The Opportunity

Wolfville, NS
Sales and Business Development
Full-time - Permanent

Competition #22-15-AU:
Acadia seeks a dynamic, strategic thinker with outstanding business instincts to serve as our Director, Open Acadia. The Director of Open Acadia will initiate and lead business development opportunities, oversee administration of the online and extension credit courses/programs, non-credit continuing and professional development education, and related outreach activities of the University. The Director reports to, and is accountable to, the Provost for providing vision, excellence, and leadership in a wide variety of initiatives in support of the operations of Open Acadia.

We are seeking a professional with demonstrated ability to collaborate purposefully and effectively with a broad range of campus constituencies, external stakeholders, and partners to develop and oversee strategies and plans that reflect Acadia's vision and ensure the success of Open Acadia. This position will work with relevant units to analyze data associated with student success, equity gaps, and enrollment trends and use the data to enhance and update strategic priorities.

The Director will manage the operating budget for online and extension programs and oversee all grant-related activities, including seeking new funding sources, developing, and submitting grant reports to funding agencies. The Director will lead and mentor staff to ensure delivery of effective and timely goals and results adjusting priorities and responsibilities as needed to position the department for optimal success.

The Director will be an engaged, visible, and collaborative leader with an understanding of the ever-shifting challenges facing higher education and continuing education.


  • Master's degree with at least five years of management experience preferably comprising of senior roles in an education service environment. The ideal candidate will have experience in business development/management or project management. Experience in communications, sales, marketing, or other related fields may also be considered.
  • Experience in overseeing or conducting extension and online education considered an asset.
  • The candidate must have demonstrated strategic, operational, and financial management skills as well as the ability to lead a professional unit.
  • Superior communication skills and organizational and administrative abilities are required.
  • Must be client-focused, with problem-solving, priority-setting, and analytical skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced environment, carry on multiple projects within the same timeframe, and adapt and be flexible to changing circumstances.
  • Creative thinker, action-oriented, and versatile with ability to adapt to a dynamic environment.
  • Applicants must be able to work a flexible schedule and domestic and international travel will be required.

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, resume, and references. For further information or to request a detailed job description, please contact Elektra Papadogiorgaki at [email protected].

Consideration of applications will begin on June 2, 2022. 

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].

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.