American Heart Association Development Director - Heart Walk in Birmingham, Alabama


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The American Heart Association (AHA) has an exciting opportunity for a Director of Development, Heart Walk for our Birmingham, AL market . Based in our Greater Southeast Affiliate office in Birmingham reporting to the VP of Development Metro Birmingham is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with AHA corporate partners, selling sponsorships as well as cultivating donors for one of our key events, the annual Heart Walk. Will be accountable for an overall team goal of $875K (+)

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Setting and meeting aggressive fundraising goals

  • Recruiting and managing all levels of volunteers, achieve fundraising goals with an emphasis on the "C" Suite

  • Developing comprehensive fundraising plans with executive level volunteers and implementing them to ensure the success of a company’s Heart Walk goal through best practice strategies.

  • Identify creative ways to motivate and interact with Heart Walk Coaches and Walkers to ensure retention year over year for Heart Walk.

  • Maintain consistent communication with all levels of volunteers to drive fundraising efforts.

  • Working with volunteer executives’ who sit on the Heart Walk Cabinet to achieve fundraising goals including working with them to recruit new companies and sponsors to the Heart Walk.

  • Securing/managing corporate sponsorships and individual giving.

  • Ability to keep a large group of customers on track and motivated to reach goals.

  • Expected to meet weekly, monthly and yearly fundraising goals and recruitment targets.

  • Maintaining an ongoing pipeline of potential sponsors and donors.

  • Adherence to best practices and event timelines is required . Successful candidates will ideally have a background in volunteer management, face to face sales or fundraising as well as exceptional networking skills.


  • Excellent planning, organizational and follow-up skills.

  • Demonstrated professional and mature interaction with other staff and leadership volunteers, sponsors, donors and others to engage them toward the achievement of event goals.

  • Strong computer skills, proficient with MS Office suite.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  • Willingness and ability to travel throughout the affiliate and to the national center and work evenings and weekends as needed. #LI-KB1

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Requisition ID 2018-2577

Job Family Group Fundraising

Job Category Fundraising/Sales