American Heart Association Senior Major Gifts Advisor in New York, New York

Senior Major Gifts Advisor

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Job Description

Are you ready to join a Major Gifts team where you can make an impact on saving lives every day?

Today, the American Heart Association (AHA) is at the forefront of cardiovascular research - funding more cardiovascular disease research than any other organization outside of the federal government. Through its leading position in science and translation, the AHA has the power to influence the global conversation on health technology and scientific acceleration.

Innovating in the new healthcare economy will require modernizing care delivery, redefining the role of patients in their own care as well as developing new partnerships to convene industry leaders in health and technology to foster dialogue and inspire increased collaboration. The American Heart Association’s bold strategy in science, research and health innovation are designed to measurably improve cardiovascular health and accelerate discovery through new research models.

AHA is strengthening our efforts in the Major Gifts arena. We have a new opportunity for a Senior Gifts Advisor for Major Gifts who will work in the New York City metro market. In this role, you will secure major gifts for the organization at the level of high six figure and seven figure gifts by identifying and managing a group of qualified donors within an assigned territory. You will also have the opportunity to connect our donors and prospects to our mission, build strong relationships, and implement strategies to move our donors to their highest level of commitment and involvement.

This is a full-time role, however, a well-qualified candidate seeking less than full time, may be considered. If you are interested in a part time, please state that at the top of your resume.

To ensure your success in this role, you will need to identify and develop new potential donors who care about our lifesaving mission as well as develop meaningful strategies to engage existing prospects. You will conduct a minimum of 150 face-to-face donor and prospective donor visits each year build and manage an individual portfolio of donors who have the ability to give six and seven figure major gifts. More importantly, your goal will be to solicit at least 25 solicitations of six or seven figure gifts annually, raising at least $1m in your first year for restricted and unrestricted purposes.

Another important role you will play is partner and collaborator. By this, we ask that you work very closely with Field Directors on major gifts strategies as well as the opportunities to identify, cultivate, and solicit major gift prospects to support field events and initiatives. This includes serving as a resource and leader in forming transformational donor and volunteer relationships across field campaigns, as well as creating and leveraging customized strategic events to cultivate donor relationships

Required Experience

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

Bottom Line: You will need to have proven experience building your donor base along with the prospects we provide you so strong “hunting” skills are required. You will need to be identify the best prospects and develop personalized cultivation plans that lead to closed gifts. Other requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in business, communications, marketing, philanthropy, or related degree

  • A minimum of six (6) years’ experience in fundraising or sales with at least three years focused on major gifts or large accounts ($100K+), preferably supporting large scale research on health and/or community issues

  • Proven experience with all areas of cultivation, solicitation, and closing sales or fundraising of large scale gifts

  • Documented ability to open doors to new relationships and meaningful engagement with high net worth philanthropists in New York City

  • Previous background working with complex donors or clients representing $100k+ in revenue or philanthropy with proven fundraising or sales results at the six- and seven-figure level

  • Experience in identifying and developing major giving and/or engagement opportunities that align with organizational mission, goals, and strategies at national and local levels

  • Demonstrated proactive leadership and collaborative skills with all levels of staff, prospects, volunteers, and donors

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

  • Knowledge of the philanthropic landscape for high net worth donors

  • Experience using donor relationship management software, such as BBCRM, Blackbaud, Dynamics, and/or Raiser’s Edge

  • Worked in museums, healthcare or higher education in a medium to large scale Major Gifts group

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” 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

New York, New York, United States

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Job Category: Fundraising/Sales

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