American Heart Association (AHA)

Senior Development Director (Heart Challenge)

American Heart Association (AHA)

Job Description

This job opportunity is located in Durham, North Carolina 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.

Offices will be reopening October 11, 2021. On this date the position will resume to being based in the local office and work will continue in the field with donors, volunteers and partners as the job requires. The American Heart Association is providing flexibility on the return to the office with a hybrid work schedule.


We have an opportunity for a Senior Development Director in Durham, NC . The Senior Director is responsible for coordinating, planning, and implementing strategies and resources necessary to achieve campaign goals and objectives while leading a Fundraising team and holding staff and volunteers accountable to their goals.

As Senior Development Director you will be responsible for:
  • Achieving assigned revenue goals by developing and maintaining relationships with corporate and community partners.
  • Ensuring your team meets/exceeds annual revenue goals for the market.
  • Driving new Business Development by soliciting sponsorships and generating participant income through developing year-round business and cultivation plans.
  • Driving peer-to-peer fundraising by supporting corporate partners and team leaders effectively.
  • Recruiting, orienting, and managing C-suite volunteer leadership based on nationally established methodologies.
  • Leading your team in the identification, cultivation and recruitment of C-suite and executive volunteer leaders.
  • Owning the efforts of building volunteer leadership committees.
  • Maintaining an ongoing pipeline of potential sponsors, donors, and volunteer leadership to advance our mission.
  • Developing and implementing a plan of revenue growth through key fundraising events, strategic market partnerships and philanthropic donors.
  • Planning, developing, implementing, and evaluating assigned fundraising event(s) according to standard methodologies and event timeline.
  • Confirming detailed, timely and accurate Data Entry of relevant information.
  • Collaborating with other staff and volunteers as needed to promote and support local initiatives and to optimize event market strategy.
  • Coaching and mentoring your direct reports to ensure their success.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

In this role, you will report to our Vice President of Development and will lead a team of two fundraising directors to meet the revenue goal for the Triangle Heart Challenge campaign, and the overall Triangle market. Daily travel within the market is required.

Want to move your resume to the top so that you can become a “Relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives?” Here are some of the requirements: Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience preferred.
  • At least 4 years of experience in fundraising or outside sales, or equivalent experience.
  • At least 2 years of experience in a management capacity, preferably fundraising staff.
  • Knowledge and skills in fundraising principles, practices, and techniques.
  • Ability and experience recruiting, training, and encouraging top-level donors and volunteers.
  • Excellent listening skills, including verbal and non-verbal communication, active listening, negotiating, problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Highly effective organizational skills, time management, responsibility, leadership, and motivation.
  • Ability to work outside of standard hours which may involve some evenings and/or weekends.
  • Ability and willingness to travel throughout assigned geographical territory.
Compensation & Benefits

Competitive salary with incentive potential is offered.

The American Heart Association offers programs to help you maintain work/life satisfaction according to your changing needs and life situations. To help you be successful, you will have access to Heart U, our award-winning corporate university as well as various other training and support mechanisms locally and through our National Center.

#TheAHALife is our company culture, our way of life, reflecting our diversity and inclusion, our focus on work-life satisfaction, and our Guiding Values - check out this hashtag on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter today! We offer a base salary with the potential to earn an incentive up to 25% of your base pay. The potential incentive is based on achieving certain revenue targets.

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.

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-NC-Durham Posted Date 29 minutes ago (11/2/2021 8:26 AM) Requisition ID 2021-7691 Job Family Group Fundraising Job Category Field Campaigns Location: Durham, NC American Health Associasion (AHA) does not indicate an expiration date for Vacancies. Please apply timely not to miss an opportunity.

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