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American Heart Association Vice President, Development in Irvine, California


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 a Vice President, Development within our Orange County/Inland Empire Division (based in Irvine, California .

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Vice President, Development is responsible for managing and leading the team to exceed fundraising and other campaign goals aligned with the organization’s goals and objectives. The VP, alongside the Executive Director, has the principal responsibility for securely positioning the division for aggressive growth in total and unrestricted revenue on an increasing and sustainable basis through effectively building, and directly managing, staff and volunteer leadership talent and capabilities.

The Vice President, Development provides timely direction, feedback, framework and resources to staff and volunteers, while at the same time relying on the expertise, abilities, and willingness to leverage their networks to drive the goals of the organization. Drive success and positive engagement with staff and volunteers through coaching, recognition, and mutual accountability.

Due to the current pandemic, 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. All AHA offices are closed and staff are currently working from home. Offices will be reopening on a part-time basis in September 2021 and a full-time basis in January 2022; this position will resume to being based in the local office.


Essential Job Duties:

  • Leads, develops, and implements a comprehensive development strategy to produce aggressive growth in total and 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 and effectively collaborating with colleagues across the Western States and the organization to identify and maximize cross-functional/cross-market opportunities. Oversees and manages the Development team to ensure campaign goals are achieved/exceeded.

  • Ensures effective leadership recruitment and engagement, direct implementation of campaigns, individual giving, workplace initiatives, company acquisition and retention, revenue collaboration and mission impact.

  • 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.

  • 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 campaigns 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:


  • Bachelor’s degree may be preferred in supporting the required level of skill, knowledge and experience required.

  • Minimum of five (5) years:

  • Leadership experience in a comparable non-profit or sales organization

  • Experience recruiting, engaging, and activating executive level corporate and medical volunteers.

  • Demonstrated track record in building effective teams of staff and volunteers.

  • Demonstrated track record in setting and achieving aggressive goals on a sustained basis.

  • Ability to influence others to action through creating a shared vision and sense of ownership and personal accountability.

  • Ability to credibly establish and execute a strategic plan across functional areas and disciplines in a complex and highly dynamic environment, effectively translating strategies to measurable goals and plans.

  • Proven ability to think strategically, analyze market data, identify key trends, and have participated in the strategy development and execution of initiatives to achieve fundraising and operational goals.

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications.

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

  • 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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EOE/Protected Veterans/Persons with Disabilities

Location US-CA-Irvine

Posted Date 2 months ago (6/10/2021 1:32 AM)

Requisition ID 2021-7011

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