American Heart Association (AHA)

Director of Development (GRFW)

American Heart Association (AHA)

Job Description

This job opportunity is located in Austin, 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. Offices will be reopening in October 2021; this position will resume to being based in the local office.


We have an excellent opportunity for a Corporate Development Director- Go Red for Women in our Austin office. The selected candidate will have Fundraising responsibilities for the Austin Go Red for Women campaign by bringing together corporate partners, medical leaders, community leaders, and volunteers of the community to raise awareness of heart disease and stroke, the number #1 and #4 killer in America. This position will have a fundraising goal of $600,000. If you have a strong fundraising or sales background OR if you have an event Coordination background coupled with sales or fundraising, we want to hear from you! Responsibilities:

  • Build a network of significant Volunteer partnerships to advance our mission
  • Work in close collaboration with Senior Director of Social Campaigns to develop a portfolio of giving opportunities.
  • Use moves management to build new relationships and strengthen existing ones with prospective and existing donors (corporations, foundations, and individuals) and manage a portfolio of 100-150 prospects to increase support of the American Heart Association
  • Grow and diversify development revenue streams with an emphasis on corporations and individuals
  • Increase donors in Circle of Red giving society, build and maintain relationships with current members
  • Drive peer-to-peer fundraising through Woman of Impact campaign
  • Develop and implement a comprehensive stewardship plan for corporate, foundation, and individual donors in collaboration with the Senior Director of Social Campaigns
  • Plan, implement, and evaluate Go Red for Women Luncheon and ancillary events according to best practices and event timelines.
  • Demonstrate and foster a strong commitment to achieving goals in a manner that provides quality experiences.
  • Ensure all levels of donors are appropriately cultivated, solicited, and stewarded in a donor-centered manner
  • Conceptualize and describe funding needs in a manner that is compelling to corporate and individual donors.
  • Develop targeted communications and collateral in collaboration with Development and Communication teams
  • Demonstrate ability to respond with urgency to needs and requests of others, internally and externally and ensure a high level of responsiveness to all donors without regard to their giving level
  • Ability to develop and successfully maintain an extensive network of strategic relationships in the local area.

Required Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university preferred.
  • Must have at least 3 years of experience in fundraising, sales, or in a non-profit organization in a similar capacity.
  • Ability to accomplish results through strong volunteer recruitment and management, proven track record in meeting revenue goals.
  • Organization, communication and negotiation skills are a must.
  • Demonstrated effective interpersonal skills and the ability to relate to people of diverse backgrounds.
  • Must be flexible and adept at managing multiple projects. Ability to work independently while functioning as a member of a team.
  • Experience in partnering with strong and active volunteer leaders is key, as is the ability to work successfully with a large network of passionate volunteers.
  • Strong skills in the identification, cultivation, solicitation and on-going stewardship of major individual donors and corporate partners.
  • Ability to be a passionate spokesperson/representative for the American Heart Association / American Stroke Association mission.
  • Highly efficient in time management and can meet deadlines under pressure.
  • Proficiency in non-profit fiscal and strategic management preferred.
  • Must be willing and able to travel within the assigned territory up to 75.
  • Must have the ability to lift at least 20 lbs. from the ground to waist level with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • Must have at least basic knowledge and skill with Microsoft Office 2010 used for word processing, email, presentations, and spreadsheets.
  • Must be at least 18 years old.
Compensation & Benefits


Pay is commensurate with experience; geographic differentials may apply.

(Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Benefit Plans:

Our Rewards & Benefits package not only gives you the total benefits you want, but also goes above and beyond with innovative programs to develop your skills – helping you grow and thrive at the American Heart Association. To learn more about our benefit offerings please visit: 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.

While we can only contact those applicants deemed most qualified for the position, we do appreciate all applicants for their interest and effort in applying. You can expect to hear from us within one week from the receipt of your application in most cases.

The American Heart Association’s 2024 Goal: Every person deserves the opportunity for a full, healthy life. As champions for Health Equity, by 2024, the American Heart Association will advance cardiovascular health for all, including identifying and removing barriers to health care access and quality.

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-Austin Posted Date 13 hours ago (10/17/2021 5:13 PM) Requisition ID 2021-7484 Job Family Group Fundraising Job Category Field Campaigns Location: Austin, 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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