May Hashim Hassoon
3535 S Ball Street, Arlington, VA 22202
703 835 1964 (day & evening)
Permanent resident in U.S.A. (Green Card holder)
•Fluent in Arabic and English; 13 years of professional trained translation services.
•Six years experience in facilitating instruction and developing training materials for multi-national clients
•Meets challenges head-on; effectively completes multiple tasks; adapts easily
•Well-versed in the international community (private, government, non-profit sectors),with Superior qualitative research, writing, and editing ability
•Exceptional public relations specialist with over 11 years experience
•Permanent resident status in U.S.
•General office management
•Founded and directed humanitarian charity program for 45 Arabic children (specifically Iraqis) in need of cardiac surgery; with coordination of American Embassy in Amman. Fundraised over $500,000 USD for the charity.
American Correctional Association, Alexandria, Virginia Nov 1-19, Jan 2011
Served as an interpreter for the American Correctional Association to train Saudi Arabian prison officials. Translated both verbal and written training curricula, and served as an interpreter on tours of prison facilities. Interpreted multiple judicial systems and terminology; translated Power Point presentation (128 slides) and other training materials.
Executive Assistant & Public Relations Manager July 2004 – June 2010
Haj Mahmood J. Al-Bunnia & Sons (HMBS), Amman, Jordan
Executive Assistant to HMBS founder and members of the family, who are partners. Primary point of contact to HMBS founder, managed business executives schedules, coordinated public relation initiatives, acted as a liaison between HMBS and international companies for business outreach and cultivation for future partnerships, managed budget and international travel for company executives. Provided document translation, simultaneous and consecutive translation (English to Arabic; Arabic to English) at meetings and in training sessions.
•Excellent negotiation and translation skills ensured HMBS’s interests were correctly represented
•Facilitated legal discussions and prepared communications including developing and delivering factual information between HMBS and U.S. Government for compensation claim, and ensured legal documents were accurately presented through use of translation skills.
•Coordinated over 30 public relations and business development events
•Focused; meet deadlines in timely manner in demanding work environment
Director, Iraqi Assistance Center, Baghdad, Iraq May 2003 – June 2004
United States Army
Managed 60 employees and five departments that provided translation and crucial ombudsman services to the public, filling public assistance vacuum following the collapse of Iraqi infrastructure. Interfaced with International Organizations, Non-governmental Organizations, Iraqi Ministry officials, Coalition Provisional Authority, Sheiks and local leaders to facilitate coordination, develop plans, mediate and resolve problems. Provided Iraqi cultural awareness and Arabic language training to U.S. Army Civil Affairs units. Independently took the initiative and created free conversational Arabic classes and private tutoring sessions which enhanced U.S. soldiers’ understanding and ability to interface with the Iraqi people.
Private Tutor – English Language, Baghdad, Iraq July 1996 – February 2003
Tutored English language for grades 11 and 12
PR and Sales Representative, Meridian Hotel, Baghdad, Iraq January 1990 – April 1994
Coordinated conferences and meetings for government officials, arranged embassy receptions, marketed hotel block room sales to companies and embassies. My responsibilities:
•Managing day to day operation of Sales reports, and site visits to companies and embassies.
•Managing registrations and membership in hotel activities for visitors
•Put together presentation and train new staff members on hospitality
Education and Professional Skills
•B.A. in Translation, Al-Mustansiriya University, College of Art, Baghdad, Iraq (1989)
•Fluent in Arabic and English
•Professionally trained translator (written commercial translations, oral, consecutive, at-sight)
•Computer skills in Microsoft Office 2007
•Typing both English and Arabic Languages
Awards and Certificates
•Certificate of Evaluation of Foreign Education Credentials, Dec 2010, Academic Credentials Evaluations Institute, Beverly Hills, California; member of the Association of International Credentials Evaluators, www.aice-eval.org.
•Certificate of Appreciation from General Blackledge, Commanding General, 351st Civil Affairs Command, Baghdad, Iraq, 2005 (Currently Commanding General of U.S. Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina)
References provided upon request