American Heart Association Development Director, Heart Ball in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Development Director, Heart Ball

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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 a Heart Ball Director in Pittsburgh, PA. The candidate will report to the Senior Heart Ball Director. The Heart Ball Director fundraises for and implements the Pittsburgh Heart Ball event to meet and exceed event goals. The Heart Ball Director also collaborates with internal health focused staff and external corporate and community leaders to maximize efficiency and effectiveness of fund raising and mission efforts. In addition, will be responsible for recruiting and partnering with volunteer leaders to engage them in the mission of the American Heart Association.

Essential Job Duties:

  • Cultivating and securing corporate sponsorships and individual donors to meet aggressive fundraising goals.

  • Recruiting and managing high profile community leaders and c-level executive volunteers to serve as Heart Ball committee members.

  • Responsible for the event auction and the recruitment and management of the auction committee.

  • Managing logistics for the Heart Ball and additional cultivation events.

  • Builds strong relationships with donors and volunteers

  • Must achieve or exceed monthly and fiscal goals ensuring best practices are adhered to.

  • Drive new business recruitment, and aggressively grow the number of new corporations supporting the work of the American Heart Association

  • Engage top employers, Fortune 1000 companies, and major medical institutions in strategic partnerships with the American Heart Association

  • Drive sponsors to be fully engaged partners with the American Heart Association

  • Achieve Best Practices in volunteer recruitment: i.e., committee structure in place 18 months prior to event

  • Secure three year commitment of Event Chairs

  • Community interaction and networking with top level executives on behalf of the American Heart Association

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

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience

  • Minimum 2-3 years' work experience in fundraising or outside sales experience, preferably with a voluntary health agency.

  • Ability to manage timelines and details to help staff be successful, and keep senior management informed of progress and areas for additional attention

  • Proven track record in meeting sales/fundraising goals

  • Direct knowledge of special event fundraising tactics essential

  • Demonstrated ability to secure corporate donations through participating in and leading top level sponsorship asks

  • Collaborative approach to working with other internal partners

  • Candidates must be results driven with the ability to multi task, and must also be willing and able to travel frequently within the area

  • Organization, communication, negotiation, and interpersonal skills are a must

  • Ability to develop and execute effective fundraising plans for events

  • Strategic agility and adaptability are competencies needed for the position

  • Must have at least basic knowledge and skill with Microsoft Office 2010 used for word processing, email, presentations, and spreadsheets

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

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

Position Type


Job Category: Fundraising/Sales

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