American Heart Association Development Director, Heart Walk in Columbus, Ohio


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 Development Director, Heart Walk, in our Great Rivers Affiliate office located in Columbus, Ohio.The Heart Walk Director is responsible for the future of AHA’s Healthy For Good Heart Walk campaign focused on embedding AHA deep into our communities for local health impact. Under direction of the Senior Heart Walk Director and as part of a team of four Directors and an Administrative Associate, the Heart Walk Director will be will be responsible for cultivating and securing corporate sponsorships and managing corporate accounts, executive and community leadership volunteers and community teams to meet the overall Columbus team fundraising goal in excess of $2.5M.


  • Builds a strong volunteer foundation of top employer CEOs, civic and community leaders as Healthy For Good Heart Walk and Heart Chase executive level volunteers and donors

  • Builds relationships with local corporations, with a strong focus on top employers in the market, to secure and grow employees and business contacts as sponsors and participants engaged in our health initiatives

  • Leverages and manages relationships to successfully achieve event sponsorship and participant income to achieve and exceed Heart Walk & Heart Chase financial goals

  • Aligns to AHA fundraising best practice guidelines, which includes daily calls and meetings in the assigned market, developing mutually satisfying relationships with corporations and top-level donors, utilizing a consultative approach to match corporate and donor interests with the AHA mission and priorities

  • Drives event participant income by recruiting and leading team captains, participants and executive level volunteers, providing effective orientation, training, development, activation and customer service

  • Drives sponsorship income through securing, renewing and upgrading sponsors.

  • As part of a team, implements large scale events based on nationally established best practices

  • Drives organizational change through employers to build a culture of health by adopting AHA workplace health initiatives

  • Attends and participates in frequent internal meetings focused on strategies to meet fundraising and mission goals


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

  • At least two years of experience with a non-profit organization in a fundraising position and/or two years proven success in corporate sales and new business development

  • Demonstrated skills in negotiation and motivation to successfully secure and grow business/sponsors/donors

  • Track record of success in meeting and significantly growing business-to-business fundraising/sales goals

  • Knowledge and skills in sales/fundraising principles, practices and techniques

  • Strong leadership competencies with the ability to recruit, train, counsel, manage and provide customer service to volunteers, including executive level

  • Ability to work in a collaborative team atmosphere, but also to work independently

  • Ability to apply sound judgment and strategic problem-solving skills

  • Ability to thrive in a high-demand, best practice, goal and mission-driven environment

  • Strong organizational agility with ability to prioritize and manage several responsibilities in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment

  • Ability to understand and analyze sales/fundraising data and reports

  • Applied knowledge and intermediate skills in windows applications such as Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint

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

  • Ability and willingness to travel and to work evenings and weekends on occasion

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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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