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Professional Summary

As a nonprofit management professional, I have worked with a variety of populations, including undergraduate and graduate students, teenagers and adults with disabilities, the elderly, and low-income populations.  I pride myself on being organized, working well on teams, and always being willing to collaborate.

Some of my achievements include:

  • Planning events for up to 300 attendees
  • Providing advice and counseling on a range of issues including student group management, financial aid & loan repayment, event planning, and disability services, major selection, and career planning
  • Supervising volunteers
  • Writing professional documents such as grants, resumes, business plans, and incorporation documents
  • Web editing and the creation of marketing materials

Work experience

Jan 2015Present

Scholarships and Donor Services Officer

Triangle Community Foundation

I manage a comprehensive list of 50+ scholarship and award funds that span the Triangle area and across North Carolina. I maintain all funds under guidelines from the IRS and the Pension Protection Act, and manage the application and awarding of each fund. For in-house scholarships, I also oversee the convening of Board-approved committees.

I work directly with both donors and students to ensure that all processes, from setting up a new scholarship fund through applying for and receiving a scholarship, run smoothly.

Jul 2012Jan 2015

Student Services Coordinator

Duke University Law School

As the Student Services Coordinator at Duke Law, I was able to work with students from recruitment to graduation, and beyond, through a joint position in Admissions, Student Affairs, and Financial Aid.

I assisted in the planning and implementation of events such as LEAD Week, Dedicated to Durham, exam study breaks, graduation, and Duke Law Wellness. I also worked with the 50+ student organizations at the Law School and assisted them with planning and budgeting for effective student events.

I worked with students who received disability accommodations to ensure they received all the support they needed, including e-books, note takers, and exam services.

I attended law and graduate school fairs on behalf of the Admissions office, and coordinated admitted student visits throughout the year.

I also managed the Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) to assist graduates working in public service to repay their loans and qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF).

Oct 2010May 2012

Career Counselor

Ave Maria University

As a Career Counselor, I work to help students find their passions and translate them into meaningful volunteer, internship, and job opportunities.

The focus  of individual appointments range from vocational testing, resume and cover letter assistance, networking tips, and fitting diverse sports and club activities into a cohesive whole.

In addition, I plan, organize, and market a full slate of Career Services events, including:

  • Fall Graduate School Fair
  • Spring Career Fair
  • Resume Writing and Social Media workshops
  • Interviewing Skills workshops
  • Graduate School Admissions workshops
  • Career Investigation talks (recent talks include the State Department and the Ft. Myers Miracles)

 Through working with faculty, athletics, and student groups, such as Student Government, I have increased the number of students seeking career counseling by more than 75%.

Mar 2010Jun 2010

Technical Assistant

North Carolina Disability Action Network

As a consultant, I worked directly with Project Director and the Board of a new, start-up advocacy group for individuals with disabilities.

Tasks included

  • Attending quarterly Board meetings
  •  Composing and editing business documents such as
    • The Articles of Incorporation for 501 (c)(3) status
    • A three-year Stategic Plan
    • A logic model
    • A grant proposal for three years of continued funding.
Aug 2009Apr 2010

Social Work Intern

North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities

As part of my graduate program in Social Work, I completed a 650-hour internship at the North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities (NCCDD), an agency of the NC State Government. 

As part of the staff of the NCCDD, I researched background information for policy documents in

  •  Inclusive child care
  •  Guardianship
  •  Asset development 

 In addition, I drafted a Request for Application (RFA) in inclusive child and afterschool care, the first step in funding an innovative three-year program in the state.

I also attended and assisted with quarterly Council meetings, sessions of the NC legislature, and state-wide committee meetings on topics relating to disabilities.

Mar 2008Aug 2009

Group Program Supervisor/Care Provider

The Arc of Orange County

As a member of the Arc direct support team, I worked with teenagers with developmental disabilities in their homes and in the community to become more independent and move towards self-sufficiency.

I also participated in two summer-long sessions of the Summer Work & Wellness camp, guiding teenage campers through the process of

  •  Learning to be a valuable member of the workforce
  • Living independently, including cooking and public transportation
  •  Working as a team
  • Setting and following a schedule

For the summer of 2009, I was invited to supervise the camp, and oversaw thirteen care providers and teenagers with disabilities, ensuring the smooth running of activities, communication with staff and parents, and the timely completion of all necessary paperwork.


Aug 2008May 2010


University of North Carolina
Aug 2004May 2008


University of North Carolina


Jill Rushing

"Sarah’s work ethic, coupled with her abilities, make her an asset to any organization that is lucky enough to have her. Sarah is a talented writer and is able to synthesize complicated information into easy-to-understand material."

Tatenda M.

"Thanks to Sarah Battersby for her work as career counselor, I got amazing opportunities that set foundations for my career which I would have never dreamt I would get in my first year of university"

Dr. Dan Dentino

"In her professional life Sarah has consistently shown her ability to learn on the job, adapt to changing administrative structures and protocol, balance several projects simultaneously, and attend to the needs of her colleagues and the students.  She is organized, efficient, and highly intelligent. She conducts her affairs with great diligence, patience, tact, and most of all a good sense of humor, which I find to be essential qualities among those of use who are privileged to work in the field of education."