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:
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Saren Williams joined the ATS staff in 2022 as program assistant for leadership development. She supports the ongoing and expanding work of the learning opportunities and resources ATS provides to those who serve at ATS member schools.
Williams most recently worked at Hickory Run Campground in Denver, Pennsylvania, and as a family counselor at Sky Ranch Horn Creek in Westcliffe, Colorado, organizing weekly events, family activities, and Bible studies. She received a bachelor of arts degree in biblical and religious studies with a minor in classical studies from Grove City College.
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