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American Heart Association Executive Director in Santa Rosa, California


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 (AHA) has an excellent opportunity for an Executive (Fundraising) Director to lead our North Bay Division.

The Executive Director is responsible for leading and managing the overall Division including developing, executing and evaluating the Division’s strategic and tactical plans aligned with the organization’s goals and objectives. Through developing highly engaged volunteer leadership and staff, the Executive Director has bottom-line accountability for achieving an overall net revenue goal generated through core fundraising campaigns and identified health impact goals.

This is a field based/home-officed position within the North Bay.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Leads the North Bay Division to successful achievement of identified goals and objectives through ensuring effective leadership recruitment and engagement, Board recruitment and engagement, direct implementation of special events/campaigns as a player/coach, individual giving, workplace initiatives, company acquisition and retention, revenue collaboration and mission impact.

  • Leads, develops and implements a comprehensive strategic plan to include a robust development strategy to produce aggressive growth in primarily unrestricted revenue with the expectation that revenue goals are met and exceeded on a sustainable basis.

  • Assesses, establishes, develops and maintains the infrastructure and talent critical to achieving revenue goals on a sustained basis and support the achievement of health impact goals, systematically and effectively strengthening the Division's overall fundraising capacity with growth in unrestricted revenue and mission integration.

  • Demonstrates the AHA’s leadership competencies and employs effective management techniques in the sourcing, recruitment, selection, coaching, management and development of staff to achieve professional growth and organizational objectives.

  • Drives the ongoing identification, recruitment and engagement process of an influential and inclusive volunteer leadership base to champion the success of the AHA through their corporate and personal giving and influencing the involvement and giving of others.

  • Personally forges, manages and develops partnerships with key organizations and philanthropic individuals to maximize the AHA's visibility, impact and financial resources and actively leading and managing direct reports and others to do the same across the diverse communities we serve.

  • In partnership with internal departments across the organization, provides management expertise, coaching, and strategic and tactical guidance for fundraising events ensuring balanced, sustained campaign growth.

  • Regularly evaluates and reports on campaign progress utilizing the campaign management tools and reporting systems available. Ensures the integrity and security of donor information and adheres to established policies and procedures.

  • Ensures compliance within appropriate operational and financial policies and procedures and within the approved operating budget. Operates in accordance with the AHA's fiscal standards, policies and all applicable laws, regulations and policies.


  • Minimum 3 years’ experience in a comparable non-profit or sales organization

  • Experience recruiting, engaging and activating executive level corporate and medical volunteers

  • Demonstrated track record in developing effective, high performing teams of staff and volunteers with experience managing a field-based team

  • Demonstrated track record in setting, owning and achieving aggressive goals on a sustained basis

  • Ability to influence others to action through creating a shared vision and sense of ownership and personal accountability

  • Ability to establish and execute a strategic plan across functional areas and disciplines in a complex and highly dynamic environment, effectively translating strategies to measurable goals and plans

  • Proven ability to think strategically, analyze market data, identify key trends and have participated in the strategy development and execution of initiatives to achieve fundraising and operational goals

  • Ability and willingness to travel across the communities served and to work evenings and weekends as needed

Here are some of the preferred skills we are looking for:

  • Experience with the American Heart Association or similar nonprofit organization

  • Development experience, including special event-based fundraising

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

This position is eligible for the Western States Affiliate Employee Referral Program. Details are available to current American Heart Association employees in the Employee Manual and from HR.

Requisition ID 2019-4248

Job Family Group Fundraising

Job Category Fundraising/Sales

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