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René Vlak

Location
Amsterdam Area, Netherlands
Industry
Civic & Social Organization
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  1. NOB,
  2. Ymere,
  3. ZS Groep
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Background

Experience

Webmaster

SOMO
– Present (3 years)Amsterdam Area, Netherlands

Maintaining and developing digital media: intranet, websites, newsletters, social media and online communities
Consulting on new (technological) developments and requirements
Project management for web development and crowdfunding
Advising, training and assisting colleagues in using new online tools and media
Issue management, briefing and monitoring external developers
Content management and editing
Analysing and reporting on web statistics

Online Communications Consultant

NOB
(6 years 6 months)Voorburg

Communications and PR Officer

Ymere
(1 year 6 months)Amsterdam Area, Netherlands

Project Secretary

Ymere
(1 year 9 months)Amsterdam Area, Netherlands

Communication skills trainer and consultant

ZS Groep
(3 years)Diemen

Project manager

Convergys
(2 years)Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Courses

SOMO

  • Storytelling voor duurzaamheid (Impact Academy - 2014)
  • Content strategy (Erik Hartman - 2014)
  • HTML and CSS basics (LearnIt - 2014)
  • Project management (Kick Sprangers - 2013)
  • Google Analytics (Google - 2012)

NOB

  • Consulting skills (GITP - 2008)

Ymere

  • Writing for the internet (Van ’t Loo van Eck - 2005)
  • Communications officer / Junior Advisor (Van der Hilst - 2004)

Ymere

  • Customer focussed writing (Van ’t Loo van Eck - 2002)

Projects

Development of a temporary website

– Present

In order to promote SOMO's commissioned research, training and consultancy services, I am currently developing a temporary website in Wordpress aimed at acquiring new customers world wide. The website will be launched end of January 2015.

Team members:

Development of responsive newsletters(Link)

– Present

With almost 40% of our audience reading newsletters on mobile devices, it was about time to make our newsletters mobile friendly. I have developed responsive mailing templates for SOMOs internal and external newsletter, and I am currently working on new Mailchimp templates for GoodElectronics and other networks of NGOs we are participating in.

Team members:

Implementation of a sales pipeline management tool

To streamline our fundraising and acquisition efforts, we were in need of an online sales pipeline and CRM tool that is easy to use and manage. Together with the fundraising manager, I have drawn a list of requirements, researched possible tools and finally selected Pipedrive as our new fundraising & acquisition platform. Next, I have configured the tool and converted all existing data into the new format. After that, I have trained colleagues in working with Pipedrive.

Team members:

Crowdfunding platform and pilot(Link)

For a pilot with crowdfunding, I have set up a Wordpress website using the Ignition Deck crowdfunding platform and plugins to support the most popular payment methods. The aim of this website is to raise funds within SOMO’s community for research that would otherwise be too costly to finance by only one organisation. From May - August 2014 I managed the first pilot project, raising funds for research into a tax evading mining company. Although we did not reach our target, we learnt a great deal from this campaign.

Team members:

Website on Grievance Mechanisms(Link)

This new website is aimed at NGOs, explaining how to use complaint mechanisms in case of human rights violations by companies. The responsive website was built by NFG (Paul Stevens) using the Plone CMS and Diazo theming engine. I have developed the concept in conjunction with the team, managed the project and trained editors in using the CMS.

Team members:

MVO Kieswijzer(Link)

The 'MVO Kieswijzer' is a Dutch website targeted at the Dutch national elections of 2012. It provides an overview of CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) related issues in Dutch national politics. As project manager, I have made sure that the website got launched in time and within budget. The site was built by Paul Stevens using the Plone CMS, Diazo theming engine and Dexterity content-types.

Team members:

Languages

  1. English

    Full professional proficiency
  2. French

    Limited working proficiency
  3. German

    Limited working proficiency
  4. Dutch

    Native or bilingual proficiency

Volunteer Experience & Causes

Co-founder

Cruquius Tuin
– Present (2 years)Environment

Together with two other people I have set up an urban farming project in our neighbourhood. 50 neighbours now have a place to grow their own (organic) vegetables.

Webmaster

VvE De Watertoren
– Present (6 years 1 month)

For the owners association of the appartment building I live in, I developed a new Wordpress website / intranet, in cooperation with a number of my neighbours. Amongst others, it contains a ticketing system, forum and archive (http://www.vvedewatertoren.nl).

Webmaster

Good News Friend Ministries
– Present (9 years)Economic Empowerment

For this small-scale Dutch NGO helping orphans and widows in India and Nepal, I set up a new Wordpress website, which I am maintaining ever since.

Chief editor

Good News Friend Ministries
(10 years)Poverty Alleviation

I have been chief editor of the news letter and online content of this small-scale NGO.

Opportunities René is looking for:

  • Joining a nonprofit board
  • Skills-based volunteering (pro bono consulting)

Causes René cares about:

  • Animal Welfare
  • Arts and Culture
  • Civil Rights and Social Action
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Human Rights

Organizations René supports:

  • Amnesty International
  • Greenpeace
  • Stichting Varkens in Nood
  • Avaaz.org
  • COC
  • Artsen zonder Grenzen (Médecins Sans Frontières, Nederland)
  • Natuurmonumenten
  • Good News Friend Ministries

Skills

  • Social Media
  • Content Management
  • Webmaster
  • Online Communities
  • SEO
  • Editing
  • New Media
  • Press Releases
  • Internet Strategy
  • Digital Storytelling
  • Online Communications
  • Crowdfunding
  • CMS
  • Corporate Communications
  • Newsletters
  • Wordpress
  • Magazines
  • Editorial
  • HTML5
  • CSS
  • English
  • Project Coordination
  • Web Development
  • Document Management
  • E-learning
  • Blended Learning
  • Surveys
  • Web Analytics
  • Plone
  • Sitecore
  • SharePoint
  • MailChimp
  • Editorial Skills
  • Editorial Project...
  • Instruction Manuals
  • Presentation Development
  • Image Management
  • Photo Editing
  • Basic Photoshop
  • Dutch
  • French
  • German
  • Responsive Web Design
  • Web Project Management
  • Sales Funnels
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