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Development Officer, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - Dalhousie University

Application Deadline : 2020-10-29
Institution : Dalhousie University
Description :

Position Title Development Officer, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Department/Unit Advancement

Location Halifax

Posting Number S163-20

Employee Group DPMG

Position Type Regular, On-Going

Employment Type Full Time

Full-time Equivalency (FTE) 1.0

Salary $59,231 - $80,134 per annum

Classification ADM-06


Provisional Statement

This is a provisional classification. Formal classification procedures will be initiated by

the Compensation & Job Evaluation Unit in approximately six months.


About Dalhousie University

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 19,000 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.


Job Summary

As a Development Officer, you will be responsible for planning and executing a comprehensive major gift fundraising program in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. The Faculty is highly-regarded, innovative and prides itself in preparing students to manage with integrity and make things happen. You will consult and work in concert with Dalhousie’s leaders to achieve ambitious fundraising goals. As the successful candidate, you will display business acumen, diplomacy, professionalism and, above all, a passion for achieving results. Ideally, you will bring a successful track record in major gift fundraising to the table, but consideration will be given to those who have achieved outstanding results in a relationship-based professional sales role.


Key Responsibilities

  • Implement fund development strategies and initiatives consistent with the University’s objectives.
  • Build strong relationships with individuals and organizations as well as other communities of interest.
  • Maintain a portfolio of active donors and manage prospects/donors with major gift capacity, with an emphasis on timely and accurate moves management practices, in order to create and maximize revenue through major gift commitments (of $50,000 or more) for Dalhousie’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and for the University as a whole.
  • Consult with Dalhousie’s senior leadership, Office of Advancement senior leadership, Deans and other academic leaders, faculty members, the Communications and Marketing areas of the University and community volunteers, to achieve fundraising objectives.
  • Present and promote a consistent image of Dalhousie as a major university of international caliber at the service of the community.
  • Assume other fundraising-related management responsibilities and ensure appropriate administration of the process.



Undergraduate degree, with three to five years’ experience in major gift fundraising, client relations, professional sales, business development or a related field, ideally, but not necessarily, in a post-secondary environment. Exceptional written, oral and interpersonal communication skills are essential. Business acumen, maturity and diplomacy in dealing with donors, and senior level faculty and administrative personnel required. Demonstrated sales or business development, leadership and strategic planning skills are required. The preferred candidate must thrive on working in a fast- paced and results-oriented environment.


Job Competencies     

The successful candidate is expected to demonstrate proficiency in Dalhousie’s core and leadership competencies (, in particular:

  • Self-Awareness & Professionalism
  • Respect & Inclusion
  • Communication
  • Relationship Building
  • Accountability for Performance & Results


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 university employees and external candidates are given concurrent consideration. Among short-listed candidates, university employees will be given special consideration.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.


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


Posting Detail Information


Number of Vacancies 1

Open Date      10/07/2020

Close Date     10/29/2020


Open Until Filled        No

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Supplemental Questions

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Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents

1.     Résumé / Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Optional Documents

1.     Cover Letter