American Heart Association Donor Engagement Advisor in Houston, Texas

Donor Engagement Advisor

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

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 SouthWest Affiliate of the American Heart Association has an opportunity for a Donor Engagement Advisor located in Greater Houston, Texas, who will focus on stewarding and engaging individual prospects and donors for philanthropic gifts at the $5,000 to $50,000 level. Reporting to the Senior Donor Engagement Advisor , the DEA will focus on creating, cultivating and growing the interest and engagement of current and potential donors in the mission of the AHA. This will result in a sustainable and renewable individual giving campaign for the American Heart Association in the form of a vibrant and growing Cor Vitae (CV) society.

The CV society for the AHA, requires recruitment and engagement of volunteers who will guide the execution of the CV society and the cultivation of its members throughout the year. The DEA is responsible for development and volunteer execution of the society, identification of potential donors, and cultivation through growing the knowledge and passion of donors, formal recognition of donors, the annual donation of society members, renewal and upgrade of society members, and ultimately the growth of the donors towards a major or principal gift to the AHA.

The DEA will work closely with high level philanthropic volunteers as well as AHA staff representing the revenue and mission teams.

Major Duties: Actively manage a portfolio of up to 200 donors/prospects at the $5,000 to $50,000 giving level toward the following goals:

  • ENGAGEMENT: Create and implement meaningful two-way conversations, interactions and experiences that move each donor forward toward continued or increased giving

  • RENEWALS: Working with the local market team to renew all donors in their giving each year to the AHA

  • Work to deepen the relationship of the donor and the AHA COR VITAE SOCIETY PROGRAMMING: Implement Cor Vitae Society elements in each market as defined each year by the Senior Donor Engagement Advisor as well as be creatively engaged in enhancements and improvements to the program as it grows

  • Collaborate closely and effectively with all other appropriate AHA staff to best serve each donor, including

  • Participating in social event evaluation and strategy meetings for the market(s) served

  • Attending market events

  • Serving and presenting as subject matter expert to markets and other AHA staff on Mission Advancement giving opportunities, programs, Cor Vitae, and the benefits of working with the MA team

  • Maintain accurate and timely information in BBCRM tracking all portfolio activity

  • Other duties as assigned

Required Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university preferred. College coursework combined with related experience may be substituted for a degree

  • Must have at least 3 years of experience in fundraising, outside sales or in a non-profit organization in a similar capacity

  • Superior written and verbal communication skills.

  • Good research, planning, analytical and organizations skills and strong follow-through required

  • Proven leadership in team-building and collaborative partnerships

  • Knowledge and familiarity with the Greater Houston philanthropic landscape

  • Excellent ability to garner trust and confidence in donors, volunteers and staff

  • Knowledge of database applications, Excel, and fundraising software

  • Knowledge of the principles of strategic planning, budgeting, and managing work

  • Demonstrated ability to simultaneously manage multiple, complex projects in varying stages of development under time pressure

  • Ability to travel daily within the assigned territory up to 75%

  • Must have the ability to lift at least 20 lbs. from the ground to waist level with or without reasonable accommodation

  • Must have at least basic knowledge and skill with Microsoft Office 2007 used for word processing, email, presentations, and spreadsheets

  • Experience with donor software programs (BBCRM, Raiser’s Edge, or equivalent) preferred

  • Must be at least 18 years old

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.

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.

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 Location

Houston, Texas, United States

Position Type


Job Category: Fundraising/Sales

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