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Dalhousie University

Assistant Dean, Advancement, Faculty of Management

Posted On: October 26, 2021
Closing On: November 29, 2021

Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Effective: As soon as possible
Employment Type: fulltime
Level: senior

Position Title

Assistant Dean, Advancement

Location: Halifax

Employee Group: DPMGDuration of Contract (if applicable)

Full-time Equivalency (FTE): 1.0

This is a provisional classification. Formal classification procedures will be initiated by the Job Design Unit in approximately six months.

Dalhousie University is Atlantic Canada’s leading research-intensive university and a driver of the region’s intellectual, social and economic development. Located in the heart of Halifax, Nova Scotia, with an Agricultural Campus in Truro/Bible Hill, Dalhousie is a truly national and international university, with more than half of our over 20,000 students coming from outside of the province. Our 6,000 faculty and staff foster a vibrant, purpose-driven community, that celebrated 200 years of academic excellence in 2018.

The Faculty of Management is recognized for its innovative, values-based approach to management education and research. Graduates are leaders and managers in the business sector, public sector, and civil society who live the Faculty’s vision of inspiring transformational solutions. Reporting to the Dean, Faculty of Management and the Senior Director of Development, the Assistant Dean, Advancement works collaboratively with the Dean and other Faculty of Management leaders, including Associate Deans, Alumni and External Relations, Career Services and Employer Relations, and Communications and Marketing, and the University Advancement Office to build and advance strong personal and professional relationships in support of Faculty of Management advancement and fundraising goals.  

Salary: $69,657 – $94,244 per annum

Key Responsibilities

  • Works with the Dean and other faculty-based leaders to establish fundraising priorities for the Faculty of Management.  Establishes and evaluates annual fundraising targets and operational plans.
  • Liaises with the Vice-President and Associate Vice-President, Advancement and other university leaders to determine common objectives relating to campaigns and other major initiatives.
  • Identify, qualify, engage and cultivate prospective donors and solicit major gifts.
  • Ensures that donor recognition strategies and programs are in place to maintain and grow excellent relations with the Faculty’s supporters. 
  • Leads the engagement between donors and faculty academic leaders by matching donor interests with Faculty of Management priorities. Provides coaching, leadership and support to engage faculty members in strategic fundraising activities.
  • Collaborates with the University Advancement Office on prospect identification, writing projects, and stewardship, as well as on other Advancement portfolios, such as annual fund, class giving and planned giving.


The successful candidate is expected to be available to work on campus and will be required to provide proof of vaccination or twice-weekly COVID tests in accordance with University policies.

Undergraduate degree plus a minimum of five years’ relevant experience leading complex projects in the area of fundraising, financial services, sales, or business development (or equivalent combination of training and experience) is required. Experience in major gift fundraising and a track record of successfully closing major gifts would be considered a significant asset. Candidate should have an interest in, and willingness to learn about, all aspects of post-secondary and management education, as well as innovation ecosystems. Exceptional written communication skills; proven ability to prepare polished, relevant, and compelling reports, briefs, and other written materials. Strong interpersonal and relationship-building skills; proven ability to establish trust, rapport, and credibility with diverse constituencies; evidence of continuous learning, self-reflection, and humility regarding effective communication across cultures is key.
Job Competencies
The successful candidate is expected to demonstrate proficiency in Dalhousie’s core and leadership competencies (, in particular: 
– Integrity
– Respect & Inclusion
– Relationship Building
– Accountability for Performance & Results
– Development
Additional Information
Dalhousie University supports a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Our total compensation package includes a defined benefit pension plan, health and dental plans, a health spending account, an employee and family assistance program and a tuition assistance program.
Application Consideration
Applications from current university employees and external candidates are assessed concurrently. Current university employees will be given special consideration. 
We sincerely appreciate all applications and note that only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted directly by the hiring department or Human Resources. 
Diversity Statement
Dalhousie University is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness. The university encourages applications from Indigenous persons, persons with a disability, racially visible persons, women, persons of a minority sexual orientation and/or gender identity, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community. For more information, please visit
Open Date 10/25/2021
Open Until Filled No
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