Board of Directors Member

Adult Congenital Heart Association

Posted: 10/5/2020

Position Type: Board (Unpaid)

Function: Fundraising/Development

Primary domain: Healthcare

City: Virtual Based

Postal code: 19064

State: Pennsylvania

Country: United States

Organization Information:


$1M - $3M


Mission statement:

The mission of the Adult Congenital Heart Association is to improve and extend the lives of the millions born with heart defects through education, advocacy and research.

Founded in 1998, the Adult Congenital Heart Association is an organization begun by and dedicated to supporting individuals and families living with congenital heart disease and advancing the care and treatment available to our community.

We do this through a wide and growing range of programs, services, and activities. These include our National and Regional Conferences, accreditation programeducational materialswebsiteoutreach and advocacy effortsresearch program, and events to raise money and increase awareness.

We are committed to promoting excellence for every adult CHD patient by increasing access to the highest level of care and developing standards to allow patients and families to identify physicians and facilities providing that care.

ACHA thanks the patients, family members, health professionals, and researchers who commit their time, resources, skills, and efforts to our cause. We especially acknowledge the contributions of our Board of Directors and Medical Advisory Board.

Read more in ACHA's one page overview, click here.

Position Details:

Job Description:

The Board of Directors (Board) supports the work of ACHA and provides mission-based leadership and strategic governance. While day-to-day operations are led by ACHA’s chief executive officer (CEO) and staff, the Board/CEO/staff relationship is a partnership, and the appropriate involvement of the Board is both critical and expected.

ACHA values diversity among its Board members. The composition of the Board in terms of the cultural background, race, age, religion, professional and personal skills, life experience and contributions of its members, as well as geographic dispersion throughout the United States, is evaluated annually to identify ways the Board may improve its effectiveness in achieving the goals and stated mission of the organization

Specific Board Member responsibilities include:

Leadership, governance, and oversight

  • Serving as a trusted advisor to the CEO as s/he implements ACHA’s strategic plan.
  • Reviewing outcomes and metrics for evaluating impact, performance and effectiveness.
  • Evaluating the work of the CEO and the Board on an annual basis.
  • Reviewing agendas and supporting materials prior to Board and committee meetings.
  • Approving ACHA’s annual budget, audit reports, and material business decisions; being informed of, and meeting all, legal and fiduciary responsibilities.
  • Assisting the CEO, Board Chair and Nominating Committee with identifying and recruiting new Board Members.
  • Partnering with the CEO and Board Members to ensure that all Board resolutions are carried out and that actions to achieve ACHA’s strategic goals are successfully undertaken.
  • Serving on standing and ad hoc committees and taking on special assignments.
  • Representing ACHA to stakeholders; acting as an ambassador for the organization.
  • Ensuring ACHA’s commitment to a diverse Board and staff that reflects the communities ACHA serves.


ACHA Board Members consider ACHA a philanthropic priority and make annual gifts that reflect that priority. So that ACHA can meet its strategic objectives and credibly solicit contributions from businesses, foundations, organizations, and individuals, ACHA expects every Board Member to make an annual contribution that is commensurate with his/her capacity. In addition, every Board Member is expected to cultivate additional gifts to the organization from individuals, businesses, and other contacts within his/her sphere of influence. Specifically, for the fiscal year 2021, every Board Member is required to make an annual financial contribution of at least $10,000, raised or contributed, and of which a minimum of $2,000 must be a personal donation.

 Board Terms / Participation

ACHA’s Board Members serve a three-year term and are then eligible for re-appointment for one additional three-year term. Board meetings are held quarterly with at least one in-person meeting each year. Committee meetings are held at regular intervals at the discretion of each individual committee. Current standing committees of the Board include Governance, Finance, and Nominating, with additional ad hoc committees formed as deemed necessary.


This is an extraordinary opportunity for individual leaders who are passionate about ACHA’s mission and who have a track record of board leadership. Selected Board Members will have achieved leadership stature in business, government, healthcare or the non-profit sector. They are individuals who have the ability and passion to rally their community and State in support of issues critical to the ACHD community. Their personal and professional accomplishments will allow them to attract other well-qualified, high-performing Board Members.

Ideal candidates embody the following qualities:

  • Capable and willing to attend quarterly Board and committee meetings, actively contribute to the discussion, and commit to participating in key events.
  • Appreciation for the critical role of philanthropy at the Board level and a personal commitment to meet or exceed Board fundraising requirements; ability and willingness to communicate ACHA’s mission, vision and strategic priorities to colleagues and solicit their financial support in a meaningful way.
  • Ability to bring mature judgment and analytical vision to complex matters and bold enough to make difficult decisions.
  • Natural affinity for cultivating relationships and persuading, convening, facilitating, and building consensus among diverse individuals.
  • Ability to have influence within their own community; ability to open doors and attract others in support of ACHA’s mission and fundraising initiatives.
  • An appreciation for, and understanding of, the role that non-profit organizations play in meeting critical needs in the community.
  • Personal qualities of honesty, integrity, and credibility.
  • Strong business acumen.
  • An innovative spirit; the ability to think “out of the box.”
  • Passion for advocating in support of ACHA’s priority issues.


Service on ACHA’s Board of Directors is without remuneration, except for administrative support, in relation to Board Member’s duties.




Unpaid Board Position

Posting Expiration Date:


How to Apply:

All resumes and cover letters should be e-mailed directly to: Tisha Abdelaziz at [email protected] no later than October 30, 2020, where they will be held in strict confidence until shared with the Nominating Committee. The term for this round of BOD directors members will begin on January 1, 2021, and run for three years.  


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