American Heart Association

Sr. Director, Application Development

Location US-TX-Dallas
Posted Date 3 months ago(3/6/2024 8:47 AM)
Requisition ID
Job Category
Information Technology
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 Sr. Director, Application Development our National Center office located in Dallas, TX.


The primary responsibility of the Sr. Director, Application Development is to provide strategic direction, planning and support of all internally facing enterprise applications at the American Heart Association. The Director is also responsible for understanding the needs of the various business units and building relationships with the different business unit leaders. Additionally, the Director is responsible for building strategic relationships with the technology partners / vendors and for creating technology roadmaps for future application enhancements and upgrades. Technologists in this department have deep levels of understanding in their various areas of expertise and as such they provide critical application support to the business units. The Director is responsible for ensuring high performance outcomes from these resources and that the needs of the organization are being met or exceeded. Emphasis on business value and quality of service is critical while working to reduce the cost of application maintenance and support. 


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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  • Provides leadership and direction in the management of American Heart Association internally facing enterprise applications.
  • Mentors the Enterprise Applications Team’s managers for Oracle JD Edwards, Oracle Cloud, Workday, MS SharePoint and MS Dynamics CRM as well as a variety of other business unit specific applications.
  • Working with business unit leaders, directing strategic planning for enterprise application roadmap for American Heart Association.
  • Liaises with leadership across American Heart Association to ensure technology services American Heart Association needs and determine future needs.
  • Manages staff issues and other administrative duties.
  • Manages relationships and negotiations with strategic vendors for enterprise applications.
  • Evaluate the application support model in pursuit of process improvements, productivity improvements, and growth opportunities for staff members.
  • Determines processes, projects and procedures to create efficiencies, secure data, and cut costs within the department. Finds opportunities for doing so across American Heart Association.
  • Researches and implements new technologies enabling new business processes and opportunities for American Heart Association.
  • Provides leadership to implementation planning for software rollouts, products and services.
  • Defines new KPIs and builds roadmaps to advise decision making and prioritization.
  • Sets Goals and Expectations for performance and works with employees to establish specific, measurable goals and commitments.
  • Mentors, coaches, and encourages a team of analysts and programmers.
  • Leverages American Heart Association technology investment by maximizing the life, utility, and maintenance of systems. 


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


  • Bachelor’s degree in technology, Information Systems, Analysis, Business or a related field of study.
  • Minimum of (5) years of experience supporting/implementing enterprise software application technology environments such as Oracle Cloud, Workday, SAP, Microsoft Dynamics with management of managers.
  • Prior experience building and leading teams that tackle sophisticated problems and perform broad technology implementations.
  • Broad-based leadership and general business management experience gained in a variety of assignments, functions, and business environments including distributed team and remote management
  • Ability to negotiate contracts with controls and service levels
  • Broad understanding of technology and technology evaluation techniques.
  • Analysis and creative problem-solving techniques.
  • Solid understanding of technology security and best practices.
  • Demonstrated ability to stay current with technology trends and assess business value.
  • Ability to plan and manage multiple budgets as well as set, communicate, and achieve business goals.
  • Must be able to travel overnight approx. 5% of the time.  


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

  • Business analysis, needs assessment experience
  • Proficient in programming SQL, Java, Python, Oracle Integration Cloud
  • Staff development planning
  • Direct management of sensitive data and data security
  • ITIL certification 

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, 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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