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Richard Burke
BASIC
United States, Boston
Content Writer/Editor Richard Burke, Writing & Content
RICHARD J. BURKE SUMMARY I am a creative, proactive, passionate individual with strong interpersonal skills. I enjoy working in innovative environments, and find great satisfaction in seeking novel solutions when faced with challenges. Crafting relatable narratives is at the core of my strategic communications, marketing, and campaign philosophy. Using my background in journalism, government, market research, and public relations, I work with clients across industries to share compelling stories with their target audiences. SKILLS AND ACHIEVEMENTS * More than 25 years of experience in writing, editing, external relations, and communications. * Proven project management and administrative abilities in deadline-focused environments. * Diverse background in journalism, publishing, market research, sales, and government. * Strategic communications and media strategies; political and non-profit campaign design and implementation; fundraising campaign operations; speechwriting and editing. * Proficiency in Microsoft Office, CRM, SEO, grant and proposal writing, and public speaking. EDUCATION Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT Bachelor of Arts Degree, May 1992 Major: English Literature/Creative Writing Concentration: Personality/Social Psychology Awards and Honors: Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude, High Departmental Honors, Charles A. Dana Scholarship. PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE August 2001 - Present Freelance Writer/Editor/Proofreader (Representative client list below) * Poloniex (Cryptocurrency Exchange), New England Law, Bedford-St. Martin's Press, Fidelity Investments, Citizens Bank, Bank of America; Private Clientele, Boston, MA; Harvard University Development Office, Cambridge, MA * Proofread, write, and edit manuscripts, mailings, talking points, and online content. * Utilize range of personal information to create vibrant resumes and curriculum vitae. October 2019 - February 2020 Customer Care Advocate (Contract), Executive Office of Elder Affairs, Boston, MA Credentialing Specialist (Contract), Coverys, Boston, MA Onboarding Specialist (Contract), DentaQuest, Charlestown, MA * At Executive Office of Elder Affairs, gathered information and offered resources regarding health care, housing, and insurance inquiries; protocol guidelines for the COVID-19 pandemic; and elder abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation allegations. * At Coverys, verified accuracy of liability insurance coverage, including past and pending claims, for health care professionals nationwide using proprietary and public records. * At DentaQuest, facilitated enrollment of BlueCross/BlueShield of Michigan dental providers; fielded inquiries regarding eligibility, benefits, history, payment, and authorization. November 2017 - May 2019 Independent Insurance Agent Aflac, Boston, MA * Licensed producer of health, accident, and life policies for individuals and groups. * Fostered compassionate relationships with new and existing clients; maintained CRM data. * Kept apprised of industry/policy changes and Boston-area business developments. September 2016 - July 2017 Work-from-Home Dad Charlotte, Inc., Marblehead, MA * Completed periodic assignments while caring for newborn daughter. July 2010 - January 2014 Real Property Specialist City of Lawrence, Lawrence, MA * Sold city-owned real estate via Mass. General Laws, Chapter 30B; stabilized and beautified neighborhoods, generating revenue of more than $1.5 million; revitalized business district. * Initiated and guided proposal review process by Lawrence Planning Board and City Council. March 2005 - June 2010 Legislative Aide - Executive/Administrative Assistant Massachusetts House of Representatives, Boston, MA * Responsible for daily operations of busy State House office serving diverse constituency. * Researched and filed budget amendments and legislation; attended policy meetings; composed correspondence, press releases, white papers, and talking points. * Coordinated efforts with lawmakers and staff members in Lawrence delegation, House leadership, and Massachusetts Black and Latino Legislative Caucus (MBLLC). * Served as liaison between lawmakers, advocates, and constituents; organized special events; addressed public on vital economic, social, immigration, and public-safety issues. March 2002 - March 2005 Park Ranger - Public Affairs Coordinator Department of Conservation and Recreation, Boston, MA * Patrolled Massachusetts State House and grounds; warmly greeted and directed visitors. * Maintained website updates and communications; provided dedicated support at Boston-area public events, including annual Fourth of July celebrations at Hatch Memorial Shell; carried out assignments at DCR sites; trained in counterterrorism, CPR, and first aid. September 2000 - June 2001 Writer, Milan, Italy * Wrote novella and short stories during enterprising, self-funded sabbatical. August 1997 - September 2000 Director of Research Associates - Human Resources/Employee Relations Research International/Cambridge, Cambridge, MA * Managed editorial department (six to eight employees) of custom market research firm. * Oversaw branding and consumer satisfaction projects for Fortune 500 clients. * Created written content and graphics for presentations, reports, and corporate website. November 1994 - June 1996 Teacher of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Nova Intercultural Institute, Tokyo, Japan (Followed by international travel/work until April 1997) March 1993 - October 1994 Contributing Editor, New Hampshire Premier, Portsmouth, NH Reporter/Photographer, Swampscott Reporter, Marblehead, MA
Writing & Content
Speech Writing
Article Writing
Content Writing
Research
Editing & Proofreading
40 $
Shania Kennedy
BASIC
United States, State College
Writer, Editor, And Tutor Shania Kennedy, Writing & Content
