Niles V. McGiver

Niles V. McGiver

Full Stack Web Developer | Multi-talented Professional

Portland, Oregon (Portland, Oregon Area)

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Niles V. McGiver's Overview

  • Manager of Evaluation at Gateway to College National Network
  • Coordinator, Evaluation and Information Systems at Gateway to College National Network
  • Intern at Gateway to College National Network
  • Executive Assistant at Tri County Arts Council

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Niles V. McGiver's Experience

Full Stack Web Developer

FINE Design Group

Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Internet industry

April 2014Present (6 months) Portland, Oregon Area

• Worked with CSS, Javascript, JQuery, Ruby on Rails, and SASS
• Developed the functionality of the maps for the new website using the Google Maps API and several related libraries including: Infobox, MarkerClustererPlus, and Gmaps4 Rails Gem.
• Worked on a variety of high-end luxury and winery brand websites.

Manager of Evaluation

Gateway to College National Network

Nonprofit; 11-50 employees; Education Management industry

June 2012September 2013 (1 year 4 months)

• Evaluation design for community college-based education programs serving at risk students
• Information management training for local program staff
• Report writing and indicator development
• Guidance on data collection strategies
• Technical assistance for stakeholder reporting for colleges, k-12 school districts, and state departments of eduction
• Research and analysis of education policies, systems, and programs
• Managed enterprise level social network Gateway Live. On an annual basis platform had 800 users, 7,000+ pages, and 180,000+ page views
• Cultivated relationships with software developers around the world resulting in over $175,000 in software donations a year

Coordinator, Evaluation and Information Systems

Gateway to College National Network

Nonprofit; 11-50 employees; Education Management industry

June 2009June 2012 (3 years 1 month)

• Coordinated data collection from dozens of college and k-12 data systems
• Analysis of student-level outcomes and descriptive statistic creation
• Trained hundreds of staff on our data collection systems and Gateway Live both in person and online
• Worked staff at community colleges across the country with a wide variety of technical proficiency and titles
• Managed online tutorial and technical document creation including: a dozen tutorials on using our data systems, the migration 1000+ pages of program implementation manuals from In-Design and Word to wiki markup, and the conversation of supporting materials for dozens of in person workshops to Confluence pages
• Collaborated with Director of IT to manage the local network including: 3 servers, 30 computers, and 5 printers
• Conversion of surveys for 1000+ students every year from proprietary service to in house web forms, and the reporting on these survey from word and excel, to online real-time reports
• Converted registration process for organizations annual conference from email and word documents to online registration system and realtime reports
• Implementation and management of a branded enterprise-level content management system and social network using Atlassian Confluence, known as Gateway Live
• Cultivated relationships with software developers around the world resulting in over $100,000 in software donations a year
• Created and implemented outreach strategy to connect with program alumni via social media

Nonprofit; 11-50 employees; Education Management industry

October 2008June 2009 (9 months)

• Helped transition and expand the organizations IT systems in a new office
• Data grooming and number crunching
• Troubleshooting and support for data collection system
• Excel and Access wizard
• Financial and grant report collection
• Researched and proposed an enterprise level online content management system

Executive Assistant

Tri County Arts Council

August 2007August 2008 (1 year 1 month)

• Helped to develop a successful grant proposal to a create a multi-format arts center, which received $10,000 in local support and $16,500 in two state member items
• Responsibilities included: accounts payable and receivable, donor and member database maintenance, lobbying, management of 100+ member artist co-operative, office management, public relations, and reception
• Development of a comprehensive manual for committee leadership and long term organizational development
• Managed transition of organization to a more productive one with computer based management systems

Niles V. McGiver's Volunteer Experience & Causes

  • Volunteer Experience

    • Executive Director

      Renaissance Farmer's Market
      • Economic Empowerment
      2006 2008 (2 years)

      • Facilitation of start up of a market with a dual mission to support local agriculture and artisans, and revitalize a village's downtown
      • Received over $7000 in grants, individual donations, in-kind gifts, and a member item from the state
      •Managed a market of more than a dozen local agricultural and craft based vendors for two seasons

    • Vice President

      Tri-County Arts Council
      • Arts and Culture
      2006 2007 (1 year)

      •Created a comprehensive manual for committee leadership and long term organizational development.
      •Active on foundations and fundraising committee.
      •Worked to integrate the arts with community development.

