American Heart Association Executive Director (RI) in Providence, Rhode Island

Executive Director (RI)

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Job Description

Are you ready to join an organization where you can make an extraordinary impact every day? 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. 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. The American Heart Association is where you can make an extraordinary impact.

As the result of a recent promotion, the Founders Affiliate of the American Heart Association (AHA) has an excellent opportunity for an Executive Director to join our team in Providence, RI. Under the leadership of the Senior Vice President of Development, the Executive Director manages campaign activities and fundraising staff for our Rhode Island market.


Essential Job Duties:

Include, but are not limited to: (a full job description will be provided if you are selected to interview for this position)

  • Know, understand and communicate the mission of the American Heart Association to all customers.

  • Directly supervise the territory’s fundraising staff. Responsible for the hiring, development, evaluation and management of that staff.

  • Recruit, orient, cultivate and partner with key leadership volunteers.

  • Manage and grow relationships with specific corporate partners as assigned to the ED. Oversee Management and growth of customer relationships assigned to all staff in the territory.

  • Encourage leadership of medical and non-medical volunteers in all phases of territory activities and provides direct staff support to regional volunteer groups.

  • Serve as the chief staff liaison between the territory and the Senior VP maintaining effective communications with staff at all levels of the organizations.

  • Participate and serve as the AHA representative at community and corporate functions that will provide networking and visibility opportunities and allow us to generate new business contacts.

  • Implement the Affiliate’s Business Plan as it relates to regional market activities.

  • Prepare and oversee the regions operating budget.

Required Experience

Here are some of the preferred skills we are looking for:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each skill satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills and ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Demonstrated ability to recruit, train, direct and supervise multiple staff and volunteers in a team environment and in remote locations.

  • Skills in oral and written communications, consultation, and comprehensive planning.

  • Experience and understanding of volunteer recruitment, training and management.

  • Ability and willingness to travel throughout the Region and to Affiliate or National meetings as requested.

  • Ability and willingness to work irregular hours including attending early morning, evening and weekend meetings or events.

  • Ability to work harmoniously with people at all levels of the organization.

  • Ability to analyze and evaluate situations, make decisions and develop alternatives.

  • Demonstrated ability in written and oral communication.

  • Familiarity with Region's culture, community and local organizations.

  • Satisfactory background checks upon offer of employment.

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. Must have at least 1 year of experience in a management capacity. This experience may occur within the 3 year related experience requirement. Experience gained through direct internal work on AHA projects/priorities may substitute for this requirement and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

May include: Overseeing all staff and revenue field operations in the assigned territory, including Board development and cultivation, volunteer recruitment and fundraising initiatives .

Direct reports include:

Director Heart Walk

Director Heart Ball

Director Go Red For Women Luncheon

Heart Walk Manager

Manager Field Support

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.

Be sure to connect with us to see what it is like to work for the American Heart Association and why so many people #ExploreAHA and stay connected with what we do!

Job Location

Providence, Rhode Island, United States

Position Type


Job Category: Fundraising/Sales

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