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Social Media Manager

Edison, New Jersey, United States
January 02, 2017

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Steven Galante • 201-***-**** • • @smgalante

Communications expert with 9-years experience with proven ability in media communication within a team environment. Seeking a position within a firm that will integrate my writing, social media, media relation and qualitative and quantitative research skills to provide superlative results for the firm’s clients. Skills

Full-stack development (HTML, CSS, JavaScript), WordPress, NationBuilder, digital engagement and content strategy, community-building, event planning, writing and editing. Fluent in Google Analytics (including tag manager), Facebook and Twitter insights.

Communication Experience

The Citizens Campaign Metuchen, NJ

Communications Coordinator Nov. 2015 – Present

● Manage all aspects of communications & marketing (press conferences, media releases, media outreach, social media) for a civic awareness campaign called “The Civic Challenge”

● Conduct user surveys and market research to inform engagement and growth strategy

● Manage both quantitative and qualitative analytics with audience metrics

● Cultivate and maintain relationships with news reporters and community leaders PROJECTS

● Managed full-stack redevelopment of our website with contracted web design firm

● Supervised and developed a communications strategy to maximize awareness of “The Civic Challenge” through cultivating partnerships with organizations, social media outreach and public events

● Organized a panel discussion and a hands-on bootcamp session about journalism NJ Tech Weekly West Caldwell, NJ

Reporter Oct. 2013 – Nov. 2015

• Covered technology and business-related news (e.g., lectures, product pitches, public policy, entrepreneurship) New Jersey Office of Legislative Services Trenton, NJ Policy Analyst Intern Jan. – May 2014

• Provided research and administrative support to legislative committees

• Researched, provided analysis and drafted memos on issues and policy matters of legislative concern

• Created policy reports for legislators, legislative staff from both parties and legislative committees PROJECT

● Consolidated and analyzed data from multiple state agencies related to Hurricane Sandy funding for legislative committees

Rutgers-Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling New Brunswick, NJ Poll Research Intern Jan. – May 2014

• Analyzed and interpreted survey polling data for major news outlets during the “Bridgegate” scandal

• Wrote for the Center’s website and social media explaining polling results for a general audience PROJECT

• Researched and contributed to the presentation “The Booker Effect: The Role of Interviewer Race and Ethnicity in Polling the 2013 New Jersey Special U.S. Senate Election” The Progress Caldwell, NJ

Staff Writer Sept 2008 – Aug. 2012

• Covered a range of areas (e.g., news, government, police, business, education) as a full-time general assignment reporter, photographer and videographer for a readership of 10,000+

• Oversaw production of and ran all social media accounts attracting 2,000+ followers

• Interviewed, hired, trained and managed 4 freelancers

• Wrote spot news, explainers and content to build audience and engage residents, including discussions and community inspired editorial content


● Researched and highlighted notable stories for the newspaper’s 100-year anniversary issue

● Wrote a multi-part series on chronic flooding of the Passaic River which received an award in news writing in 2012

Other Experience

BlueWaveNJ Montclair, NJ

Volunteer May 2014-Nov. 2015

• Organized and executed public and private events including fundraisers and lectures

• Developed and implemented messaging strategies with community stakeholders Cory Booker for Senate Montclair, NJ

Field Organizer Sept. – Nov. 2014

• Recruited, managed and trained 200+ volunteers for phone banking and canvassing

• Scheduled shifts and organized canvassing and phone bank events

• Leveraged NGP VAN (Voter Activation Network) for daily volunteer recruitment and voter outreach Additional

• Organized and moderated the panel discussion “Jersey Journalists: Local News, Political Coverage, and the Changing Media Landscape” at Rutgers University on Sept. 30, 2014

• Eagleton Institute of Politics Alumni Co-chairperson

• Former Member of the West Essex Democratic Coalition; co-chair of the West Essex Young Democrats

• Founder and former Communications Director for the Essex County Young Democrats Education

Rutgers Coding Bootcamp, Full-stack Web Development Certification 2016 Rutgers University, M.A., Communication and Information Studies 2014 Montclair State University, B.A., Political Science and Philosophy 2008 Achievements

• First-place award in the New Jersey Press Association’s 2012 “Better Newspaper Contest” with The Progress.

• 2014 Eagleton Institute of Politics Legislative Fellow at Rutgers University.

• Wrote top-10 most popular pieces for NJ Tech Weekly in 2014 and 2015.

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