About Me

Julie WittmanThe basics

I am an energetic, creative professional with 12+ years of experience in nonprofit and government communications. Helping companies advance their mission and message is what I’m all about.

I can tackle a bit of everything — from writing and graphic design to strategic communication and website maintenance. I am skilled at juggling projects and delivering quality results, independently or with a team. I hold a degree in communication, and certifications in graphic design, public participation and facilitation.

Being incurably curious — about what things mean, how they came to be, and ways they could work better — reminds me to stay open to possibilities and consider communication challenges from more than one vantage point.

Learn more about projects I have worked on
See design samples
Read writing samples

The extras

I officiated women’s lacrosse at the youth, high school and collegiate club levels for 10 years. Didn’t know we had lacrosse in Kansas City? Surprise. I can direct a crowd with a whistle and stay focused under pressure.

I’m also seriously hooked on crochet. Few things satisfy like crafting something by hand. Mastering a new crochet pattern requires patience and persistence. Both skills serve me well in the workplace.

And I cook. The more my hands smell like garlic, the better. Bringing a homemade lunch to work almost every day shows I know how to plan ahead. And the occasional office treat can’t be beat.

Skills

Writing • Copy Editing • Graphic Design • Page Layout • Marketing Communications • Project Coordination • Strategic Planning • Newsletters • Website Management • Social Media • Community Outreach • Event Planning • Media Relations • Public Relations • Digital Photography • Basic Video Editing

Proficient with Windows and Macintosh platforms
Solid knowledge of prepress production and file preparation for print vendors
Microsoft Office: proficient in Word, PowerPoint, Outlook; basic knowledge of Excel
Adobe Creative Suite: proficient with InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop; moderately proficient with Acrobat and Bridge
Website design: moderately proficient with Dreamweaver; basic knowledge of HTML, CSS, WordPress, Google Analytics
Social media: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, Pinterest, Instagram, Flickr, YouTube, Tweetdeck, Sendible, HootSuite

Employment

Communications Coordinator
JobOne   |  Independence, Missouri  |  2012–present
Develop and coordinate communications, marketing, community outreach and media relations plans and tools for a vocational services agency that serves adults with disabilities. Also manage website, social media channels and serve as agency photographer.

Public Affairs Coordinator, Public Affairs Specialist 
Mid-America Regional Council  |  Kansas City, Missouri  |  2004–2012
Association of governments and metropolitan planning organization for Kansas City region. Manage and produce wide range of strategic, written, visual, website, outreach and event communications for transportation programs.

Deputy City Clerk
City of Mission Hills, Kansas |  2002–2004
Wrote, designed and produced city publications. Developed and managed website. Addressed public inquiries and complaints. Maintained city records. Conducted minor plans review, and issued building, utility and administrative permits. Served as assistant public information officer and notary public.

Literary and Education Intern
Portland Stage Company  |  Portland, Maine  |  2001–2002
Edited literary, marketing and education materials at Maine’s largest professional nonprofit theater. Researched, wrote articles for, and helped design 60-page educational guides for subscribers. Helped coordinate daytime play performances and post-performance conversations for student groups.

In-Center Aide
University Career Center, Truman State University  |  Kirksville, Missouri  |  1999–2001
Assisted students with résumé, interviewing and job- search efforts. Coordinated career speaker panels.

Education and training

Basic Public Information Officer Training  |  2012
Kansas Emergency Management

Certificate in Graphic Design  |  2011
School for Continuing & Professional Studies, Kansas City Art Institute  |  Kansas City, Missouri

Certificate in Public Participation  |  2010
International Association for Public Participation

The Successful Facilitator Certificate Program  |  2007
Government Training Institute, Mid-America Regional Council  |  Kansas City, Missouri

Bachelor of Arts in Communication (Journalism Emphasis)  |  2001
Minor in Spanish

Truman State University, Kirksville, Missouri

Community involvement

Nonprofit Connect Philly Awards Committee  |  volunteer, 2013
Kansas City Public Television Community Advisory Board  |  member, 2009–2013  |  board chair, 2011
Kansas City Public Television  |  volunteer, 2009–present
Regional Association of Public Information Officers  |  member, 2004–2012
Great Plains Lacrosse Women’s Umpire Association  |  founding member and past board chair, 2010–present
US Lacrosse Women’s Official  |  2003–2012

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