American Heart Association

  • Senior Development Director, Gala

    Location US-MN-Eagan
    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(1/10/2019 4:38 PM)
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    Are you ready to join an organization where you can make an extraordinary impact every day?

    Imagine all Americans enjoying ideal cardiovascular health free of heart disease and stroke. At the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, we get to work toward that goal every day. Is it easy? No. Is it worthwhile? Absolutely.

    This is satisfying and challenging work that makes a real difference in people's lives. We are where you can achieve professional growth with personal fulfillment. We are where you can connect people to making a lifesaving impact. We are where you can partner with individuals, schools, lawmakers, healthcare providers and others to ensure everyone has access to healthier lifestyle choices and proper healthcare. The American Heart Association is where you can make an extraordinary impact.

    We have an excellent opportunity for a Senior Development Director, Gala in our Eagan office. 



    The Sr. Director will serve in a player/coach role and oversee fundraising, volunteer recruitment and management, and event logistics for our annual Twin Cities Heart Ball (gala).  Will provide coaching and supervision to one Development Director, Gala.

    The main accountability of the Sr. Director is to drive revenue for the event.

    • Prospect and secure local corporate sponsorships, individual donations, and auction items

    • Recruit and manage executive volunteer leadership and committees

    • Guide and direct assigned staff to reach goals

    • Develop profiles on the top businesses within the Twin Cities area with a documented plan to secure their involvement

    • Work closely with a Communications Director to develop and manage a promotions/communication plan for the event

    • Execute the event logistics based on national best practices




    • 3+ years of experience in fundraising or outside sales or in a non-profit organization in a similar capacity. This experience may also count towards satisfying this positions educational requirement.

    • 1+ year of experience in a management capacity.  This experience may occur within the 3-year related experience requirement.  Experience gained through direct internal work on AHA projects/priorities may substitute for this requirement and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

    • Bachelor’s or some college plus experience. Bachelors degree from an accredited university preferred. College coursework combined with related experience may be substituted for a degree. Related experience may be substituted as follows: 1 ½ years experience equates to 1 full-time year of higher education.

    • Demonstrated verbal and written communication skills, including large and small group presentations, group facilitation, and training. Skill in written communications to include clear and concise narrative reports, evaluations and similar narrative pieces.

    • Ability to read, comprehend and analyze number goals, as well as fundraising reports. Skill in use of spreadsheet/database analysis.Ability to do daily travel up to 75% and overnight travel up to 25%.

    • Must have at least basic knowledge and skill with Microsoft Office 2010 or higher used for word processing, email, presentations, and spreadsheets. Advanced knowledge and skill with these programs is preferred. These skills are subject to testing.

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




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    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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    EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Persons with Disabilities




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