American Heart Association

Development Director

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Charitable Organizations
Field Campaigns
  • Oakland, CA


Now is the time to join an organization that enables you to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. Here at the American Heart Association, you matter and so does your career!

The American Heart Association (AHA) has an excellent opportunity for a Development Director with the Bay Area division of the Western States Region . This is a home/field based position and the ability to work effectively from home is required. Involves regular work performed from remote locations for business meetings and events which are outdoors and regular meetings in the Oakland, California office.

It’s all about relationships.

  • Build strategic partnerships to achieve shared goals
  • Be the catalyst to connect others with our mission
  • Energize and engage volunteers in ways that are most meaningful to them
  • Honor the generosity of current and prospective donors
  • Represent the AHA and model our guiding values
  • Respect people’s time with detailed organization and planning

The American Heart Association offers programs to help you maintain work/life satisfaction according to 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 various other training and support mechanisms locally and through our National Center.

#TheAHALife is our company culture, our way of life, reflecting our diversity and inclusion, our focus on work-life satisfaction, and our Guiding Values – Check out this hashtag on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter today!


  • Manages relationships with current and prospective individuals and companies to reach fundraising goals. Applies fundraising practices, including AHA Best Practices, to drive sustainable growth. Directly accountable for achieving revenue goals aligned with funding research, public health, professional education and training and community services.
  • Leads and actively participates in the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and management of new individual philanthropic and corporate sponsorship relationships. This includes completing research on individuals and businesses within assigned market and developing profiles and strategic plans to secure involvement.
  • Drives the ongoing process of identifying, recruiting and activating a highly engaged volunteer leadership base to support the Heart Challenge campaign on a sustained basis. Includes the recruitment and engagement of fundraising chairs and leadership teams to champion achievement of identified goals through their personal and corporate giving and influencing the involvement and giving of others.
  • Plans, manages, implements, and evaluates strategies and initiatives aligned with revenue generation and volunteer leadership engagement strategies. Drives campaign growth through effective donor cultivation and engagement with integration across AHA initiatives.
  • Develops and implements year-round pipelines and cultivation plans for individual donors and corporate accounts, ensuring sufficient depth for revenue generation and excellent customer relations.
  • Manages customer and campaign information using AHA systems accurately, timely and completely in accordance with established guidelines.
  • Proactively ensures timely communication with internal and external partners and customers, supporting collaboration in account management and activities.

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


  • A proven track record in building strategic partnerships and influencing others to achieve bold goals. Experience in fundraising, sales or marketing is helpful.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Effective interpersonal skills with proven ability to develop collaborative working relationships internally and externally.
  • Ability to organize and plan a complex campaign in a highly dynamic environment.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications.

Here are some of the preferred skills we are looking for:

  • Experience managing and cultivating high-level leaders at the C-Suite level and high-level donors.
  • Bachelor’s degree may be preferred in supporting the required level of skill, knowledge and experience required.
  • Knowledge of corporate and community networks.
  • Knowledge of AHA’s mission and programs.

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. Heart U 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.

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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EOE/Protected Veterans/Persons with Disabilities

Location US-CA-Oakland

Posted Date 1 month ago (9/2/2022 3:21 PM)

Requisition ID 2022-9174

Job Category Field Campaigns

Position Type Full Time

Location: CA-Oakland

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