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Development Director - Gala

Birmingham, AL, USA | American Heart Association

  • Industry:
    Non-Profit / Social Enterprise
  • Position Type:
  • Functions:
    Business Development
  • Experience:
    1-3 years
Job Description:
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Volunteer leadership recruitment, orientation and management

Solicits and maintains high-level corporate & individual sponsors by developing year-round business and cultivation plans ensuring superior customer relations

Instrumental in building recruitment committees and executive leadership committees to solicit high level event Chairs and working committees

Planning, development, maintenance, implementation and evaluation of assigned fundraising events according to best practices and event timelines

Works as part of a team to consult with staff and volunteers in all aspects of event fundraising

Helps prepare an annual budget to support event plans and activities

Assists in the development & maintenance of appropriate statistical reports, evaluations, and data gathering for volunteers, the local office, and the region

Maintains timely communication with all staff at local and regional levels, and helps ensure all information requests deadlines are met

Maintains timely communication with Vice President of Development and Executive Director

Performs other duties as assigned

Willingness and ability to work evenings and weekends and travel throughout the market, the southeast region and to National Center as needed


Required Experience

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience

At least two years of experience with a similar non-profit organization in a fundraising position, or two years proven success in marketing, sales, event planning, fundraising or new business development.

Knowledge and skills in fundraising principles, practices and techniques

Ability and experience to recruit, train, counsel, and manage executive volunteer groups and to develop long range organizational goals and follow through with them

Ability to lead a team but also to work independently

Ability to apply sound judgment and problem-solving skills to conflicts

Skilled in making presentations to large and small audiences

Ability to write clear and concise narratives

Ability and willingness to travel and to work evenings and weekends on occasion

Proficient in use of Microsoft Office tools and databases

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