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Executive Director – South Central PA

American Heart Association


Now is the time to join us and make a difference. Be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. Here at the American Heart Association, you matter and so does your career.

The American Heart Association has an excellent opportunity for an Executive Director responsible for Central Pennsylvania market. This position is based in our Harrisburg, PA office. The Executive Director is responsible for the implementation of assigned development projects and fundraising campaign revenue in South Central PA with your team (Cap Region, Lancaster, Lebanon and York area) . This position oversees the markets development team of 5 direct reports. The Executive Director is leading fundraising revenue goals and community health initiatives through volunteer boards and volunteer committees to implement and successfully complete Association goals. Provides mentoring and supervision to leadership teams, including fundraising, community impact, and administrative staff. The fundraising campaigns in the assigned markets include Go Red for Women Luncheon, Heart Ball Gala event, Heart Challenge/Walk, and Leaders of Impact/Women of Impact events.

The Association offers many resources to help you maintain work-life harmonization through your changing needs and life situations. To help you be successful, you will have access to Heart U, our award-winning corporate university, as well as additional training and support, locally.

#TheAHALife is our company culture, our way of life, reflecting our diversity, equity & inclusion, our focus on work-life harmonization and our Guiding Values. Discover why you will Be Seen. Be Heard. Be Valued™ at the American Heart Association by following us on LinkedIn Instagram Facebook X (formerly Twitter) , and at heart.org.



We are seeking an inspiring leader to drive the strategy and execution of corporate revenue and health impact goals for the market. Provides mentorship and supervision for Director level staff implementing events and Community Health actions. The Executive Director will supervise staff who will lead events while adhering to specific American Heart Association “Best Practices”.

We’ve worked to save and improve lives since 1924 — and we’re just getting started. Join us in celebrating the American Heart Association’s transformative impact over the past century and building a bold Second Century of equitable health for all. We are turning 100 years old!


  • Guide and lead team to achieve event and campaign revenue goals. Accountable for hiring, directing, training, evaluating, and terminating staff under their supervision.
  • Develop, monitor, and evaluate an annual working plan with dollar and volunteer recruitment goals, budget, and timelines for the events. Develop contingency plans, as needed to successfully complete fundraising activities.
  • Develop profiles on the top businesses within the assigned geographic area with a detailed plan to secure their involvement. Complete company goal setting worksheets and prioritize companies by their potential.
  • Develop and lead volunteer Board of Directors, consisting of top-level corporate executives.
  • Build, monitor, and evaluate an annual working plan with dollar and volunteer recruitment goals, budget, and timelines for the events.
  • Develop profiles on the top businesses within the assigned market areas and build relationships with key corporate leaders who can support initiatives.
  • Responsible for staff follow-up and monitoring of assigned fundraising activities.


Want to help get your resume to the top? Take a look at the experience we require:

  • University/College degree or equivalent experience preferred.
  • Must have at least 4 to 5 years of experience in fundraising, outside sales or in a nonprofit organization in a similar capacity.
  • Must have at least 2 years of experience in a management capacity. This experience may occur within the 2-year related experience requirement. Experience gained through direct internal work on the Associations projects/priorities may substitute for this requirement and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Knowledge of community organization, sales, fundraising, and marketing principles, practices, techniques, and trends.
  • Validated 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 function independently with minimal direction.
  • Ability to delegate and accomplish goals through volunteers.
  • Ability to do daily travel up to 75% and overnight travel up to 25%.
  • Must have at least basic knowledge and skills with Microsoft Office used for word processing, email, presentations, and spreadsheets.
  • Must be able to lift and/or move large objects (such as boxes) with the expectation that heavier items would be broken down into smaller components or requesting additional assistance may be required before lifting and/or moving.

Attracting dedicated, 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.

Compensation & Benefits

The American Heart Association invests in its people. Here are the main components of our total rewards package. Visit Rewards & Benefits to see more details.

  • Compensation – Our goal is to ensure you have a competitive base salary. That’s why we regularly review the market value of jobs and make adjustments, as needed.
  • Performance and Recognition – You are rewarded for achieving success by merit increases and incentive programs, based on the type of position.
  • Benefits – We offer a wide array of benefits including medical, dental, vision, disability, and life insurance, along with a robust retirement program that includes an employer match and automatic contribution. As a mark of our commitment to employee well-being, we also offer an employee assistance program, employee wellness program and telemedicine, and medical consultation.
  • Professional Development – You can join one of our many Employee Resource Groups (ERG) or be a mentor/mentee in our professional mentoring program. HeartU is the Association’s national online university, with more than 100,000 resources designed to meet your needs and busy schedule.
  • Work-Life Harmonization – The Association offers Paid Time Off (PTO) at a minimum of 16 days per year for new employees. The number of days will increase based on seniority level. You will also have a total of 12 paid holidays off each year, which includes several days off at the end of the year.
  • Tuition Assistance – We support the career development of all employees. This program provides financial assistance to employees who wish to further their education and career in relation to their current duties and responsibilities, or for potential future positions in the organization.

The American Heart Association’s 2024 Goal: Every person deserves the opportunity for a full, healthy life. As champions for health equity, by 2024, the American Heart Association will advance cardiovascular health for all, including identifying and removing barriers to health care access and quality.

At American Heart Association | American Stroke Association, our mission is to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, religion, age, language, sexual orientation, national origin and physical or cognitive abilities. We’re committed to ensuring our workforce, workplace culture and mission have a shared impact across a diverse set of backgrounds.

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Location US-PA-Harrisburg

Posted Date 4 days ago (2/16/2024 5:17 PM)

Requisition ID 2024-12660

Job Category Field Campaigns

Position Type Full Time

Location: PA-Harrisburg