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Mihaela M.S.

Director, Strategic Initiatives & Communications @ Florida International University

Visiting Faculty at Florida International University, School of Communication + Journalism

Miami, Florida

Ranked #476 out of 9,510 for Director, Strategic Initiatives & Communications in Florida

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Florida International University

Director, Strategic Initiatives & Communications

January 2015 to Present


Associate Director, Strategy & Communications

September 2013 to Present

Hotel Schools of Distinction

Marketing & PR Committee Chair

2013 to 2015

Mihaela M.S.'s Education

Florida International University

Master's of Science in Mass Communication Global Strategic Communications/ Advertising & PR

2009 to 2011

Al.I.Cuza State University, Iasi, Romania

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor K-12

1997 to 2001

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Ms. Plugarasu earned a Master's of Science in Global Strategic Communications, Advertising & Public Relations track, from Florida International University ( FIU) in 2011. In her role as Director, Strategic Initiatives & Communication at FIU's Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management, she is responsible for overseeing all communications and office operations including marketing, promotions, advertising, web and social media, public relations, administrative support staff, work/study student assistants, and analytics. In addition, Mihaela serves as a member of the Dean's senior leadership team, providing direct support to the Dean and the executive team by ensuring the implementation and management of key initiatives across the school related to the Dean's vision and mission, as well as FIU's Beyond Possible 2020 Strategic Plan. Under her leadership in the previous role, the Chaplin School's brand messaging and positioning improved significantly through successful accomplishment of massive projects such as E-merge Americas Technology Conference, international campus visits, industry conferences, media campaigns, new website launch, and institutional events, among others. In June 2014, Mihaela was appointed by President Rosenberg as one of ten IREAL Commissioners, charged with making recommendations for FIU's 2020 Strategic Plan. She continued to serve as a committee member on the IREAL Financial Base/ Efficiency Committee. Ms. Plugarasu has over 10 years of teaching experience in the areas of English as a Second Language (ESL/ESOL), elementary education and adult continuing education. She considers herself a champion of new technologies and has a passion for helping others discover their human potential.Director, Strategic Initiatives & Communications @ From January 2015 to Present (1 year) Associate Director, Strategy & Communications @ 1. Provide leadership over all marketing, PR and branding efforts for the Chaplin School at FIU; 2. Manage speakers series and events for the Dean's Office; 3. Oversee project management platform in TeamworkPM; 4. Serve as a liaison with internal and external audiences on behalf of the Dean. From September 2013 to Present (2 years 4 months) Marketing & PR Committee Chair @ From 2013 to 2015 (2 years) Assistant Director, Academic Support Services @ 1. Provide strategic assistance to the Dean, Executive Team Members (ETM) and administrative operations. 2.Conduct academic and field research and prepare reports for the Dean's use. 3. Propose, oversee and coordinate key strategic and critical projects for the School using project management methodology and support to the Dean, enabling the School to determine and measure those projects that will meet the goals and objectives of the strategic plan. 4.Develop, implement and maintain a project management methodology including policies, standards and procedures. 5. Work with the School's advisory board and coordinate the meetings of the Board as necessary. 6. Review and prepare written communications on behalf of the Dean. Proof read and edit communications prepared by others for the Dean. 7. Prepare presentations for the Dean, reports of background information, compile agendas, and maintain notes and files. 8. Work with administrators, faculty and staff in coordinating the Dean's contact with community business/civic leaders and donors. 9. Interact with the public, donors, faculty, and staff within and from other universities and community leaders ensuring that a high standard of integrity and customer service is maintained. 10. Serve as community relations liaison 11. Exercise judgment and independent initiative in bringing information or problems to the attention of the Dean. 12. Represent the Dean on committees as needed. 13. Track the School's progress towards meeting designated/assigned goals. From December 2011 to August 2013 (1 year 9 months) Online, Electronic & Social Media Specialist @ 1. Plan and execute online marketing and social media initiatives to increase the School’s recognition and visibility, both internally and externally, and to initiate constituent communications to keep them informed on activities and points of interest. 2. Engage internal and external stakeholders in meaningful online conversations related to the School’s brand, activities, accomplishments, plans and strategic development. 3. Experiment with new and alternative ways to leverage online marketing tools, electronic resources, communication channels and social media venues. 4. Monitor the School’s brand in the online space utilizing social listening and related mechanisms. 5. Manage the School’s presence in online marketing channels and social media, and serve as the voice of the organization the in the online, electronic channels and social media space. 6. Lead the School toward emerging online marketing, electronic channel and social media sites & applications to continue expanding reach and engagement with prospective students, current students, alumni, faculty, staff, industry and the FIU community. 7. Establish effective benchmarks for measuring the impact of online marketing, electronic channeling and social media programs, conducting assessments to determine effectiveness and impact, and reporting performance analytic data. 8. Serve as the liaison within the School in partnering with other internal and/or external groups to leverage social and other online marketing, as well as electronic channeling opportunities. 9. Monitor trends in online, electronic channel and social media tools, and appropriately applies that knowledge to increasing the quality and quantity of media exposures to targeted audiences. From 2011 to 2011 (less than a year) Miami/Fort Lauderdale AreaSpecial Projects ( training and development) @ Employability Skills & English Language for Speakers of Other Languages - program development, implementation & delivery From 2004 to 2008 (4 years) ESOL Adjunct Faculty @ From 2005 to 2007 (2 years) Master's of Science in Mass Communication, Global Strategic Communications/ Advertising & PR @ Florida International University From 2009 to 2011 Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor, K-12 @ Al.I.Cuza State University, Iasi, Romania From 1997 to 2001 Mihaela M.S. is skilled in: Social Media, Public Relations, Leadership, Strategic Communications, Event Planning, Online Marketing, Event Management, Volunteer Management, Public Speaking, Strategy, Editing, Management, Community Development, Training, Project Management

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