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American Heart Association Development Director - Social Events in Wallingford, Connecticut


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.


Are you ready to put your dynamic skills as a corporate sales or fundraising professional to the test? If so, read on to learn how you can join our team of hardworking development staff as we lead the charge in funding critical research, advocacy and educational programs to raise awareness about heart disease and stroke.

Is it about the money? Sure, but it’s about so much more. To continue the fight against the number 1 and number 5 causes of death in the world, we need dedicated staff who can engage and motivate our past, present and future volunteers and donors to become passionate about our important mission and fundraising strategies.

If you have the desire to take your career to the next level, apply now to join our team as a Development Director - Social Events in our Hartford, CT region. You will have the opportunity to work on our Heart Ball and Go Red for Women campaigns.

As the Director you will be responsible for:

  • Developing and maintaining relationships with corporate and community partners;

  • Driving new business development through selling sponsorships and generating participant income for the annual Heart Ball and Go Red for Women campaign;

  • Developing new company and volunteer recruitment plans as well as driving income goals;

  • Recruiting and stewarding c-suite volunteer leaders based on nationally established methodologies;

  • Driving peer-to-peer fundraising for the events;

  • Establishing relationships with affluent individual donors and foundations and achieving dollar results for the Heart Ball and Go Red for Women;

  • Monitoring participant fundraising trends and implementing proven strategies to improve income;

  • Conducting a minimum of 10 face to face meetings per week

  • Building a network of meaningful volunteer partnerships to advance our mission.

You will report to the Executive Director for Connecticut and will be based in our Wallingford, CT office. ( Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.)


Want to move your resume to the top and have the opportunity to join our team and become a “ Relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives ”, here are some things to consider:

  • while a bachelor’s degree or some college coursework combined with related experience is helpful, it isn't required;

  • you will want to have demonstrated success in achieving assigned sales or fundraising revenue goals;

  • you should have the knowledge and ability to successfully identify, cultivate, recruit, and manage relationships with top-level level volunteers/customers,

  • we would like you to have excellent interpersonal, communication, negotiation, and social skills;

  • you are a self-starter who likes to make things happen;

  • your experience in understanding and navigating corporate cultures to achieve goals will be invaluable;

  • are you willing to work outside of standard hours in support of your events, sponsors and volunteers including evenings and weekends as needed;

  • are you able to travel within your territory daily as well as occasional travel to other locations.

To help you be successful you will have access to our award-winning learning platform the Heart U as well as our sales training & relationship development program- Building Powerful Partnerships which received a 2017 Learning! 100 Award from Elearning! Media Group, and various other training and support mechanisms locally and through our National Center.

If this sounds like you, apply now for immediate consideration.


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.

While we can only contact those applicants deemed most qualified for the position, we do appreciate all applicants for their interest and effort in applying. You can expect to hear from us within one week from the receipt of your application in most cases.

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 Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Persons with Disabilities

Requisition ID 2019-4521

Job Family Group Fundraising

Job Category Fundraising/Sales

American Heart Association
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