American Heart Association Development Director-Heart Walk in Detroit, Michigan


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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. Is it easy? No. Is it worthwhile? Absolutely.

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. We are where you can connect people to making a lifesaving impact. We are where you can 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 is where you can make an extraordinary impact.


The American Heart Association (AHA) has an excellent opportunity for a Development Director - Heart Walk in our Midwest Affiliate office located in Detroit, MI . The Development Director is responsible for the implementation of the Heart Walk. The Director executes fundraising strategies directed toward employers in an assigned geographic area. Manages and mobilizes CEOs and Presidents from top employers as volunteer chairpersons and executive leadership volunteers to raise funds based on market potential. Identifies corporations, conducts research, implements cultivation strategies and directly solicits corporate dollars for sponsorship. The Heart Walk Director will provide staff service to volunteer committees and volunteer coordinators as necessary in order to implement and successfully complete assigned development projects. Heart Walk Director will lead event while adhering to specific “Best Practices” and staying with the American Heart Association’s fundraising cost guidelines.

Essential Job Duties:

  • Research, identify, and acquire companies as sponsors of Heart Walk. Build relationships with corporate sponsors to retain and upgrade their financial commitment. Work with sponsors to use their advertising efforts to carry American Heart Association logos and partnership references.

  • Manage and persuade employers toward establishing recruitment and monetary goals based on market potential and their role in achieving goals.

  • Manage and mobilize CEO’s to serve on Heart Walk committees.

  • Prioritize current corporate customers into A, B, C and based on employees, current financial support, and relationship with the American Heart Association.

  • Build relationships with key corporate leaders through frequent face-to-face meetings according to the Heart Walk timeline and business plan.

  • Recruit and manage volunteers and volunteer committees to implement and successfully complete assigned activities.

  • Work closely with the Communications Director to develop and manage a promotion and communications plan.

  • Guide and direct Administrative Associate to reach goals if Heart Walk Director has supervisory responsibilities. Accountable for hiring, directing, training, evaluating and terminating staff under his/her supervision.


Want to help get your resume to the top? Take a look at the experience we require:

  • Bachelor’s or some college plus experience. 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: 1½ years experience equates to 1 full-time year of higher education.

  • 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.

  • Knowledge of community organization, sales, fundraising, and marketing principles, practices, techniques, and trends.

  • Demonstrated verbal and written communication skills, including large and small group presentations, group facilitation, and training. Skill in written communications to include clear and concise narrative reports, evaluations and similar narrative pieces.

  • Knowledge of forming strategic alliances/partnerships with Fortune 1000 companies or similar type organizations.

  • Ability to do daily travel up to 75% and overnight travel up to 25%.

  • Must have at least basic knowledge and skill with Microsoft Office 2010 or higher used for word processing, email, presentations, and spreadsheets.

  • Ability to lift and/or move up to 20 pounds with the expectation that items in excess of 20 pounds would be broken down into smaller components or additional assistance is required before lifting and/or moving.

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.

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At American Heart Association | American Stroke Association, diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity applies to both our workforce and the communities we serve as it relates to heart health and stroke prevention.

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