Nadya Kessler

Freelance Russian Translator & Flyer Designer

Location:United States
2 Skills

Qualifications summary ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Skilled and dedicated Professional with more than 7 years of experience managing, coordinating, planning in business and governmental sectors in Russia and the U.S.
? Proficient in Russian (spoken in the countries of Eastern Europe) and English languages
? Oral and written interpretation skills
? Professional experience in both U.S. and Russia
? Professional programming and events planning for high level executives and government executives globally
? Deep understanding of the challenges of cross-cultural adaptation faced by international students, expatriates, and visitors
? Experienced in marketing and designing promotional materials for the organizations
? People Management skills
? Master of Public Administration (MPA) and Law degrees
? Office operations and management
? Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher), QuickBooks
Education ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Clark University, 2008-2009
Worcester, MA
Master of Public Administration (MPA)
Astrakhan State University, Russia, 2002-2005
Astrakhan, Russia
Diploma: Equivalent of MA (5 years) Degree in Civil Law
Magna *** Laude
Professional Experience ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
United States
Office of Honorary Consul of Canada for Western Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh, PA
September 2011 – present
Assistant to Honorary Consul
I provide administrative support for a wide variety of responsibilities to support Canada’s Honorary Consul for Western Pennsylvania in achieving goals set by the Consulate General in Buffalo, New York.
Honorary Consul’s goals include – Communicating the importance of the Canada-US relationship in Western Pennsylvania; expanding the friends of Canada network; establishing and strengthening cross-border businesses, technology, and university partnerships; and providing information to the Consul General on political and business issues of importance to Canada.
? Plan and coordinate logistics for networking, government and business initiatives and events, including speakers and presenters
? Compile and develop promotional presentations and materials
? Maintain systems for logging, tracking, and storing current and historical information
? Maintain calendars, outlining upcoming events, activities, projects and associated deadlines
? Respond to inquiries and various requests via telephone, written, and electronic communication
? Maintain budgets, budget forecasting, and accounts including invoicing and costs for activities working in close collaboration with the Honorary Consul and payment processing office at the Consulate General
? Manage memberships and sponsorships for Honorary Consul
? Liaise with contacts in Canada, at Consulate General, and in Western Pennsylvania
? Coordinate travel arrangements and itineraries for Honorary Consul
Pittsburgh, PA
September 2011 – present
Coordinator, Operations and Events
With four core programs and services, as the GlobalPittsburgh coordinator I support the staff; provide administrative cohesion, supporter organization, marketing and promotion harmonization, office synchronization and records maintenance.
? Assist with calendars, meeting arrangements and preparation, promotion, sponsorships, peer communication, research, and presentations, equipment, and supplies.
? Invoicing and tracking costs for activities working in close collaboration with staff and the Bookkeeper. Track and record income and expenditure in Quickbooks. Maintain banking records in collaboration with the Executive Director and the Bookkeeper.
? Assist with coordination of logistics and preparation of materials for board meetings and sub-committees.
? Events coordination. Arrange and manage special fundraising and networking events.
? Manage membership: maintain the database of corporate and individual members, send renewals, reminders, thank you letters; attract new members. Maintain direct communication with members and supporters as required.
? Contribute to website and social media design, content, and maintenance.
International Center of Worcester
Worcester, MA
February 2010 – September 2011
Program Coordinator
ICW has partner relationships with Clark University, MA and universities in Russia. As part of my responsibilities and due to my native Russian I was a liaison between students from Russia, Poland and other countries assisting students with different aspects of their residence in Clark University, e.g. immigration paperwork, housing, enrollment into courses, University policies, etc.. I promoted Clark University abroad attracting more international students.
? Designed and implemented professional training programs for participants in international training programs, including program organization, communications, and logistics:
? Coordinated program logistics including hotels, homestays, transportation, problem solving.
? Assisted with oral interpretation and translation of written documents (Russian to English, and English to Russian) for professional exchange programs.
? Managed membership: maintained the database of corporate and individual members, sent renewals, reminders, thank you letters; attracted new members.
? Redesigned organization’s quarterly newsletter. Composed newsletter, printed and sent out after President’s editing.
? Assisted in preparation to Board meetings, attended Board meetings, reported on membership.
? Managed and motivated university student interns and other volunteers, including selection, organization of work, and evaluation.
? Managed office operations and administration.
? Managed organization’s website and other social media, prepare Power Point presentations related to special occasions.
? Coordinated organization’s social membership and fundraising events.
? Worked on promotional printed and online materials.
? Volunteered with the local cultural organizations (e.g. Worcester Cultural Coalition) on special exhibits and expos while promoting ICW
Russian Railroads, JSC, Astrakhan Branch
January 2008 – January 2009
Executive Assistant to CEO Russian Railroads is the second largest network in the world with 85,200 km of track; carries over 0.95 billion passengers and 1.2 billion tons of freight annually across 11 time zones; responsible for 42,3% of Russia’s total freight traffic (including pipelines) and more than 32,7% of passenger traffic; employs over 976,116 people; is a major contributor to the fast-growing Russian economy with assets worth over 3189.9 billion rubles, and is Russia’s fourth-largest company by revenue.
My role as an Executive Assistant included administrative support for a wide variety of responsibilities to CEO of Astrakhan Branch. I provided legal assistance; controlled the status of plan and task fulfillment; prepared reports, speeches, databases, presentations; organized planning meetings, seminars and conferences; assisted in event planning and coordinating including working with all kinds of vendors.
Stevedore Company “Streletskoye”
August 2006 – December 2007
Director of Commerce
? Chaired Juridical and Forwarding departments combined under the Department of Commerce
? Created subsidiary enterprises
? Organized and held meetings with vendors, clients, and partners
? Initiated and checked documents, rules and regulations worked out by all the organizational departments
? Initiated agreements and made decisions on prices and terms
? Other charges connected with the commercial and legal life of the seaport
July 2005 – August 2006
Legal Representative of the Organization
? Prepared paperwork for establishing affiliations of the organization
? Legal representation of the organization and its executives in courts at all levels
? Preparation of agreements, trials, contracts and other official documents
? Legal expertise of incoming and inner documents
Additional Experience ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Oral Interpretation (English and Russian)
Clark University/ICW
Worcester, MA
Museum of Russian Icons
Clinton, MA
February 2011
Quinsigamond Community College
Worcester, MA
April 2011
Contract translator (English and Russian)
Moscow, Russia
2010 – present
Tutor of English and Russian Languages Astrakhan, Russia
Private tutoring students Grades 1-9
Awards and Certification ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Laureate of the regional open scientific conference of the regional youth center, Foreign Language Linguistics section, 2000
Certificate of participation in a regional open scientific conference of the regional youth center, English Language section, 2000
Gratitude for the active participation in the city scientific conference, 2000
Gold Medal For Excellence In Learning Award, Gymnasium 4, 2001
Commemorative of the Governor of Astrakhan region, 2001
Certificate of participation in a regional open scientific conference of the regional youth center, Literature section, 2001
Certificate of participation in a regional open scientific conference of the regional youth center, Foreign Language Linguistics section, 2001
Certificate, skills to work with legal programmatic shell GARANT, 2005
Diploma With Distinction (*** laude), State University of Astrakhan, 2006
Certificate of participation in a seminar “Regulation of land relations. Legal, organizational, and financial aspects”, 2007
National Council for International Visitors 2011 Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, February 2011
National Council for International Visitors 2012 Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, February 2012
Computer Skills -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7
Microsoft Publisher, PowerPoint, Excel, Word
Outlook Express
Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome
Skills (2) Rating
Russian Translation
Flyer Design