Executive Director-NW Arkansas

American Heart Association
Full time Full day
Fayetteville, AR

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.

Due to the current pandemic, daily travel is minimal and voluntary to ensure the health and safety of staff. There is no overnight travel currently. In the future, this position may resume daily and/or overnight travel. All AHA offices are closed and staff are currently working from home. Offices will be reopening in October 2021; this position will resume to being based in the local office.


The American Heart Association (AHA) is looking for a dynamic and resourceful Executive Director (ED) in our Fayetteville, AR office. The ED serves in a pivotal leadership role within the community and reports to the Senior Vice President, Development. The Executive Director works with the highest-level executives in the Northwest Arkansas area with responsibilities for staffing volunteer Boards of Directors and fostering volunteer engagement and development.

The ED also provides strategic direction and management to a fantastic group of committed fundraisers and support staff with overall responsibility for a $2.4M budget which is cumulative of the revenue goals for Heart Ball, Heart Walk, Go Red for Women events, Foundation gifts and Individual Giving. As part of fostering an engaged community, the Executive Director will participate in community and corporate functions that allow for networking and generating new contacts to be part of the AHA mission and fundraising efforts.

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

  • Ability to accomplish results through strong volunteer recruitment and management

  • A solid track record in meeting sales/fundraising goals

  • Ability to sustain existing, and build new, corporate partnerships and revenue support through participating in and leading top-level cultivation strategies and engagement

  • Proven skills in cultivating major donors, securing large corporate sponsorships (of $25,000 or more), and identifying and securing foundation gifts

  • A collaborative approach when working with other internal partners, such as our Health Strategies and Youth Market Teams to help drive specific AHA cause initiatives in defined markets


Required Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience

  • 5 years successful experience in non-profit fundraising, volunteer management or similar experience

  • 3 years of managerial experience ideally with a sales team or fundraising team in a similar organization

  • Direct knowledge of special event fundraising tactics is crucial

  • Ability to travel the Northwest Arkansas territory daily

  • Solid understanding of how to engage and work with philanthropic communities

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

(Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions).


Attracting hardworking, 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.

Our Rewards & Benefits package not only gives you the total benefits you want, but also goes above and beyond with creative programs to develop your skills – helping you grow and thrive at the American Heart Association. To help you be successful you will have access to our award-winning learning platform the Heart U as well as our sales training & relationship development program- Building Powerful Partnerships which received a 2017 Learning! 100 Award from Elearning! Media Group, and various other training and support mechanisms locally and through our National Center.

This position is eligible for our full benefits and retirement packages, generous PTO accrual, paid holidays in addition to the week of December 25th off!


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, 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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