    • Planning Board Member

      Village of Cobleskill
      • Economic Empowerment
      January 2006 August 2008 (2 years 8 months)

      • Appointed by the Village Board of Cobleskill
      • Focused on revitalizing downtown, creating quality sustainable developments
      • Helped to enforce and develop laws, codes, design standards, and regulations
      • Developed a local law for a planned use district
      • Attended over 30 hours of training in New York State planning law and economic development
      • Stepped down from term early to move across the country.

    • Chief Campaign Adisor

      Sellers for Mayor Campaign
      • Civil Rights and Social Action
      2005 present (9 years)

      • Provided technical support for winning mayoral candidate, who was 20 years old
      • Designed and managed campaign website and platform

    • Student Delegate

      • Environment
      November 2000 November 2000 (1 month)

      •Attended United Nations Conference 6 on the Kyoto Protocol to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions in Den Hague, Netherlands
      •Lobbied international non-governmental organizations, national governments, trade bodies, and trans-national corporations to support a strong protocol
      •Met with US and Danish delegations
      •Was the 2nd youngest participant

  • Volunteer Interests

    • Organizations I support:

      • Buddhist Geeks
      • National Business Incubation Association
      • The National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO)

Niles V. McGiver's Skills & Expertise

  1. JavaScript
  2. Ruby on Rails
  3. Ruby
  4. CSS
  5. jQuery
  6. Git
  7. SQL
  8. Google Maps API
  9. Fundraising
  10. Nonprofits
  11. Sass
  12. HTML 5
  13. Training
  14. Program Evaluation
  15. Program Development
  16. Grant Writing
  17. Social Media
  18. Community Outreach
  19. Research
  20. Workshop Facilitation
  21. Community Development
  22. Program Management
  23. Public Speaking
  24. Pair Programming
  25. Sinatra
  26. Bash
  27. Event Planning
  28. Higher Education
  29. Microsoft SQL Server
  30. Node.js
  31. SPSS
  32. Microsoft Excel
  33. Statistics
  34. Systems Thinking
  35. Web administration
  36. Atlassian Confluence
  37. Technical Documentation
  38. Data Driven Decision Making
  39. Frevvo
  40. IT Management
  41. Facilitation
  42. Wiki development
  43. Conference Coordination
  44. Business Planning
  45. New Business Development
  46. Market Analysis
  47. Sustainable Development
  48. Microsoft Access

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Niles V. McGiver's Education

Portland Code School

Web Development


3 month intensive web development program focused on Javascript, Node.js, Ruby, and Rails

Goddard College

MA, Sustainable Business & Communities


•Learned business management skills with an emphasis on environmental sustainability, social justice, and systems thinking.
•Focus in thesis on business incubators, employee-ownership, green jobs, the role of education in local economies, and workforce development

Portland State University

Continuing Education, Public Administration


•Took graduate level courses in the Master's of Public Administration program to learn advanced qualitative and quantitative research methods: Analytic Methods in Public Administration I & II
•Learned how to analyze and evaluate public sector policies, systems, and programs in depth. Focus on research design, data collection, statistical modeling, forecasting, and program evaluation.

Matripa College

Continuing Education, Buddhist Studies


Took two graduate level courses in the Master's of Divinity program including Engaged Buddhism and Introduction to Tibetan Buddhist Meditation .

State University of New York at Binghamton

BA, Sociology


• Focus on critical theory, economics, qualitative research methods, and world-systems analysis.

Bard College at Simon's Rock

AA, Liberal Arts


•Exited high school after junior year and attended Early College for young scholars
•Focus on the Classic and economics

State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill

Non-Matriculated, Computer Science


•Took a variety of 200 level computer science courses, and a 200 level English courses during high school
•Content of computer science courses included: Network Technology, Systems Software Management, and Visual Languages & Dev Tools

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