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Date Posted
: November 11, 2011
Job Title: Exeecutive Director
Category: 17
Employer: American Heart Association
Location: Rochester, NY


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 the Executive Director position for the Rochester, NY office. Under the direction of the Regional Vice President, the Executive Director manages campaign activities and fundraising staff and provides leadership for American Heart Association programs, development, community organization and field based communication activities. Based in the Rochester, NY office of the Founders Affiliate the Executive Director will oversee all fundraising/development activities in the Rochester territory.

The Executive Director will supervise staff who will lead one or more fundraising events while adhering to specific "Best Practices".

Major Responsibilities:

Note: Asterisks denote essential functions

  1. Guide and direct team to achieve event, revenue, and mission goals. Accountable for hiring, supervsing, directing, training, evaluating and terminating staff under his/her supervision. **
  2. Recruit and manage volunteers and volunteer committees to implement and successfully complete assigned activities. **
  3. Board management and development. **
  4. Develop, monitor, and evaluate an annual working plan with dollar and volunteer recruitment goals, budget and timelines for the event. Develop contingency plans, as needed to successfully complete fundraising activities. **
  5. Develop profiles on the top businesses within the assigned geographic area with a documented plan to secure their involvement. Manage and grow relationships with specific corporate partners as assigned. Oversee management and growth of customer relationships as assigned to staff in territory. **
  6. Secure sponsorships. **
  7. Develop relationship-building strategies to include making personal visits on a monthly and quarterly basis. **
  8. Plan and implement orientation and training programs for local volunteers.
  9. Conduct gap analysis and strategy meetings with staff and/or volunteer leadership to support goal achievement.
  10. Responsible for staff follow-up and monitoring of assigned fundraising activities. Works closely with the Communications Director to develop and manage a promotion and communications plan. **
  11. Ensure that divisions and activities function within the parameters of American Heart Association and Founders Affiliate policy. **
  12. Integrate educational/advocacy programming.
  13. Provide staff services to local American Heart Association boards, committees, and groups.
  14. Utilize existing national and affiliate materials, products and recruitment tools.
  15. Serve as Founders Affiliate representative for National initiatives.
  16. Serve as the chief staff liaison between the territory and the Regional VP including maintaining effective communications with staff.
  17. Provide Founders Affiliate and National Center with detailed results for effective tracking. Assists in the development of appropriate reports, evaluations, and data gathering for volunteers, committees and the affiliate.
  18. Prepare and oversees the region's operating budget**
  19. Willingness to accept other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the immediate supervisor and Senior Vice President Development/Field Operations.

Please review the experience section below to see if you meet the qualifications for this position.

Requirements/Minimum Qualifications:

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.

  • Two to five years experience in fundraising or sales implementation reflecting an increasing responsibility in duties, management and objectives.
  • Demonstrated ability to recruit, train, direct and supervise multiple staff in a team environment and in remote locations.
  • Skills in oral and written communications, consultation, and comprehensive planning.
  • Knowledge of community organization, volunteer management, board management, sales, fundraising, and marketing principles, practices, techniques, and trends.
  • Ability to read, comprehend and analyze number goals, as well as fundraising reports.
  • Skill in use of spreadsheet/database analysis.
  • Ability to function independently with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to maintain a rigorous, goal-oriented management approach.
  • Ability to delegate and accomplish goals through volunteers.
  • Ability to organize and coordinate large and small functions for varied groups.
  • Experience and understanding of volunteer recruitment, training and management.
  • Ability and willingness to travel throughout the Region and to Affiliate or National meetings as requested.
  • Access to reliable transportation and ability to maintain valid driver's license and auto insurance.
  • Ability to transport materials and other supplies to and from meetings and events.
  • Ability and willingness to work irregular hours including attending evening and weekend meetings or events.
  • Ability to work harmoniously with people at all levels of the organization.
  • Ability to analyze and evaluate situations, make decisions and develop alternatives.
  • Demonstrated ability in written and oralcommunication.
  • Intermediate computer skills in computer software programs such as Microsoft WORD, EXCEL, and Outlook.
  • Satisfactory background checks including consumer credit, motor vehicle, and criminal history. Must pas Criminal, Credit, and DMV background checks.
  • Familiarity with Region's culture, community and local organizations.

Education/Experience: Bachelor's Degree or equivalent years of experience in management, community organization, fundraising.

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.

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. (Please reference this site as the source of this ad.) 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.

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