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American Heart Association

Development Director

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Charitable Organizations
Field Campaigns
  • Houston, TX


Now is the time to join us and make a difference. Be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. Here at the American Heart Association, you matter and so does your career.

We are hiring a Development Director in Houston, TX.

In this role, you will be responsible for identifying and securing development prospects for the Houston Heart Ball. This campaign brings together corporate partners, medical leaders, community leaders, and volunteers of the community to bring awareness and spread the mission of the American Heart Association. You will also plan, implement, and evaluate the event. This role will build a vision and strategy translating it into specific action plans for each account. You will actively work with team members to grow existing accounts, secure new ones, and expand the volunteer base of the organization.

This position works from our Houston, TX office. This is a fast-paced environment with the main responsibility of driving revenue in support of our mission.

We offer a base salary with the potential to earn an incentive up to 25% of your base pay. The potential incentive is based on achieving certain revenue targets.

The Association offers many resources to help you maintain work-life harmonization through your changing needs and life situations. To help you be successful, you will have access to Heart U, our award-winning corporate university, as well as training and support locally and through our National Center.

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In this role, you will be responsible to:

  • Work strategically with American Heart Association staff in multiple campaigns and volunteer teams charged with the Heart Ball campaign to accomplish results.
  • Recruit and lead high level corporate volunteers and philanthropists.
  • Generate revenue through corporate sponsorships and individual donors.
  • Conduct sales calls to generate new business and upgrade existing company partnerships by engaging them in our mission.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with volunteers, sponsors, and key corporate & community leaders.
  • Track, report and maintain results using a variety of database and campaign management systems.
  • Event management including but not limited to planning, logistics, implementation, volunteer partnerships and evaluation post-event for constant improvements.
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

Want to move your resume to the top so that you can become a “Relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives?” Here are some of the requirements:


  • Three (3)+ years of experience in fundraising, outside sales or in a non-profit organization in a similar capacity.
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred but not required.
  • A proven track record in meeting sales/fundraising goals.
  • Secure corporate donations through participating in and leading top-level sponsorship asks.
  • Proven skills in encouraging major donors, securing large corporate sponsorships (six figures), and identifying and securing foundation gifts.
  • Have a collaborative approach to working with other internal partners, such as with Heart Walk, Heart Ball, Health Strategies and Youth Market Teams to help drive specific American Heart Association cause initiatives in defined markets.
  • Willing and able to travel within the territory to engage C-suite corporate executives to accomplish goals approximately 75% of the time.
  • Excellent organization, communication, negotiation, and interpersonal skills.
  • Results driven with the ability to multitask.
  • Direct knowledge of special event fundraising tactics is essential.
  • Able to work non-standard hours such as weekends and evenings, early starts and/or late endings to the workday, as needed.
  • Able to lift at least 20 lbs. from the ground to waist level.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications, including Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Word.

Compensation & Benefits

The American Heart Association invests in its people. Here are the main components of our total rewards package. Visit Rewards & Benefits to see more details.

  • Compensation – Our goal is to ensure you have a competitive base salary. That’s why we regularly review the market value of jobs and make adjustments, as needed.
  • Performance and Recognition – You are rewarded for achieving success by merit increases and incentive programs, based on the type of position.
  • Benefits – We offer a wide array of benefits including medical, dental, vision, disability, and life insurance, along with a robust retirement program that includes an employer match and automatic contribution. As a mark of our commitment to employee well-being, we also offer an employee assistance program, employee wellness program and telemedicine, and medical consultation.
  • Professional Development – You can join one of our many Employee Resource Groups (ERG) or be a mentor/mentee in our professional mentoring program. HeartU is the Association’s national online university, with more than 100,000 resources designed to meet your needs and busy schedule.
  • Work-Life Harmonization – The Association offers Paid Time Off (PTO) at a minimum of 16 days per year for new employees. The number of days will increase based on seniority level. You will also have a total of 12 paid holidays off each year, which includes several days off at the end of the year.
  • Tuition Assistance – We support the career development of all employees. This program provides financial assistance to employees who wish to further their education and career in relation to their current duties and responsibilities, or for potential future positions in the organization.

The American Heart Association’s 2024 Goal: Every person deserves the opportunity for a full, healthy life. As champions for health equity, by 2024, the American Heart Association will advance cardiovascular health for all, including identifying and removing barriers to health care access and quality.

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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Location US-TX-Houston

Posted Date 2 months ago (4/3/2023 4:38 PM)

Requisition ID 2023-9999

Job Category Field Campaigns

Position Type Full Time

Location: TX-Houston

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