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American Heart Association Director of Development - Gala in Arlington, Virginia


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 has an excellent opportunity for a Director of Development - Gala serving the Greater Washington DC area.


  • Provides staff leadership in planning, development, maintenance, implementation and evaluation of Heart Ball activities including sponsorship's, auction, and individual giving.

  • Provides staff support, in the areas of executive volunteer recruitment, orientation and training, event logistics, year-round planning, sponsorship solicitation, auction solicitation, and evaluation of the Heart Ball

  • Assists in the development of a strategic fundraising plan, including goal setting, market potentials, sponsorship goals and objectives, strategies, audience development and ticket sales, evaluation and cost of effective techniques

  • Monitors the volunteer recruitment and management, budgets and implementation of the plan to fulfill both procurement and campaign goals

  • Develops corporate relationships to enhance special events and programs

  • Establishes and maintains an effective database and cultivation plan for corporate prospects, donors and successor management

  • Assists in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of night of event logistics and both live and silent auctions and other revenue generating Heart Ball activities

  • Responsible for Heart Ball related communications including invitations, programs, ticklers, and auction information and securing the appropriate approval prior to release

  • Recruits, trains, organizes, and supports the volunteers of the Sponsorship Committee, Auction Committee, Logistics Committee, Individual Giving Committee and oversees the recruitment of Co-Chairs and Honoree

  • In accordance with best practices, becomes proficient with current Heart Ball software programs and utilizes software to track auction, maintain accurate records, create auction book and bid forms, track table seating and produce reports to evaluate event

  • Supports and ensures execution of National and Affiliate policies, procedures, standards, best practices, guidelines and benchmarks including

  • Ability to travel in the assigned territory and to work occasional evenings and weekends


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of fundraising principles, practices, techniques and current trends

  • Experience in event planning, organizing, consultation, and volunteer management

  • Ability to recruit, manage and evaluate high level volunteers for appropriate utilization

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

  • Ability to organize and prioritize large events and multiple project

  • Ability to read, comprehend and analyze number goals and fundraising reports

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office products

Required Experience:

  • BA or BS degree or equivalent experience

  • Minimum 1-3 years’ work experience, preferably in special event fundraising, territory sales, or related field#LI-AS1

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 Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Persons with Disabilities

Requisition ID 2018-3441

Job Family Group Fundraising

Job Category Fundraising/Sales

American Heart Association
Equal Opportunity Employer

EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled