The Opportunity

Wolfville, NS
Management and Operations
Full-time - Permanent

Acadia Director of Athletics: Deep Tradition, Exciting Future

Acadia University is one of Canada's oldest and most picturesque universities and a preferred destination for students worldwide for almost 200 years. Recognized as one of Canada's premier undergraduate institutions, Acadia has helped to define today's liberal arts education experience.

Acadia Athletics has a tradition of excellence that includes 53 regional and ten national championships during the past 50 years. Award-winning coaching and support staff work in an environment that emphasizes both academic and athletic success. In 2019-20, 115 Acadia student athletes were named Academic All-Canadians by U SPORTS. Acadia's alumni are among the most dedicated and supportive in Canada, having helped Acadia complete an addition of the Stevens High Performance Centre and the replacement of Raymond Field in the summer of 2021. This commitment to performance, both inside and outside the classroom, positions Acadia Athletics for an exciting and rewarding future.

To help Acadia continue to build upon this legacy of achievement, the University is seeking an exceptional, professional leader to become its next Director of Athletics.

A driven individual with a demonstrated ability to align athletics with overall institutional priorities the successful candidate will bring a strong sense of purpose, energy, administrative competence and integrity to its athletics program. The right leader will be highly visible with students, coaching and support staff, alumni, and in the community and will have a strong ability to connect with Acadia faculty and senior administration. The Director will work closely with internal and external supporters of athletics and will have a strong commitment to the University's priorities of academic integrity, alumni engagement, and community connection. The Director will ensure that the Athletics department is fiscally responsible.

Candidates will have demonstrated administrative and financial management experience with preference to those with a master's degree. An understanding of, and appreciation for, the value of competitive athletics is essential and previous coaching experience is an asset. The ideal candidate will be familiar with regional and national sports bodies and will use this knowledge to ensure that Acadia's programs are competitive and compliant with University, regional and national policies and regulations.

The successful candidate will understand the basic principles of effective fundraising and have demonstrated volunteer leadership.

THE REWARDS: Be part of the transformational educational experience at one of Canada's leading undergraduate universities. 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. Located only one hour from Halifax in Nova Scotia's beautiful Annapolis Valley, Wolfville offers residents an affordable lifestyle, outstanding recreational opportunities, internationally acclaimed restaurants, a healthy economy, and the best weather in the Atlantic provinces.

Acadia offers a comprehensive benefit package in addition to a starting salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. 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 and resume. For further information or to request a detailed job description, please contact Jennifer Veinot at

Consideration of applications will begin on June 25, 2021 or until a successful candidate is identified.

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

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

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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. 

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