American Heart Association Business Development Director - Silicon Valley in San Jose, California


Are you ready to join an organization where you can make an extraordinary impact every day?

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 has an excellent opportunity for a fundraising or sales professional to fill the Business Development Director position in our Silicon Valley Division (based in San Jose). As the Director, you collaborate with staff and C-level volunteers to plan and execute the Research Roundtable , one of the largest revenue-generating luncheons locally as well as one of the premiere networking events for leaders in the life-sciences and healthcare industries. Through a combination of corporate sponsorship and individual giving the event has a revenue goal of $750K net.

Essential Job Duties:

  • Identifies, recruits and manages executive level volunteers primarily in the venture capital, medical device and bio-tech industries

  • Solicits and maintains high-level corporate sponsors by developing year-round cultivation strategies

  • Cultivates current and secures new individual philanthropic sponsors

  • Oversees event execution

  • Conducts active networking and outreach through 10+ face to face meetings on weekly basis with donors, volunteers and sponsors


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

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience

  • 3+ years successful experience in fundraising, sales or marketing

  • Ability to recruit, train, and manage high level volunteers to accomplish established goals.

  • Ability to thrive in a results-driven and collaborate environment with highly effective organization, multi-tasking, communication, negotiation and interpersonal skills

  • Skill in making oral presentations to large and small audiences and ability to write clear and concise narratives.

  • Ability and willingness to travel and to work evenings and weekends as needed

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

  • Experience working with executives in the life science, healthcare or venture capital industries

  • Related nonprofit fundraising experience

  • Experience in closing high level corporate sponsorship

  • Work experience in the Silicon Valley area

  • Knowledge of AHA’s mission and programs

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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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