American Heart Association Development Director Go Red for Women - Boston in Waltham, Massachusetts

Development Director Go Red for Women - Boston

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Job Description

Are you ready to join an organization where you can make an extraordinary impact every day? The mission of the American Heart Association (AHA) is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. The American Heart Association is where you can make an extraordinary impact.

About Us:

The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. Founded by six cardiologists in 1924, our organization now includes more than 22.5 million volunteers and supporters. We fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide critical tools and information to save and improve lives. Our nationwide organization includes 156 local offices and more than 3,000 employees. We moved our national headquarters from New York to Dallas in 1975 to be more centrally located. The American Stroke Association was created as a division in 1997 to bring together the organization’s stroke-related activities.

What We Do:

To improve the lives of all Americans, we provide public health education in a variety of ways. We’re the nation’s leader in CPR education training. We help people understand the importance of healthy lifestyle choices. We provide science-based treatment guidelines to healthcare professionals to help them provide quality care to their patients. We educate lawmakers, policymakers and the public as we advocate for changes to protect and improve the health of our communities.

The Job:

As the Development Director – Go Red for Women you will be responsible for implementing the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Campaign in the Boston market. Some of the key responsibilities you will have in this role include, identification, cultivation and recruitment of C-suite and Upper Level Management volunteer leaders, sponsor solicitation, activation, and cultivation, maintaining and stewarding relationships with key corporate and community leaders, establishing new accounts and cultivating new customers to reach highest level of revenue generation, and building a network of meaningful volunteer partnerships to advance our mission.

In this role, you will report to Jay our Executive Director for the Boston Metro Region. Jay has been with the AHA for over 14 years and has a wealth of knowledge and experience. You will join his development team in Boston that includes Elizabeth and Melissa. You will be based in our Waltham, MA office and have the opportunity to work with a number of varied staff in our program and mission related positions.

Required Experience

Ideal Candidate:

To be successful as a Development Director we need you to bring your 3 plus years of experience in fundraising or corporate sales and your ability to build powerful partnerships with corporate leaders and senior level volunteers. We want people that want to get things done and can check their ego at the door. To help you be successful you will have access to our award-winning learning platform the American Heart University as well as our sales training & relationship development program- Building Powerful Partnerships which received a 2017 Learning! 100 Award from Elearning! Media Group, and various other training and support mechanisms locally and through our National Center.

If you are: friendly, social, outgoing, positive, passionate, cool under pressure, detail-oriented, deadline oriented, quick learner, multi-tasker, have a great sense of humor, aren’t scared to get your hands dirty and are willing to do what needs to be done to make things happen then we are looking for you. We move quickly, and our team doesn’t know the meaning of “not my job.”


If this sounds like you, review the preferred skills we are looking for: ( Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.)

You should have the ability to accomplish results through strong volunteer recruitment and management, have a proven track record in exceeding sales/fundraising goals, possess the knowledge and demonstrated ability to successfully identify, cultivate, recruit, and maintain relationships with top level volunteers/customers, have great organizational, communication, negotiation, and interpersonal skills, and a proven ability to understand and navigate corporate cultures to achieve goals.

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 3 years of experience in fundraising, outside sales and/or senior level volunteer management. 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.

Our Rewards & Benefits package not only gives you the total benefits you want, but also goes above and beyond with innovative programs to develop your skills – helping you grow and thrive at the American Heart Association.

If you have questions related to the salary for this position please feel free to e-mail me at .

Application Process:

If joining the largest voluntary health organization dedicated to fighting heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases sounds like your dream job then click on Apply Now to submit your online application. (Click on “New Resume” if you are new to us or “Existing Resume” if you have previously applied to AHA positions)

While we can only contact those applicants most qualified for the position we do appreciate all applicants for their interest and effort in applying. If we are interested in moving you forward in the process you can expect to hear from us within one week from the receipt of your application in most cases.

Job Location

Waltham, Massachusetts, United States

Position Type


Job Category: Fundraising/Sales

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