Development Director, Go Red for Women

Are you ready to join an organization where you can make an extraordinary impact every day?

Imagine 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 day. Is it easy? No. Is it worthwhile? Absolutely.

This is satisfying and challenging work that makes a real difference in people's lives. We are where you can achieve professional growth with personal fulfillment. We are where you can connect people to making a lifesaving impact. We are where you can 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 is where you can make an extraordinary impact.

We have an excellent opportunity for a Development Director, Go Red for Women in Grand Rapids.


The Development Director will oversee the fundraising, volunteer recruitment and management, and event logistics for our annual Go Red for Women Luncheons in Grand Rapids and Muskegon and appropriate wraparound events.

The main accountability of the Director is to drive revenue for the events.

  • Prospect and secure local corporate sponsorships, individual donations, and auction items.

  • Handle recruitment, planning, cultivation and stewardship activities for the Circle of Red giving society.

  • Develop profiles on the top businesses within the Grand Rapids and Lakeshore areas with a documented plan to secure their involvement.

  • Recruit and manage executive volunteer leadership, volunteer committees, and day of the event volunteers.

  • Promote non-fundraising and third-party Go Red for Women campaign initiatives as it relates to corporate partnerships.

  • Work closely with a Communications Director to develop and manage a promotion/communications plan for the event.


  • 2+ years of experience in fundraising or outside sales or in a non-profit organization in a similar capacity. This experience may also count towards satisfying this position’s educational requirement.

  • Bachelor’s or some college plus experience. 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.

  • Knowledge of community organization, sales, fundraising, and marketing principles, practices, techniques, and trends.

  • Demonstrated verbal and written communication skills, including large and small group presentations, group facilitation, and training. Skill in written communications to include clear and concise narrative reports, evaluations and similar narrative pieces.

  • Ability to read, comprehend and analyze number goals, as well as fundraising reports. Skill in use of spreadsheet/database analysis.

  • Ability to do daily travel up to 75% and overnight travel up to 25%.

  • Must have at least basic knowledge and skill with Microsoft Office 2010 or higher used for word processing, email, presentations, and spreadsheets. Advanced knowledge and skill with these programs is preferred. These skills are subject to testing.

  • Ability to lift and/or move up to 20 pounds with the expectation that items in excess of 20 pounds would be broken down into smaller components or additional assistance is required before lifting and/or moving.

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