American Heart Association

Development Director, School Engagement

Location US-DC-Washington
Posted Date 2 weeks ago(6/4/2024 3:34 PM)
Requisition ID
Job Category
Field Campaigns
Position Type
Full Time


As we celebrate our Centennial year, we invite you to join us in shaping the next century of impact. Be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. Here at the American Heart Association, you matter and so does your career.


The American Heart Association has an excellent opportunity for a Development Director, School Engagement in Washington, D.C. The position is home-office based with in-person requirements, and candidates must be located in the greater D.C. area as the territory covers Montgomery, Prince George's, St. Mary's, Charles and Calvert counties


The Association offers many resources to help you maintain work-life harmonization through 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 additional training and support, locally.


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You will work directly with schools in your territory. Under the direction of the Vice President, School Engagement and the Senior Vice President, School Engagement, this position is responsible for applying validated sales techniques to acquire new accounts and renew and grow existing accounts related to school fundraising and development. This is done to achieve revenue generation and program goals. 

Essential Job Duties:

  • Responsible for recruitment and cultivation of school volunteers in assigned territory for K-12 school partnerships with the American Heart Association.  Supports in developing and working plan with revenue and volunteer recruitment goals, including securing sponsorships and donations.  
  • Responsible for the account management and American Heart Association cause promotion in schools that are existing accounts and potential accounts within the K-12 market.  Implementing life-saving initiatives; including Kids Heart Challenge programs.
  • Recruit, train and develop volunteers at multiple levels throughout the schools assigned.
  • Establish and maintain superior customer service relations with appropriate contacts within your market area.
  • Attend all meetings and trainings mandated or approved by Vice President, Youth Market.
  • Performs summer cultivation with school administrators at both the school and district level.
  • Ability to lift and/or move large objects (such as boxes) with the expectation that heavier items would be broken down into smaller components or requesting additional assistance may is required before lifting and/or moving.
  • This typically includes visiting 5-10 schools each day.
  • Access to reliable transportation daily.


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

  • University/College degree or equivalent experience, preferred. 
  • 3 years of relevant experience in fundraising, sales, or equivalent type experience.  
  • Must possess excellent marketing, communication and relationship building skills.
  • Ability to analyze and forecast sales and other numerical data.
  • Skills in written and oral communications, consultation, and comprehensive planning.
  • Ability to recruit, train and counsel volunteers to achieve goals and objectives.
  • Basic knowledge and skill with Microsoft Office, including presentations and spreadsheets.
  • Must be at least 18 years old.

  • Ability to do daily local travel up to 75%; requires access to reliable transportation at all times on an immediate basis.

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

  • Excellent interpersonal skills that lead to positive relationships.
  • Demonstrated verbal and written communication skills.
  • Must be hard-working with a strong desire to succeed.
  • Ability to collaborate well with others.


Compensation & Benefits

The American Heart Association invests in its people. Here are the main components of our total rewards package.  Visit Rewards & Benefits to see more details.


  • Compensation – Our goal is to ensure you have a competitive base salary.  That’s why we regularly review the market value of jobs and make adjustments, as needed.

  • Performance and Recognition – You are rewarded for achieving success by merit increases and incentive programs, based on the type of position.

  • Benefits – We offer a wide array of benefits including medical, dental, vision, disability, and life insurance, along with a robust retirement program that includes an employer match and automatic contribution.  As a mark of our commitment to employee well-being, we also offer an employee assistance program, employee wellness program and telemedicine, and medical consultation.

  • Professional Development – You can join one of our many Employee Resource Groups (ERG) or be a mentor/mentee in our professional mentoring program.  HeartU is the Association’s national online university, with more than 100,000 resources designed to meet your needs and busy schedule.

  • Work-Life Harmonization – The Association offers Paid Time Off (PTO) at a minimum of 16 days per year for new employees.  The number of days will increase based on seniority level.  You will also have a total of 12 paid holidays off each year, which includes several days off at the end of the year.

  • Tuition Assistance - We support the career development of all employees.  This program provides financial assistance to employees who wish to further their education and career in relation to their current duties and responsibilities, or for potential future positions in the organization.


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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