Melanie R

Dance Choreographer - 11 Years of Experience - Near 92706


Program Director


Santa Ana, CA

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PROFILE Mission driven, dynamic, dedicated, and award-winning professional with over 23 years of experience working in the non-profit sector in Europe, Latin America and the United States. Exemplify outstanding communications and interpersonal skills in building good rapport with beneficiaries, colleagues, donors and stakeholders. Illustrate inspired leadership, problem resolution, and motivational abilities to the advancement of the organizational vision. Offer high-caliber qualifications, acute organizational and community instincts, excellent judgment, and timing. Visionary, strategic, and conceptual thinker able to generate new ideas and initiate change. Assertive, compassionate, intuitive, adaptable and innovative. Work judiciously to achieve and exceed organizational goals and objectives within budget and time constraints. Fluent in English and Spanish. CAREER WORKPATH T HE W OODEN F LOOR * S ANTA A NA CA A non-profit organization in Santa Ana California that directs over 2.4 million dollars to empower low-income youth from diverse backgrounds to gain a sense of self-confidence, self esteem, and accomplishment through dance, academic, and family services. Artistic Director and Co-CEO * January 2012 - July 2016 Executive and Artistic Director * April 2008 - January 2012 Artistic Director and Interim Executive Director * April 2006 - February 2007 Artistic Director * July 2005 - April 2006 Organizational Administration: * Supervised the overall day-to-day operations of the organization provided direction to the board in performing all governance functions and processed budgets that balance the delivery of mission while maintaining a strong infrastructure. * Administered all facets of the organization's programs to include dance education, tutoring, pre-collegiate mentoring, college scholarship and family programs, and enrichment activities. * In collaboration with the Board of Directors, played a key role in determining vision, strategic direction and planning for the organization. * Provided outstanding service to 375 youth ages 8 to 18 with their respective families, and an additional 3000 youth through various community engagement programs each year. Team Management: * Worked successfully and collaboratively with a 25 member Board of Directors, 14 full-time staff and 3 part time, 10 faculty and musicians, 8 tutors, 4 interns, and 60 additional contractors. * Coordinated the leveraging of an approximate number of 100 volunteers a year. Funding/Community Relations/Public Appearances/Advocacy: * Spearheaded all the fund development to meet 92% of the organization' operating budget annually and managed the endowment fund. * Participated in more than 20 public speaking activities annually to support the organization and advocate for its model to include public and private events, performances, and television and media engagements. Artistic Direction * Created new dance work as the resident choreographer for The Wooden Floor and commissioned work from some of the most adventuresome artists working in the field of contemporary art today. * Raised visibility and reputation of The Wooden Floor as a leading organization in the arts. PAGE 1 M ELANIE R�OS GLASER N OTABLE A CCOMPLISHMENTS * Instrumental in the transition from a visionary founder to a thriving social service institution. * Effectively graduated 100% of the students from The Wooden Floor from high school on time and enrolled in college since 2005, three times the national average for their socio economic peers. * Led the organization through a strategic and dramatic rebranding effort, including complete name change and stakeholder loyalty retention. * With a committee of the Board, led the articulation of a "theory of change" for impact and a clear definition of the model, now serving as an active resource for other organizations. * Led the organization through a 6-year large scale capacity building project funded by the James Irvine Foundation expanding the organization's marketing, fundraising and technological capabilities. * Grew organizational budget from $1.6M to 2.4M, with key enhancement in academic and pre-collegiate mentoring and family services programs. * Maintained stable funding during the recession through proactive and creative strategies that substantially increased the number of donors. A WARDS AND R ECOGNITIONS Afterschool Innovator Award * Afterschool Alliance and the Metlife Foundation 2012


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