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Marie O'Sullivan

Freelance Writer & Editor

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Location:Termonfeckin, Louth, Ireland
Phone: 0868124472
Profile:https://www.freelanced.com/marieosullivan
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Publishing professional with more than 20 years experience as an independent contractor.

Marie O’Sullivan

6 Sea View, Termonfeckin, Co Louth, Ireland
Ph: +353-86-812-4472; Fax: +353-41-988-1759; e-mail: mros@eircom.net


Freelance Experience

Institute of International Education, New York, NY
and EducationDynamics, Chester, PA
Product Specialist and Editor
IIEPassport Study Abroad Directories May 1990 - present

Editor of a database of over 9,000 programs for the IIEPassport Study Abroad Directories. Interact with a global base of more than 1,200 educational institutions; manage editorial, production and print advertising from data collection to finished product; establish and maintain production schedules and budgets; manage relationships with web hosts, printers, and advertisers; research, write and edit articles, guides, newsletters, directory front matter and other related items in the field of international education. Long-standing relationship attributed to continually improving schedules, cutting costs, and delivering quality products.

Publications include: IIEPassport: Academic Year Abroad, IIEPassport: Short-Term Study Abroad, and the companion website, www.IIEPassport.org, Intensive English USA, Financial Resources for International Study, Funding for US Study, Teaching Opportunities Abroad, Atlas of Student Mobility. Contributing writer/editor to Study DownUnder, IIENetworker, UniversitiesAbroad.com, and IIEPassport.org.

Freelance Editorial and Writing Assignments: Clients have included Oxford University Press; Longman Publishers, Inc; Litton International Publishers; Grune & Stratton, Inc. Copyediting/proofreading in both American and British usage and spelling. Recent projects: researcher/writer for the International Directory of Company Histories and Contemporary Black Biographies published by Cengage/Gale; substantive copyediting for a thesis based on Lean Six Sigma. Current projects include copyediting corporate biographies and web content for EMS & Associates (www.emsandassociates.ie).

Work Experience

EUSA-European Study Abroad
Dublin, Ireland
Program Manager May 2005 - May 2006
Acting Director May 2006 - Nov 2006

Procured and supervised unpaid internship placements in a broad spectrum of industries for US students studying in Ireland. Interviewed potential interns for placement; sourced and arranged internships and housing; arranged airport transfers and excursions; conducted comprehensive orientation programs; supervised and evaluated interns; provided emergency and support services; liaised with US study abroad offices, and EUSA offices in Boston, London, Paris, Madrid, and Geneva.

Center for Experiential Learning, Loras College
Dubuque, IA
On-Site Program Coordinator Jan 2004 - May 2007

Conducted orientation of students and faculty to Dublin, Ireland, and worked on various aspects of the program, including university registration, excursions and counselling. Located and secured student and faculty housing; assisted students and faculty with settling in; provided an in-depth orientation to the city; managed and tracked program funds; provided access to medical facilities; registered students with Garda Immigration and the U.S. Embassy; maintained availability throughout program to provide guidance and assistance as needed; facilitated coordination of internship and job-shadow opportunities; established and maintained effective relationships with students, faculty and administration, local employers, and contacts in Dublin.

Engineering Information, Inc
New York, NY
Manager, Production Services Department Nov 1988 - Jan 1990

Managed the Production Services Department of this major engineering information publisher. Directed a staff of 15 including a production supervisor, production assistants, proofreaders, traffic coordinator, and data entry operators in the compilation and production of 100,000 pages annually of abstracted and indexed journal articles. Duties encompassed every aspect of production: designing output and type specifications for all online and print products; estimating and budgeting; scheduling and schedule adherence; overseeing all pre-press operations; negotiating composition and print contracts; maintaining vendor relationships.

Head, Production & Distribution Department Jan 1985 - Nov 1988
Supervised all production processes from typesetting through bound book; developed and maintained cost controls; established and maintained schedules; prepared type specifications. Successfully implemented measures that resulted in improved schedules, while cutting outside typesetting and printing costs in excess of $100,000.00 annually. After reorganization was promoted to Manager, Production Services Department.

Supervisor, Quality Assurance Section Oct 1983 - Jan 1985
Hired, trained and supervised proofreaders and quality control staff. Oversaw the internal trafficking, data validation, and quality control of master database. Directly responsible for the production of Engineering Information’s Technical Bulletin series from data input to bound book. After reassessing the priorities in the Quality Assurance Section, resulting in the elimination of a three-month backlog, was promoted to Head, Production & Distribution Department.

Academic Press, Inc
New York, NY
Supervisor, Book Information and Services Division Oct 1977 - Oct 1983
Managed the production of four annual catalogues and four monthly booklets on scientific, technical, engineering, and medical literature. Hired, trained and supervised a staff of four; interacted with computer typesetters, artists, editorial, marketing, and sales staff. Directly responsible for designing database file layouts, establishing budgets, and developing new procedures to produce catalogues more efficiently.

English Teacher, Grades 7-12, New York State Board of Education Sep 1976 - Jun 1977

Conferences: EAIE: European Association for International Education; NAFSA: Association of International Educators.

Awards
Outstanding Performance Award (Mar 1987) from Engineering Information, Inc for: continued efforts to reduce production costs yielding significant dollar savings; design and production of the 1985 and 1986 Ei Annual Report with costs for the former being substantially lower than the prior year; and effective leadership of the Staff Liaison Committee.

Award of Excellence (group award - Apr 1984) for the writing, editing and design of Technical Bulletin: Prosthetics, Orthotics & Bionics; and Award of Merit (individual award - Apr 1984) for cover design of Technical Bulletin: Data Storage. Awarded by The Society of Technical Communication.

Education
Bachelor of Arts in English & Education from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, May 1976.

Workshops and Seminars: Book Editing Workshop, CUNY Graduate Center, NY; ADP Management Seminars, NY; Controlling Production and Manufacturing Costs, Folio Show, NY; Introduction to Quark & MAC, LaGuardia CC, NY; Access, ABM Computer Training, Dublin, Ireland

Memberships and Associations: NAFSA:Association of International Educators, Education Abroad Professionals, SUNY Stony Brook Alumni, Termonfeckin Community Action Group

Hardware: Complete home office with PC, laptop, tablet, laser & inkjet printers, CD/DVD RW, Broadband DSL, fax.

Software: MS Office Professional, Adobe Acrobat X Pro. AVG Virus Protection and Personal Firewall.

Interests: Golf, gardening, travel, painting, reading.

References
Available upon request
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