Executive Director - Kansas

Opening Date: April 7, 2014
Closing Date: April 21, 2014
City: Kansas City
State Kansas
Association: American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest


The American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest (ALAUM) is a voluntary health organization serving a multi-state area including Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.  The region will soon include Missouri, Nebraska and Kansas.  Our mission is to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. The American Lung Association has been fighting for the lung health of all Americans since 1904.  Today, the Lung Association fights to reduce smoking, clean the air we breathe, and find cures for lung disease.

The Executive Director is a full-time exempt position responsible for carrying out the mission of the organization, serving as the lead development officer, implementing funded programs approved by the ALAUM Board of Directors.  The Executive Director serves as a member of the ALAUM Management Team.  Responsibilities and goals are compatible with the performance targets outlined in the written performance based management system.


  • Develop and engage volunteers through an effective Local Leadership Board (LLB) and Event Leadership Teams to serve as advocates and to assist in carrying out fundraising efforts in support of the Association’s mission.  
  • Develop and implement the fundraising efforts pursuant to the development goals for the ALAUM in Kansas including but not limited to: signature special events, individual special gifts, corporate giving, and grants. 
  • Supervise area office staff and nurture effective relationships among employees and foster a spirit of camaraderie and mission.  
  • Serve as the lead advocate for the ALAUM vision throughout Kansas.  
  • Implement a comprehensive communications plan that includes both public relations and marketing elements designed to enhance the Association’s ability to raise charitable gifts and to establish the Association as a vital charitable organization in the community.  
  • Submit monthly progress reports including accomplishments, media coverage, fund raising progress, and specific needs to the Chief Development Officer (CDO).
  • Identify and establish strategic and sustained relationships with key business leaders, donors, top government officials and community leaders.
  • Implement portions of ALAUM performance based management system, strategic plan, legislative agenda and related documents which apply to area.  
  • Work closely with the Chief Development Officer to develop annual revenue budget.  
  • Monitor budget and exercise control over expenditure of funds.


  • Bachelor's Degree from accredited four-year college or university or cogent equivalent.  Master's degree preferred.  
  • At least five years of successful fundraising experience and effective work with leadership volunteers.  
  • At least three years strong supervisory and management experience in the non-profit sector.  
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.  
  • Excellent analytical and organizational skills.  
  • Excellent people and leadership skills, with an ability to coach, motivate and develop staff and volunteers.  
  • Consistent with its mission, the American Lung Association maintains a smoke-free work place and the candidate should not use tobacco in any form.  

Application Procedure:

To apply send cover letter and resume (include job title in subject of email) to:

Maria Vanegas-Zea
Human Resources Department
American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest
Email:  alahr@lung.org
Fax:  (646) 807-4758