Fundraising/Business Development Coordinator
American Heart Association - Stamford, CT

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Join the American Heart Association and take your career on a Mission - to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

The Founders Affiliate of the American Heart Association is recruiting to fill a fundraising/business development position the Director Heart Walk for Fairfield County. Reporting to the Executive Director in our Purchase, NY office this position will implement the Heart Walk campaign in the assigned territory. As the Director for this event you would have responsibility for securing new business and meeting monthly, quarterly and annual goals in order to create new, as well as foster existing, corporate sponsor relationships that support AHA’s mission and services in a fast paced and dynamic work environment.

Just as the AHA is driven to meet its healthcare, medical research and social service mission you must be driven to develop new business, interact with the local community and cultivate relationships with corporate sponsors and volunteers. Through various business development techniques you will encourage participation and support for AHA fundraising programs and special events while managing a fulfilling and challenging work environment.

Responsibilities include:
  • Identify new corporate sponsors and maximize fund development opportunities through various business development techniques including cold-calling, following up on warm leads and attending networking events; consistently research ways to create partnerships with local businesses.
  • Utilize Access Data Base to track daily sales activity and lead generation.
  • Actively participate in the execution and management of AHA’s fundraising programs including the ability to multi-task, handling logistics and follow through on multiple events/programs at the same time.
  • Effectively engage donors of all levels, recognizing and championing the value and potential of stakeholders; meet with sponsors and volunteers to educate them about AHA’s fundraising events and special events, answering any questions that may arise.
  • Advise and assist in the development of an organization-wide fundraising strategy, plan and budget - including effective strategies for raising funds.
  • Deliver organized, structured, and persuasive presentations.
  • Communicate AHA’s healthcare and research involvement to the local community and increase sponsorship of events.
  • Maintain existing relationships by ensuring effective public relations and communication with existing sponsors and volunteers to keep them abreast of existing and upcoming community engagements.
Please review the experience section below to see if you meet the qualifications for this position.

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! Benefits include comprehensive health benefits, retirement plan with generous employer contributions, 12 paid holidays per year, paid time off, flexible spending accounts, and a Start! Fit-Friendly work environment.

To apply for this position or to see other opportunities with the American Heart Association please visit www.heart.org/careers. We no longer accept mailed, faxed or e-mailed resumes. Please apply for positions directly through our website. Only those candidates deemed most qualified by the hiring manager will be contacted to interview.

The American Heart Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer and works to prohibit discrimination and to assure fair and uniform treatment of applicants and employees in all aspects of Human Resources administration without regard to political or religious opinions or affiliations, membership or non-membership in employee organizations, age, sex, disability, race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, marital status or any other non-merit factor.

Non-smoking environment - EOE

Required Skills To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills and ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience in fund raising or outside sales position that involves building and maintaining sales relationship.
  • Possess strong selling and negotiation skills.
  • Knowledge and demonstrated ability to successfully identify, cultivate, recruit, and maintain relationships with top level volunteers from identified companies.
  • Demonstrated skills in fundraising or successful outside sales.
  • Proven ability to understand and navigate corporate cultures to achieve goals.
  • Demonstrated skills in written and oral communication at all organizational levels.
  • Ability to plan and conduct meetings.
  • Ability and willingness to travel in territory and region as position demands.
  • Must have the ability to lift at least 20 lbs from the ground to waist level with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • Ability to work outside standard hours as needed, including occasional evenings and weekends.
  • Ability to use Microsoft products, computer software, run reports and maintain accurate data.
  • Satisfactory background checks.
  • Required Experience 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: Must have at least 2 years of experience in fundraising, outside sales or in a non-profit organization in a similar capacity. This experience may also count towards satisfying this position’s educational requirement.

    Supervisory Responsibilities: May include indirect supervision of administrative staff supporting the event.

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