Resume

KIRSTEN JAMES

Kirsten.James1023@gmail.com

EDUCATION:
Iona College, New Rochelle, NY
M.A. in Public Relations, Advanced Certificate: Nonprofit Public Relations· GPA: 4.0, 2018
Quinnipiac University, Hamden, CT
B.A. in Media Studies · Minor: Sociology, 2015

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:
New Rochelle City Hall, New Rochelle, NY
Communications Specialist, Youth Bureau • 11/2016-Present
❖ Post to the Youth Bureau’s social media sites (Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter)
❖ Create marketing materials such as newsletters and brochures
❖ Organize fundraising events with over 200 guests in attendance
❖ Execute marketing campaigns for the Youth Bureau Summer Employment Program

Michael J. Ferguson, New York, NY
Publicist • 08/2017-08/2018
❖ Booked interviews for shows that have over 20 million weekly views
❖ Scheduled event appearances and created appearance agreements
❖ Strategized brand identity (posted to social media sites/created social media calendar, biography, and press kit)
❖ Scheduled and gave creative direction for photoshoots
❖ Worked with STARZ team to acquire social media materials relating to POWER

Iona College, Mass Communication Department, New Rochelle, NY
Graduate Assistant • 08/2017-05/2018
❖ Designed and wrote monthly newsletters and blogs for the Mass Communication Department, reaching 500
faculty, students, and alumni
❖ Assisted 15 faculty members with class preparation, organizing student files, and grading procedures
❖ Posted to the Westchester Chapter of the PRSA’s Twitter and Facebook social networks
❖ Coordinated faculty meetings and events
Black Bride Magazine, Atlanta, Georgia
Public Relations Intern, Remote • 11/2016-9/2017
❖ Directed strategy for social media campaigns
❖ Researched relevant contacts for media lists and complied data for media outreach
❖ Prepared press releases and created press kits for Atlanta news outlets and potential advertisers

The JFM Group, Pelham, NY
Project Associate • 04/2016-08/2016
❖ Created and maintained the project timeline for nonprofit fundraisers
❖ Assisted with set up and break down for events
❖ Managed over 500 invitation mailings and RSVP’s
❖ Completed over 100 follow-up fundraising calls daily raising between $500 and $10,000
❖ Collected donations of up to $1M and recorded transactions into a fundraising report

Bene Rialto, New York, NY
Event Assistant/ Brand Ambassador • 06/2015-12/2015
❖ Posted to social media sites (Facebook and Instagram)
❖ Served as a sales representative working directly with customers and clients
❖ Replenished merchandise daily
❖ Identified fashion trends and analyzed customer demand for supervisor to determine marketing strategies
❖ 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
❖ Filmed, edited and arranged content for social media networks
❖ Created and packaged invitations for events
❖ 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