American Heart Association

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Development Director/Fundraising - Nashville, TN

at American Heart Association

Posted: 10/25/2017
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 8266

Job Description

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 a Go Red for Women Development Director, to organizes, directs and implements assigned Social Market Event/s in the Nashville, TN market. Primary focus will be on the Go Red For Women annual campaign implementation through Event Chair recruitment, solicitation of sponsorship, volunteer executive committee recruitment, auction production and overall event coordination with a fundraising goal.   Works in close partnership with local fundraising and events staff, volunteers and other staff members. Provides year-round servicing, maintenance and operation of assigned events.




  •  Solicits and maintains high-level corporate & patron sponsors by developing year-round business and cultivation plans ensuring superior customer relations
  • Instrumental in building recruitment committees and executive leadership committees to solicit high level event Chairs and working committees
  • Planning, development, maintenance, implementation and evaluation of assigned fundraising events according to best practices and event timelines
  • Volunteer recruitment, orientation and training
  • Works as part of a team to consult with staff and volunteers in all aspects of event fund raising
  • Helps prepare an annual budget to support event plans and activities
  • Assists in the development & maintenance of appropriate statistical reports, evaluations, and data gathering for volunteers, the local office, and the affiliate
  • Maintains timely communication with all staff at local and affiliate levels, and helps ensure all information requests deadlines are met
  • Maintains timely communication with Vice President of Development and Executive Director
  • Performs other duties as assigned
  • Willingness and ability to work evenings and weekends and travel throughout the market, the affiliate and to the national center as needed

Required Skills

Required Experience

Required Experience:


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • At least two years’ experience with the American Heart Association, or a similar non-profit organization in a fund-raising position, or two years proven success in marketing, sales, event planning, fundraising or new business development.
  • Knowledge and skills in fundraising principles, practices and techniques
  • Ability and experience to recruit, train, counsel, and manage executive volunteer groups and to develop long range organizational goals and follow through with them
  • Ability to lead a team but also to work independently
  • Ability to apply sound judgment and problem-solving skills to conflicts
  • Skill in making presentations to large and small audiences
  • Ability to write clear and concise narratives
  • Ability and willingness to travel and to work evenings and weekends on occasion
  • Proficient in use of Microsoft Office tools and databases


Attracting 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.


Apply today at and find out why the Nonprofit Times has recognized the American Heart Association as one the Best Non-Profits to work for year after year.


Candidates must apply via our online system. You will receive an automated response notifying you that your resume has been received.  Only those selected to interview will be contacted directly, all other resumes will remain in our database for future reference. 


The American Heart Association is committed to enhancing the diversity of its volunteers and staff.  The American Heart Association will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of age, race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, national origin, disability, veterans’ status, sexual orientation, marital status or based on political or religious opinions or affiliations, membership or non-membership in employee organizations