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Feb 2018Present

Program Director 

Williamsburg Learning Tree

The Program Director oversees the coordination and administration of all aspects of an ongoing program including planning, organizing, staffing, leading, and controlling program activities.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

The Program Manager performs a wide range of duties including some or all of the following:

Plan the program

Plan the delivery of the overall program and its activities in accordance with the mission and the goals of the organization
Develop new initiatives to support the strategic direction of the organization
Develop and implement long-term goals and objectives to achieve the successful outcome of the program
Develop an annual budget and operating plan to support the program
Develop a program evaluation framework to assess the strengths of the program and to identify areas for improvement
Develop funding proposals for the program to ensure the continuous delivery of services
Organize the program

Ensure that program activities operate within the policies and procedures of the organization
Ensure that program activities comply with all relevant legislation and professional standards
Develop forms and records to document program activities
Oversee the collection and maintenance of records on the clients of the program for statistical purposes according to the confidentiality/privacy policy of the organization
Staff the program

In consultation with the Executive Director, recruit, interview and select well-qualified program staff
Implement the human resources policies, procedures, and practices of the organization
Ensure that personnel files for the program are properly maintained and kept confidential
Establish and implement a performance management process for all program staff
Engage volunteers for appropriate program activities using established volunteer management practices
Note Some Program Directors also have responsibilities for program volunteers. See the job profile for the Manager of Volunteers for a description of the related duties and responsibilities.
Ensure that all program staff receive an appropriate orientation to the organization and the programs
Lead the program

Ensure all staff members receive orientation and appropriate training in accordance with organizational standards
Supervise program staff by providing direction, input, and feedback
Communicate with clients and other stakeholders to gain community support for the program and to solicit input to improve the program
Liaise with other managers to ensure the effective and efficient program delivery
Coordinate the delivery of services among different program activities to increase effectiveness and efficiency
Control the program

Write reports on the program for management and for funders
Communicate with funders as outlined in funding agreements
Ensure that the program operates within the approved budget
Monitor and approve all budgeted program expenditures
Monitor cash flow projections and report actual cash flow and variance to the Executive Director on a regular basis (monthly/bimonthly)
Manage all project funds according to established accounting policies and procedures
Ensure that all financial records for the program are up to date
Ensure financial reports and supporting documentation for funders are prepared as outlined in funding agreements
Provide required information to have invoices generated and submitted to funders according to the established timelines
Identify and evaluate the risks associated with program activities and take appropriate action to control the risks
Monitor the program activities on a regular basis and conduct an annual evaluation according to the program evaluation framework
Report evaluation findings to the Executive Director and recommend changes to enhance the program, as appropriate

May 2015Present

Contract Marketing Manager and Content Creator

Radical Solutions, LLC

Duties of the Marketing Manager include:
Managing all marketing for the company and activities within the marketing department.
Developing the marketing strategy for the company in line with company objectives.
Coordinating marketing campaigns with sales activities.
Overseeing the company’s marketing budget.
Creation and publication of all marketing material in line with marketing plans.
Planning and implementing promotional campaigns.
Manage and improve lead generation campaigns, measuring results.
Overall responsibility for brand management and corporate identity
Preparing online and print marketing campaigns.
Monitor and report on the effectiveness of marketing communications.
Creating a wide range of different marketing materials.
Working closely with design agencies and assisting with new product launches.
Maintain effective internal communications to ensure that all relevant company functions are kept informed of marketing objectives.
Analysing potential strategic partner relationships for company marketing.

Feb 2017Jun 2018

VP of Communications

Peninsula Women's Network

Reporting to the President, and serving as an integral member of the senior management team, the Vice President (VP) of Communications will be responsible for the development of Peninsula Women's Network's communication strategy and will contribute to Peninsula Women's Network organizational strategic planning process. The VP of Communications will develop a world-class communications plan for Peninsula Women's Network, directly managing communications activities that promote, enhance, and protect the organization’s brand reputation. The VP of Communications will be responsible for the development, integration, and implementation of a broad range of public relations activities relative to the strategic direction and positioning of the organization and its leadership. This individual will be an ambassador for the organization and will need to build relationships with the media. The goal is to advance the organization’s position with relevant constituents, as well as to drive broader awareness and donor support for the organization. The VP of Communications will be responsible for Peninsula Women's Network's varied and integrated communications products and services including newsletters and other print publications; web, e-news and other online communications; media and public relations; and marketing.

