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Development Director

American Heart Association | Arlington, VA

Posted Date 11/21/2022



Now is the time to join us and make a difference. Be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. Here at the American Heart Association, you matter and so does your career.

We are currently hiring for a Development Director in Arlington/Metro DC area for our Social events including the Heart Ball Gala and An Affair of the Heart Luncheon & Fashion Show. The Director is responsible for achieving revenue goals by applying AHA best practices and ensuring appropriate volunteer leadership is recruited and developed. This includes solicitation of large dollar and multi-year corporate sponsorships, individual donor cultivation, chair recruitment, volunteer committee recruitment, auction procurement and production and overall event coordination of multiple events throughout the year The Director will be held accountable to an overall bold fundraising goal. Carries out high quality events in accordance with AHA standards and in collaboration with team.

This is a full-time, benefits and incentive eligible position This is an office-based position in a fast-paced work environment.

The Association offers many resources to help you maintain work-life harmonization through 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 training and support locally and through our National Center.

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  • Prospect and secure local corporate sponsorships, individual donations, and auction items. This includes handling existing and new sponsorships, renewal and deepening engagement via frequent face-to-face meetings to retain and upgrade their financial commitment.

  • Securing individual gifts of $5K- $100K+, local corporate sponsorship income and auction items to support the events and to increase overall income potential.

  • Recruit and lead executive volunteer leadership, volunteer committees, and day of the event timeline and business plan. Leads volunteer recruitment and engagement with c-suite executive and manager level volunteers.

  • Develop profiles on the top businesses within the metro Arlington/DC area with a documented plan to secure their involvement.

  • Lead and engage new individual membership for our personal giving society, in partnership with other appropriate fundraising staff. Includes planning and carrying out regular engagement events for members. Develop annual stewardship and cultivation materials for donors in the Society.

  • Complete the event logistics based on national standard processes. Work alongside the Development Coordinator to lead the efforts to build event auctions (silent or live). Ensure auction items are secured.

  • Maintain timely communication with all staff at local and affiliate levels. Responsible for staff follow-up and monitoring of assigned fundraising activities. Work closely with the Communications Director to develop promotion and communications plans.


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

  • Bachelor’s or some college plus experience.

  • 2 years of experience in fundraising, outside sales or in a non-profit organization in a similar capacity.

  • Knowledge of community organization, sales, fundraising, and marketing principles, practices, techniques, and trends.

  • Proven verbal and written communication skills, including large and small group presentations, group facilitation, and training. Skill in written communications to include clear and concise narrative reports, evaluations and similar narrative pieces.

  • Ability to read, comprehend and analyze number goals, as well as fundraising reports. Skill in use of spreadsheet/database analysis.

  • Ability to travel up to 75% in your territory.

  • Intermediate knowledge and skill with Microsoft Office 2010 or higher used for word processing, email, presentations, and spreadsheets. Advanced knowledge and skill with these programs is helpful.

  • Ability to lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.

Attracting dedicated, 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.

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