Resume

KIRSTEN JAMES

Kirsten.James1023@gmail.com

EDUCATION

Iona College, New Rochelle, NY

M.A. in Public Relations, GPA: 4.0 • Expected Graduation May 2018

Quinnipiac University, Hamden, CT

B.A. in Media Studies · Minor: Sociology, 2015

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

New Rochelle City Hall, New Rochelle, NY

Administrative Assistant, Youth Bureau • 11/2016-Present

v Post to the Youth Bureau’s social media sites (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter)

v Organize fundraising events with over 200 guests in attendance

v Conduct over 100 interviews for the New Rochelle Youth Summer Employment Program

v Provide job readiness training to youth such as mock interviews and resume workshops

v Support Executive Director with administrative tasks including scheduling appointments and manage daily

calendar

Michael J. Ferguson, New York, NY

Publicist • 08/2017-08/2018

v Booked interviews for shows that have over 20 million weekly views

v Scheduled event appearances and created appearance agreements

v Strategized brand identity (created social media calendar/post to social media sites, biography, and press kit)

Iona College, Mass Communication Department, New Rochelle, NY

Graduate Assistant • 08/2017-05/2018

v Designed and wrote monthly newsletters and blogs for the Mass Communication Department, reaching 500

faculty, students, and alumni

v Assisted 15 faculty members with class preparation, organizing student files, and grading procedures

v Posted to the Westchester Chapter of the PRSA’s Twitter and Facebook social networks

v Coordinated faculty meetings and events

Black Bride Magazine, Atlanta, Georgia

Public Relations Intern, Remote • 11/2016-9/2017

v Directed strategy for social media campaigns

v Researched relevant contacts for media lists and complied data for media outreach

v Prepared press releases and created press kits for Atlanta news outlets and potential advertisers

The JFM Group, Pelham, NY

Event Planner Project Associate • 04/2016-08/2016

v Created and maintained the project timeline for nonprofit fundraisers

v Assisted with set up and break down for events

v Managed over 500 invitation mailings and RSVP’s

v Completed over 100 follow-up fundraising calls daily raising between $500 and $10,000

v Collected donations of up to $1M and recorded transactions into a fundraising report

v Drafted core project-specific materials such as honoree letters and PowerPoint presentations

Bene Rialto, New York, NY

Event Assistant/ Brand Ambassador • 06/2015-12/2015

v Served as a sales representative working directly with customers and clients

v Replenished merchandise daily

v Identified fashion trends and analyzed customer demand for supervisor to determine marketing strategies

v Arranged events/promotions in-store and held 5 fashion blogger appearances

Complete Body Fitness & Wellness Center, New York, NY

Social Media Intern • 06/2014 – 08/2014

v Filmed, edited and arranged content for social media networks

v Created and packaged invitations for events

v Wrote press releases about company events and services and sent to local news outlets

ACTIVITIES:

Member, Golden Key International Honor Society, 2017-Present

Member, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., 2012-Present

SKILLS: Blogging, Canva, Customer Service, Event Planning, Facebook, Hootsuite Instagram, iMovie, Media

Clips, Meltwater, Microsoft Excel, Media Kits, Media Lists, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Publisher, Microsoft Word,

Newsletters, Photoshop, Pinterest, Sales, Snapchat, Twitter, WordPress, YouTube