American Heart Association Sr. Fundraising Director - Gala - Twin Cities, MN in Edina, Minnesota

Sr. Fundraising Director - Gala - Twin Cities, MN

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Are you ready to join an organization where you can make an extraordinary impact everyday?

Imagine 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 day. Is it easy? No. Is it worthwhile? Absolutely.

This is satisfying and challenging work that makes a real difference in people's lives. We are where you can achieve professional growth with personal fulfillment. We are where you can connect people to making a lifesaving impact. We are where you can partner with individuals, schools, lawmakers, healthcare providers and others to ensure everyone has access to healthier lifestyle choices and proper healthcare. The American Heart Association is where you can make an extraordinary impact.

The American Heart Association (AHA) has an excellent opportunity for a Sr. Fundraising Director - Gala in our Midwest Affiliate office located in Minneapolis/St. Paul MN. The Gala Director is responsible and accountable for recruitment, training, campaign goal and management activities to ensure efficient growth and development of the metro Heart Ball fundraising event. The Gala Director is responsible for securing local sponsorship income and auction items, in partnership with immediate supervisor, to support the event and to maximize overall income potential. Gala Director will lead event while adhering to specific “Best Practices” and staying with the American Heart Association’s fundraising cost guidelines. Provides coaching and supervision for a Gala Director and Administrative Associate.

Essential Job Duties:

  • Provide staff leadership in planning, development, maintenance, implementation and evaluation of the gala event in the metro area.

  • Provide staff support in the area of volunteer recruitment and training, event logistics, year-round planning, cultivation, and sponsorship and auction item solicitation for the gala event.

  • Develop, manage, and evaluate an annual working plan with dollar and volunteer recruitment goals, budget and timelines for the event. Develop contingency plans, as needed to successfully complete fundraising activities.

  • Develop profiles on the top businesses within the assigned geographic area with a documented plan to secure their involvement. Completes company goal setting worksheets and prioritizes companies by their potential.

  • Develop relationship-building strategies to include making personal visits on a monthly and quarterly basis.

  • 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 and manage a promotion and communications plan.

  • Guide and direct Administrative Associate to reach goals if Gala Director has supervisory responsibilities. Accountable for hiring, directing, training, evaluating and terminating staff under his/her supervision.

  • Ensure that divisions and activities function within the parameters of American Heart Association and Midwest Affiliate policy. **

Required Experience

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

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university preferred. College coursework combined with related experience may be substituted for a degree. Related experience may be substituted as follows: 1 ½ years experience equates to 1 full time year of higher education.

  • Must have at least 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.

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

  • Demonstrated 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.

  • Access to reliable transportation and ability to maintain valid driver’s license and auto insurance.

  • Must have at least basic knowledge and skill with Microsoft Office 2010 used for word processing, email, presentations, and spreadsheets. Advanced knowledge and skill with these programs is preferred. These skills are subject to testing.

  • Ability to lift and/or move up to 20 pounds with the expectation that items in excess of 20 pounds would be broken down into smaller components or additional assistance is required before lifting and/or moving.

Attracting talented, 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.

So, are you ready to work for the largest voluntary health organization dedicated to fighting heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases? Click on “New Resume” (or “Existing Resume” if you have previously applied to AHA positions) to submit your online application. Only those candidates deemed most qualified by the hiring manager will be contacted to interview.

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Job Location

Edina, Minnesota, United States

Position Type


Job Category: Fundraising/Sales

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