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American Heart Association Executive Director in Charlotte, North Carolina


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 an Executive Director in our Charlotte, NC office!The Executive Director is responsible for developing and executing an overall market plan that achieves transformational growth in revenue, community impact operations and volunteerism.


The Executive Director is responsible for developing and executing an overall market plan that achieves transformational growth in revenue, community impact operations and volunteerism, ensuring the implementation of effective programs and processes in community service, education, development, and communications. Incumbent effectively leads the market plan implementation through an integrated staff and volunteer team in tandem with external stakeholders and partners to achieve stated goals. Provides leadership through the recruitment, engagement and utilization of an inclusive Board of Directors that reflects the demographics of the market and the competencies needed to ensure the success of the community plan and goals of the AHA. Serves as the face of the American Heart Association by building a network and being engaged in visible key community organizations that are mutually beneficial for driving AHA’s brand, mission and priorities.

Primary Responsibilities :

  • Leads and oversees planning and successful execution of fundraising activities in assigned area in accordance with best practices and organizational. Provides management expertise, coaching, and monitoring for fundraising events, including Heart Walk, Heart Ball, GRFW (Go Red For Women), CycleNation, Workplace Giving, Life Is Why We Give, Cause and related events (as applicable) to ensure significant growth of events and focused attention by staff year-round

  • Oversees and manages operations to ensure the overall campaign goals are achieved

  • Oversees achievement of AHA’s health impact goals. Provides strategic vision and leadership in planning, execution, monitoring and on-going evaluation of the health impact in the market in alignment with the priorities of the AHA and the corresponding community plan

  • Actively partners with board and/or ELT (Executive Leadership Team) committees to ensure that participants are knowledgeable, engaged and committed to the AHA and its priorities and have an opportunity to make a difference

  • Participates in the sourcing of top-quality staff and volunteers who are corporate and community leaders, reflective of the AHA priorities and community demographics

  • Develops strategic plan for volunteer and staff successor management

  • Monitors the financial activities, income and expenditures, of the assigned area

  • Oversees local communications director to ensure optimum levels of support and coverage for all activities and initiatives

  • Ensures appropriate and timely record management including computerized donor record management and follow-up

  • Partners and maintains relationships with community health organizations to ensure integration and collaboration with cultural health initiatives, quality improvement initiatives, heart and stroke initiatives and advocacy

  • Ensures integration and collaboration with the Mission Advancement Team along with staff in other markets to maximize donor contributions and sponsorship potential and impact

  • Utilizes volunteer committees to assist in the planning, development, and implementation of events

  • Conducts field visits with volunteers and staff and attends all ELT orientations and majority of ELT meetings

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

  • Ensures the integrity and security of donor information and adheres to the Affiliate’s Special Event Cash Handling policies

  • Utilizes effective management techniques in the selection, supervision, monitoring, training and counseling of staff to achieve organizational objectives. Creates and maintains a professional work environment that fosters and values collaboration, trust, teamwork, empowerment, professionalism and diversity

  • Effectively supervise and coach staff in accordance with applicable policies, practices and employment laws

  • Other duties and projects may be assigned to the role, which provide general assistance as needed to support the mission of the American Heart Association


Preferred Qualifications:

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

  • Ability to recruit and manage high level and high impact volunteers

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

  • Ability to organize and prioritize multiple projects

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

  • Ability and willingness to travel extensively throughout assigned geographical territory and to work occasional evenings and weekends

  • Ability to use relevant tools (e.g., word processing, spreadsheet, e-mail and database programs and voice mail)

  • Community Health experience

Required Experience:

  • BA or BS degree or equivalent in experience

  • 4-6 years senior nonprofit management experience, preferably with a volunteer health agency or related organization

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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Requisition ID 2017-1537

Job Family Group Fundraising

Job Category Fundraising/Sales

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