American Heart Association Executive Director- Upstate, SC in Greenville, South Carolina

Executive Director- Upstate, SC

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Job Description

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 an Executive Director in our Mid-Atlantic Affiliate office located in Greenville, SC.

Major Duties:

  • Leads and oversees planning and execution of fundraising activities in assigned area in accordance with best practices and set Affiliate goals to ensure the success of each event

  • Provides management expertise, coaching, and monitoring for fundraising events, including Heart Walk, Heart Ball, GRFW (Go Red For Women), Workplace Giving, Cause and related events (as applicable) to ensure the aggressive growth of events and focused attention by staff year-round

  • Oversees and manages operations to ensure the overall campaign goals are achieved

  • Actively partners with board and/or ELT (Executive Leadership Team) committees to ensure that participants are knowledgeable, engaged and committed to the AHA and its priorities and have an opportunity to make a difference

  • Participates in the sourcing of top quality staff and volunteers who are corporate and community leaders, reflective of the AHA priorities and community demographics

  • Develops strategic plan for volunteer and staff successor management

  • Monitors the financial activities, income and expenditures, of the assigned area

  • Collaborates with communications staff to ensure optimum levels of support and coverage for all activities and initiatives

  • Ensures appropriate and timely record management including computerized donor record management and follow-up

  • Partners with Health Strategies staff to ensure effective relationships are maintained with community health organizations and to ensure integration and collaboration with cultural health initiatives, quality improvement initiatives, heart and stroke initiatives and advocacy

  • Ensures integration and collaboration of staff with Planned Giving and foundation staff along with staff in other markets to maximize donor contribution and sponsorship potential and impact

  • Utilizes volunteer committee(s) to assist in the planning, development, and implementation of events

  • Conducts field visits with volunteers and attends all ELT orientations and majority of ELT meetings

  • Supports and ensures execution of National and Affiliate policies, procedures, standards, benchmarks, best practices and guidelines

  • Ensures the integrity and security of donor information and adheres to the Affiliate’s Special Event Cash Handling policies

  • Utilizes effective management techniques in the selection, supervision, monitoring, training and counseling of staff to achieve organizational objectives

  • Creates and maintains a professional work environment that fosters and values collaboration, trust, teamwork, empowerment, professionalism and diversity

  • Effectively supervises and coaches staff in accordance with applicable policies, practices and employment laws

  • Other duties and projects may be assigned to the role, which provide general assistance as needed to support the mission of the American Heart Association.

Required Skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of fundraising principles, practices, techniques and current trends

  • Experience in event planning, organizing, consultation, and volunteer management

  • Ability to recruit, manage and evaluate high level volunteers for appropriate utilization

  • Demonstrated skills in written and oral communication, including large and small group presentations, group facilitation and training

  • Ability to organize and prioritize large events and multiple projects

  • Ability to read, comprehend and analyze number goals and fundraising reports

  • Ability and willingness to travel extensively throughout assigned geographical territory and to work occasional evenings and weekends

  • Ability to use relevant tools (e.g., word processing, spreadsheet, e-mail and database programs and voice mail)

Required Experience

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

  • BA or BS degree or equivalent experience.

  • 3+ years of leadership experience

  • 5-7 years’ work experience, preferably in special event fund raising with a voluntary health agency or related field.

Attracting talented, 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.

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.

So, are you ready to work for the largest voluntary health organization dedicated to fighting heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases? Click on “New Resume” (or “Existing Resume” if you have previously applied to AHA positions) to submit your online application. Only those candidates deemed most qualified by the hiring manager will be contacted to interview.

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Job Location

Greenville, South Carolina, United States

Position Type


Job Category: Fundraising/Sales

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