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American Heart Association Development Director - Gala in Birmingham, Alabama


Are you ready to join an organization where you can be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives?

Envision 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 single day. Is it easy? No. Is it worthwhile? you bet!

This is satisfying work that makes a real difference in people's lives. You can achieve professional growth with personal fulfillment. You will connect with people and make a lifesaving impact. You will 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 has an excellent opportunity for a Development Director – Heart Ball/Gala to organize, direct and implement the Birmingham Heart Ball event. Primary focus will be on the Heart Ball event annual campaign implementation through event chair recruitment, solicitation of sponsorship, volunteer executive committee recruitment, auction production and overall event coordination with a fundraising goal. The director works in close partnership with local fundraising and events staff, volunteers and other staff members. Provides year-round servicing, maintenance and operation of assigned event(s.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Volunteer leadership recruitment, orientation and management

  • Solicits and maintains high-level corporate & individual sponsors by developing year-round business and cultivation plans ensuring superior customer relations

  • Instrumental in building recruitment committees and executive leadership committees to solicit high level event Chairs and working committees

  • Planning, development, maintenance, implementation and evaluation of assigned fundraising events according to best practices and event timelines

  • Works as part of a team to consult with staff and volunteers in all aspects of event fundraising

  • Helps prepare an annual budget to support event plans and activities

  • Assists in the development & maintenance of appropriate statistical reports, evaluations, and data gathering for volunteers, the local office, and the region

  • Maintains timely communication with all staff at local and regional levels, and helps ensure all information requests deadlines are met

  • Maintains timely communication with Vice President of Development and Executive Director

  • Performs other duties as assigned

  • Willingness and ability to work evenings and weekends and travel throughout the market, the southeast region and to National Center as needed


Required Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience

  • At least two years of experience with a similar non-profit organization in a fundraising position, or two years proven success in marketing, sales, event planning, fundraising or new business development.

  • Knowledge and skills in fundraising principles, practices and techniques

  • Ability and experience to recruit, train, counsel, and manage executive volunteer groups and to develop long range organizational goals and follow through with them

  • Ability to lead a team but also to work independently

  • Ability to apply sound judgment and problem-solving skills to conflicts

  • Skilled in making presentations to large and small audiences

  • Ability to write clear and concise narratives

  • Ability and willingness to travel and to work evenings and weekends on occasion

  • Proficient in use of Microsoft Office tools and databases#LI-AS1

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Location US-AL-Birmingham

Posted Date 2 weeks ago (2/12/2020 8:39 AM)

Requisition ID 2020-5748

Job Family Group Fundraising

Job Category Fundraising/Sales

Location: Birmingham, AL