American Heart Association Senior Development Director, Go Red For Women - Greater Bay Area in Oakland, California


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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 Senior Development Director is responsible for advancing the American Heart Association's mission through leading the Greater Bay Area Go Red For Women campaign and driving collaboration with internal and external partners in achieving overall team and affiliate goals. This includes ensuring that revenue goals are achieved, expectations for related initiatives as well as the division overall are met, active collaboration in driving towards Health Impact Goals and effectively engaging volunteers and staff.

Essential functions include:

  • Demonstrates the AHA leadership competencies and employs effective management techniques in the sourcing, recruitment, selection, supervision, management and leadership of staff to appropriately develop and engage staff to achieve organizational objectives.

  • Manages and directly implements the Go Red For Women campaigns through driving to AHA best practices. Directly accountable for achieving revenue goals aligned with funding research, public health, professional education and training and community services.

  • Drives the ongoing process of identifying, recruiting, engaging and activating an influential, financially strong and diverse volunteer leadership base to support sustained campaign growth. Builds recruitment committees and executive leadership committees to identify and engage high level event Chairs and working committees.

  • Prospects, solicits, closes and stewards high-level corporate and individual donors. Develops and implements year-round cultivation plans ensuring superior donor relations.

  • Provides staff support in planning, developing, implementing, growing and evaluating campaigns and events consistent with best practices and event timelines. Provides staff support in volunteer leadership recruitment, orientation and development.

  • Collaborates as a part of the GBA, Affiliate and Association-wide team to ensure full alignment with vision and goals and provide consistent support in all aspects of fundraising and other assigned organizational initiatives.

  • Ensures that team operates within appropriate operational and financial boundaries and within the financial capacity available. Operates in accordance with the AHA's Fiscal Standard policies and all applicable laws, regulations, policies and standards.

  • Communicates pro-actively and timely with VP, Development, SVP and other internal and external partners. Consistently delivers on commitments made to internal and external customers.


  • Experience in fundraising principles, practices and techniques in similarly structured organization.

  • Demonstrated track record in building effective, collaborative teams of staff and volunteers with experience recruiting, engaging and activating corporate and medical volunteers with significant community influence.

  • Demonstrated track record in setting and achieving aggressive goals through volunteer engagement on a sustained basis.

  • Ability to influence others to action through creating a shared vision and sense of ownership and personal accountability.

  • Demonstrated experience recruiting and engaging high level corporate and medical executives as volunteers.

  • Ability to credibly establish and execute a strategic plan across functional areas and disciplines in a complex and highly dynamic environment, effectively translating strategies to measurable goals and plans.

  • Proven ability to think strategically, analyze market data, identify key trends - internal and external - and have participated in the strategy development and execution of initiatives to achieve mission-aligned fundraising and operational goals.

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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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