American Heart Association Community Impact Director in Glen Allen, Virginia


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.

The AHA is deeply committed to turning the tide of health inequity and addressing the underlying root causes of ill health. We are guided by our 2020 Impact Goal to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20% and to reduce deaths from cardiovascular disease and stroke by 20% by 2020. We are behind in our goal and have achieved only 4% improvement in overall health and we are only trending towards 15% of the mortality goal. And significant disparities exist. Communities of color, of various ethnic backgrounds, religions, sexual orientation, or with limited English proficiency have less access to care, receive different care and often have worse health than those who are white. Where you live, work, learn, play and pray – and all the many complex social factors within those locations – greatly impact our health.

Our 2030 strategic value proposition further cements the AHA’s commitment to equity when we state that we will be a catalyst to achieving maximum impact in equitable health. We will strive for every member of our community to achieve well-being, supported by the places they live, learn, work, play, pray, and heal.

The American Heart Association (AHA) has an excellent opportunity for a Community Impact Director with experience living or working with the East End community based in our Richmond, Virginia office.


Develops and implements a regional health equity plan, targeted to a specific minority community, based on association goals and applicable affiliate demographics including strategies for eliminating health disparities, improving cultural competency and implementing targeted minority initiatives. Drives mission outreach and development goals in support of Go Red Por Tu Corazon and Power To End Stroke respectively. Directs the integration of health equity strategies within the region with a focus on advocacy, health care quality, development, and marketing/communications opportunities to achieve the association’s health impact goals. Positions the association as a trusted partner to community and business leaders for strategic outreach to targeted minority communities. Serves as internal consultant to the region/territory on all diversity-related initiatives. Works to increase diversity of volunteer board and committees in key markets within territory.

Build a network of meaningful volunteer partnerships to advance the mission of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. Provide timely direction, framework and resources to volunteers while at the same time relying on their expertise, abilities and willingness to leverage their networks to drive the goals of the organization. Share meaningful opportunities for volunteers so they can utilize their passion to further the mission of the organization. Give recognition to volunteers for their efforts to help ensure their success and drive satisfaction. Hold each other accountable, both volunteers and staff, while being accessible and build collaborative staff-volunteer partnerships that are based on a foundation of mutual trust. Create a collaborative environment where staff from various functions work together to achieve results across health, revenue and volunteerism goals for the organization.


Essential Job Duties:

Lead the development and execution of the Regional Health Equity plan, in support of the 2020 Impact Goal, that includes specific outreach and health impact goals to increase engagement of the specific target communities in the following areas: Advocacy, Corporate Sponsorships, Gala/Heart Ball, Go Red For Women, Go Red Por Tu Corazon, Communications, Start!, Quality Initiatives, and Power To End Stroke.

Support the Health Equity national plan tactics in the assigned region/territory. Based on plans developed for territory/regions, participate in regular Health Equity update calls with key staff positions (i.e. Advocacy, Community Health Directors, Metro Directors, Quality, and PTES Directors) in support of the Regional Health Equity Plans for the specific target community outreach to African Americans, American Indians, Asian American, Hispanics/Latinos, and Pacific Islanders.

Promote the health impact goals and enhance the AHA’s visibility within the region by strategic outreach governmental and community agencies focused on diversity and health disparities. Direct region specific efforts involving key community, regional, and state public health agencies (i.e. the Office of Minority Health, community minority health organizations, etc.).

Execute the delivery of educational and programmatic outreach efforts throughout the affiliate to support the 2020 Impact Goal by recruiting and managing strategic partners.

Serve as the staff lead for affiliate diversity-related/health equity volunteer groups and committees.

Execute the recruitment of key community and business leaders to serve as volunteer leaders for PTES and GRPTC, affiliate committees and boards, including developing volunteer career pathing for affiliate and national roles. Manage the execution of specific volunteer activities to support PTES and GRPTC to serve as Ambassadors and Madrinas respectively.

Execute the identification, cultivation, and securing of prospective sponsors and strategic alliances for relevant campaigns including GRPTC and PTES to secure sponsorship funding in tandem with Development staff, driving to a specific sponsorship goal shared with development team. Supervise the execution of GRPTC and PTES events (i.e. Desayuno events and the Gospel Tour) to increase attendance and impact.

  • Lead the development and cultivation of the Power Walk Teams to support Start! activities and cultivate community outreach.

Required Experience:

Two to three years of experience in the following areas:

Experience in minority public health education and community programs related to health disparities.

Experience in leading community health issues, ability to direct across multiple accultuaration levels and socio-economic groups.

Demonstrated expertise in health equity platform including cultural competency, health disparities, and target minority health outreach.

Demonstrated and proven knowledge of advocacy initiatives, community engagement strategies, healthcare quality initiatives, development, and volunteer management.

Experience in marketing and development outreach to specific communities based on specific role: Hispanics/Latinos, African Americans, Asian American, American Indians, Pacific Islanders. Hispanic/Latino focused position should be bilingual.

Experience in volunteer management including developing strategies for recruiting, mobilizing, managing, recognizing and evaluating volunteers. Demonstrated strategic management of volunteers to drive health impact and development goals. Ability to travel and accommodate volunteer scheduling needs beyond regular hours.

Demonstrated ability to lead a multi-disciplinary team environment working towards common goals with internal and external partners including sponsors, state and local health agencies, community and state leaders, and minority organizations. Proven relationship management expertise.

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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Requisition ID 2018-3519

Job Locations US-VA-Glen Allen

Job Family Group Health Strategies & Programs

Job Category Health Services