Development Manager, Northwest

Position Summary

The Development Manager, Northwest leads the successful execution of a nationwide walk series and other special events that help drive the organization’s mission to fund the most promising research to advance the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of congenital heart defects. Reporting to the National Director of Development, this position works with state and region volunteer leadership and event committees to achieve revenue goals for fundraising activities with accountability for significant income targets, sponsorships, and mission and advocacy integration.

Position Duties and Responsibilities

Congenital Heart Walks

  • Participate in strategic planning for the series, including market/site selection, scheduling, budgeting, revenue targets, event logistics, marketing, and communications strategies.
  • Achieve income targets, annual growth of Walk gross and net income, build relationships, and work effectively with volunteer committees, donors, and sponsors to achieve event goals.
  • Implement and enhance the walk series operational and financial plans. Provide tools for committee success, monitor activity, and address progress deficiencies.
  • Work with the Director of Development, to develop, implement, and manage all series timelines, benchmarks, and reports.
  • Provide leadership for the recruitment, retention, coaching, and guidance of local walk committees and event volunteers.
  • Work in partnership with volunteer event leadership to recruit planning committee leads and members. Assure clearly defined roles and committee structure, effective communication, and provide training, tools, and support for success.
  • Monitor financial expenditures, progress to budget, and take appropriate measures to keep volunteers informed. Provide formal reports and analysis, including financials and associated metrics and event preparedness, as requested by the national office.
  • Collaborate with external event production vendors, organizations, and providers at each site, including logistics, travel, event launch, permits and approvals, site reviews and planning, insurance and supplies.
  • Drive event execution, including creating program agendas, scripts, and runs of the show.
  • Plan and participate in regular committee meetings. Support event-specific logistics planning and coordination. Ensure sufficient recruitment of event-day volunteers.
  • Support walk leaders in hosting kickoff events, team captains, and cultivation activities.
  • Organize annual evaluation processes for locations and the overall series.
  • Collaborate with national staff to execute awareness, marketing, and finance procedures.

Other Events leadership, planning, and volunteer management

  • Engage, recruit, steward, train, and manage relationships with volunteers and committees to execute other special event types and fundraising plans to achieve revenue goals, including golf, gala, and local fundraisers.
  • Implement best practices for revenue growth drive and encourage creativity and innovation resulting in new revenue opportunities.
  • Establish and maintain meaningful business communications with individual and business donors, volunteers, and sponsors.
  • Ensure compliance with CHF policies, including employment, risk management, travel, event and cash handling, data management, and financial controls.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Candidate Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Three years related experience preferred in volunteer development and management, fundraising, event management, marketing, and communications.
  • Minimum two years’ experience in walks/runs, with a track record of success in forming and leading committees, empowering volunteers, and cultivating sponsors.
  • Strategic, highly organized, and detail-focused team player with strong interpersonal skills.
  • Outcomes driven; strong project management ability.
  • Proven ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and work well under pressure with patience and positivity.
  • Able to work successfully in a diverse team environment.
  • Positively interacting and diplomatically maintaining relationships with a wide range of professionals, peers, volunteers, and those served by the organization.
  • Excellent organizational, attention to detail, time management, and prioritization skills.
  • Very strong written, verbal, listening, and problem-solving skills.
  • High integrity and excellent judgment.
  • Ability to confidentially handle information and processing of income.
  • Proficient in computer-based information systems, including experience with Peer-2-Peer database software and Microsoft products.
  • The position requires working nights as needed for walk site and other events committee planning, virtual meetings, and frequent travel, including weekends, with flex time available.
  • Must have access to a car or be able to transport materials to and from meetings and special events/programs.
  • Must be able to lift 30 lbs. and perform set up/take down of event equipment.
  • Travel estimated at 25% annually, up to 40-50% during the Walk season, includes night and weekend work.


The Batten Group and Children’s Heart Foundation are equal opportunity employers committed to the principles of non-discrimination in the workplace. Under this agreement, candidates will not be discriminated against on the basis of age, race, creed, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, marital status or any other basis that is prohibited by federal, state, or local law.

The Children’s Heart Foundation has retained The Batten Group to conduct a search for the Development Manager, Northwest. To apply for this position, please follow the link here.