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Lenny Zenith


Professional Profile

Dynamic, and creative problem-solver with proven success in managing diverse teams. Solid technical and workflow strategy understanding and UX theory. Energetic and decisive leader able to merge disparate technologies and personnel into productive team-centered units.

Work Experience

June 2010 - Present

Web Development and Systems Administration Manager

United Federation of Teachers

Responsible for the technical coordination and oversight of enterprise-level Drupal CMS deployment. Leveraged multiple units, internal and third-party developers to launch massive content site with complex member services requirements. Involved with perormance and scaling troubleshooting, security considerations, content contributor and editoria workflow processes. Assisted with SVN and API deployment, as well as negotiated in-depth site administration and content entry training. One of three leads in client to third-party communications. Applied extensive expertise in usability, accessibility, SCRUM and Agile methodologies as well as flex-team motivational strategies to achieve success within aggressive timeline. Management of three developers during Java-based web application design and deployment as well as two Linux Systems Administrators in design, and maintenance of complex high-availability environments.

May 2002 - June 2010

Interactive Project Manager

University of Michigan News Service

Responsible for the development, implementation and maintenance of new technologies to advance the organization and dissemination of university news to media outlets worldwide, including the envisioning, design, and development of robust proprietary CMS for various news entities. Oversight of a comprehensive redesign of several key sites and the Spanish News Portal. Direct staff in developing and programming interactive dynamic workflow and content management tools using Flash, PHP, MySQL, Ajax and JQuery frameworks. Responsibilities also include creative collaboration of web site redesign for maximum usability and impact as well as implementation of alumni e-newsletter and database structures and publication of same. Editorial contributions in placement of content on primary Gateway. Audio and video editing. Responsible for overseeing redesign of staff/alumni sites University Record and Michigan Today. Also produced and directed multimedia photo essay for affirmative action lawsuit and departmental media exposé as well as a Flash-based stem cell tutorial for the Life Sciences Institute.

jan 2002 - APR 2002

Project Manager on behalf of nurun inc.

Contract position as project manager for website of - General Motors, N.A. Responsible for coordinating the day-to-day production of primary GM web site. Developing ideas and solutions for enhancing site features, functionality and content in conjunction with advertising agencies, and source staff; liaise with Design, Production, Development, Marketing, and primary stakeholders to ensure that all aspects of quality control and competitive requirements were satisfied within budgetary guidelines. o/b/o

DEC 2000 - JUN 2001


Associate Producer

Entertainment Weekly; AOL-Time Warner

Responsible for daily maintenance and design of multi-page web features and news stories for Also responsible for contribution to coding standards and conventions as well as StoryServer templates, feedback forums, sitemap and help pages.

1999- JUN 2001



Responsible for primary design, launch, concept, editorial/photographic content and maintenance of this database-driven restaurant web site, profiled in the New York Times, Time Out, and Entrepreneur.

APR 1995 - DEC 2000


Director, Foreign & Special Markets

EMI Music Publishing

Responsible for the development and coordination of the Reduced Rate web-based licensing project. Primary contact to IT department regarding database integration and overall company web site redesign. Negotiated rates and terms for special market releases as well as mechanical licensing of all foreign sub-publishing deals, including negotiating controlled composition clauses, rate analysis and general agreement interpretation. Supervised staff of three, including Assistant Manager and Coordinator. Other responsibilities include Canadian mechanical licensing, administration of all reduced rates requests and licenses and special product development. Peripheral projects include consultation and redesign of departmental web site including compiling reports of user activity, developing electronic workflow management tools, team participation of full-scale imaging project, on-line research of copyright issues and information, digital imaging and workflow management research development and project implementation. Consecutive yearly promotions from Manager, to Assistant Director then Director.

MAR 1993 - APR 1995


Video Licensing Coordinator

PolyGram Records

Responsible for synchronization licensing of long form video releases, television features, CD-ROM, CD-i titles, and commercials, for PolyGram Records, PolyGram Diversified Entertainment, Philips and Island Records. Negotiated fees, drafted and issued agreements, processed payments and controlled overall copyright costs. Coordinated with creative department on video package song placement.

FEB 1991 - mar 1993


Creative Services

EMI Music Publishing

Evaluated, and compiled EMI controlled compositions for placement in films, commercials, and television. Liaison between creative staff and music users including advertising executives, feature film music supervisors, video producers, and multimedia developers. Supervised interns, drafted correspondence, and compiled extensive departmental reports. Negotiated synchronization fees and terms for film, television, video and in-house productions. Drafted and issued licensing agreements. Tracked video sales, accountings and receipts, and payments. Processed royalty payments. ity and content in conjunction with advertising agencies, and source staff; liaise with Design, Production, Development, Marketing, and primary stakeholders to ensure that all aspects of quality control and competitive requirements were satisfied within budgetary guidelines.


Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti MI

Project management test preparation I & II 2008

New York University, New York

Interactive Multimedia Development Certification, 2000

University of New Orleans - New Orleans, LA

Minor in Art History Minor in Spanish


Project management: MS Visio, MS Project, Liquid Planner, Basecamp
Interactive: Premiere Pro, After Effects, Audition, Premier, Logic, ProTools
Video and audio production
Graphics: Photoshop, GIMP
Other: Strong working knowledge of PHP, MySQL, AngularJS, Java EAP, SSO, IDM, Linux Systems Administration and Drupal.
Extensive audio and video production skills.
Fluent Spanish. Rudimentary French.



HFI - Human Factors International 2001-Present
NYC User Experience Professionals - Member 2011-Pressent
WCBN - Board of Directors, University of Michigan Student Radio - 2002-2006
MIUPA - Michigan Usability Professionals - 2004 - 2010
NYU - Teaching Assistant - After Effects - Fall 2000

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