American Heart Association

Executive Director

Location US-OR-Portland
Posted Date 3 weeks ago(8/30/2021 9:40 PM)
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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 American Heart Association (AHA) has an excellent opportunity for an Executive Director for our Oregon & Southwest Washington Division based in Portland, Oregon.


Reporting to the Senior Vice President, the Executive Director is responsible for leading and managing the overall Oregon & Southwest Washington Division and developing, executing, and evaluating the Division’s strategic plans aligned with the organization’s goals and objectives.  The Executive Director has the principal responsibility for securely positioning the Division for aggressive growth in unrestricted revenue on an increasing and sustainable basis through effectively building staff and volunteer leadership talent and capabilities. 


Primary responsibilities include establishing, developing, evaluating, and managing the infrastructure and talent necessary to achieve aggressive revenue goals on a sustained basis, systematically and effectively strengthening the Division’s overall fundraising capacity with growth across unrestricted revenue streams.  As a member of the Western States Executive Team, the Executive Director ensures full alignment with and achievement of Western States and Association goals and objectives.


Due to the current pandemic, all AHA offices are closed and staff are currently working from home. Daily travel is minimal and voluntary to ensure the health and safety of staff. There is no overnight travel currently. In the future, this position may resume daily and/or overnight travel. Offices will be reopening in October 2021; this position will resume to being based in the local office.


Essential Job Duties:

  • Leads, develops, and implements a comprehensive strategic plan to include a robust development strategy to produce aggressive growth in primarily unrestricted revenue with the expectation that revenue goals are met and exceeded on a sustainable basis.  This includes ensuring full alignment with and consistent execution of the organization's mission and goals, full integration with health strategies and effective collaboration with colleagues across the affiliate and the organization to identify and maximize cross-functional/cross-market opportunities.  Oversees and manages operations to ensure campaign goals are achieved/exceeded.
  • Assesses, establishes, develops, and maintains the infrastructure and talent necessary to achieve revenue goals on a sustained basis and support the attainment of health impact goals, systematically and effectively strengthening the Division's overall fundraising capacity with growth in unrestricted revenue and mission integration. 
  • Leads the Division to successful achievement of identified goals and objectives through ensuring effective leadership recruitment and engagement, Board recruitment and engagement, direct implementation of special events/campaigns, individual giving, workplace initiatives, company acquisition and retention, revenue collaboration and mission impact:
  • Demonstrates the AHA leadership competencies and employs effective management techniques in the sourcing, recruitment, selection, supervision, management, and leadership of staff to appropriately develop and engage staff to achieve organizational objectives. Creates and fosters a professional work environment that promotes and values collaboration, trust, teamwork, empowerment, professionalism, and diversity in which communication is open, staff help each other, conflicts are quickly resolved, newcomers are supported, agreed-on standards are observed through personal and shared accountability, and where interdependent collaboration is understood to be required for success.
  • Drives the ongoing process of identifying, recruiting, and activating an influential, financially strong, and inclusive volunteer leadership base to champion the success of the AHA through their corporate and personal giving and influencing the involvement and giving of others.
  • Personally forges, manages, and develops partnerships with key organizations and philanthropic individuals to maximize the AHA's visibility, impact, and financial resources and actively leading and managing direct reports and others to do the same across the diverse communities we serve. 
  • In partnership with Western States and National resources, provides management expertise, coaching, and monitoring for fundraising events, including Heart Walk, Heart Ball, GRFW and related events (as applicable) to ensure the aggressive growth of events and focused attention by staff year-round.  Includes the renewal and acquisition of participating Companies and Sponsorship to achieve balanced campaign growth.
  • Regularly evaluates and reports on campaign progress utilizing the campaign management tools and reporting systems available.  Ensures the integrity and security of donor information and adheres to established policies and procedures.       
  • Ensures compliance within appropriate operational and financial policies and procedures and within the approved operating budget.  Operates in accordance with the AHA's Fiscal Standard policies and all applicable laws, regulations, policies, and standards.  


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


  • Minimum of three (3) years:
    • Demonstrated track record in fundraising, sales or marketing.
    • Demonstrated ability to recruit, train and manage volunteers with success in delegating and accomplishing goals through empowering volunteers.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Effective interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to develop collaborative working relationships internally and externally.
  • Ability to organize and plan a complex campaign in a highly dynamic environment.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications.

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

  • Bachelor’s degree may be preferred in supporting the required level of skill, knowledge and experience required.
  • Demonstrated skills in written and oral communications, including large and small group presentations, group facilitation and training and writing clear, concise narrative reports and evaluations.
  • Knowledge of corporate and community networks.
  • Knowledge of AHA’s mission and programs.


So, are you ready to work for the largest voluntary health organization dedicated to fighting heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases? 



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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