Your Life at American Heart

Updated:May 16,2013
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The American Heart Association is dedicated to being an employer that honors and rewards your impact on advancing our mission. Each day, you invest your talent in a way that is true, positive, heroic and committed in building healthier lives free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. This unique culture – one where employees honor their roles as stewards for the organization’s enduring mission – is at the heart of the American Heart Association’s tradition of excellence.


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The American Heart Association features a comprehensive approach to performance management and recognition. We recognize both individual and collaborative achievements that are aligned with organizational goals to advance our mission.
  • Individual performance is defined more broadly than the achievement of quantitative metrics. It includes active participation in personal and professional development, sharing expertise and experience through coaching and mentoring of colleagues and deliberate collaboration across functional areas to advance our mission.
  • Managers are partners in the success of the employees and, together, foster an environment where performance feedback is continuously shared and formally reviewed at least twice each year.
  • Recognition for individual and team achievements is provided spontaneously through local, affiliate and association-wide programs.


Visit the links below for more information about what we do and how we do it daily:
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Cardiovascular diseases and stroke afflict people of all races, ethnicities, genders, religions, ages, sexual orientations, national origins and disabilities.  The American Heart Association is committed to ensuring that our workforce and volunteers reflect America’s diverse population.  We know that such diversity will enrich us with the talent, energy, perspective and inspiration we need to achieve our mission of building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

The American Heart Association continually works to integrate diversity into daily business operations with initiatives such as:

CEO Diversity Advisory Cabinet, chaired by our CEO, this group is a cross section of American Heart Association staff who make recommendations on ways to change or improve programs focused on developing a culturally competent workforce. This group continually recognizes Diversity Champions throughout the organization.  

AHA Affinity Groups — AHA has several affinity groups that include employees with common perspectives, interests or backgrounds that gather regularly to interact and exchange ideas.

Health Equity — a business initiative to focus on reducing health disparities related to heart disease and stroke among  racial and ethnic populations.

Equal Employment Opportunity The American Heart Association prohibits any and all types of harassment or discrimination of our Employees by other Employees or outside parties. Harassment or discrimination based on race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, marital status, national origin, disability, veteran status, or other legally protected status, is inappropriate, offensive, and will not be tolerated. All Employees are responsible for maintaining a positive working environment, free of discrimination and harassment, and free of hostile, threatening, or intimidating behavior.

Our collective success at the American Heart Association depends on individual commitment to core organizational values.  These values not only help define our organizational culture but they also guide our daily business decisions and activities — driving us to the highest standards of ethical conduct.
Our Core Values:

  • Integrity — We pursue our mission with honor, fairness and respect for the individual, ever mindful that there is no “right way” to do the “wrong thing.”
  • Inclusiveness — We serve responsibly as members of all the communities in which we live and work, fueled by diversity of thought and action.
  • Dedication — We remain dedicated to our Customers and our cause, and committed to discovery and continuous improvement.
  • Excellence — We strive to be the best in our work, our relationships, our ideas and our service is the greatest demonstration of our pledge to Customer satisfaction.
  • Sensitivity — We operate in a climate of openness and trust in which each of us fully grants others respect and cooperation.
  • Vision — We are willing to take prudent risks as we strive to be proactive, innovative and creative in all we do.
American Heart Association Ethics Policy.