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American Heart Association Sr. Development Director, Heart Walk in Columbus, Ohio


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 Midwest Region has an excellent opportunity for a Senior Development Director, Heart Walk in our Columbus OH office. The Sr. Development Director will plan, organize, staff, and direct the metro division’s entire operation of the Columbus Heart Walk initiatives. This includes coaching and supervising assigned staff of four (4) and collaborating with corporate and community leaders to maximize efficiency and effectiveness of fundraising efforts. Will work closely with internal partners to ensure unified health and revenue efforts for the Heart Walk campaign and serve in a player/coach capacity. #LI-CS1

  • Guide and direct assigned staff to reach goals. Accountable for hiring, directing, training, evaluating and terminating staff under his/her supervision.

  • Engage, recruit, and mobilize CEOs, corporate leaders, and community leaders to serve on Heart Walk volunteer leadership committees and chair the event to ensure fundraising and health outcome success. This includes inspiring personal and corporate giving of volunteer leaders.

  • Manage existing and new sponsorships and relationships to achieve campaign goal through the cultivation, stewardship, renewal and deepening engagement via frequent face-to-face meetings to retain and upgrade their financial commitment, according to the Heart Walk timeline and business plan.

  • Oversee integrated planning processes for the Heart Walk’s health and revenue efforts for all functional areas within span of control. Actively involve, inform and integrate with internal partners across the metro market, affiliate and association.

  • Research, identify, and acquire companies to have Heart Walk teams. Motivate employers toward establishing recruitment and monetary goals based on market potential and their role in achieving goals.

  • Engage, recruit, and mobilize individuals to serve as conduits (team captains) to recruiting walkers.

  • Develop and manage/monitor Heart Walk budget within span of control and internal business operations in accordance with policies, fiscal standards and the approved operating budget.

  • Prepares plans, documents and communications for GAP (getting to goal) meetings, revenue projection updates, and other priority meetings as they arise.

  • Manages event logistics including, but not limited to, event promotions, entertainment, live and silent auctions (as market appropriate).

  • Oversee and provide support to team members to execute auxiliary and community events (i.e. Licking Heart Chase) to bring the mission of the AHA where people live.

  • Collaborate with cross functional teams to execute market strategies, build blended sponsorships and relationships with volunteers.


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

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience

  • 3-5 years of experience in a fast-paced, fundraising or sales management role; including the management of a sales/fundraising team

  • Proven ability to accomplish results through strong volunteer cultivation and management

  • Proven track record in exceeding sales/fundraising goals

  • Demonstrated ability to recruit, train, direct and supervise multiple staff in a team environment

  • Proven ability to understand and navigate corporate cultures to achieve goals

  • Demonstrated experience in building powerful partnerships with corporate leaders and senior level volunteers; interact and communicate clearly and concisely exchange ideas, facts and information

  • Proven ability to cultivate major donors, secure city-wide sponsorships, and recruit new companies and donors

  • Direct knowledge of special event fundraising tactics is essential

  • Display exceptional organizational, communication, negotiation, and interpersonal skills

  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills, including large and small group presentations

  • Ability to apply sound judgment in decision making

  • Possess problem-solving skills and be solution-oriented

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment

  • Ability and willingness to travel and work nights, weekends, etc., as required

  • You must be willing to travel within your territory on a daily basis as well as occasional travel to other locations in the affiliateAttracting talented, committed employees means offering a competitive benefits package, ongoing professional development and training, and a diverse and inclusive environment in which to work and grow. And we do.

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 2019-4854

Job Family Group Fundraising

Job Category Fundraising/Sales

American Heart Association
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