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Hello, I'm Grant Mukai

My name is Grant Mukai and I am a Web services and systems support specialist for the American Political Science Association (APSA) in the District of Columbia.

I work in the Marketing and Communications Department where I help manage our association's primary website as well as several small-scale WordPress sites devoted to promoting political science and helping our special interest sections organize themselves on the Web. I also serve as the primary point of contact for our database management and assist my team with our social media and email marketing while providing excellent customer service to our members in English, French and Spanish. Although we are located in the United States, we have a very large international membership.

Working at APSA has allowed me to obtain many additional skills ranging from desktop publishing and organizing data within an AMS (Association Membership System). The two systems I am the most familiar with are Timberlake and NOAH. I am also responsible for generating email contact lists from our AMS so that we can send out marketing materials via Informz and Constant Contact. I encourage you to view my portfolio and resume.

Before joining APSA, I worked at both the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business in Washington and iQ Solutions in Rockville, Maryland, developing email newsletters. Some of the healthcare agencies I worked for include the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). I have also produced and updated English and Spanish webpages for the National Institutes of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS).

A large part of my responsibilities at iQ Solutions consisted of making sure that webpages and documents met the Web Accessibility Guidelines set forth by the World Wide Web Consortium and Section 508 of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Prior to my career switch from journalism to Web content management, I was an Associate News Producer for Wellesley Public Media in the town of Wellesley, Massachusetts, where I produced news reports and documentaries for the local cable access station.

I am a proud alumnus of Boston University's College of Communication where I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in French Language and Literature.

In my free time, I can be found dancing Lindy Hop and Blues - two popular styles of social dance.

I hope to hear from you soon!

Sincerely,

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Contact Details

  • Grant Mukai
  • Washington, District of Columbia, USA
  • 202-656-8317
  • hello@grantmukai.com
  • www.grantmukai.com/usa

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What I Can Do

I enjoy what I do. I am proud of what I do. And I cannot do just half, three-quarters or nine-tenths of something. If I am going to start a project, I finish it.

1. Writing

As a journalism major, I know how to write well for both print and online publications. I have used my writing abilities to report the news and also to promote businesses in the marketing space.

2. Multimedia

In my reporter days, I worked as a television producer and video editor. I created my own stories from start to finish and designed my own special effects.

3. Email Design

By understanding that email design is not the same as Web design, I am proficient in coding “depricated” HTML and inline CSS as well as having a good idea of what Outlook does and does not support. I also understand how to best design emails to increase click rates.

4. Clear Code

I am very serious about only writing the cleanest up-to-date HTML5, CSS3 and PHP7. My code is properly indented and follows standards set by the W3C and Section 508 of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

5. Web Content

I have used a variety of Content Management Systems ranging from Drupal to WordPress multi-site installations running Commons in a Box and BuddyPress. Since I currently work for an association, I also have knowledge of Association Membership Systems and how those integreate into member databases.

6. Support

Although I provide Web services for my association, I also offer training to our staff on how to manage their own content and assist our members in English, French and Spanish with membership issues.

My Resume

  • Seven years of communications and marketing experience and four years of Web development experience
  • Management of a wide range of content management systems — WordPress, Drupal, DotNetNuke
  • Management of several large member and website databases — MySQL, Microsoft SQL Server
  • Familiarity with several coding languages and frameworks — HTML, CSS, PHP, JavaScript, jQuery, Bootstrap
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite — Photoshop, InDesign, Premiere, After Effects, Audition
  • Knowledge of the standards of Web technologies in order to adapt quickly to changing industries and workflows
  • Knowledge of Association Membership Software — Timberlake, NOAH, AllAcademic
  • Knowledge of email marketing — Constant Contact, Informz and MailChimp
  • Knowledge of social media marketing and Web analytics — Facebook, Twitter, Hootsuite, Google Analytics
  • Familiarity with version control systems — Git
  • Fluent in English and French, both written and verbal, and working knowledge of Spanish

My Education
2006 - 2010

2006 - 2010

Bachelor of Science - Boston University, College of Communication

Bachelor of Science - Broadcast Journalism
Minor - French Language & Literature

Work Experience
2010 - Present

2015 - 2017

Web Services & System Support Specialist - American Political Science Association

Job Functions:

  • Oversee and manage the associations websites including a staff intranet with a help desk ticketing system
  • Install and configure theme options and server settings for several WordPress multi-site installations
  • Provide photography, edited video clips, news articles and podcasting for PoliticalScienceNow.com
  • Film and interview journal editors for online video clips
  • Design prospectus documents and infographics for conference exhibitors and council members
  • Provide Web services to members including training them on our proposal submission system
  • Produce Google analytics reports page views and click rates to suggest improvements to the user experience
  • Design and send email marketing newsletters and pull contact lists using custom criteria
2014 - 2015

Web Designer (contract) - Georgetown University, McDonough School of Business

Job Functions:

  • Designed and developed email marketing templates for the Office of Marketing and Communications
  • Designed printed flyers, posters and Web graphics
  • Managed and organized WordPress and Drupal content and configured Web servers
  • Consulted with other departments to determine how to best promote their programs
  • Helped set up an access privileges workflow in Acquia Desktop for deployment on the production server
2014 - 2014

Web Producer I (contract) - iQ Solutions

Job Functions:

  • Performed quality control on several websites and product catalog pages for healthcare clients including federal government agencies
  • Drafted email marketing materials and ADA-compliant webpages and PDFs
  • Updated webpage content and designed Web elements
  • Reviewed Web and email content for errors and Americans with Disabilities Act Section 508 standards compliance
  • Enforced Web standards policies and verified cross-browser compatibility
  • Acquired new Web skills quickly to aid in my career transition from journalism

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