve their writing skills.

Jan 2001 - Jan 2005

Research Assistant

Selected for 3 diverse research positions; held concurrently while completing dual degrees in 4 years.

  • Researched and catalogued Hebrew and Yiddish materials for the graduate library.
  • Assisted professor with PhD research, tracking Jewish conversion rates in Eastern Europe.
  • Contributed to biology laboratory research involving senescence of mutant plant strains.

Skills

Skills

Published Writer

Published articles in foundation communications, periodicals and newsletter.

Language

Fluent communicator in Chinese and Hebrew, both writing and speaking.

Additional Information

Proficient in MS Office, Photoshop, HTML, and Internet applications.

Education

Education
Mar 2008

B.S. & B.A.

Graduated with Honors in 2005, GPA 3.75/4.0

  • Quaker State Scholar; University Honors; William Penn Freshman Prize - top 5% of class.