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American Heart Association Development Specialist in Denver, Colorado


Are you ready to join an organization where you can be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives?

Envision 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 single day. Is it easy? No. Is it worthwhile? you bet!

This is satisfying work that makes a real difference in people's lives. You can achieve professional growth with personal fulfillment. You will connect with people and make a lifesaving impact. You will 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 (AHA) has a fantastic opportunity for a Development Specialist, Social Events in our Denver, Colorado office. This position performs complex administrative support and program assistance by providing on-going project management and complex database management for Denver fundraising events. Work involves event coordination, volunteer management, disseminating information, maintaining filing systems, and performing internal administrative support work while collaborating with staff. Responsibilities may include training others. Works under general supervision with moderate latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.


  • Support development staff with day-to-day administrative tasks as needed for social events (Heart of Denver and Go Red for Women campaigns)

  • Assists development staff in working with volunteer leadership and committees maintaining accurate volunteer records, cultivating new volunteers

  • Acts as a liaison to external partners by managing relationships to provide beneficial outcomes

  • Organize and create AHA proposals, letters of agreement, sponsorship payments, presentations, and benefits delivered.

  • Assists in the fundraising development process by conducting exploratory meetings, sales calls, and creating strategies to develop current and new donors

  • Prepares and maintains fundraising materials and presentations

  • Works with supervisor to establish objectives, tasks, and goals

  • Works with supervisor regarding communication strategies related to desired development goals

  • Proactively provides event support for priority revenue generation and health improvement activities. Participates in the planning and execution of event logistics (i.e.: securing venue, reviewing vendor contracts and proof of insurance, van/truck rentals)

  • Processing of incoming mail and donations

  • Manage fundraising campaign related budgets and some revenue reports

  • Perform donor/fundraiser data entry and generate donor/fundraiser reports (Dynamics & Luminate) as needed

  • Performs related work as assigned

  • Ensure accuracy and adherence to the latest policies and practices of the AHA as they relate to fiscal and event financials

  • Effectively manages and completes projects in an accurate manner within established timelines


Required Skills:

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

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university preferred. College coursework combined with related experience may be substituted for a degree.

  • Minimum of 2+ years’ related experience and in supporting multiple staff members. This experience may also count towards the educational requirement above.

  • Excellent skills in compiling and analyzing data, making calculations, and preparing reports.

  • Skilled in conducting basic research including gathering and assimilating information pertinent to assignments using the internet and other resources.

  • Proficiency with Accounts Payables

  • Excellent communication skills both verbal and written to establish and maintain effective working relationships with all levels in the organization, as well as external stakeholders

  • Effective at managing multiple priorities involving multiple customers

  • Intermediate to excellent use in computer software programs including Word, Excel, Outlook and Power Point as evidenced by formal course work, training, or previous work experience

  • Managing volunteers, volunteer stakeholder groups and distribution lists experience

  • Knowledge of business letter writing format, style, and protocol.

  • Experience maintaining and organizing large amounts of data with precise attention to detail

  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of complex meeting management

  • Ability to anticipate and satisfy customer needs; to work independently and take initiative; to creatively and effectively solve problems; to meet and interact with all levels of AHA staff and volunteers.

  • Ability to work evenings/weekends when necessary with reliable transportation

  • Able to lift at least 20 lbs. from the ground to waist level with or without reasonable accommodation

  • Must be at least 18 years old

  • Non-smoking environment

Compensation & Benefits


The hiring salary range is $43,875 - $56,940. Salary minimum to midpoint of the range. Pay is commensurate with experience; geographic differentials to the pay range may apply. AHA reserves the right to pay more or less than the posted range. Any difference between actual compensation and the posted range will be based on factors other than race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy) or national origin.

Benefit Plans:

Employees scheduled to work at least 20 hours per week are eligible to participate in the medical, dental, and vision plans the first of the month following 30 days of service. AHA subsidizes the medical and dental cost to ensure benefits are affordable. Eligible dependents under AHA’s group benefit plans include legal spouse, domestic partner, children under the age of 26 or who are disabled. AHA offers additional benefits like an EAP, telehealth benefit for general medical and behavioral health, flexible spending accounts, life insurance, and disability.

Retirement Plans: AHA retirement plans offer employees a way to start saving after their first paycheck. The retirement plans provides employer contributions after two years of service. If you have previous 501(c)(3) non-profit experience, within the last 5 years, at a national health agency, an institution of higher learning or a medical institution, that experience may count towards the two-year waiting period. Employees are 100% vested in employee and employer contributions.

Paid Days Off: Regular full-time and part-time employees earn Paid Time Off (PTO) based on years of service. PTO begins accruing on date of hire. Full time employees receive one paid Community Service time off day per year and are encouraged to participate in projects, programs and organizations which contribute to the health and vitality of their communities. AHA also offers 12 paid holidays per year.

Leaves of Absence: AHA offers both Short Term and Long Term Disability benefits which replace earnings if you are unable to work due to a non-work-related illness or injury. Employees are eligible for Short Term Disability after 90 days of service and are eligible for Long Term Disability after being disabled for 90 days or more. Eligible employees can take up to 12 weeks off of work for a qualified leave of absence under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), intermittent FMLA leaves and leave as an accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act as Amended (ADAAA.

At American Heart Association | American Stroke Association, diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity applies to both our workforce and the communities we serve as it relates to heart health and stroke prevention.

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EOE/Protected Veterans/Persons with Disabilities

Location US-CO-Denver

Posted Date 2 weeks ago (7/14/2021 3:17 PM)

Requisition ID 2021-6527

Job Family Group Fundraising/Direct Sales

Job Category Field Campaigns

Location: Denver, CO