The Opportunity

Wolfville, NS
Accounting and Financial
Competition Number: 23-56-AU

Position: Director, Advancement Services
Department: Office of Advancement
Position Type: Full-time, Limited Term Contract
Date Posted: October 20, 2023
Application Deadline: Applications will be reviewed as they are received until the position is filled.
Competition #: 23-56-AU
Salary: Acadia offers a comprehensive benefit package in addition to a starting salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Other: This position may be eligible for hybrid work (flexible work model that supports a blend of in-office and remote work) after demonstrating successful progression in proficiency in the position. This will be agreed by all parties based on operational requirements and university guidelines.

What you'll do


Acadia seeks a Director, Advancement Services in the Office of Advancement for a minimum 18-month term to begin on or before January 2, 2024. The Director, Advancement Services manages the University's Advancement Services portfolio which includes donor liaison, research, internal and external reporting, budget monitoring, and supervision of gift processing and data management.

Reporting to the Vice-President Advancement, the Director is responsible for the development and implementation of strategic and operational plans and priorities for Advancement Services, ensuring effective management, compliance, and administrative efficiency. An informed understanding of institutional responsibilities to donors, combined with expertise in databases, financial, and operational analysis will enable the Director to establish principles, adhere to guidelines, and apply technical solutions to further the University's philanthropic investments. The Director must provide the highest standard of accountability, reporting, and service to all Advancement stakeholders.

We are seeking a professional with demonstrated ability to collaborate purposefully and effectively with a broad range of campus constituencies, external stakeholders, and partners. The Director will lead and mentor staff to ensure delivery of effective and timely goals and results adjusting priorities and responsibilities as needed. The Director works closely with the Vice-President and the Executive Directors of Alumni Affairs and Development to provide the Advancement program with access to the insight and initiative needed to excel in all areas of endeavor.

What you'll need


  • We are seeking a candidate who exhibits a desire to learn, is flexible to changing environments, and displays initiative.
  • The successful candidate will have a Bachelor's degree, ideally with a focus on accounting and technology.
  • Must be a member of a professional accounting body.
  • Demonstrated proficiency and accuracy in database management is essential, ideally including data segmentation and analysis (experience with Colleague database system an asset).
  • Strong analytical, organizational and communication skills are also required.
  • The candidate must have demonstrated strategic, operational, and financial management skills as well as the ability to lead a professional unit.
  • Applicants must be adept in the use of Microsoft Office applications.
  • Knowledge in CRA donor regulations, CASE reporting standards, FOIPOP and other privacy legislation.
  • Excellent judgment skills are necessary for this role. Sensitivity to work with detailed and strictly confidential material is required.
  • Applicants must be able to work flexible hours which may include evenings, weekends, and holidays, as required.

For further information or to request a detailed job description, please contact Keilani Tupper at [email protected].

We're looking for

Core Skills

Organized with Strong Analytical Abilities Management Skills Financial Accounting High Level Of Confidentiality Database Administration

A little bit about us

Acadia University

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

Are you interested?

Work With Us

TO APPLY: To apply for this opportunity, click on the "Apply Now" button and upload your cover letter, resume, and references.

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.

The University invites applications from all qualified individuals; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Acadia University is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from Aboriginal people, African Nova Scotians, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, women, and persons of any minority sexual orientation or gender identity. Consistent with the principles of employment equity, the primary criterion for appointment to a position is qualifications and professional excellence. Candidates who identify as a member of one of the afore-mentioned groups, and who wish to have the application considered as such, are invited to submit the online Employment Equity Voluntary Self-Identification Form as part of their application package.

The university will provide support in its recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities, including accommodation that takes into account an applicant's accessibility needs. If you require accommodation because of a disability or for any other reason during the interview process, please contact [email protected].