American Heart Association (AHA)

Corporate Development Director

American Heart Association (AHA)

Job Description

This job opportunity is located in Houston, Texas Overview

Are you ready to join an organization where you can be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives?

Envision all Americans enjoying ideal cardiovascular health free of heart disease and stroke. At the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, we get to work toward that goal every single day. Is it easy? No. Is it worthwhile? you bet! This is satisfying work that makes a real difference in people's lives. You can achieve professional growth with personal fulfillment. You will connect with people and make a lifesaving impact. You will partner with individuals, schools, lawmakers, healthcare providers and others to ensure everyone has access to healthier lifestyle choices and proper healthcare.

Due to the current pandemic, daily travel is minimal and voluntary to ensure the health and safety of staff. There is no overnight travel currently. In the future, this position may resume daily and/or overnight travel. All AHA offices are closed and staff are currently working from home. In the future, this position will resume to being based in the local office.


We have an excellent opportunity for a Corporate Development Director, Heart Ball in our Houston, TX office. In this role, you will be responsible for identifying and securing development prospects for the Houston Heart Ball. This campaign brings together corporate partners, medical leaders, community leaders, and volunteers of the community to bring awareness and spread the mission of the American Heart Association. The Fundraising goal for this role is $700k net. You will also have the opportunity to plan, implement and evaluate the event. This role will create a vision and strategy translating it into specific action plans for each account. You will actively work with team members to grow existing accounts, secure new ones and expand the Volunteer base of the organization in addition to managing the Auction Director.

Essential Job Duties :
  • Work strategically with AHA staff in multiple campaigns and volunteer teams charged with the Heart Ball campaign to accomplish results.
  • High level corporate volunteer recruitment.
  • Revenue generation through corporate sponsorships.
  • Conduct sales calls to generate new business and upgrade existing company partnerships by engaging them in the mission of the AHA.
  • Develop and manage relationships with volunteers, sponsors and key corporate & community leaders.
  • Track, report and manage results using a variety of database and campaign Management Systems with a proven track record in meeting sales/fundraising goals.
  • Event Management including but not limited to planning, Logistics, implementation, volunteer partnerships and evaluation post-event for constant improvements.
  • Supervision of 1 Auction Director staff member. This involves, coaching, development, training, engagement and ensuring this employee is set up for success in accomplishing their goals.
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

Want to help get your resume to the top? Take a look at the experience we require:

  • Three (3)+ years of experience in fundraising, outside sales or in a non-profit organization in a similar capacity. This experience may also count towards satisfying this position’s educational requirement.
  • A proven track record in meeting sales/fundraising goals.
  • The ability to secure corporate donations through participating in and leading top-level sponsorship asks.
  • Demonstrated skills in cultivating major donors, securing large corporate sponsorships (six figures), and identifying and securing foundation gifts.
  • Have a collaborative approach to working with other internal partners, such as with Heart Walk, Go Red for Women, Health Strategies and Youth Market Teams to help drive specific AHA cause initiatives in defined markets.
  • Excellent organization, communication, negotiation, and interpersonal skills.
  • Results driven with the ability to multitask.
  • Direct knowledge of special event fundraising tactics is essential.
Here are some of the preferred skills we are looking for:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university preferred. College coursework combined with related experience may be substituted for a degree.
  • Strong knowledge of Houston area business, medical, and philanthropic communities.
  • Willing and able to travel within the Greater Houston market to engage c-suite corporate executives to accomplish goals approximately 75% of the time.
  • Able to work non-standard hours such as early starts and/or late endings to the workday, as needed.
  • Able to lift at least 20 lbs. from the ground to waist level with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications.
(Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions)


Attracting hardworking, committed employees means offering a competitive benefits package, ongoing professional development and training, and a diverse and inclusive environment in which to work and grow. And we do.

Our Rewards & Benefits package not only gives you the total benefits you want, but also goes above and beyond with creative programs to develop your skills – helping you grow and thrive at the American Heart Association. To help you be successful you will have access to our award-winning learning platform the Heart U as well as our sales training & relationship development program- Building Powerful Partnerships which received a 2017 Learning! 100 Award from Elearning! Media Group, and various other training and support mechanisms locally and through our National Center. This position is eligible for our full benefits and retirement packages, generous PTO accrual, paid holidays in addition to the week of December 25th off! Click on “New Resume” (or “Existing Resume” if you have previously applied to AHA positions) to submit your online application. Only those deemed most qualified will be contacted to interview.

At American Heart Association | American Stroke Association, diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity applies to both our workforce and the communities we serve as it relates to heart health and stroke prevention.

  EOE Protected Veterans/Persons with Disabilities Location US-TX-Houston Posted Date 13 hours ago (6/10/2021 5:03 PM) Requisition ID 2020-5932 Job Family Group Fundraising Job Category Field Campaigns Location: Houston, TX American Health Associasion (AHA) does not indicate an expiration date for Vacancies. Please apply timely not to miss an opportunity.

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