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National Director, Special Events (CHI #1920-48)

City: Chicago

State: Illinois

The American Lung Association has a great opportunity for a National Director, Special Events to join our incredible team in the National Office. Working as a member of the Development Team, 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 overseeing all aspects of Yoga Power related to the creation, management and execution of this new fundraising campaign. This includes but is not limited to school recruitment, volunteer engagement, marketing, budget, timelines, evaluation, logistics and potential sponsorship opportunities.


  • Lead Yoga Power nationwide campaign including fundraising, marketing, training and logistics.
  • Train staff on Yoga Power best practices, while focusing on the importance of student fundraising in the schools.
  • Serve as point staff person for strategies to build relationships with local and national SHAPE/AAHPERD contacts.
  • Facilitate comprehensive Yoga Power campaign fundraising measurements and evaluation to ensure fundraising goals are met and exceeded.
  • Mentor and coach field staff on Yoga Power best practices as they begin implementation of this new initiative with primary focus on fundraising with students and school personnel. Cultivate relationships and effectively engage staff and school partners.
  • Manage the development of Yoga Power campaign tools including event website, collateral and incentives and implement marketing plan for campaign.
  • Create and implement nationwide Yoga Power training for Coordinators, Managers, Directors and Executive Directors utilizing the implementation of best practices.
  • Serve as primary gap team lead for Eastern Division to ensure revenue goals are met and exceeded.
  • Responsible for cross-functional collaboration with lead Health Promotion staff to ensure coordination with strategies related to school access and communication.
  • Work closely with regional and national colleagues.
  • Complete special projects as assigned by the National Assistant Vice President of Development, Special Events.


  • 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 work place; all employees must abstain from tobacco use in any form.


To apply send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to (include job title and job number in subject of 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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