Jason Van Dalson
Living in Grand Rapids, working in Michigan.
Specialties include: Online, Leadership, Design, Project Management, Information Technology, Software, Applications, Management, Workflow, ROI Analysis, Desktop Support, Print/Printmaking, Audio/Music Production, Teaching, Guitar & Drums.
- Westside ArtPrize 2011 Values
- ArtBox – Kalamazoo Gazette
- JB Printing
- Public/Employee Dashboards – Kalamazoo Gazette
- ARVC Michigan Campground Map
- V & A Bootery
- Multi-Track Music Player
- “Unwound” Installation
- “Los Verbos Español y Marquesinas del Americano”
- God Knows
- How Can You Be So Insensitive?
- Kansas Wins and Nebraska is Hurt in an Idaho Skiing Accident
- With Romney Limping, Gingrich Seizes Body Parts Found in Hollywood Hills
- A Dose of Insider Trading
- Storm Surge Vol 2 (Speech to Congress)
January 2012 – present
Director of Advertising Production & Information Technology, Advance Central Services Michigan – Grand Rapids, MI
Facilitate and manage the production of print and online advertising and marketing campaigns along with the pre-press production of eight newspapers. Also lead the Michigan tech staff support over 800 plus Michigan end-users. Oversee both the central advertising production team and the information technology team for Advance Central Services Michigan. Both groups provide support and assistance to MLive Media Group. MLive Media Group is a digital media company encompassing all content, sales and marketing operations for digital and print properties in Michigan. This includes: MLive.com, The Grand Rapids Press, The Muskegon Chronicle, Kalamazoo Gazette, The Jackson Citizen Patriot, AnnArbor.com, The Flint Journal, The Saginaw News, The Bay City Times and the Advance Weekly newspapers as well as several related entities.
October 2009- present
Design Assistant, Social Media & Web Design, Plume Creations – Kalamazoo, MI
Freelance graphic design business, design and print wedding invitations, wedding programs, save-the-date cards, thank you cards and other wedding favors and stationery.
December 2010 – December 2011
Booth West Michigan Online Creative Manager, Booth Michigan – Grand Rapids, MI
Facilitated online advertising and marketing campaigns between MLive.com and Western Michigan Newspapers (including: the Advance Weekly newspapers, Business Review West Michigan, The Grand Rapids Press, Kalamazoo Gazette & Muskegon Chronicle). Managed Booth West Michigan web designers and online production support staff.
February 2010 - December 2011
Operations Manager, Kalamazoo Gazette – Kalamazoo, MI
Managed the Kalamazoo Gazette Operations staff including: ad expedition, information technology/desktop support specialists and the facilities leader. Oversaw and approved I.T. and facilities budgets. Project manager and project team lead for various Kalamazoo specific projects and statewide Booth Michigan I.T. projects. Maintained daily department tasks, weekly performance reports and monthly schedules. Aided in communication between the Kalamazoo Gazette and MiTS, The Grand Rapids Press production team, The Grand Rapids Press copy desk.
November 2008 – February 2010
Digital Media Services Manager, Kalamazoo Gazette – Kalamazoo, MI
Managed all pre-press staff including: pagination, layout and platemaking. Developed and managed hyper-local and custom campaign online ad creation and tracked workflow for The Grand Rapids Press, Kalamazoo Gazette, Muskegon Chronicle and the Advance Weekly newspapers via MLive.com. Also assisted with managing and developing the print ad expedition process and workflow between the Kalamazoo Gazette advertising staff and the print production staff at The Grand Rapids Press.
November 2000 – November 2008
Production Systems Specialist, Kalamazoo Gazette – Kalamazoo, MI
Project Manager on various projects including: the 47” web width conversion, central advertising and accounting database migration and an ad management software deployment. Maintained and developed production systems and I.T. solutions for: advertising production, classified sales, retail sales & production. Helped manage newspaper quality through color management, press checks and the calibration of pre-press equipment. Also provided technical consulting and customer service to commercial printing clients.
January 2004 – December 2005
Adjunct Professor, Western Michigan University – Kalamazoo, MI
Instructed Digital Media for the Fine Arts, Spring 2005. Students learned basic computer skills working Adobe Photoshop, iPhoto, iTunes, Microsoft Office, Safari, iCal, Address Booke + Cacaphony.
Instructed two sections of Electronic Imaging I, Spring 2004. Students learned how to use Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Freehand + Cacophony.
April 2002 – April 2003
Graduate Student Instructor, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, MI
Instructed Introduction to Computers, Spring 2003. Students learned how to use Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, QuarkXpress + Sound Edit 16.
2001 – 2003
Masters of Fine Art, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, MI
1996 – 2000
Bachelors of Fine Art, Western Michigan University – Kalamazoo, MI