American Heart Association Executive Director South Central NJ in Robbinsville, New Jersey

Executive Director South Central NJ

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Job Description

Are you ready to join an organization where you can make an extraordinary impact every day? This is satisfying and challenging work that makes a real difference in people's lives. An organization where you can achieve professional growth with personal fulfillment. We are where you can connect people to making a lifesaving impact. The American Heart Association is where you can make an extraordinary impact.

Come and join our dynamic development team in Robbinsville, New Jersey. The Founders Affiliate of the American Heart Association (AHA) has an excellent opportunity for an Executive Director for our South Central New Jersey market. Reporting to the VP of Development for NJ the Executive Director oversees the South Central New Jersey Board of Directors, a team of approximately 9 staff members and a field campaign fundraising goal of $1.5-$2 million dollars.

Major Responsibilities:

The responsibilities of the Executive Director, South Central New Jersey include driving revenue growth, volunteer management, staff management, and organizational leadership. Some of the responsibilities in these areas include but are not limited to:

Driving Revenue Growth

  • Market Revenue:

  • Increase overall market revenue by implementing and setting Best Practices.

  • Drive new business recruitment. Aggressively grow the number of new corporations supporting the work of the American Heart Association.

  • Engage top employers, Fortune 1000 companies, and major medical institutions in strategic partnerships with the American Heart Association.

  • Drive sponsors to be fully engaged partners with the American Heart Association. Examples of full engagement include:

  • Participating in all events

  • Workplace Giving

  • Opening doors for media opportunities

  • Engaging their employees with American Heart Association educational activities

  • Sponsorship revenue:

  • Serve as the lead staff on all significant sponsorship asks in the market.

  • Engage potential national sponsors in a relationship with the American Heart Association.

  • Planning, Integration and Execution of Cause:

  • Lead in integration and execution of Cause initiatives to raise funds and further awareness.

  • Drive all sponsors in the market to activate their sponsorship aggressively.

  • Develop plans for Cause initiatives being executed in the South Central New Jersey market

Volunteer Management

  • Best Practices in Recruitment:

  • Achieve Best Practices in volunteer recruitment - committee structure in place 18 months prior to event.

  • Recruit top-level volunteers from the area’s major employers

  • Serve as lead staff for top volunteers for the market’s largest events

  • Regularly recruit new high-level volunteers to join the American Heart Association through boards, committees, or events.

  • Board Activation:

  • Recruit and manage a high-level board of directors of 15-20 top volunteers in the corporate and medical community

  • Increase the value of revenue generation of your board members

  • Provide overall staff support to a local Board of Directors. The result should be a group with sufficient community influence and personal affluence so that ample funds can be raised to assure the viability of the American Heart Association.

Staff Management

  • A Player Team:

  • Build/Maintain a team of “A” player staff.

  • Hire, supervise, and train all corporate development staff for the South Central New Jersey market

  • Promote diversity and professionalism in the workplace.

  • Promote American Heart Association/American Stroke Association inclusiveness value internally and externally.

  • Staff Development: 75% of time engaged in staff development through personal participation in field customer activities to include top level sponsorship solicitation, identification and recruitment of business and community leaders, and short and long-term goal setting meetings.

  • Work as a player/coach to both directly secure revenue and coach others to do so

  • Drive execution through gap analyses and other management strategies

  • Hire and coach staff to become the future leaders of the organization. An ED’s success is reflected in part by how many of his/her employees become managers of priority areas.

  • Responsible for working with specialized staff domiciled in the office. Coordinates approaches to constituencies in the community.

  • Creates a trusting, team-oriented climate in which communication is open, staff help each other, conflicts are quickly resolved, newcomers are supported, agreed-on standards are observed through self-discipline, and where interdependent collaboration is understood to be required for success.

  • Provide input on performance evaluation for all staff in the Boston Metro market

Organizational Leadership

  • Affiliate Leadership: Participate as member of Affiliate Management Team and provide market leadership in integrating all functional areas. Key leader in implementing organizational priorities including cultural competence, employee engagement, and customer satisfaction.

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.

  1. Demonstrated skills and success in sales or fund raising.

  2. Ability to recruit, manage, train, coach, lead and evaluate high level volunteers and staff for appropriate utilization.

  3. Demonstrated ability to analyze and interpret data, complete appraisal of field situations, develop alternatives and apply decision-making skills to a field organization.

  4. Demonstrated skills in written and oral communications, including large and small group presentations, group facilitation and training and writing clear, concise narrative reports and evaluations.

  5. Demonstrated ability to develop and implement organizational goals.

  6. Ability to organize and prioritize multiple priorities.

  7. Ability to read, comprehend and analyze numerical goals and fundraising reports.

  8. Demonstrated administrative and leadership ability, with particular skills in budgeting, management, and group dynamics.

  9. Skill in making oral presentations to large and small groups.

  10. Ability to identify, recruit, train, orient, organize, and manage high profile volunteers.

  11. Ability and willingness to travel and work nights, weekends, etc., as required.

  12. Satisfactory background and reference 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 5 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.

Managerial Experience:

Must have at least 3 years of experience in a management capacity. This experience may occur within the 5 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.

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

Robbinsville, New Jersey, United States

Position Type


Job Category: Fundraising/Sales

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