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American Heart Association Executive Director in Little Rock, Arkansas


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) is looking for a dynamic and resourceful Executive Director (ED) in our Little Rock market. The ED serves in a pivotal leadership role within the community and reports to the Senior Vice President, Development. The Executive Director works with the highest-level executives in the Little Rock area with responsibilities for staffing volunteer Boards of Directors and fostering volunteer engagement and development.

The ED also provides strategic direction and management to a fantastic group of committed fundraisers and support staff with overall responsibility for a $1.25M budget which is cumulative of the revenue goals for Heart Ball, Heart Walk, Go Red for Women events and Individual Giving. As part of fostering an engaged community, the Executive Director will participate in community and corporate functions that allow for networking and generating new contacts to be part of the AHA mission and fundraising efforts.

Want to help get your resume to the top?

  • Ability to accomplish results through strong volunteer recruitment and management

  • A solid track record in meeting sales/fundraising goals

  • Ability to sustain existing, and build new, corporate partnerships and revenue support through participating in and leading top-level cultivation strategies and engagement

  • Proven skills in cultivating major donors, securing large corporate sponsorships (of $25,000 or more), and identifying and securing foundation gifts

  • A collaborative approach when working with other internal partners, such as our Health Strategies and Youth Market Teams to help drive specific AHA cause initiatives in defined markets


Required Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience

  • 5 years' successful experience in non-profit fundraising, volunteer management or similar experience

  • 3 years' of managerial experience ideally with a sales team or fundraising team in a similar organization

  • Direct knowledge of special event fundraising tactics is crucial

  • Ability to travel the Little Rock territory daily

  • Solid understanding of how to engage and work with philanthropic communities

  • Able to lift at least 20lbs from the ground to waist level with or without reasonable accommodation

To help you be successful you will have access to our award-winning learning platform the Heart U as well as our sales training & relationship development program- Building Powerful Partnerships which received a 2017 Learning! 100 Award from Elearning! Media Group, and various other training and support mechanisms locally and through our National Center. If you believe this describes you then apply now for immediate consideration.


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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EOE/Protected Veterans/Persons with Disabilities

Location US-AR-Little Rock

Posted Date 2 weeks ago (5/3/2022 11:49 AM)

Requisition ID 2021-6707

Job Category Field Campaigns

Position Type Full Time

Location: AR-Little Rock