Rachel Nystrom

Faculty Assoc
Faculty
POLY Campus
Mailcode
2780

Biography

Rachel Nystrom is a professional writer with more than 10 years of experience writing for the education industry, including producing more than 300 sales proposals, RFP responses, technical documents, and creative pieces. Her expertise includes specialized content knowledge in the areas of higher education, curriculum and content standards, special education regulations, and education finance. Nystrom is a former education beat reporter. She has eight-plus years of experience managing projects remotely and working with clients in all major U.S. time zones.

Among her career hightlights, she:

  • Supported client marketing efforts by researching and writing case studies, marketing materials, and blogs
  • Wrote proposals and RFP responses resulting in government and private sector contracts for education industry clients
  • Expanded business for education industry clients with successful proposals for new business
  • Led development of multimillion-dollar proposals for education industry clients
  • Wrote technical reports and edited technical documents for the U.S. Department of Education
  • Led development of oral presentations for winning bids for a Fortune 500 corporation
  • Completed graduate research field study that critiqued evaluation methods used by the Rochester City School District for an internal review of school buildings

Education

  • M.S. Education Policy, University of Rochester 2014
  • M.A. Publication Design and Writing, University of Baltimore 2006
  • B.A. Political Science, University of Nevada-Las Vegas 2000
  • B.S. Business Administration, Economics, University of Nevada-Las Vegas 2000

Courses

Fall 2021
Course Number Course Title
TWC 347 Written Comm for Managers
Summer 2021
Course Number Course Title
TWC 347 Written Comm for Managers
Spring 2021
Course Number Course Title
TWC 347 Written Comm for Managers
Fall 2020
Course Number Course Title
TWC 347 Written Comm for Managers
Summer 2020
Course Number Course Title
TWC 347 Written Comm for Managers
Spring 2020
Course Number Course Title
TWC 347 Written Comm for Managers
Fall 2019
Course Number Course Title
TWC 347 Written Comm for Managers
Summer 2019
Course Number Course Title
TWC 347 Written Comm for Managers
Spring 2019
Course Number Course Title
TWC 347 Written Comm for Managers
Fall 2018
Course Number Course Title
TWC 347 Written Comm for Managers
Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
TWC 347 Written Comm for Managers
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
TWC 347 Written Comm for Managers
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
TWC 347 Written Comm for Managers

Service

Board of Directors, Soroptimists of the San Tans, 2016-Present

Work History

Writing Solutions Group, Owner/Founder, January 2009  present

  • Provide writing, editing, and consulting services to education industry clients nationwide; services include process management for RFPs/proposals and writing services for grants, proposals, RFP responses, technical reports on federal-level education programs, training materials, technical manuals and guides, marketing copy, surveys, presentations, newsletters, press releases, website copy, and other writing projects as requested
  • Manage a team of subcontractors with specialized content knowledge to assist with client projects
  • Work with client RFP databases and sales tools as required, including Qvidian, Salesforce.com, VisibleThread, Dropbox, and other cloud-based technology
  • Oversee a profitable writing business, including associated tasks such as marketing, new writer recruitment, and quality control of all writing products

Rochester Institute of Technology, Adjunct Faculty, June 2008  May 2013

  • Taught technical writing and writing seminars to undergraduates
  • Completed university training on online course development and delivery
  • Taught face-to-face, blended, and online courses
  • Delivered accelerated courses over the summer term

Educate Online, LLC, Marketing Manager, October 2006  December 2008

  • Managed development, editing, and finalization of content for all RFP responses and sales proposals by working with subject-matter experts and executive-level managers
  • Provided expertise in NCLB education policy to executive team
  • Oversaw all state-level contracts and proposals for the NCLB division
  • Interpreted research reports and technical manuals to create summaries of assessment reliability and validity in addition to research overviews
  • Created training documents for sales team and national call-center agents
  • Developed customized marketing materials directed at a variety of audiences, including Title I coordinators, after-school program coordinators, superintendents, and parents

Educate Inc., Proposal Specialist, October 2005  October 2006

  • Created new proposal content and edited existing content to reflect business goals
  • Worked with executive-level managers and marketing team to create proposal content for new products, services, and capabilities
  • Oversaw all state-level RFPs for Supplemental Educational Services
  • Worked closely with state Department of Education administrators to build relationships for future business and developed partnerships to assist in future contract negotiations
  • Worked with regional and national sales teams to develop proposal strategies
  • Assisted in creation of executive-level presentations for the purposes of securing new business partners and funding sources

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