EDUCATION Bachelor of Arts, degree earned May 2020 Westminster College, New Wilmington, Pennsylvania Career GPA: 3.916 Major: Political Science Minor: Writing EXPERIENCE ACADEMIC SUCCESS CENTER, WESTMINSTER COLLEGE, NEW WILMINGTON, PA Head Tutor, August 2019 - May 2020 Complete all duties associated with being a teaching assistant or Team Leader, in addition to all the below duties of Head Tutor: Coordinate Zoom meetings and other online meetings/trainings Attend biweekly leadership meetings Monitor drop-in tutoring regularly (1-2 nights/week), gathering information about tutoring problems and progress, and then reporting that information back to the coordinator Create a comfortable, friendly atmosphere for students seeking support during drop-in tutoring shifts and encourage tutors to do the same. Ensure that tutoring spaces are maintained in a clean and orderly fashion after each drop-in tutoring shift Maintain and update tutor resources, including the tutor training manual Stay abreast of campus events, exam dates and other relevant academic information and communicate that information to other tutors Assist in the preparation and presentation of tutor training sessions Assist in the observation of all tutors throughout the academic year as needed Contribute to end-of-semester reports as needed Complete other duties as assigned, including projects that capitalize on the Lead Tutor’s individual knowledge and strengths (i.e. managing social media, developing workshops, coordinating other events) Team Leader, January 2018 - August 2019 Facilitate TA team meetings at the start of each drop-in tutoring shift that serve to motivate and encourage TAs, as well as to help troubleshoot problems Provide weekly updates to Senior Tutor from team meetings Observe and evaluate all 7 assigned TAs in team and report to Head Tutor and Coordinator Assist with recruitment and interviewing of staff tutors in the Spring semester Develop and lead relevant and timely academic workshops for the ASC Teaching Assistant for Writing Services, August 2017 - January 2018 Evaluate and edit student writing assignments Tutor students of all skill levels in writing mechanics, style, and grammar Assess student skill levels and direct tutoring sessions accordingly Provide feedback to students and professors to improve class and assignment utility Create and implement lessons specifically tailored to both abstract and creative writing based on the student’s need and the assignment being evaluated THE BORGEN PROJECT, SEATTLE, WA Writer Intern, May 2019 - August 2019 Created 10 high-quality published articles, 1 per week Contacted Congressional offices each week in support of poverty-reduction programs and legislation Ran a personal fundraising campaign and raised $500, which included sending a minimum of 15 fundraising letters Utilized social media to share links related to the cause Completed weekly tracker by Friday by 11 PM PST THE HOLCAD STUDENT NEWSPAPER, WESTMINSTER COLLEGE, NEW WILMINGTON, PA Arts and Entertainment Section Editor, May 2017 - May 2019 Edited articles and layout of Arts and Entertainment page of newspaper Assigned topics and direct Staff Writers and Copy Editors Wrote editorial columns for publication Collaborated with editorial staff and writers for article selection News and Features Staff Writer, August 2016 - May 2017 Reported on the inauguration of Westminster’s 15th president, the D.C. Women’s March, and the protests at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, stories which were then published on the front page of the newspaper Pitched ideas for new ways to reach the student community to the Editor-in-Chief Researched and conducted interviews to obtain information for articles BLASTING NEWS, NEW YORK, NY Contributor, July 2017 - August 2017 Brainstormed article topics Researched to obtain information for articles Wrote articles on topics of American politics, foreign relations, terrorism, and social justice for publication on the website Edited articles for grammar, style, and clarity
Writing & Content
Article Writing
Academic Writing and research
Editing & Proofreading
Writing
Writing Tutoring
18 $
Katheryn Morley
BASIC
United States, Lisle
Writer/Editor Katheryn Morley, Writing & Content
OBJECTIVE Highly motivated Master of English Literature seeking position which allows me to research, write, and edit online or print copy. Organized, detail-oriented, and committed to extending my passion for language to convey information clearly and concisely. Always open to learning about new subjects and techniques. EDUCATION Northeastern Illinois University – Chicago, IL – Master of English in Literature – Participated in Graduate Assistantship while managing graduate coursework Loyola University Chicago – Chicago, IL – Bachelor of Art in English SKILLS & ABILITIES – Excellent written and verbal communication skills – Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and online platforms – Able to meet deadlines and handle multiple tasks at once – Adaptable to write about diverse subject matter EXPERIENCE Marketing Assistant, Walsh Construction October 2018 – Present Chicago, IL – Research, compose, and edit content for corporate website, marketing materials, and internal communications discussing a variety of aspects of construction and the organization – Manage time in order to accomplish myriad tasks within deadlines Sales Associate, Tasty Catering March 2018 – October 2018 Elk Grove Village, IL – Worked with clients to create menus and place and process orders – Created marketing emails and sales materials to maintain clients and attract new ones – Take meeting notes and produce memos to distribute to team Graduate Assistant, Northeastern Illinois University August 2016 – May 2017 Chicago, IL – Worked closely with the Professor of Undergraduate English classes to create and maintain syllabi – Offered tutoring outside of class and occasionally taught classes – Worked with students to improve their writing and understanding of subject matter Writer, Irish American News September 2014 – August 2016 Chicago, IL – Worked independently to discover interesting topics to research, perform interviews, and write a monthly column for the Irish American Newspaper
Writing & Content
Academic Writing and research
Article Writing
Book Writing
Content Writing
Editing
20 $
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