Careers at PHA

The Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) is a dynamic, fast-growing organization serving pulmonary hypertension (PH) patients, their family members and the medical community. Pulmonary hypertension, a life-threatening illness described as high blood pressure in the lungs, affects people of all ethnic backgrounds and ages. PHA provides high level medical and patient education, raises awareness of PH in the general public and medical community, advocates for legislation, supports research, and helps patients connect with others to end their isolation.

We believe that anyone whose life has been touched by this difficult illness has the right to fight back as much as they are willing and able. We also believe that PHA has an obligation to create the environment that makes such involvement possible.

Development Manager, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter

General Summary

This employee will be an integral member of PHA's San Francisco Bay Area Chapter team. The employee will focus on securing new revenue, fundraising events administration and logistics that will include: event planning, event production and event administration. Fundraising events may include: galas, golf tournaments, walks and other special events in a very intensive start-up environment. The employee will also be responsible for recruiting and managing volunteer teams and committees in several venues throughout the Bay Area.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Identify, cultivate, solicit, and close new corporate, foundation, and individual gifts
  • Recruit in-kind donations of products and services appropriate for the Association's fundraising campaigns to reduce expenses
  • Launch and strengthen partnerships with local communities and businesses to grow third-party fundraising program
  • Secure media partnerships, including television, radio, print, and online partnerships
  • Work closely with the Executive Director and Special Events Manager to achieve the Chapter's annual revenue goals
Event Planning & Production
  • Manage up to 12 events per year
  • Must be able to anticipate project needs, discern work priorities, and meet deadlines with little supervision
  • Negotiate and manage vendor contracts and book event space, arrange food and beverage, order supplies and audio/visual equipment, make travel arrangements, order event signs and ensure appropriate décor
  • Conduct research, make site visits, and find resources to help staff and volunteers make decisions about event possibilities
  • Propose new ideas to improve the event planning and implementation process
  • Serve as liaison with vendors on event-related matters
  • Assist with managing on-site production and clean-up for events as necessary
  • Keep track of event finances including check requests, invoicing, and reporting
  • Prepare and modify event contracts as requested; manage guest list, call downs and RSVP's
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities Required
  • Bachelor's degree preferred; significant work experience can substitute for a degree
  • 3 years' experience coordinating special events, preferably fundraising events
  • Excellent communication skills including writing, proofreading, and speaking
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and work assignments from a variety of staff and volunteers
  • Ability to accomplish projects with little supervision
  • Excellent customer service skills and high expectations for quality
  • Proficient using the latest versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint; skilled at mail merges, email outreach and web searches
  • Ability to work with a wide variety of constituents including PH patients, medical professionals, caregivers and donors
  • Comfortable asking for and achieving in-kind commitments
  • Strong interpersonal skills (verbal and written) necessary in order to communicate diplomatically and effectively with volunteers, donors and staff
  • Volunteer management experience preferred
  • Strong professional ethics
Working Conditions
  • Travel to meetings and events as necessary throughout the San Francisco Bay Area
  • Work nights and weekends as necessary to attend and oversee meetings and events
  • Must have access to reliable transportation and ability to travel to meetings or events at different locations
  • Use of computer required
  • Sitting, bending, reaching, and walking
  • Some heavy lifting (50lbs) may be required

What We Offer

A competitive salary, generous benefits, highly desirable location in San Francisco's Financial District (BART accessible), and a collegiate work environment. We also provide quality training opportunities to enhance the skills of our staff.

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter, résumé and salary expectations to Im Senephimmachack, Executive Director at; include “Development Manager” in the subject line. We look forward to hearing from you, but no phone calls please.

Special Events Program Associate

Emphasis on Campaigns and Endurance Events
Full-time position; available September 2014

The Special Events Program Associate position provides an exciting opportunity for an aspiring nonprofit professional to gain first-hand experience of grassroots fundraising, volunteer management and campaign organization. Reporting to the Special Events Senior Manager, this associate will be responsible for ongoing programmatic support for special event organizers as well as the continued development of PHA's Endurance Program.


  • Provide resources and support to grassroots special event planners with regard to: volunteer recruitment, event registration and marketing, sponsorship and awareness-raising materials.
  • Provide resources and support to individual fundraisers with regard to: fundraising ideas, webpage creation, awareness materials and additional support as needed.
  • Assist in the development of online and print materials that will better support and equip event planners individual fundraisers.
  • Assist with the management of PHA's Special Event Central Fund program, including:
    • The coordination of grant requests by accurately tracking and managing applications as they move through the review process.
    • Interfacing with Database, Development and Finance staff to ensure proper allocation and notation of granted funds.
  • Research and report on PHA's existing campaigns and endurance program while preparing (and later implementing) a proposal to enhance program structure (i.e. budget, chapter integration, promotion, etc.)
  • Interface with various departments at PHA to ensure the program's success and visibility.
  • Create new, innovative and user-friendly avenues for recruiting athletes inside and outside the organization.
  • Additional tasks as assigned.


BA/BS preferred. The successful applicant will be highly organized and have the ability to respond to a variety of activities while keeping track of details. S/he must also demonstrate Microsoft Office proficiency. Excellent writing and organizational skills paired with a commitment to success are essential. The ability to work well with people, exercise independent judgment, take initiative, and manage shifting priorities are also necessary qualifications for the position.

What We Offer

A competitive salary; generous benefits, including employer-paid individual health insurance premiums and a transportation subsidy; location in downtown Silver Spring (bus and Metro accessible); collegial work environment. We also provide quality training opportunities to enhance the skills of our staff.

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter, résumé, writing sample and your salary expectations to Joshua Griffis, Special Events Senior Manager at  Applications without salary information will not be considered. We look forward to hearing from you, but no phone calls, please.

Questions or concerns? Please contact Jennifer Freedman, PHA's Associate Director of Finance & Benefits, at

Updated 9/5/2014


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The National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) awarded PHA the Abbey S. Meyers Leadership Award in 2012 for outstanding service to PHA members in advocacy, education and other key areas.