Executive Director, Texas (TX #2021-69)

City: Dallas
State: TX

The American Lung Association has an excellent opportunity for an Executive Director, Texas to join our incredible team in the Southwest Region.  Working as a Development Team member, you will join an outstanding group of professionals dedicated to our mission:  to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through research, education, and advocacy.

In this role, you will be responsible for increasing mission activities through effective and successful implementation of fundraising initiatives and for creating an atmosphere in which market staff and volunteers successfully partner to meet all American Lung Association strategic imperatives.  As the lead fundraiser in Texas the Executive Director is responsible for meeting and/or exceeding all revenue goals related to Special Events, Corporate Development, Community Foundations, and Individual Giving with an emphasis on unrestricted revenue streams. This is accomplished through leadership, management and growth of market revenue generating capacity and the recruitment and engagement of high-level volunteers for Leadership Board and Event Committee service.  The Executive Director will serve as the lead staff in the market, fostering a spirit of camaraderie among the local staff team reflected in exceptional community engagement.



  • Serve as the lead development officer and oversee unrestricted revenue goals in Texas including special events, individual and corporate giving.
  • Meet or exceed fiscal unrestricted revenue goals.
  • Ensure the effective implementation of all fundraising activities including, but not limited to, signature events and cause campaign, using nationwide, proven-effective best practices.
  • Lead nationally designed LUNG FORCE (Strategic Cause Campaign) activities throughout (state.)
  • Directly manage, hire, train and evaluate all fundraising staff ensuring that the team is tracking to meet market revenue goals. Provide on-going development opportunities, feedback, and course corrections when necessary.
  • Develop, cultivate, and solicit a personal portfolio of local corporate prospects with an emphasis on meeting and/or exceeding corporate revenue goals in event sponsorship and cause related marketing.
  • Working together with the Nationwide Individual Giving Team, develop, cultivate, and solicit a personal portfolio of individuals for mid-level, major and/or planned gifts. 
  • Foster a culture of philanthropy amongst all Texas staff and volunteers.
  • Provide effective support for volunteer fundraisers.
  • Evaluate market success and potential and, together with the Regional Development Lead and Executive Vice President, develop plans which support market revenue growth and mission delivery.
  • Identify and foster corporate relationships for potential multi-region and/or nationwide engagement.

Volunteer Recruitment and Engagement:

  • Establish and build strategic and sustained relationships with key business leaders, individual donors, event participants, top government officials, members of the media and community leaders.
  • Identify and recruit a strong Leadership Board Chair and Vice Chair and work with them during their two-year term to foster a culture of philanthropy amongst all volunteer leadership.
  • Identify, recruit, and engage a strong market Leadership Board of 12-18 members using Nationwide, proven-effective best practices.  Leadership Board members must have the capacity and connectivity to leverage resources and influence support. Revenue raised because of Leadership Board member involvement will be tracked and measured against American Lung Association standards.
  • Serve as the staff lead to the Leadership Board, providing guidance, support, materials, reports, and assistance in implementing annual work plans while ensuring the on-going development of a strong and participatory Leadership Board.
  • Together with the Regional Development Lead, provide an annual analysis of Board performance.
  • Responsible for the recruitment and engagement of corporate leaders to chair all event committees.
  • Together with the local Development Team support, manage and successfully engage a committee of corporate leaders for each signature event.


  • Serve as the first point of contact in the market for constituents, media, and the public, coordinating with the market staff team to best handle inquiries about the American Lung Association’s mission.
  • Together with the Mission Team, cultivate community relationships.
  • Together with the Regional Mission Lead, provide leadership to mission staff members in the market.
  • Provide feedback to the Regional Mission Lead for all local mission staff performance reviews.

Operational and Fiscal Management:

  • Provide a supportive, positive, collaborative working environment for staff and volunteers.
  • Foster a strong working relationship between mission and development teams.
  • Operate within the approved budget for the Texas market ensuring maximum resource utilization and a positive financial position.
  • Provide a minimum of monthly reports to the Executive Vice President and Regional Development Lead including revenue forecasting.
  • Participate in training opportunities and provide encouragement for the team in Texas to do the same.
  • Actively participate on regional and/or national work teams to collectively improve development outcomes.
  • Perform other job-related duties as assigned by the Regional Development Lead or the Executive Vice President.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Non-Profit Management, Marketing, or related field required.
  • Minimum of seven years fundraising experience including special event planning and management, individual & corporate giving, and non-governmental grant acquisition 
  • Must have experience with leading and managing staff
  • Demonstrated success in recruiting and stewarding high level volunteers, donors, and sponsors
  • Experience with non-profit budget building and management
  • Proven ability to multi-task in a fast-paced work environment with strong organizational skills and an attention to detail
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, and proficient in social & digital media
  • Able to work with minimum direct supervision, make decisions, and take initiative
  • Proven ability to cultivate and steward relationships across a diverse population
  • Flexibility to work irregular hours, including evenings and weekends with some overnights required.  Must have a valid Driver’s license
  • Ability to lift and carry 25 lbs. (event supplies)
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office and Convio
  • Consistent with its mission, the American Lung Association maintains a smoke-free workplace; all employees must abstain from tobacco use in any form. 


To apply, send a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to (include the job title and the job number in the subject of the email):

Human Resources Department
American Lung Association
Email: [email protected]

The American Lung Association is dedicated to a diverse workforce.
Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V

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