MFA, Creative Writing
Oregon State University, 2013
heather@mindthebirdmedia.com 

MISSION:
To collaborate, educate, communicate, and build relationships across evolving markets with passionate adaptability and big-picture consciousness

SUMMARY:

  • Seasoned teacher of English composition, creative writing, and language arts
  • Skilled in relationship-based leadership and communication
  • Highly organized and capable of mastering a variety of administrative tasks
  • Quick and enthusiastic learner, curious about a wide range of industries and disciplines
  • Culturally sensitive and broadly experienced at functioning within diverse teams

STRENGTHS & SKILLS:

Writing and Communication

  • Proficient writer, editor, and proofreader of print and digital B2B and B2C content 
  • Excellent at maintaining brand awareness and style consistency in copy and design projects
  • Trained eye for design and proficiency with a range of asset-development tools
  • Experience organizing, producing, and promoting events

Leadership and Management

  • Highly successful in classroom and small-group instructional settings
  • Comfortable initiating individual discussions of performance and work quality
  • Committed to scheduling and task follow-up as member or leader of a team
  • Capable of setting and maintaining standards for a group or project

Customer Service

  • Able to anticipate needs and build productive short- and long-term relationships
  • Excellent face and name recognition, background recall, and networking skills
  • Active listening and creative, diplomatic conflict-resolution skills
  • Able to transfer a mission and vision into effective, on-the-ground action

Technology

  • Skilled in a variety of programs and platforms, including MS Office, MacOSX, Adobe CC, and Wordpress
  • Native, brand-specific understanding of social media channels and practices, including blogs, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, and Instagram
  • Experience creating and maintaining shared organizational and PR tools in Dropbox and Google Drive
  • Experience with project management tools such as Asana, Trello, Basecamp, and HootSuite

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

Jul 2015-present            Freelance Copywriter, Publicist, and Event Planner / Mind the Bird Media — Portland, OR

Apr-Nov 2015, 2016    Producer, Lit Crawl® Portland / Literary Arts — Portland, OR

Jul 2015-Dec 2016       Content Contributor / The GrowthCo. — Portland, OR

Jul 2013-Sep 2015        Bookseller II / Powell’s Books, Inc. — Portland, OR

Sep 2011-May 2013      Graduate Instructor & MFA Program Assistant / Oregon State University — Corvallis, OR

Jul 2003-May 2011       English Teacher (8-12) / Colorado Springs School District #11 — Colorado Springs, CO