The Opportunity

Halifax, NS
Education and Training
$108,875 - $141,538 / year

NSCAD University is a global leader in contemporary art, craft and design education. We are a destination that attracts the top students, faculty and visiting artists from around the world. We seek to raise money to reunify our students, faculty, and programs and the Historic Halifax Seaport, creating a new arts district. This is a bold vision and an ambitious goal. President Peggy Shannon is creating an elite team of interdisciplinary specialists to realize this vision.

The Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University (NSCAD) seeks a strategic, innovative, entrepreneurial, and results-oriented Chief Philanthropy Officer (CPO) for a 3 year limited term, with option for renewal. Reporting to the President, the CPO will join NSCAD at a time of unique opportunity and impact to lead the Comprehensive Campaign throughout the transformative campus consolidation at the Halifax Historic Seaport.

What you'll do


  • Lead NSCAD's $150 million comprehensive campaign and campaign-fundraising strategy for the $100 million target from philanthropic gifts.
  • Developing and stewarding the Campaign Cabinet, Honorary Chairs, managing the related campaign-specific program of special events to support brand building locally, nationally, and globally, growing NSCAD's capital support from foundations, individuals, and corporations.
  • Build and lead a team to oversee major donor identification, cultivation, and solicitation.
  • With NSCAD's commitment to expanding access, increasing impact, and prioritizing inclusion, as it reinvents itself as the art and design university of the future, the CPO will bring creativity and innovation to the advancement function by establishing a structured, proactive, best-practice organization to support the university's ambitious and progressive goals.
  • As a member of NSCAD's senior leadership team, the Board of Governors Advancement Committee, and the Campaign Cabinet, the CPO will work closely with NSCAD's President, Board of Governors and other key patrons and constituents to advance strategic, long-term relationships for the financial health and sustainability of the institution in the context of the recently launched Seriously Creative Strategic Plan.
  • Serve as a change agent and holistic architect, leading strategy and execution of the work in the Comprehensive Campaign, including individual and institutional philanthropy, special events, and stewardship programs.
  • Inspire and lead by example, demonstrating the highest standards of cultivation, stewardship, and management.
  • Act as a collaborative partner with colleagues in art and design education, communications, and exhibitions management departments, as well as with the finance, legal, human resources, governors' affairs, and other administrative offices.
  • Work closely with the Director of Advancement to align the annual fund, business systems, communications, and marketing teams to ensure a seamless and strategic focus on NSCAD's most critical constituencies.

What you'll need


  • Masters degree and CFRE preferred.
  • Must possess a minimum of 10 years of experience in positions of increasing responsibility within advancement and demonstrated experience leading complex fundraising programs and campaigns.
  • Must have a proven track record of strategic thinking, data-driven decision making, responsibility for revenue growth, and the ability to lead teams to successful return-driven outcomes.

  • Must have an appreciation for the key opportunities and challenges relevant to cultural art institutions including art and design universities within Canada and beyond, from changing demographics to matters of access, technology, sustainability, and allocation of resources.

  • Must possess strong strategic planning, managerial, and motivational skills; a keen understanding of fundraising best practices; business and marketing savvy; and a track record of personal success in donor cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship at major and principal gift levels.

  • Must be a high-performing individual excited to partner with a visionary President to launch and oversee NSCAD's first-ever major Comprehensive Campaign in support of the revitalization and consolidation of NSCAD University.

  • Must have the ability to implement proven methodologies as well as innovative and enterprising strategies.

  • Must have the ability and willingness to travel frequently. Local, national, and international travel is required.

  • Valid drivers license is also required.

Note: Compensation is commensurate with qualifications and experience. An additional bonus structure is available. This is a 3 year limited term, with option for renewal based on performance outcomes.

We're looking for

Core Skills

ACE Education Management Strategy Support

A little bit about us

NSCAD University

NSCAD University and Halifax are in Mi'kma'ki, on the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi'kmaq Nation. NSCAD University is committed to reconciliation and to building respectful relationships with Indigenous peoples and with the African Nova Scotian communities that have been enriching this region for 400 years. As a small school with three urban campuses, and programs across a range of fine arts, craft, design, and media arts, NSCAD University is an incubator for talent and an active contributor to the arts scene in Canada's fastest-growing city. Since 1887, NSCAD has been a leader in visual arts education in Canada, with distinguished alumni building careers all over the world. This is an exciting time to join us, as we have recently welcomed a cohort of 10 BIPOC faculty members who bring valuable perspectives, ways of thinking, and lived experience to all of our work, and as we look forward to a consolidated waterfront campus in 2030.

Are you interested?

Work With Us

Applications should be sent via the CareerBeacon website. Applications should include a cover letter and detailed CV.

Deadline for applications: The University will begin considering applicants on July 16, 2024 and continue until the position is filled. We appreciate all applicants, however only those selected to move forward in the competition will be contacted.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority in this search. NSCAD university encourages applications from Indigenous persons, racially visible persons, persons with a disability, women, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community.