The Opportunity

Halifax, NS
Full-time - Permanent
$57,127 - $73,621 / year

Are you inquisitive? Detail-oriented? A wizard at parsing information? Curious about people? Like a good mystery? Want to be part of a team that's making a real difference in people's lives, the "changing the world one incredible student or research discovery at a time" kind of difference? Saint Mary's might just be for you. And you could be for us. Read on to find out! 

If you have a strong understanding of fundraising practices, experience in the not-for-profit environment and the ability to manage, organize and prioritize a broad range of projects we'd love to hear from you!

We're recruiting for the position of Advancement Officer - Prospect Research & Management. In this position, you would work closely with colleagues across Advancement to ensure high-efficiency in a fast-paced environment. This position reports to the Director of Advancement Services and receives operational direction for the Director of Philanthropy. 

You will work to create avenues of revenue through the identification and qualification of mid to high level prospects and suspects from various groups among the wider Saint Mary's University community. You will also be responsible for developing and leading a system of central moves management designed to identify, manage, and maximize prospect/supporter involvement, participation and retention in alumni engagement and fundraising activities across the University. In this position, you will play a key role in the lead up and execution of all major giving activity.

Group affiliation for this position is with the Administrative, Professional & Confidential (APC) Group. The position is evaluated at a Group 5 (salary range $57,127 - $73,621). Salary scale can be viewed here.

What you'll do


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What you'll need


You'll be a strategic thinker able to develop strategy and ensure its effective implementation. You'll also have the ability to use data and insight to inform recommendations for improvements. Having a professional manner with customer service orientation and exceptional oral and written communication skills, you will be self-directed with a high level of initiative and resourcefulness. With the ability to organize, manage, prioritize and multi-task a diverse range of projects with high efficiency in a fast-paced environment and a strong understanding of fundraising practices, you will be an outstanding addition to the team.

To be the successful Advancement Officer - Prospect Research & Management you will possess an undergraduate degree with research and analytical/statistical components. A MLIS Degree would be considered an asset. You will have a minimum of three (3) years of related work experience. Previous experience in a not-for-profit environment would be considered an asset. You will have advanced research, statistical, computer and analytical skills and be proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and relational databases. The ability to handle sensitive and confidential information appropriately and with discretion is expected.

We're looking for

Core Skills

CRM Fundraising Microsoft Office Research

A little bit about us

Saint Mary’s University

Saint Mary's University is one of Canada's top primary undergraduate universities--known for its international collaborations, leadership in entrepreneurship, and research that benefits local and global communities. Our programs in Arts, Science, Graduate Studies and the Sobey School of Business are among Canada's best and feature professors who are committed to the success of their students. Saint Mary's provides our 7,000 students with a place that fosters possibility, excellent research opportunities, and distinguished graduate and professional programs combined with a caring community. Nestled in the heart of Halifax, Nova Scotia, on Canada's east coast, Saint Mary's University is marked by iconic buildings, green spaces and fresh ocean air. The Saint Mary's University community is committed to a prosperous future for the world-a world without limits.

At Saint Mary's University equity and diversity are integral to excellence and enrich our community. As an institution committed to fostering an environment of inclusion and respect, we welcome applications from women, Indigenous peoples, racialized persons/visible minorities, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientation or gender identity and others who might contribute to the growth and enrichment of our community.

Are you interested?

Work With Us

Apply for this opportunity online using our online application system through Career Beacon. Please visit to reference the job posting and description and click on "Apply through CareerBeacon" to submit your application or click on "Apply Now" on CareerBeacon.

Qualified candidates should submit the following with their application:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Three Professional References

The position will be posted on June 15, 2022 for a minimum of 10 (ten) business days and posting will remain open until position has been filled. No telephone calls please.

This position offers a comprehensive benefits package which can be viewed here on the Saint Mary's University Human Resources website

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, preference will be given to applicants who identify as Black, Indigenous, racialized persons/visible minorities, persons with disabilities, and women. Applicants are encouraged to self-identify. Preference will also be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. If you require accommodations during the recruitment process, please contact Human Resources at [email protected].

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