American Heart Association

Senior Development Director, Heart Challenge

Location US-PA-Pittsburgh
Posted Date 4 weeks ago(7/18/2022 10:30 PM)
Requisition ID
Job Category
Field Campaigns
Position Type
Full Time


Are you ready to join an organization where you can be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives?


Envision 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 single day. Is it easy? No. Is it worthwhile? you bet!


This is satisfying work that makes a real difference in people's lives. You can achieve professional growth with personal fulfillment. You will connect with people and make a lifesaving impact. You will partner with individuals, schools, lawmakers, healthcare providers and others to ensure everyone has access to healthier lifestyle choices and proper healthcare.


The Eastern States Region has an excellent opportunity for a Senior Development Director, Heart Challenge in our Pittsburgh office.  The Sr. Development Director will plan, organize, staff, and direct the Pittsburgh market’s entire operation of the Heart Challenge initiatives.  This includes coaching and supervising assigned staff of 4 and collaborating with corporate and community leaders to enhance efficiency and effectiveness of fundraising efforts.  Will work closely with internal and external partners to ensure unified health and revenue efforts for the Heart Challenge campaign and serve in a player/coach capacity.  

  • Guide and direct assigned staff to reach goals.  Accountable for hiring, directing, training, evaluating, and terminating staff under their supervision.
  • Ensuring your team meets/exceeds annual revenue goals for the Pittsburgh market.
  • Engage, recruit, and mobilize CEOs, corporate leaders, and community leaders to serve on Heart Challenge volunteer leadership committees and chair the event to ensure fundraising and health outcome success.  This includes inspiring personal and corporate giving of volunteer leaders.
  • Lead existing and new sponsorships and relationships to achieve campaign goal through the cultivation, stewardship, renewal, and deepening engagement via frequent face-to-face meetings to retain and upgrade their financial commitment, according to the Heart Challenge timeline and business plan.
  • Oversee integrated planning processes for the Heart Challenge’s health and revenue efforts for all functional areas within span of control.  Actively involve, inform, and integrate with internal partners across the metro market, affiliate, and association.
  • Research, identify, and acquire companies to have Heart Challenge teams. Motivate employers toward establishing recruitment and monetary goals based on market potential and their role in achieving goals.
  • Engage, recruit, and mobilize individuals to serve as conduits (team captains) to recruiting walkers.
  • Develop and lead/monitor Heart Challenge budget within span of control and internal business operations in accordance with policies, fiscal standards, and the approved operating budget.
  • Prepares plans, documents, and communications for GAP (getting to goal) meetings, revenue projection updates, and other priority meetings as they arise.
  • Oversees event logistics including, but not limited to, event promotions, entertainment, live and silent auctions (as market appropriate).
  • Collaborate with cross functional teams to implement market strategies, build blended sponsorships and relationships with volunteers.


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

  • Bachelor’s or some college plus experience.  Bachelor’s 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.
  • 3-5 years of experience in a fast-paced, fundraising or sales management role; including the management of a sales/fundraising team
  • Validated ability to accomplish results through strong volunteer cultivation and management
  • Consistent track record in exceeding sales/fundraising goals
  • Demonstrated ability to recruit, train, direct and supervise multiple staff in a team environment
  • Validated ability to understand and navigate workplace cultures to achieve goals
  • Demonstrated experience in building powerful partnerships with corporate leaders and senior level volunteers; interact and communicate clearly and concisely exchange ideas, facts and information
  • Consistent track record to cultivate major donors, secure city-wide sponsorships, and recruit new companies and donors
  • Direct knowledge of special event fundraising tactics is essential 
  • Display exceptional organizational, communication, negotiation, and interpersonal skills
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills, including large and small group presentations
  • Ability to apply sound judgment in decision making
  • Possess problem-solving skills and be solution-oriented
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability and willingness to travel and work nights, weekends, etc., as required
  • You must be willing to travel within your territory on a daily basis as well as occasional travel to other locations in the affiliate

Attracting passionate, committed employees means offering a competitive benefits package, ongoing professional development and training, and a diverse and expansive environment in which to work and grow. And we do.


Compensation & Benefits

Pay is commensurate with experience; geographic differentials may apply.

Benefit Plans:

Our Rewards & Benefits package not only gives you the total benefits you want, but also goes above and beyond with innovative programs to develop your skills – helping you grow and thrive at the American Heart Association. To learn more about our benefit offerings please visit:



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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