Adam Halwitz

Resume

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Experience

Ariel/Better Communications Ariel is a corporate training company that specializes in authentic communication. Initially hired at Better Communications (a writing-focused training company acquired by Ariel in 2016), I worked in several roles at the two companies that required various degrees and areas of content coordination, management, and editing.

Content manager, November 2017–August 2020

  • Developed and implemented an up-to-date company voice and graphic style, then applied it across a library of years’ worth of educational content.
  • Built tools—including a company-wide style guide, a template library, and an online “content hub”—that drastically improved the quality of both outsourced and internally produced documents by making it easy to follow best practices and access institutional knowledge.
  • Served not just as a checkpoint but also as a coach when working with designers and subject matter experts, ensuring their content was compelling and engaging, presented a unified look and feel, and met or exceeded client expectations.
  • Served as an editorial eye, from development through to completion, on course content reaching thousands of learners and on proposals and RFPs reaching Fortune 500 companies.
  • Consulted and coached internally as a subject matter expert on clear, reader-centered, strategic writing.

Content & logistics coordinator & editor (job initially known as “Instructional quality coordinator & editor”), September 2015–November 2017

  • Coordinated workshops on clear communication for businesses worldwide.
  • Elevated workshop materials’ quality and relevance through continual editing, tracking editorial processes, customizing content, and following up on facilitator, participant, and client feedback.
  • Managed shipments and communication with printer.
  • Edited and wrote workshop content, proposals, strategic profiles, and blog posts.
  • Organized editorial rehauls of book and workshop material; transferred proven content to a format that matched current client expectations in the training market, while refreshing out-of-date text and adding elements that reflected new workplace challenges.
Teen Ink The teen literary magazine Teen Ink served as an editorial apprenticeship for me! I started an internship as a freshman in high school (the office was just down the street). Eventually, two unique roles were built for me as I helped develop two books, set magazine pages, and select content.

Book development editor, 2014–2015

  • Selected, evaluated, filed, and edited pieces from the magazine’s archives of submitted work to develop a professionally published anthology of writing by and for teens.
  • Continued a flexible, multifaceted role contributing editorially to the monthly print magazine, including setting pages in InDesign, editing proofs, fact-checking, and selecting pieces to publish.
  • Consulted with Teen Ink staff on book development, and served as primary contact for authors and external publishing company.

Assistant editor, 2011–2014
Editorial intern, 2007–2010

  • In both QuarkXPress and InDesign, completed copy and stylistic editing, as well as fact-checking, on magazine content ranging from nonfiction to short stories to poetry.
  • Selected pieces for publication in print magazine.
  • Sorted and evaluated backlogs of written submissions for publication, regularly clearing queues with unmatched speed and supervising the decisions of other reviewers.
  • Managed magazine subscriptions and promotional mailings with FileMaker.
  • Moderated user­-submitted website content.
Marlboro College Writer’s Block After completing a class on writing tutoring, I was invited to join my small college’s writing center and worked there weekly from my sophomore to senior years.

Writing tutor, 2011–2014

  • Worked one-on-one with students, providing feedback on outlines and drafts at any stage, for content, style, grammar, and mechanics.
  • Enabled students to evaluate and polish finished work in order to compile writing portfolios, or to submit as part of an undergraduate thesis.
Charles River Creative Arts Program As a young teenage camper at this arts-focused day camp, I opted to spend most free periods setting articles by other kids into the daily newsletter and then editing them. As a counselor-in-training, I continued to do so and get paid!

Counselor in training, 2009–2010

  • Co-taught small summer camp classes for children of ages 8–15—mostly writing instruction, with some visual arts instruction, too.
  • Collaborated with other staff, using QuarkXPress and Adobe InDesign, to create layout, select pieces, scan art, and proofread a daily newsletter produced by campers.
  • Initiated a project to put this newsletter online, requiring daily use of HTML, and some instruction of others in HTML and in the use of FTP clients.

Technical proficiencies

I have extensive experience with

I have also worked with NetSuite, QuarkXPress, and FileMaker Pro.

I have a strong working knowledge of HTML and CSS (this website is hand-coded) and am particularly familiar with tweaking HTML in the backend of various online content management systems.

Publications (edited and written) and awards