American Heart Association Development Director, Heart Ball (Fundraising, Sales) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


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The American Heart Association (AHA) has an excellent opportunity for a Development Director, Heart Ball, in Philadelphia, PA. Reporting to the Philadelphia Senior Heart Ball Development Director, the Heart BallDirectorfundraises for and implements the PhiladelphiaHeart Ball event to meet and exceed event goals in excess of $2.6M. TheHeart BallDirector also collaborates with internal health focused staff and external corporate and community leaders to maximize efficiency and effectiveness of fund raising and mission efforts. In addition, will be responsible for recruiting and partnering with volunteer leaders to engage them in the mission of the American Heart Association.


  • Cultivating and securing corporate sponsorships and individual donors to meet aggressive fundraising goals.

  • Recruiting and managing high profile community leaders and c-level executive volunteers to serve as Heart Ball committee members.

  • Responsible for the event auction and the recruitment and management of the auction committee.

  • Managing logistics for the Heart Ball and additional cultivation events.

  • Builds strong relationships with donors and volunteers

  • Must achieve or exceed monthly and fiscal goals ensuring best practices are adhered to.

  • Drive new business recruitment, and aggressively grow the number of new corporations supporting the work of the American Heart Association

  • Engage top employers, Fortune 1000 companies, and major medical institutions in strategic partnerships with the American Heart Association

  • Drive sponsors to be fully engaged partners with the American Heart Association

  • Achieve Best Practices in volunteer recruitment: i.e., committee structure inplace 18 months prior to event

  • Secure three year commitment of Event Chairs

  • Community interaction and networking with top level executives on behalf of the American Heart Association


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience

  • Minimum 2-3years' work experience in fundraising or outside sales experience, preferably with a voluntary health agency.

  • Ability to manage timelines and details to help staff be successful, and keep senior management informed of progress and areas for additional attention

  • Proven track record in meeting sales/fundraising goals

  • Direct knowledge of special event fundraising tactics essential

  • Demonstrated ability to secure corporate donations through participating in and leading top level sponsorship asks

  • Collaborative approach to working with other internal partners

  • Candidates must be results driven with the ability to multi task, and must also be willing and able to travel frequently within the area

  • Organization, communication, negotiation, and interpersonal skills are a must

  • Ability to develop and execute effective fundraising plans for events

  • Strategic agility and adaptability are competencies needed for the position

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

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