American Heart Association Director Special Events- Eastern CT Heart Walk in Wallingford, Connecticut


Are you ready to join an organization where you can make an extraordinary impact every day?

Imagine 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 day. Is it easy? No. Is it worthwhile? Absolutely.

This is satisfying and challenging work that makes a real difference in people's lives. We are where you can achieve professional growth with personal fulfillment. We are where you can connect people to making a lifesaving impact. We are where you can 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 is where you can make an extraordinary impact.


The Founders Affiliate of the American Heart Association is recruiting to fill a Director - Heart Walk for our Eastern CT market which includes New London, and Windham County as well as portions of Middlesex county . In this role the Director is responsible for raising funds for the Eastern CT Heart Walk to support the mission of the American Heart Association. Some of the key responsibilities for this position include:

  • Achieving/exceeding the event revenue goal of $350,000 by developing and maintaining relationships with AHA corporate and community partners;

  • selling sponsorships and generating participant income for the annual Heart Walk;

  • developing new company and volunteer recruitment plans as well as driving income goals;

  • driving new business development through sponsorship sales;

  • recruiting and stewarding c-suite volunteer leaders, team captains and walkers based on nationally established best practices for the Heart Walk;

  • driving peer-to-peer fundraising;

  • monitoring participant fundraising trends and implementing proven strategies to maximize income;

  • conducting a minimum of 10 face to face meetings per week in the market;

  • building a network of meaningful volunteer partnerships to advance our mission.

In this role, you will report to the Executive Director for Connecticut. This position can be home office based in New London County and will be supported out of the Wallingford, CT office.


If you want to join our mission and be a “Relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives”, review the preferred skills we are looking for below: ( Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.)

  • experience in fundraising or corporate sales is highly desirable;

  • ability to achieve assigned sales or fundraising revenue goals;

  • ability to accomplish results through strong volunteer recruitment and management;

  • the knowledge and ability to successfully identify, cultivate, recruit, and maintain relationships with top level volunteers/customers;

  • great organizational, communication, negotiation, and interpersonal skills;

  • ability to understand and navigate corporate cultures to achieve goals;

  • willingness to work outside standard hours including evenings and weekends as needed to support your event;

  • willing to travel within your territory on a daily basis, the Wallingford office as needed, as well as occasional travel to other locations in the affiliate and to our National Center in Dallas, Texas for meetings or training.

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.

Education: 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.

Experience: Experience in fundraising, outside sales and/or senior level volunteer management is highly desirable. This experience may also count towards satisfying this position’s educational requirement.


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

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.

If you have questions related to the salary for this position please feel free to e-mail me at .

While we can only contact those applicants deemed most qualified for the position w e do appreciate all applicants for their interest and effort in applying. If we are interested in moving you forward in the process you can expect to hear from us within one week from the receipt of your application in most cases.

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Requisition ID 2018-3192

Job Locations US-CT-New London | US-CT-Wallingford

Job Family Group Fundraising

Job Category Fundraising/Sales