American Heart Association Director Development - Heart Walk (Temporary) in Syracuse, New York

Director Development - Heart Walk (Temporary)

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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.

The American Heart Association (AHA) has an excellent opportunity for a temporary DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR - HEART WALK in our Founders Affiliate office located in Syracuse, NY. Reporting to the Executive Director Syracuse the Director Heart Walk is responsible for implementing Heart Walk fundraising strategies in the Southern Tier market.

This position is anticipated to last 3-6 months depending on the needs of the organization.

Job Duties:

Include, but are not limited to:

  • Build relationships with existing sponsors and teams to retain and upgrade their financial involvement for the Southern Tier Heart Walk.

  • Implement business strategies and best practices to set fundraising goals with companies and provide support to achieve the goals.

  • Acquire new companies as teams and/or sponsors

  • Serve as direct contact with companies and community partners and provide a high level of customer service to increase participation in campaigns, educational programs and utilization of AHA resources.

  • Recruit, manage and mobilize high level corporate business leaders to serve on Heart Walk Executive Leadership Committee and establish Heart Walk recruitment and monetary goals based on market potential.

  • Utilize best practice methods of involving key volunteers as natural partners in the cultivation, recruitment and solicitation process.

  • Successfully utilize National & Affiliate materials, products, databases and tools including Prism, Dynamics and Luminate. Usage includes timely and accurate entry of data, running and reviewing reports, and monitoring and updating data as needed.

  • Participates in appropriate Division, Region and Affiliate area staff meetings and training programs.

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.

  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience in fund raising or outside sales position that involves building and maintaining sales relationship.

  • Possess strong selling and negotiation skills. Familiarity or experience with Sandler Sales Training is highly desirable.

  • Knowledge and demonstrated ability to successfully identify, cultivate, recruit, and maintain relationships with top level volunteers from identified companies.

  • Proven ability to understand and navigate corporate cultures to achieve goals.

  • Demonstrated skills in written and oral communication at all organizational levels.

  • Ability to plan and conduct meetings.

  • Must have the ability to lift at least 20 lbs from the ground to waist level with or without reasonable accommodation.

  • Ability and willingness to travel as position demands.

  • Ability to work outside standard hours as needed, including occasional evenings and weekends.

  • Ability to use Microsoft products, computer software, run reports and maintain accurate data.

  • Satisfactory background and reference checks upon offer of employment.

Take a look at the experience we require:

Education: 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.

Experience: Must have at least 2 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.

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

Syracuse, New York, United States

Position Type


Job Category: Fundraising/Sales

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