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American Heart Association Development Director in Houston, Texas


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 as we remain devoted to a future of health and hope for everyone, everywhere. At the American Heart Association, your contribution matters, and so does your career.

We are hiring a Development Director in Houston, TX. The director will generate revenue for our Go Red For Women and Heart Ball fundraising campaigns through sponsorships, auctions, and Shop with Heart. These campaigns include our signature Go Red For Women Luncheon and Heart Ball events. You will collaborate with other team members to meet the overall goals for these campaigns.

We have a fast-paced sales type of 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


In this role, you will be responsible to:

  • Work strategically with staff in multiple campaigns and volunteer teams charged with the Go Red For Women and Heart Ball campaign to accomplish results.

  • Recruit and maintain relationships with high-level corporate and individual volunteers. Manage assigned volunteer committees.

  • Actively steward donors. Generate revenue through corporate and retail sponsorships and individual donors.

  • Lead and grow existing Shop With Heart retail campaign and Circle of Red individual donor campaign.

  • Lead and grow the auction solicitation, cultivation, and execution for the Luncheon and Heart Ball events.

  • Work with cross-campaign leadership to implement Second Century celebration in Houston.

  • Network and engage with sponsors and key corporate and community leaders to generate new business and upgrade existing partnerships by engaging them in our mission.

  • Track, report and manage results using a variety of database and campaign management systems.

  • Collaborate with team on event management including but not limited to planning, logistics, implementation, volunteer partnerships and evaluation post-event.

  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

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:


  • Bachelor’s degree preferred.

  • 3 years of experience in fundraising, outside sales or in a non-profit organization in a similar capacity.

  • A consistent record in meeting sales/fundraising goals.

  • Strength in securing corporate donations through participating in and leading top-level sponsorship asks.

  • Proven skills in encouraging major donors, securing large corporate sponsorships (six figures), and identifying and securing foundation gifts.

  • Collaborative approach to working with other internal partners, such as with Heart Walk, Health Strategies and Youth Market Teams to help drive specific American Heart Associaion cause initiatives in defined markets.

  • Excellent organization, communication, negotiation, and interpersonal skills.

  • Results driven with the ability to multitask.

  • Direct knowledge of special event fundraising tactics is preferred.

  • Solid understanding of Houston area business, medical, and philanthropic communities.

  • Willing and able to travel within the Greater Houston market to engage C-suite corporate executives to accomplish goals approximately 75% of the time. Ability to travel outside of the local territory for meetings, trainings, etc. with possible overnights.

  • 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.

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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Posted Date 1 month ago (4/12/2024 4:48 PM)

Requisition ID 2024-13134

Job Category Field Campaigns

Position Type Full Time