SANDRA LAWSON

7357 Hill Road ♦ Philadelphia PA 19128 ♦ 770-366-2609 ♦ Lawsonsj@gmail.com


 

KEY SKILLS

Experience in leadership, skilled at finding common ground, ability to work with different types of people

  • Excellent communication, presentation and research skills

  • Twenty years experience in leadership and management

  • Eight years experience in nonprofit organizing and management

  • Community organizing experience on issues dealing with civil rights

  • Extensive training addressing domestic violence, substance abuse, and child abuse

  • Twelve years teaching and training professionals

  • Four years classroom teaching experience

  • Experience working in diverse religious communities and providing pastoral counseling

 

EDUCATION

  • Reconstructionist Rabbinical College - 2011 present

  • Expected graduation 2018 with MHL and title Rabbi

  • Clinical Pastoral Education: 1 unit completed

  • MA, Sociology, Clark Atlanta University - 2006

  • BA, magna cum laude, Saint Leo University - 1998

  • Additional training through Military Police Corps, International Fitness Professional Association and training related to leadership and public speaking

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

 

MONROE VILLAGE RETIREMENT COMMUNITY, NJ June 2016 - Present

Rabbi

MEADOWOOD SENIOR LIVING WORCESTER, PA September 2014 - Present

Rabbi

BRISTOL JEWISH CENTER Bristol, PA September 2014 to June 2015

Rabbinic Intern

RECONSTRUCTIONIST RABBINICAL COLLEGE Wyncote, PA September 2013 - May 2015

Faculty Intern

ABRAMSON CENTER for JEWISH LIFE North Wales, PA 1945 4 July - August 2014

Rabbinic Intern

GRATZ COLLEGE Melrose Park PA

Social Media Manager for NEXT: the Professional Learning Program for Supplemental        

            School Teachers 2014- Present

 

BRITH SHALOM HOUSE Philadelphia, PA 2013 - present

Student RabbiService Leader

TRUAH The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights New York, NY 10001 2013

Rabbinic and Cantorial Fellow in Human Rights

 

COMMUNITY VOICES HEARD New York, NY 10029 2013

Truah Rabbinic Intern

 

MARIS GROVE A senior living community Glen Mill, PA 2013

Service Leader

 

KOL TZEDEK SYNAGOGUE  Philadelphia, PA 2012 - 2013

Hebrew Teacher

 

OPERATION UNDERSTANDING Philadelphia, PA 2012 - 2012-2013

Group Leader

 

OR HADASH RECONSTRUCTIONIST CONGREGATION Fort Washington, PA 2011 - 2012

Teaching values education to 7th graders

Teaching comparative religion to 8th and 9th graders

 

HOWARD COMMUNITY COLLEGE Columbia, MD 2010 - 2011

Adjunct Faculty in Sociology

Taught classes on Introduction to Sociology, Social Problems and Minorities in America

 

COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF BALTIMORE COUNTY  Baltimore, MD 2009 - 2011

Adjunct Faculty in Sociology

Taught multiple classes on Introduction to Sociology    

 

ANTI-DEFAMATION LEAGUE Atlanta, GA 2008 - 2009

Investigative Researcher

  • Conducted qualitative research on extremist groups in the South

  • Conducted training and education for law enforcement and regional offices on extremist activity

  • Published monthly newsletter on extremist activity in the South

 

EMORY UNIVERSITY Atlanta, GA May - November 2007

  • Research Interviewer for HIV/AIDS consumer survey assessing HIV/AIDS clients’ satisfaction with received services, barriers to care and current need

  • Collected data for the Atlanta Eligible Metropolitan Area HIV/AIDS consumer survey

  • Managed data in Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS)

 

GEORGIA PERIMETER COLLEGE Atlanta, GA 2007

Adjunct Faculty

 

BBS PERSONAL TRAINING, INC Atlanta, GA 1998 - 2007

Owner and Fitness Trainer

  • Motivated clients to meet their fitness and health goals  

  • Provided nutrition counseling

  • Lectured on fitness, nutrition, and sports supplementation

  • Wrote fitness articles

 

UNITED STATES ARMY 1991 - 1998

  • Variety of experiences in leadership, police investigations, domestic violence, child abuse, and drugs alcohol abuse

 

VOLUNTEER LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE

 

RABBIS WITHOUT BORDERS New York, NY 2013 - present

  • Rabbinic Fellow

 

FAITH AND COMMUNITY ALLIANCE Atlanta, GA 2009

  • Executive board member at-large involved in the effort to create a new interfaith organization to advocate for civil and human rights

 

CONGREGATION BET HAVERIM, Atlanta, GA 2005 - 2009

  • First Vice President

  • Oversaw work of representatives at-large and committee chairs

  • Oversaw a variety of events including all logistics for High Holy Days services  

  • Worked with Volunteer Coordinator to review new membership applications and determine member interests and potential committee assignments  

  • Assisted with transition of committee chairs; served as president in the president’s absence

  • Participated in ongoing strategic planning and financial management

 

YOUTHPRIDE, INC. Atlanta, GA 2005 - 2008

  • Vice President  

  • Participated in redefining organization's mission and purpose

  • Mobilized a YouthPride program and a peer education program to combat HIV/AIDS disease

  • Engaged in strategic planning, fiscal oversight, risk management and executive review

 

COMMUNITY SERVICE

  • Volunteer at ZAMI, a nationally recognized, Atlanta-based organization providing scholarships, support groups, and education for lesbians of African descent, 2004 - 2005

  • Founding member and steering committee member of Georgians Against Discrimination, a state wide coalition of organizations working together to defeat Georgia’s anti-gay constitutional amendment, 2004

  • Volunteer at Charis Books and More, the largest and oldest feminist bookstore in the South,

2002 - 2004

  • Enlight Atlanta, crisis management team member, 2001

  • Volunteer with DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education), played the role of McGruff the crime dog for kids, 1994