American Heart Association Development Director in Urbana, Illinois


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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 - Champaign, IL in our Midwest Affiliate. This isposition is Home Office based that can be located anywhere in and surrounding the Champaign, IL area (Urbana, Monticello, Danville, Rantoul, etc.). The Corporate Events Director will be responsible for advancing the American Heart Association’s mission through the planning, management and implementation of fundraising events. In collaboration with internal and external partners, responsible for achieving overall team and affiliate goals. This includes ensuring that revenue goals are achieved for balanced campaigns and the division, active collaboration in driving towards health impact goals and effectively engaging volunteers and staff. #LI-CS1

Special events may include:

Heart Walk: An annual corporate-based walking event. Ensure growth including sponsorship solicitation, logistics, and promotion of the event. Implements a CEO strategy session/event and wrap around events for the Heart Walk. Recruit the volunteer leadership and support volunteer teams.

Go Red For Women Luncheon: An educational event that promotes the Go Red For Women Movement. Key elements are lunch, auction, professional speaker, and breakout sessions. Recruit the volunteer leadership (chairs) and support volunteer committees to carry out all aspects of the luncheon, including auction (live & silent), sponsor solicitation, table sales, logistics and promotion of the event.

Heart Ball: Prospect and obtain corporate sponsorship, solicit auction items, build strong relationships with volunteers, recruit volunteer leadership, and handle logistical components of the event.

Essential Job Duties:

  • Manages the assigned campaigns through driving to AHA Best Practices and is directly accountable for achieving revenue goals aligned with funding research, public health, professional education and training and community services.

  • Generates balanced campaign income, accepting bottom-line accountability for all aspects of the campaign and direct accountability for implementing sponsorship and associated events.

  • Recruits and engages volunteer leadership to champion the fundraising success of campaigns through their personal and corporate giving and influencing the involvement and giving of others. Includes the identification, recruitment and activation of an influential, financially strong and inclusive volunteer leadership base to support the campaign on a sustained basis.

  • Leads and actively participates in the identification, cultivation, solicitation and management of corporate sponsorship and corporate and community involvement. Includes securing the renewal and acquisition of participating companies and sponsors, developing profiles on businesses within the assigned market with a documented plan to secure involvement and developing a 3-year plan for volunteer leadership and sponsorships that allows for maximum revenue based on market potential.

  • Supports collaboration across staff in the office and partners across the Affiliate and Association. Fosters a trusting, team-oriented climate in which communication is open, staff help each other, conflicts are quickly resolved, newcomers are supported, agreed-on standards are observed through self-discipline, and where interdependent collaboration is understood to be required for success.

  • Manages the coordination of assigned events in accordance with timeline, expense and event guidelines. Ensures an effective and efficient method for tracking event volunteer recruitment and event results.


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

  • Must be at least 18 years old.

  • Bachelor’s or some college plus experience. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university preferred. College coursework combined with related experience may be substituted for a degree. Related experience may be substituted as follows: 1 ½ years experience equates to 1 full-time year of higher education.

  • Must have at least 2 years of experience in fundraising, outside sales or in a non-profit organization in a similar capacity. This experience may also count towards satisfying this position’s educational requirement.

  • Knowledge of sales, fundraising, community organization and marketing principles, practices, techniques, and trends.

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including large and small group presentations, group facilitation, and training. Skill in written communications to include clear and concise narrative reports, evaluations and similar narrative pieces.

  • Ability to read, comprehend and analyze number goals, as well as fundraising reports. Skill in use of spreadsheet/database analysis.

  • Ability to work in a team environment and interact with all levels of American Heart Association staff, volunteers and the public.

  • Access to reliable transportation and ability to maintain valid driver’s license and auto insurance.

  • Ability to do daily travel up to 75% and overnight travel up to 25%.

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

  • Ability to lift and/or move up to 20 pounds with the expectation that items in excess of 20 pounds would be broken down into smaller components or additional assistance is required before lifting and/or moving.

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.

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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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