The Opportunity

Halifax, NS
Full-time - Permanent

Mount Saint Vincent University is looking for an Executive Director, Advancement. As the Executive Director, you will lead a multi-disciplinary team of managers and staff who support the University's priorities in the areas of fundraising, donor and supporter stewardship and relationship building with alumni.

Reporting to the Associate Vice-President, University Relations, and working closely with the President and the MSVU leadership team, you will provide strategic leadership to create initiatives that advance the university's goals and mission. In tandem with your leadership of the Advancement portfolio, you will work with the Mount Saint Vincent Alumni Association, to strengthen the University's world-wide network of over 39,000 alumni through the development of programs that recognize and enhance an individual's lifelong relationship with the Mount.

Leveraging your considerable expertise, the Executive Director should be an experienced team builder who can inspire, grow, and mentor staff, while building engagement both within and external to the University. This position works with senior management to facilitate financial support for MSVU, and establishes fundraising best practices and strategies for the Advancement team. The University will draw upon your fundraising expertise in support of established and future funding priorities.

The ideal Executive Director of Advancement is a strategic, dynamic, solutions-focused leader who is deeply familiar with the fundraising landscape and well-experienced in all areas of an Advancement operation, including relationship management, data management, team leadership, and communications. Possessing an inclusive leadership style, this person will provide leadership to all areas of the Advancement function, and will advance strategic fundraising and donor initiatives from inception through to completion in a dynamic environment.

What you'll need


As the ideal candidate, you are a professional with eight to ten years of progressive experience in a senior fundraising development role. You have an undergraduate degree (CFRE designation preferred). You are a team builder and leader with a proven ability to bring out the best in people, to develop and strengthen talent and to adhere to industry leading practices. You have effectively managed capital campaigns and other giving programs with a proven track record of success. You have extensive knowledge of and experience with the donor/philanthropic community. You are a strategic thinker, have an entrepreneurial mindset, and are skilled in creating trusting relationships and engaging key stakeholders. You are committed to good stewardship and value accountability, respect, collaboration, professionalism, recognition, and creativity. You understand and appreciate the Mount's 150 years of history, have a strong commitment to social justice, and a commitment to advancing EDIA (equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility) and truth and reconciliation in keeping with MSVU's mission and strategic plan. Experience in a University setting is a definite asset as is first-hand experience as a student or graduate of MSVU.

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A little bit about us

Mount Saint Vincent University

Recognized as a leader in distance and experiential learning, and based on a strong tradition of social responsibility, Mount Saint Vincent University takes a personalized approach to education to nurture socially responsible global citizens. Founded in 1873, the Mount has been nationally recognized for having one of the lowest student-to-professor ratios, for providing students early access to valuable research opportunities, for its legacy in the advancement of women, and for facilitating critical advancements in food security, healthy aging, literacy, and childhood development. The Mount believes that our people are our foundation and our relationships are built on respect and accountability. Please visit to learn more about us.

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Mount Saint Vincent University is strongly committed to fostering diversity and inclusion within our community and encourages applications from all qualified candidates including women, persons of any sexual orientations and gender identities and/or expressions, Indigenous persons, African Canadians, other racialized groups, persons with disabilities, and other groups that would contribute to the diversification of our campus. Candidates who identify as being from any of these groups are encouraged to voluntarily self-identify in their application materials. All qualified candidates are welcome to apply; however, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

Starting Range: $101,906 to $123,984 per annum (commensurate with experience) Start Date: February-March, 2024

If you require accommodations throughout this process, please let us know.

Applications should include a cover letter and resume. This competition closes on January 15, 2024 (Extended).