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


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The American Heart Association has an excellent opportunity for a Director of Development - Heart Ball for our Greater Washington Region . The position is based out of our Arlington, VA office.


  • Provides staff leadership in fundraising, committee management and recruitment, implementation, and evaluation of Heart Ball, Golf Tournament and Women’s Board Luncheon activities, including securing corporate sponsorships, individual gifts, and live and silent auction items.

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

  • Recruits, trains, organizes, and supports the volunteers of the Sponsorship Committee, Auction Committee, Individual Giving Committee, Young Professionals Committee, Golf Committee and Women’s Board and oversees the recruitment of Co-Chairs for events and committees.

  • 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

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


  • Preferable to have a candidate reside in the territory

  • 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 projects

  • 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

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Requisition ID 2018-2312

Job Family Group Fundraising

Job Category Fundraising/Sales