Jul 2016Sep 2017

Director of Marketing 

Odd Moxie

Duties of the Marketing Director:

Development and implementation of the Brand strategy.
Developing the marketing strategy for new and existing products
Overseeing implementation of the Marketing strategy - including campaigns, events, digital marketing, and PR.
Working closely with the company’s Sales team; enabling them to meet their commercial objectives by providing them with appropriate tools, materials, and presentations
Guiding the day to day activities of the marketing team.
Ensuring that the marketing objectives are implemented by the marketing team.
Work closely with product management team to define marketing materials and programs.
Manage social media presence and direct programs to improve social media reputation and recognition.
Developing and delivering marketing and communications strategies for the organisation.
Undertake continuous analysis of competitive environment and consumer trends

Jun 2015Jun 2018

Columnist

Womonscape Center, Inc.

Job Description:


Analyzed news and writes column or commentary, based on personal knowledge and experience with the subject matter, for publication or broadcast: Gathered information and develops subject perspective through research, interview, experience, and attendance at functions, such as political conventions, news meetings, sports events, and social activities.

Analyzed and interprets information to formulate an outline story idea.

Selected material most pertinent to the presentation, organizes material into acceptable media form and formatted and wrote column or commentary.
Recorded and presented commentary live when working in a broadcast medium.

Developed material to fit media time or space requirements.

Analyzed current news items and be designated News Analyst.

Specializied in race, religion, and politics 

May 2015May 2016

Co-host

The Secular Parents Show

Duties
Presented news, topics, and guests
Interviewed guests and moderated panels or discussions on the show 
Announced station programming information, such as program schedules and station breaks for commercials, or public service information
Researched topics for comment and discussion during shows
Comment on important news stories
Provided commentary for the audience during and in between interviews  
Select program content
Make promotional appearances at public or private events

Specialized in a parenting, religion, and politics. Contributed to the preparation of program content, interviewed guests, and discussed issues with viewers, listeners, or the audience.

Jul 2015Jul 2016

Communications Chair 

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Peninsula 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Manage all communications, public relations functions and informational social
media requirements of UUFP to ensure two-way communication channels are
functioning.
Responsibilities include the UUFP Newsletters, updating Facebook and marketing and
promotional materials, both print and electronic. Also responsible for duties outlined
below as well as other duties required.
Strategy Development
• Lead the Board and Communications Committee in the development and
implementation of UUFP's Communication Strategy.
Annual Events Activities
• Assist with all design and production of events promotion and marketing
communications
• Maintain a consistent Brand image in all communications
• Search and research articles suitable for UUFP’s Newsletter and Facebook.
• Serve as liaison to UUFP’s Committees: advise Chairs, attend to meeting
particulars (Skype), prepare agendas, attend meetings, and prepare minutes
• Address or forward and necessary comment on any social media to
appropriate committee – with a reply to the addressee
Public Relations
• Represent UUFP  at any major event 
Customer Service Duties
• Respond promptly to all incoming calls, voicemail, email, copying, faxing
Federation Branding
• Assist Executive Director where requested
• Other activities as necessary
Financial Activities
• Prepare and mail monthly advertising invoices
• Assist Director of Finance with collections if necessary
• Develop and monitor Communication budgets
Supervision of Communications Committee
• Assist leadership in carrying out UUFP’s mission
• Monitor membership satisfaction with the Newsletter and related activities
• Address appropriate activities related to Membership communications
Office Management
• Attend all Board meetings on Skype
• Organise regular Communication Committee meetings
Financial Activities
• Approve all Communication-related payments
Content Management
• Manage content, design, production, and distribution of UUFP marketing
tools and event material appropriate editorial content from Members, Board,
and other contributors
• Write original material when necessary
• Submit technical articles for review when appropriate
• Copy, edit and proofread all material
• Select content and design
• Supervise printing and distribution
Other Duties as Required or Requested
• Work with Membership Chair to monitor and maintain communication with
Members
• Communicate to all committees on PR activities
• Chapter all PR activity within the Events Diary
• Work with allied organizations - info sharing
• Manage participation in related events
Website
• Participate in website design and maintenance issues
• Monitor, manage and update articles

Jun 2011Present

Founder and Executive Editor

Bright Parenting Magazine

An executive editor organizes, supervises, and participates in the management and development of all copy submitted for publication. An executive editor works with editors and designers on the development of the editorial calendar and sets and enforces deadlines for copy. An executive editor consults with editors, designers, and publishing managers on content for each issue, provides evaluations of manuscripts to editors, and supervises the submission process and tracking system. An executive editor conducts negotiations with writers and agents, issues and records contracts with writers and agents, and ensures that timely payments are made to the contributors. An executive editor maintains liaisons between the author, associate editor, and copy editor; compares editorial changes to the author's changes; and keeps the author up to date on schedules, revisions, and related matters. An executive editor directs and coordinates the work of consulting editors and reports their comments to the copy editors. An executive editor prepares operational reports and analyses setting forth progress, adverse trends, and appropriate recommendations or conclusions. An executive editor recommends various personnel actions relating to hiring, performance appraisals, promotions, transfers, and vacation schedules. 

