American Heart Association

Senior Development Director

Location US-CA-Oakland
Posted Date 2 weeks ago(9/13/2023 4:42 PM)
Requisition ID
Job Category
Field Campaigns
Position Type
Full Time


Now is the time to join us and make a difference. 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 bringing our mission to life across the Greater Bay Area. Come join us! The American Heart Association has an excellent opportunity for a Senior Development Director within our Bay Area Division based in Oakland, California. 


The Senior Development Director is responsible for advancing the American Heart Association’s mission through leading fundraising campaigns and initiatives including the Go Red For Women campaign and driving collaboration with internal and external partners in achieving overall team and regional goals. This includes ensuring that revenue goals are achieved, expectations for related initiatives as well as the division overall are met, active collaboration in driving towards Health Impact Goals and effectively engaging volunteers and staff.


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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  • Demonstrate the American Heart Association leadership competencies and employs effective management techniques in the sourcing, recruitment, selection, supervision, management and leadership of staff (direct and/or indirect reports) to appropriately develop and engage staff to achieve organizational objectives.
  • Manages and directly implements the Go Red For Women campaign through driving to American Heart Association best practices. Directly accountable for achieving revenue goals aligned with funding research, public health, professional education and training and community services.                  
  • Drives the ongoing process of identifying, recruiting, engaging and activating an influential, financially strong and diverse volunteer leadership base to support sustained campaign growth. Builds recruitment committees and executive leadership committees to identify and engage high level event Chairs and working committees.
  • Prospects, solicits, closes and stewards high-level corporate and patron sponsors. Develops and implements year-round cultivation plans ensuring superior donor relations.
  • Provides staff support in planning, developing, implementing, growing and evaluating campaigns and events consistent with best practices and event timelines. Provides staff support in volunteer leadership recruitment, orientation and development.
  • Collaborates regularly with the Division, Region, National Corporate Relations, and Association-wide team to ensure full alignment with vision and goals and provide consistent support in all aspects of fundraising and other assigned organizational initiatives.
  • Ensures that team operates within appropriate operational and financial boundaries and within the financial capacity available. Operates in accordance with the American Heart Association's Fiscal Standard policies and all applicable laws, regulations, policies and standards.   
  • Communicates proactively and timely with internal and external partners. Consistently delivers on commitments made to internal and external customers.


  • 5 years of relevant experience in fundraising, sales, or equivalent type experience.
  • Demonstrated track record in building effective, collaborative teams of staff and volunteers with experience recruiting, engaging and activating corporate and medical volunteers with significant community influence.
  • Demonstrated track record in setting and achieving aggressive goals through volunteer engagement on a sustained basis.
  • Ability to influence others to action through creating a shared vision and sense of ownership and personal accountability.
  • Demonstrated experience recruiting and engaging high level corporate and medical executives as volunteers.
  • Ability to credibly 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 - internal and external - and have participated in the strategy development and execution of initiatives to achieve mission-aligned fundraising and operational goals.
  • 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 be required before lifting and/or moving


Compensation & Benefits

Expected pay range will be $84,360 to $107,000 annually. This position is incentive eligible based on achieving certain targets. Pay is commensurate with experience; geographic differentials to the pay range may apply. 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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