Sara Brannin Mooser

Sara Brannin Mooser

Work History

Work History

Teacher of English as a Second Language

University of California, Los Angeles Extension, International English Program

Taught English to adult speakers of other languages.

May 2009 - Present

Communications Consultant

California Food and Justice Coalition

Researching materials and writing synopses of information to include in monthly newsletter (Click to see an example here).Editing web content, both text and aesthetics, as well as informational materials on organization.Maintaining messaging on Facebook Page.Created a strategic communications plan for a new campaign including messaging and media recommendations.

Oct 2009 - Jan 2010

Communications Intern

Roots of Change

Created the organization's first online campaign, drawing 2,500 signatures in eleven days, and then subsequently provided a detailed analysis for the campaign.  The campaign was hand delivered to the USDA Secretary Deputy Kathleen Merrigan (see http://tinyurl.com/ydykfvh) . Wrote an article which was published to the website and sent to the 17,000 person network (see http://tinyurl.com/yc788xe). Learned the Salsa Commons email platform. Participated in a strategic communications project and in staff meetings.

Jan 2009 - May 2009

Assistant to the Associate Dean of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

http://www.usc.edu/schools/ihp/ot/

Coordinated Associate Dean's calendar.Communicated integral information from Associate Dean’s office.  Wrote documents, emails and letters on behalf of the Associate Dean.  Collected and arranged citations to prepare articles for publication.Answered phones. Fielded questions from current faculty, students and staff. Took minutes for research meetings. 

Sep 2007 - Aug 2008

Project Engineer

Organized construction projects per company protocol.Worked as an intermediary between architect, subcontractor, and facility in order to request and confirm a job, information for a job, bill the facility.Communicated effectively, tracking each movement using a share server.

May 2005 - Aug 2007

Coach

Chevy Chase Country Club

During summers, coordinated calendars and budgets with 90 parents and the club management.Managed the team budget and functions such as swim meets, banquets, and campouts.Delegated many roles to parents and coaches, hired needed staff and oversaw the implementation of plans.Wrote an e-mail newsletter to parents to keep them updated on weekly activities.

Accomplishments:

·Maintained a steady level of 50 children, aged 5-17, through three years of a difficult

management transition at the club.

·Established fundraisers with parents, raising an additional $3000 for the team’s needs every

summer.

Mar 2001 - Jun 2007

Teacher of English Language Development

Glendale Unified School District

Designed a curriculum incorporating activities from other sources in order to aid the English language learning students.Coached a swim team for two years as head coach, one as the Aquatics Director, managing two assistant swim coaches, two water polo coaches, and the budget.

Accomplishments:

·Assigned projects that integrated literature with real world application.

·Developed and taught an objective grading scheme that allowed students to self reflect on ideas

and edit their own essays and projects effectively.

·Maintained teaching level so that the majority of students were in the above average range

on the district final exam for five years.

·Managed many different levels of learners within one class period.

·Implemented a classroom management plan that encouraged fun and respectful participation.

·Designed field trips that incorporated investigating the local environment with writing.

·Encouraged students to read such that many read complete books for the first time in their lives.

·Trained swimmers so that 95% of them received personal bests by the end of the season.

·Enabled the students to raise $4000 over a ten week season to counter school budget cuts.

1999 - 2001

Teacher of English Language Development for Community Based English Tutoring Program

Glendale Community College

Taught English to adult speakers of other languages.

1999 - 2000

Teacher of English as a Second Language

Osaka Sangyo University of Los Angeles

Taught English to adult speakers of other languages.

Education

Education

Memberships and Computer Skills

Association Memberships

Slow Food, Net Impact, Women in Communications, Willing Workers on Organic Farms (New Zealand)

Computer Skills

Microsoft Windows 2007 and below (Word, Excel and Photoshop), AVS Video Editor, AVS Audio Editor, basic html, Wordpress, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter

Internships

COMMUNITY HEALTH COUNCILS—Communications InternFeb – May 2008

Researched and designed a preliminary draft of a Community Assessment Toolkit.

HEALTHY CHILD, HEALTHY WORLD—Public Relations Intern                Sept – Dec 2007

Researched book marketing tactics, developed a checklist for successful campaign letter writing and created a blog inventory.

GREEN LA—Blog Research InternSept – Dec 2007

Researched and documented blogs related to environmental and political issues locally and nationally.

Summary

·Highly effective problem solver with the ability to analyze issues and offer recommendations

·Excellent at translating complicated ideas into simplified language in more than one way

·Experienced at understanding what people value and persuading them by using examples that

make sense to them

·Skilled in communicating new or synthesized ideas clearly in writing and in oral language

·Creative designer of programs and projects

Interest

Photography: Amateur with a Canon SD750 and a mini tripod, Triathlon: Swimming, biking and running, Travel:  I have traveled extensively and have spent a great deal of time in Europe, Mexico and New Zealand and have visited numerous other countries, Reading:  Fiction and non-fiction, Gardening and landscaping:  Using organic practices, Sustainable Agriculture and Food Justice: Working with organizations that are focused on creating an agricultural system that builds the environment, that feeds back into itself, and that benefits all people.