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Vice President, Heart Challenge

Company: American Heart Association
Location: Irving
Posted on: June 12, 2021

Job Description:


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 proven sales leader to fill the Vice President Heart Challenge position in our Dallas regional office. This candidate will be responsible for directing and collaborating with internal staff, corporations, C-Suite executives, and community leaders to maximize fundraising efforts for the Dallas area. Accountable for securing and managing top corporate accounts, securing six-figure sponsorships and personal gifts, identifying, and recruiting volunteer leadership, and for holding others accountable to their fundraising goals and objectives.

This position is charged with growing Dallas Heart Challenge from $6.5M to $10 M through: Heart Walks, Cycle Nation and Field Day. Funds will be raised via corporate sponsorship, individual donors and point of sale campaigns in the Greater Dallas Area.

Job duties include:

  • Ability to accomplish results through strong volunteer recruitment and management, proven track record in meeting sales/fundraising goals.
  • Expanding the AHA's reach into the philanthropic community of individuals to raise funds and awareness.
  • Support strategic planning and forecasting by maintaining trend and forecasting reports and analysis.
  • Campaign volunteer leadership (event chairs) recruitment and management.
  • Revenue generation and volunteer management for sponsorships supporting Heart Challenge.
  • Identify, cultivate and secure multi-year six and seven figure sponsorships.
  • Conducting sales calls to generate new business resulting in sponsorship, peer to peer fundraising, personal gifts and Life is Why We Give (AHA's point of sale campaign).
  • Manage/supervise assigned staff. Recruit, interview, hire, orient, provide training as appropriate, evaluate, counsel, provide discipline as needed, and terminate as necessary.
  • Participate as a member of the Dallas Senior Leadership team.
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor.


Required Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university. Master's preferred.
  • Must have at least 8 years of experience in fundraising, outside sales or in a non-profit organization in a similar capacity.
  • Must have at least 5 years of experience in a management capacity. This experience may occur within the 5 years related experience.
  • Organization, communication, negotiation, and interpersonal skills are a must.
  • Candidates must be results driven with the ability to multitask and must also be willing and able to travel within the assigned territory up to 75%.
  • Ability to lead, guide and inspire staff and volunteers to achieve goals and objectives.
  • Ability and willingness to work irregular hours and attend meetings beyond the framework of the normal working schedule.
  • Demonstrated experience, skills or aptitude in sales and/or marketing.
  • Skill in effective oral communications including conversing by telephone and conducting presentations to large and small groups.
  • Skill in effective written communications, including business writing, clear and concise narrative reports, evaluations and other narrative pieces.
  • Must have the ability to lift at least 20 lbs. from the ground to waist level with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • Must have at least basic knowledge and skill with Microsoft Office.
  • Must be at least 18 years old.

(Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.)


Attracting hardworking, 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 creative programs to develop your skills - helping you grow and thrive at the American Heart Association. 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. This position is eligible for our full benefits and retirement packages, generous PTO accrual, paid holidays in addition to the week of December 25th off!

While we can only contact applicants, who are most qualified for the position, we do appreciate all applicants for their interest and effort in applying.

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.This position not a match with your skills? Click here to see other opportunities.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter #TheAHALife

EOE/Protected Veterans/Persons with Disabilities

Keywords: American Heart Association, Irving , Vice President, Heart Challenge, Other , Irving, Texas

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