Working closely with school leaders, development officers perform an essential function that calls for high energy and innovative approaches. Through their participation with the Development and Institutional Advancement Program (DIAP), development officers benefit from sharing best practices and peer networking. Engage ATS (an online interactive community for those who serve at ATS member schools), annual conferences, webinars, and other resources focus on administration and management strategies, assessment plans, legal issues, and personal concerns as well as the four basic areas of institutional advancement: the annual fund, major gifts, planned giving, and capital campaigns.
Here are several professional organizations ATS development officers have found useful:
Carola Molinares-Risch joined the ATS staff in October 2016. She works on the procurement of hotel contracts for all ATS meetings and acts as a liaison between hotels and ATS. In addition, she supports the work of Women in Leadership, the Committee on Race and Ethnicity, African American, Asian-descent, and Latino(a) presidents and deans, the Economic Challenges Facing Future Ministers project, and global initiatives.
Molinares was a global account director for HPN Global prior to ATS, and brings more than 15 years of management experience in hospitality and meeting planning. A native of Colombia and bilingual in English and Spanish, she earned a degree in business administration and international relations from the Universidad Externado de Colombia.