Melanie M. Mattson
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Employment objective: A team-based work environment to which I can bring skills in communication, writing/editing, fund development, research and education.
Skills and Achievements
Employment History2002 - 2003
Special Assistant to the Executive Director/Acting Associate Director, Washington
Theological Consortium, Washington, D.C.
Assistant to the Director of Spiritual Formation, Sabbatical Studies and Continuing Education, Washington Theological Union, Washington, D.C. Responsibilities include research in spiritual formation traditions and design of new spiritual formation models and grant proposals for funding new programs.January 2001 - January 2002
Contract employee for the Department of Institutional Advancement, Washington Theological Union, Washington, DC. Responsibilities included: creation of an alumni relations program; analyst to the grant proposal writer; research analyst for marketing and institutional giving; creation of an institutional newsletter to inform grantors, alumni and friends of the Union; event planning; creation of the alumni relations website and on-line giving program. High-volume writing environment which included simultaneous deadlines. Assigned and edited grant proposals, newsletter articles and web content.1985 - Present
Adjunct Studio Faculty, Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.1986 - 2000
Assistant Principal Bassoonist, Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC1985 - 1987
Freelance Grant Proposal Writer, Washington, D.C.
Product Sales Coordinator and Grant Proposal Writer, Girl Scout Council of the National Capital. In addition to coordinating the sale of Girl Scout products, in support of the Council and individual troops, I managed the institutional donor program and wrote grant proposals in support of the Council's efforts to upgrade camp facilities for disabled Girl Scouts. Wrote the first winning million-dollar, multi-year proposal for this Council. Managed the first million-dollar cookie sale for this Council.1981 - 1985
Lecturer in Music, Hart School of Music, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC. Responsibilities included: curriculum design; studio music instruction; class academic instruction, as assigned; development, coordination and administration of the Hart School of Music's summer continuing education programs; manager, faculty chamber music ensembles.1981
Program director, WDAV-FM, Davidson, NC. I was responsible for programming 16 hours of classical music each day, supervising on-air staff, assigning staff, writing and editing the monthly program guide, on-air hosting of the afternoon drive time program and creating a weekly public affairs program. Additional responsibilities included representing the station to major donors and community arts organizations.
Monthly column in the North
Carolina Music Educator, January
Relevant Volunteer Positions2001 - Present
Corporate and Foundation Donor program design and marketing for the Abbey of Our Lady of the Holy Cross, Berryville, VA.1995 -1999
Lay Minister for Worship, Preaching and the Arts, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax, Oakton, VA. Duties included: design of liturgies; preaching; supervision of volunteers; hiring and supervision of ministerial interns; adult religious education; fund raising within and without the congregation (local United Way, Habitat for Humanity, So Others Might Eat, Share Our Strength)1989 - 1995
Labor Organizer, Local 161-710, American Federation of Musicians, Washington, DC. The primary responsibilities for this elected position were to develop and nurture consensus within the bargaining unit of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, negotiate and maintain its labor agreements, maintain relationships with the other Union bodies present at the Kennedy Center, I also served as shop steward and business agent for the bargaining unit, and developed membership programs to promote good order within the orchestra. During my tenure, I negotiated over $100,000,000 worth of labor agreements.1995 - 2000
Certified Laubach Literacy Tutor, Literacy Council of Northern Virginia. I am an ESL specialist and worked with the Afghan refugee community in Northern Virginia.
May, 2004 - M. A. in Theology, Washington Theological Union, Washington, D.C. Concentration in systematic theology and formative spirituality
January, 2001 - Certificate in Spiritual Direction, Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation, Bethesda, MD
1980 - M.M. with Distinction., New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, MA.
1972 - 78 - Undergraduate study in the Bachelor of Fine Arts Program of the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, no degree
Member of The Writers' Center, Bethesda, MD
Member of Spiritual Directors International
Lay Cistercian, Abbey of Our Lady of the Holy Cross, Berryville, VA