The Opportunity

Wolfville, NS
Full-time - Permanent
Competition Number: 22-59-AU

Competition #22-59-AU: REPOST

Acadia is looking for a Development Assistant in the Office of Advancement.

As the successful candidate, your ability to work both independently and as part of a team, will serve you well as you provide administrative support to the Development team, and specifically to the Executive Director, Philanthropy.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Responding to requests for information from people at all levels - donors/prospects, alumni, provincial government, students, faculty, staff and senior administrators, and foundation and corporate directors.
  • Updating databases, conducting basic research, coordinating meetings and travel schedules, preparing expense claims, and various correspondence. 
  • Participating in activities outside normal business hours for special functions such as reunions and banquets.


  • Proven experience delivering a high level of client service and demonstrated ability to think clearly, resolve issues and maintaining privacy and confidentiality. 

  • Completion of post-secondary education in either business administration or communications, combined with related work experience is required.

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and work to a high level of accuracy

  • Flexibility to regularly changing priorities is necessary.

  • Ability to multi-task and complete high priority assignments at a rapid pace and sometimes manage difficult and stressful situations

  • Highly proficient in the use of Microsoft Office applications. Some experience with database management is necessary; familiarity with Ellucian's Colleague Advancement database would also be an asset.

THE REWARDS: Acadia offers a comprehensive benefit package in addition to a starting salary of $35,494 per annum (SEIU Administrative Assistant 2). Salary increases to $39,560 following successful completion of 6-month probation period.

Acadia University, located in Mi'kma'ki, the ancestral territory of the Mi'kmaq nation, is one of Canada's leading primarily undergraduate institutions. For over 180 years, Acadia has been providing students with a learning environment that ensures they have every opportunity to succeed in life. Our graduates emerge with the tools required to be global citizens and community leaders. Acadia's faculty and staff are key to our institutional success and share a commitment to provide our students with a high quality post-secondary education. As a staff member, you will be part of this transformational educational experience where innovation is encouraged, and your ideas are welcomed.

Acadia University is located only one hour from the city of Halifax in Nova Scotia's beautiful Annapolis Valley in the Town of Wolfville. Wolfville offers residents an affordable lifestyle, outstanding recreational opportunities, internationally acclaimed restaurants, a healthy economy, and the best weather in the Atlantic provinces. The Town of Wolfville is one of the fastest-growing communities in Nova Scotia where people find the perfect mix of small-town livability and urban energy. It's a place that people love to live, and those who do not live here love to visit.

To see more information on why Acadia is an employer of choice, please visit our website at

TO APPLY: To apply for this opportunity, click on the "Apply Now" button and upload your cover letter, resume, and professional references. For further information or to request a detailed job description, please contact Keilani Tupper at [email protected].

Consideration of applications will begin on November 28, 2022. 

Acadia University acknowledges that we are in Mi'kma'ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi'kmaq. This territory is covered by the "Treaties of Peace and Friendship" which the Mi'kmaq, Wəlastəkwiyik (Maliseet), and Passamaquoddy Peoples first signed with the British Crown in 1726. The treaties did not deal with surrender of lands and resources but in fact recognized Mi'kmaq and Wəlastəkwiyik (Maliseet) title and established the rules for what was to be an ongoing relationship between nations. Acknowledging the land that we are on, means that we are working towards decolonization across campus.

Acadia University is strongly committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, Black and African Nova Scotians, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons living with disabilities, 2SLGBTQIA+ community members, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

As part of your application, you will be invited to complete a brief Employment Equity Voluntary Self-Identification Form. This form is voluntary.

The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact [email protected].

Please be advised that only those invited for an interview will be contacted. The University reserves the right not to fill this position. A six-month eligibility list may be established from this competition to fill future vacancies for identical positions. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

A little bit about us

Acadia University

You are an important part of the Acadia community - your thoughts, ideas, and personality matter here. Beyond the ivy-covered academic buildings, awesome residences, incredible sports facilities, and renowned natural environmental research and recreation areas, you will find an international student body, small classes, top-level research facilities, award-winning professors, and supportive alumni. Every second person you meet in the unique shops and cafes of the town of Wolfville, Nova Scotia, will be connected to Acadia and to you. Founded in 1838, Acadia is a primarily undergraduate liberal arts university with a long tradition of academic excellence and groundbreaking innovation. Although our offerings are many, our small size necessitates working across disciplines and including undergraduate students in important research. You will contribute to the outstanding reputation Acadia enjoys - consistent toptier rankings by Maclean's and top marks in the Globe and Mail's Canadian University Report.