I’m currently standing for a position on the South West Young Greens committee as social media and press officer. I’ve laid out my top priorities and my personal statement here, but what experience do I have for the role?
Designs and Messaging
When I left school I immediately set up business as a self-employed digital designer making logos, websites and applications. I’ve made graphics for Burger King, code tutorials for Microsoft and websites for Orla Gartland, among other clients.
“I couldn’t be happier with [the website] and overall feel absolutely privileged to have stumbled across this talented, patient, hard-working web designer and new friend.” – Orla Gartland
I’ve also volunteered my services to the Green Party before. I’ve made posters and leaflets for the Plymouth Green Party, and had my infographics shared by the party’s official social media accounts and by one of our deputy leaders.
In 2013, I took a job at a software company as a Customer Support Technician, and was later promoted to Community Coordinator. Both of these roles require a diplomatic and friendly approach to messaging which I believe are necessary skills for a social media and press officer. As the Community Coordinator, I oversaw the running of the company’s forums, on which there are over 250,000 registered members. In just 4 months I also increased their Twitter following by 18% to over 10,000, and increased user registrations with their “Marketplace” and “Player” communities from around 10,000 each to over 50,000 each. I was also responsible for sending out press releases for new products.
Under this role I also exhibited at large scale events like GameIn Scotland and GDC San Francisco, as well as helping out at local events like the Dundee and Angus College Game Jam. My experience growing and maintaining online communities, as well as interacting with the public at exhibitions, perfectly suit the role I’m hoping to fulfill on the SWYG Committee. As a Community Coordinator, I also had to arrange internal events for the company. This included arranging company team-building days on a set budget.
My whole career in design so far has included strict deadlines for finishing projects. I’m now back to running my own design company as a director, where we frequently have to meet deadlines and finish products with firm discipline. That said, being self-employed I can restructure my work week to fit around the role as a member of the SWYG Committee, meaning I should be available for emergency situations in the Young Greens if they arise.
If you think I’m the right person to elect to the SWYG Committee, please vote Dan Johnston #1 for social media and press officer!