National Congenital Heart Walk Director
Adult Congenital Heart Association - Philadelphia, PA

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The Congenital Heart Walk (CHW) program is seeking a full-time National Congenital Heart Walk Director. CHW is a currently going into its fourth year and has grown annually. In 2013, CHW will take place in more than 25 cities across the United States, engage thousands of volunteers, walkers and supporters, and raise over $1 million. The program is a partnership between The Children’s Heart Foundation (CHF) and the Adult Congenital Heart Association (ACHA), with the goal of raising awareness around congenital heart defects, the most common birth defect in the country. CHW brings together patients, families and medical professionals to connect locally, raise the profile of this important issue, and raise vital funds for research and programming aimed to educate, support, and advocate for the congenital heart disease community.

Position Summary: The National Congenital Heart Walk Director is responsible for the entire Congenital Heart Walk program, from strategy to budgeting to staffing to volunteer management. This position will provide leadership, vision and support to volunteers, volunteer committees, and corporate partners throughout the year to help maximize the growth potential of this campaign. Corporate participation and team development are important to the continued growth of the Congenital Heart Walk. In addition to the oversight of these walks, the Director will be responsible for obtaining corporate participation through high-level sponsorships and corporate teams, and cultivating family teams to maximize team retention and fundraising. The Congenital Heart Walk Director will be an employee of ACHA, which is located in the Mt. Airy neighborhood of Philadelphia, PA.

Job Responsibilities:

Walk Campaign Development:

  • Develop and implement a three year strategic plan for CHW to show significant growth in walkers, teams, and revenue.
  • Develop and implement annual operational plan that includes detailed budget, team development, corporate development, volunteer development and logistic plans.
  • Conduct an annual evaluation of the campaign, make recommended changes and oversee implementation of changes.
  • Create a three year staffing plan to support aggressive campaign growth.
  • Hire, train and manage staff to support staffing plan.

Walk Site Development:

  • Lead efforts to develop new walk sites by targeting markets to identify walk site leaders and fielding volunteer inquiries.
  • Lead efforts to build walk committee infrastructure by identifying committee members, creating committee structures in collaboration with walk site leaders, and evaluating committee and committee member performances.

National Congenital Heart Walk Director:

  • Develop and manage a walk site leader retention strategy plan to ensure long-term retention and seamless transition among walk site leadership.
  • Working closely with walk site leaders and the National Congenital Heart Walk Coordinator, develop and oversee walk event budgets, timelines, and benchmarks.
  • Oversee walk site budgets by tracking all income and expenses, and making projection adjustments as needed.
  • Lead annual site evaluation processes for all walk sites.

Volunteer Management:

  • Develop effective relationships with walk site leaders and committee members to implement and grow the participation and revenues for Congenital Heart Walk events.
  • Develop and execute a site leader training schedule.
  • Lead regular walk site leader meetings.
  • Make best effort to attend site committee meetings.
  • Oversee all walk volunteer support activities, and act as the point of contact for all volunteer-related concerns.

Marketing and Communications:

  • Develop and oversee an annual marketing and communications plan to enhance visibility and increase community awareness and participation in the Congenital Heart Walk.
  • Oversee all marketing efforts for the Congenital Heart Walk.
  • Develop appropriate marketing strategies to recruit, acknowledge and retain event participants and sponsors.
  • Manage Congenital Heart Walk media outreach by recruiting national and local media partners.
  • Serve as liaison to congenital heart disease pediatric and adult centers to help them promote the Congenital Heart Walk to all families being served by the program and hospital.


  • Develop and manage a national sponsorship program that includes cash, in-kind, and wrap sponsorship opportunities that benefit sponsors and support the Congenital Heart Walk campaign.
  • Support walk site leaders and committee members in local sponsorship solicitation.
  • Develop and manage a national team program, which include an aggressive marketing plan.
  • Maintain relationships with medical and corporate donors and partners.
  • Cultivate all top-level family fundraising walk teams by developing and strengthening relationships with all current team captains to maximize team retention and fundraising, while also ensuring continued program growth by cultivating relationships with new family walk teams.
  • Identify new sources of revenue and cause-related marketing opportunities stemming from family team captains' professional affiliations and connections.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree required; Master’s Degree or additional certification preferred.
  • Minimum of four years experience in volunteer management, event management and fundraising.
  • Minimum of two years experience in walk-a-thon and/or races.
  • Experience with Kintera/Sphere/Friends Asking Friends database software.
  • Experience with health/disease-related non-profits is preferred.
  • Significant skills in planning, budgeting, and volunteer development.
  • Outgoing, energetic, with strong written, verbal and problem solving skills.
  • Diplomatic and able to work well under pressure.
  • Capable of building and sustaining relationships with a variety of individuals and organizations.
  • Organized, detail oriented, able to adhere to timelines and prioritize and manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Must be able to work nights and weekends as needed.
  • Travel is required during the Walk seasons.

Schedule: This position is full-time at 40 hours/week.

Compensation: Salary for this position is competitive and commensurate with experience. ACHA offers a generous benefits package. Start date is negotiable.

Anti-Discrimination Policy: ACHA does not discriminate based on ethnicity, race, gender or sexual orientation and encourages all qualified individuals to apply, including those with congenital heart disease.

To apply: Interested candidates MUST email formal letter of interest, resume, three work-related references and salary requirements as attached PDF or Word documents with “National Congenital Heart Walk Director” in the subject line. No phone inquiries or mailed applications, please. Deadline for application is February 22, 2013.

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The Adult Congenital Heart Association is a nonprofit organization which seeks to improve and prolong the lives of adults with congenital...