Helper. Problem solver. People person.
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Population Organizer, Center for Biological Diversity
April 2014 – October 2017
As the Population Organizer, my main role was to facilitate challenging and often taboo conversations about the negative impacts of human population growth with an incredibly variable audience in all fifty states nationwide. I was able to effectively start these conversations nationwide by recruiting and training a backbone of thousands of volunteers and using creative media tools such as earned media, blog and newsletter posts, video series such as Crowded Planet and the Center’s Endangered Species Condoms. In addition to that, I planned and executed campaigns from conception to completion, often brainstorming, networking, writing press releases and other media pieces, working with volunteers, overseeing logistics, communicating with vendors and reporting back to leadership, all while planning the next campaign.
Other responsibilities included supervision and training of new staff and interns, serving on organization-wide committees and being the voice behind the Population Organizer’s twitter handle.
Lead Organizer, Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
March 2012 – December 2013
At SEIU I worked on the Faculty Forward campaign (formerly Adjunct Action). My role was to meet with adjunct professors at some of Boston’s top institutions including Tufts, Northeastern and Boston University, listen to their concerns and issues and support them as they formed new unions. Professors aren’t typical union workers and meeting them where they were usually meant addressing their issues and concerns while also not equating them to the more traditional blue collar union worker. That said, at the end of the day, every worker from the janitor to the dean have similar issues and concerns and while I didn’t represent all of them, being able to communicate with a large audience was and continues to be key to solving problems in the workplace.
As a Lead, I over saw Lesley University/Art Institute of Boston adjunct faculty’s union campaign, managed a team of up to ten organizers, built and maintained the campaign website, drafted campaign literature and lead meetings and informational sessions.
Youth Volunteer Corp Team Leader, AmeriCorps: Volunteer Southern Arizona
December 2011 – August 2012
AmeriCorps was both extremely challenging and satisfying. My role was to work with local nonprofits to find places they needed additional help or volunteers, recruit youth ages 11 to 18 from across Arizona and supervise them as they completed their service projects. With half the staff needed, a shoestring budget and more gaps than time to fill them, getting the job done was not an easy task. But watching young people take the first step in becoming lifelong volunteers and helping organizations do the good work they do was extremely gratifying. It was also important to give back to my community.
Additional Professional Experience
UMass Boston – Urban Scholars After School Instructor, September 2012 – December 2012
Mass Creative: Program Intern, August 2012 – December 2012
Academia Freedom Tutoring: Tutor, January 2012 – April 2012
Student Experts: Content Writer, December 2011 – March 2012
Gabrielle Giffords for Congress: Canvasser, April 2008 – June 2008
Target: Team Member, August 2009 – August 2012
Arizona Wildwear: Store Manager, November 2007 – January 2009
Orange Grove Animal Hospital: Kennel Attendant, May 2006 – January 2007
Skills and Attributes
- Adept in the Microsoft Suite, including Word, PowerPoint and Excel
- Organized and goal-oriented
- Capable of leading and following direction, both in a team setting and individually
- Strong writer, communicator and public speaker
- Conversational in American Sign Language
- Sense of humor and can-do attitude
University of Arizona, Class of 2011
Bachelors of the Arts in History, Linguistics