American Heart Association

Development Director

Location US-AR-Little Rock
Posted Date 4 months ago(10/26/2023 8:38 AM)
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 hiring a Development Director in Little Rock, AR. In this role, you will be responsible for building ongoing relationships with corporate partners, medical leaders, community leaders, C-suite executives, and volunteers of the Central Arkansas community to meet fundraising goals and expectations of our Impact campaigns, this includes Sweethearts (Little Rock & Hot Springs) and leading a committee of volunteers. Creating awareness and spreading the mission of the American Heart Association.


This is an office-based position that offers a hybrid schedule in a fast-paced environment with the main responsibility of driving revenue in support of our mission.

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 revenue targets and triggers. 


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.


#TheAHALife is our company culture, our way of life, reflecting our diversity, equity & inclusion, our focus on work-life harmonization and our Guiding Values. Discover why you will Be Seen. Be Heard. Be Valued™ at the American Heart Association by following us on LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, X (formerly Twitter), and at


Some of your responsibilities will include:

  • Prospect and secure local corporate sponsorships and individual donations.  Includes building and maintaining relationships with corporate partners and donors to retain and upgrade their financial commitment. 
  • Recruit and manage executive volunteer leadership, volunteer committees, and day of the event volunteers.
  • Lead and engage new individual membership for our Cor Vitae giving society, in partnership with other appropriate fundraising staff and Impact Campaigns.  Includes planning and implementing regular engagement events for members.
  • Develop profiles on the top businesses within the assigned market(s) with a documented plan to secure their involvement.
  • Handle event management including but not limited to planning, logistics, implementation, and evaluation post-event for constant improvements.
  • Work with a Communications Director to support and promote campaign communication plans.


Want to move your resume to the top so that you can become a “Relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives?” Here are some of the requirements:




  • 3 years of relevant experience in fundraising, sales, or equivalent type experience.
  • Direct knowledge of special event campaign fundraising tactics.
  • Solid understanding of how to engage and work with philanthropic communities.
  • Ability to travel daily locally; requires access to reliable transportation at all times.
  • 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.
  • Must have at least basic knowledge and skill/proficiency with Microsoft Office.

Here are some of the preferred experience skills we are seeking:

  • University/College degree or equivalent experience preferred.
  • Experience managing and cultivating high-level leaders at the C-Suite level.
  • Knowledge of corporate and community networks.


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; this position is incentive eligible based on achieving certain targets.

  • 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, our mission is to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, religion, age, language, sexual orientation, national origin and physical or cognitive abilities. We're committed to ensuring our workforce, workplace culture and mission have a shared impact across a diverse set of backgrounds.

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