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American Heart Association Sales/Fundraising Executive Director, Harrisburg in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania


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.


We have an excellent opportunity for an Executive Director in our Great Rivers Affiliate Harrisburg office. The Executive Director is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the Harrisburg team including revenue generation and fundraising goal achievement, executive volunteer management and recruitment as well inspiring passionate commitment to the AHA mission throughout the communities we serve. The development team focuses on special event fundraising through corporations, teams and individuals. Special events include Heart Walk, Heart Ball and Go Red for Women. Additional revenue generation opportunities exist in Corporate/Community Health, Major Gifts, Workplace Giving, and Corporate Relations.

The Executive Director and team are responsible for generating business, managing accounts, creating proposals, soliciting donations and overseeing event logistics. In addition, the Executive Director and team collaborate with the health strategies team, including communications, multicultural and community/corporate health to identify, address and accomplish the health needs of the market, including working with the board to address the cardiovascular health needs of the market based on the organization’s strategic plan.

Essential duties:

  • Achieving the fundraising/revenue goal of $1.3 million

  • Managing a dynamic team of two staff; ensuring strong collaboration and synergy between development and other departments to optimize the customer experience and achievement of goals in the market

  • Building powerful partnerships with volunteer leaders, sponsors, and internal and external stakeholders to achieve the AHA mission

  • Providing leadership oversight to the metro board of directors

  • Collaborating with corporations and community leaders to maximize efficiency and effectiveness of fund raising and mission efforts; cultivates and manages top corporate accounts and identifies and recruits volunteer leadership

  • Holding staff and volunteer leaders accountable to their fundraising and mission-related goals and objectives.

  • Drive collaboration with development, health strategies staff, and the board to engage the market and achieve market health goals.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience

  • Minimum three (3) to five (5) years' work experience in fundraising or outside sales experience, preferably with a voluntary health agency.

  • Minimum one (1) year of management experience or in a progressively responsible position within fundraising and/or outside sales.

  • Knowledge of community organization, sales, fundraising, and marketing principles, practices, techniques, and trends.

  • Demonstrated verbal and written communication skills, including large and small group presentations, group facilitation, and training.

  • Skill in written communications to include clear and concise narrative reports, evaluations and similar narrative pieces.

  • Ability to comprehend and analyze number goals, as well as fundraising reports. Skill in use of spreadsheet/database analysis.

  • Ability to plan and adhere to budget and timeline expectations

  • Excellent strategic, analytical, organizational and follow-up skills.

  • Ability to hire, develop and coach a dynamic sales team

  • Strong volunteer recruitment and management skills, demonstrated ability to provide a high level of customer service and motivation to business and social leaders.

  • Ability to function independently with minimal supervision.

  • Ability to maintain a rigorous, goal-oriented management approach.

  • Ability to delegate and accomplish goals through volunteers.

  • Ability to organize and coordinate large and small functions for varied groups.

  • Ability to lead an engaged, collaborative team environment and interact with all levels of American Heart Association staff, volunteers and the public.

  • Strong computer skills

  • Proven background and willingness to work in a high-demand, fast-paced atmosphere requiring flexibility and change.

  • Ability to travel and work 75% in the territory, occasional overnight travel and the ability to lift at least 20 lbs from the ground to waist level with or without reasonable accommodation.

  • Ability and willingness to work irregular hours including attending evening and weekend meetings or events as appropriate.

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 2019-4350

Job Family Group Fundraising

Job Category Fundraising/Sales

American Heart Association
Equal Opportunity Employer