Tara Manderino

Tara Manderino

Summary

Highly experienced public relations professional with strong analytical skills.

Experience in communcations; generating and dispensing information. Skilled in media and special event coordination. Excellent relationship building skills. Team player with the ability to work independently for common goal. Highly motivated. Self-starter wtih history of consistently meeting and beating deadlines. Learn new information and skills quickly. Work well with diverse groups of people.

Work History

Work History

Freelance Writer
Independent contractor for various short-term jobs in the communications field.
  • Author of four novels.
  • Review fiction for MyShelf.com, an Internet review site
  • Judge for national Jasmine, S.T.A.R. and Emily writing contests
  • Wrote and edited hard copy publications, including Health Center Newsletter and Mature Living
  • Prepared and presented "Story-Mapping," a hands-on story plot primer on plotting concepts
  • Created and presented "What is News?" seminar to correspondents of Senior Times
  • Independent contract editor for company approved manuscripts
  • Resume writer for online and traditional resume services
Jul 2000 - Present

District Coordinator

Monessen Public Library & District Cetner
  • Write and distribute all news releases, PSAs, in-house pamphlets and brochures
  • Active in short and long term planning process
  • Write long term and action plans
  • Author fund campaign letters and handle bulk mailing for targeted list
  • Spearheaded OverDrive.com contract, situating MPL as a leader in online services
  • Produced PowerPoint presentations for MS Publisher Workshop. Instructed library professionals
  • Write and submit grants. Received System grant for countywide movie licensing, a popular item later translated into a line item
  • Plan and implement multi-district workshops
  • Created and executed successful presentations to Westmoreland County Commissioners. Unique presentation created buzz in County circles for two consecutive years
Mar 2004 - Oct 2005

Report / Grant Writer

Westmoreland County Federated Library System
  • Created and distributed written and printed materials to all System libraries, and organizations
  • Helped secure funds for the System and 26 member libraries
  • Addressed public relations issues for Westmoreland County libraries
  • Tracked Special Program Grant Awardees
  • Contacted by Pennsylvania Citizens for Libraries regarding Best Practices in making WCFLS name known to state legislators

Skills

Skills

Workshop Coordinator

Coordinate workshops with outside presenters. Have created and given workshops on MS Publisher, and teen involvement in library programs.

Public Relations

Promote programs and services to the community as well as target audiences. 

Resume Writer

Highlight and present job seeker skills.

Editor

Able to pinpoint areas that need strengthened, and give instruction on how to improve them.

Copywriter

Sell. Sell. Sell. Ability to zero in on what motivates a targeted group.

Community Relations

Target and build relationships with key community members.

Education

Education

Novelist