American Heart Association Development Specialist in Tallahassee, Florida


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 (AHA) has an excellent opportunity for a Development Specialist out of the Tallahassee, FL office. You will primarily be responsible for logistical and administrative support relating to key fundraising events for the annual Northwest Florida Heart Walk, Northwest Florida Heart Ball, Okaloosa/Walton Heart Walk, Bay County Heart Walk and Bay County Heart Ball

Additional responsibilities will include database management, financial reporting, assisting with creation of promotional materials, obtaining in-kind donations and interacting with corporate sponsors.

Primary functions to include :

  • Planning of event logistics, including the 3-Heart Walks and 2-Heart Balls but also additional events throughout the year like a CEO Breakfast, a Heart Walk Awards Party, an Executive Challenge celebration event, Patron Party and/or Research Reception (i.e.: securing venues, reviewing and negotiating vendor contracts and proof of insurance, van/truck rentals)

  • Managing and tracking direct and indirect event expenses

  • Meeting deadlines for the development and management of respective annual budgets

  • Volunteer recruitment and management (External Partners)

  • Creating and/or coordinating AHA materials and packets and helping to prepare for quarterly Executive Cabinet meetings

  • Managing and updating internal database systems

  • Accountability and upkeep of Sponsorship Agreements

  • Securing auction items and in-kind donations

  • Managing post-event feedback

  • Supporting fundraising directors with day to day administrative tasks

Attracting talented, committed employees means offering a competitive benefits package, a smoke free working environment, ongoing professional development and training, and a diverse and inclusive environment in which to work and grow. And we do!


  • High School Diploma/GED, Bachelor's Degree (or equivalent combination of education and experience) preferred

  • 1+ years of prior administrative and event planning and/or non-profit experience

  • Ability to prioritize and handle multiple tasks, managing multiple territories simultaneously

  • Attention to detail and drive for excellence

  • Ability to recruit and train large groups of office and day-of-event volunteers

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Excellent computer skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher). Familiarity with mail merge, spreadsheets, and ability to use Publisher for print collateral design

  • Ability to work independently and sometimes irregular hours and on weekends. (The three Heart Walks generally occur on three consecutive weekends in September)

  • Ability to lift 20-30 pounds

  • Overnight travel required (20%). Travel to the Florida Panhandle is required: Pensacola, FL, Destin/Fort Walton Beach, FL, and Panama City Beach, FL.

  • Ability to rent and drive vehicles, including but not limited to car, van, SUV, truck and U-Haul Box Truck for Heart Walks.#LI-KB1

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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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Job Family Group Fundraising/Direct Sales

Job Category Administrative/Clerical