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Development Director

Location: Lexington, KY
Company: American Heart Association
Hours: Full time
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Now is the time to join an organization that enables you to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. Here at the American Heart Association, you matter and so does your career!

We are currently hiring for a Development Director for the Lexington and Louisville markets. The Director will oversee select initiatives in our Go Red for Women and Heart of Lexington/Louisville fundraising campaigns. This will include recruiting fundraising volunteers, securing financial contributions in support of our mission, individual donor cultivation, and special event implementation, and working collaboratively with internal development staff for our Leaders for Life and Women of Impact initiatives.

This position may be based in our Lexington or Louisville office. Position will include regular daily travel between markets. Competitive salary with incentive potential is offered. We are also offering a $2,000 signing bonus.

The American Heart Association offers programs to help you maintain work/life satisfaction according to your changing needs and life situations. To help you be successful, you will have access to Heart U, our award-winning corporate university as well as various other training and support mechanisms locally and through our National Center.

#TheAHALife is our company culture, our way of life, reflecting our diversity and inclusion, our focus on work-life satisfaction, and our Guiding Values - Check out this hashtag on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter today!

  • Drive peer-to-peer fundraising to achieve overall revenue goals. Secure financial contributions by conducting exploratory meetings and revenue generation-focused sales calls. Appropriately documents scheduled appointments and results.

  • Volunteer recruitment, engagement, and recognition: Recruit volunteers to participate in peer to peer fundraising campaigns. Ensure high-level volunteers are recruited and provided effective orientation, training and development.

  • Build powerful partnerships externally and internally.

  • Identify and network with key donors and volunteers. Work collaboratively with volunteers and donors as well as internal staff to broaden the volunteer network and increase mission impact and campaign income.

  • Cultivate donors to increase engagement and giving.

  • Organize local donor cultivation events and prospect high-impact donors and volunteers. Manage event logistics - digitally and in-person.

  • 2+ years experience involving professional fundraising/development or outside sales, management of special event fundraising, sales, marketing and public relations functions.

  • Demonstrated ability to use interpersonal skills to secure donors and attract, recruit, and manage volunteers and collaborate internally and externally.

  • 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.

  • Ability to use social media and other digital channels.

  • Ability to do daily travel up to 90% and overnight travel up to 10%.

  • Must have at least basic knowledge and skill with Microsoft Office used for word processing, email, presentations, and spreadsheets. These skills are subject to testing.

  • Ability to lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.


We offer a base salary with the potential to earn an incentive up to 25% of your base pay. The potential incentive is based on achieving certain team revenue targets.

Our Rewards & Benefits package not only gives you the total benefits you want, but also goes above and beyond with innovative programs to develop your skills – helping you grow and thrive at the American Heart Association.

The American Heart Association’s 2024 Goal: Every person deserves the opportunity for a full, healthy life. As champions for health equity, by 2024, the American Heart Association will advance cardiovascular health for all, including identifying and removing barriers to health care access and quality.

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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