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American Heart Association VP of Gala in Irving, Texas


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 (AHA) has an excellent opportunity for a Vice President, Gala in Dallas, TX responsible for our annual Cotes du Coeur and Heart of Collin County campaigns totaling $3.9M in net revenue. This position will be responsible for directing and collaborating with internal staff, corporations, and community leaders to maximize efficiency, effectiveness, and grow fundraising efforts. He or she will be accountable for revenue generation and community development activities for the Greater Dallas area as well as managing top corporate accounts, securing cause sponsorships, identifying and recruiting volunteer leadership, and holding others accountable to their fundraising goals and objectives. This position requires a self-starter who functions independently with minimal supervision and will manage and supervise assigned staff.

Essential Job Duties

  • Lead a team of four development directors to exceed fiscal year 20-21 annual revenue goal of $3.9M for Cotes du Coeur and the Heart of Collin County campaigns.

  • Lead development staff in the identification, cultivation and recruitment of C-Suite and Executive management volunteers with a focus on Fortune 1000 companies and top employers.

  • Develop and implement a plan of revenue growth through mission impact opportunities, strategic market partnerships and philanthropic donors.

  • Establish and cultivate transformational revenue opportunities through new accounts and new individual donors

  • Manage/supervise assigned staff. Recruit, interview, hire, orient, provide training as appropriate, evaluate, counsel, provide discipline as needed, and terminate as necessary.

  • Meet with staff on a regular basis to review the status of revenue goals and campaign objectives and recommend changes or approaches to senior leadership which will enhance the efficiency and the effectiveness of the Cotes du Coeur and The Heart of Collin County.

  • Monitor and evaluate campaign income performance through development of monthly campaign reports, the annual fundraising campaign plan, end of year reports, and needed campaign monitoring tools.

  • Consistently monitor, evaluate and trouble-shoot development activities throughout campaigns to ensure appropriate contingency plans are identified and implemented.

  • Assure that AHA policies are adhered to in the division and goals are achieved in a timely fashion.

  • Perform other duties and special assignments as assigned.


Here are some of the preferred skills we are looking for:

  • Demonstrated experience, skills or aptitude in sales and/or marketing is preferred.

  • Highly effective oral communicator including conducting presentations to large and small groups.

  • Skill in written communications, including business writing, clear and concise narrative reports, evaluations and other narrative pieces.

  • Proven ability to recruit, mobilize and manage volunteers.

  • Ability to interact across multiple acculturation levels and socio-economic groups.

  • Proven strategic thinking skills.

  • Strong interpersonal skills along with the ability to conduct and lead effective meetings with internal and external clients.

  • Self-motivated and highly effective organization and analytical skills.

  • Skilled negotiator and shows managerial courage.

  • Ability to build effective teams.

  • Demonstrated ability to manage through change leadership with strong collaboration skills.

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

  • A Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration or related field.

  • A minimum of five years’ experience with the American Heart Association or similar voluntary non-profit agency in development positions with progressive growth.

  • Proven experience in management, staff development and coaching, and volunteer management.

  • Extraordinary communication skills and event management experience is required.

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

Compensation & Benefits


Attracting hardworking, 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 creative programs to develop your skills – helping you grow and thrive at the American Heart Association. To help you be successful you will have access to our award-winning learning platform the Heart U! This position is eligible for our full benefits and retirement packages, generous PTO accrual, paid holidays in addition to the week of December 25th off!

While we can only contact applicants, who are most qualified for the position, we do appreciate all applicants for their interest and effort in applying.

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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EOE/Protected Veterans/Persons with Disabilities

Location US-TX-Irving

Posted Date 2 weeks ago (1/4/2021 2:13 PM)

Requisition ID 2020-6433

Job Family Group Fundraising

Job Category Field Campaigns

Location: Irving, TX