20102016

Internet Goddess

W.E.L.L. Women Empowered and Loving Life

I maintained the website for W.E.L.L., helped in maintaining their social media presence, as well as acted as board president, and worked with alongside colleagues to plan and execute women-centered events.

Jan 2010Present

Owner

Road Home Photography

Based on the needs of the project, I take pictures of people, settings, events, and objects, using artistic and technical skills to create images the clients will love. As well as design settings, using props and backgrounds to create compositions based on the client’s request. In addition to taking high-quality images, the photographer will also maintain all camera equipment, including lights, lenses, and tripods. After pictures are complete, the photographer will resize, edit, airbrush and otherwise enhance images using Photoshop or other photo editing software. Then work with the client to determine the best package and presentation of their photos.

Select and assemble proper equipment, and choose settings and props based on the client’s wishes and theme of the photo shoot.
Properly light subjects using artificial or natural lighting and using flashes and reflectors where necessary.
Determine desired images and compositions and choose equipment, props, settings, and lighting to achieve desired results.
Retouch, resize and enhance images as needed using Photoshop or other photography software.

2004Present

Senior Educational Guide

Holmes Schooling

I oversee the education of my three children through love, guidance, and a healthy dose of humor. Our adventures are documented on the blog Ramblings of a Dysfunctional Homeschooler which averages 330 page views a month when I'm not generating new content and over 2000 page views a month when I'm producing new content.

Jan 2000Present

Freelance Writer

Various

Freelance writing specializing in Research Papers, Copywriting, White Papers, and Press Releases.

Mar 2004Jul 2006

Building Materials Sales Specialist 

Lowe's Home Improvement 

I oversaw the sales for the Millwork, Building Materials, and Lumber departments while working in conjunction with Contract Sales and Installed Sales. I managed the merchandise for the Building Materials and Lumber departments, overseeing the weekly inventory count performed by four sales associates. It was my job to ensure they performed the count in an accurate and timely manner.  

Education

Mar 2015Dec 2016

BA in English and History

American Public University

My educational focus is English-Writing and History with a concentration on African Americans and women, mainly Black women. Semester Hours: 21

Sep 2010Jun 2011

General Education, English, History 

Wayne Community College

General education study to acquire transfer courses.  Semester Hours: 9

Sep 2008Jun 2009

 Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Special Education, English

The University of North Dakota 

My educational focus was  on education from Pre-K to 5th Grade, with a minor in English and Special Education. Semester Hours: 10

Sep 2007Jun 2008

Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Special Education, English 

Lake Region State College 

My educational focus was  on education from Pre-K to 5th Grade, with a minor in English and Special Education.  Semester Hours: 30

Sep 2005Jun 2006

Liberal Arts 

Wayne Community College 

General education study to acquire prerequisite classes. Semester Hours: 10

Skills

Social Media 

Over six years of managing multiple social media platforms for non-profits, churches, and businesses. Currently oversees the social media for four area businesses and organizations while consulting for half a dozen more; invests in staying current on social media trends; understands the importance of a hashtag; used Facebook before it was hip; understands the importance social media plays in brand outreach; moderate selfie taker

Wordsmithing

Can craft clever quips; sleeps with a copy of The Elements of Style; knows the difference between there, they’re, and their; is best friends with Thesaurus; understands the importance of word limits; has 15 years experience putting words on paper through ghostwriting, newsletters, articles, and blogging 

Editing 

Rewrites friends text messages; corrects mistakes in books; has been known to change the radio station for improper use of grammar; edits a self-published magazine; handles press releases, newsletters, as well as various other communications for a number of businesses and non-profit organizations

Researching

Becomes immersed in a topic; refuses to acknowledge Wikipedia as a legitimate source; on first name basis with librarians; has spent the last 10 years researching various science, religion, and history topics, has spent three years studying the history of Black women and feminism

Public Relations

Knows that every situation has a solution; has turned desk jockeys into board members; successfully ensured the election of a board member through a combination of cleverly crafted articles, press releases, and image crafting

Event Planning

You can’t have a good party without good PR; ability to handle hiccups and meltdowns with calm and ease; has planned everything from a “green” style TED Talk to, community harvest celebration, women's networking events, and a multi organization Taekwondo festival

Web Design

Experience with HTML and turning drab into fab; has maintained multiple websites for the last five years; knows that design is just as important as functionality

Photography 

Three years of formal art training, one year of formal design training, and six years of hands-on digital photography experience. I only shoot in manual and if your photographer is using auto they're doing it wrong. Specialties include natural light photography, children and families, as well as landscapes. I also utilize Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Indesign, Adobe Illustrator, and have my own Adobe Creative Suites account