The Opportunity

Wolfville, NS
Management and Operations
Full-time - Permanent
Competition Number: 23-02-AU

Position: Executive Director, Development
Department: Office of Advancement
Position Type: Administration, Full-time, Permanent
Date Posted: January 11, 2023
Application Deadline: 11:59PM January 27, 2023
Competition #: 23-02-AU
Salary: To commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Benefits: Our total compensation package includes a defined benefit pension plan, health and dental plan, health spending account, life insurance, optional life insurance, AD&D insurance, long-term disability insurance, employee and family assistance program, tuition discount for employees and their dependents, free gym facility membership, university paid holidays including winter break closure.

What you'll do


Acadia seeks an Executive Director, Development in the Office of Advancement to lead the University's fundraising programs through strategic management and hands-on involvement in the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of prospects and donors.

Working in close collaboration with the Vice-President, Advancement as well as the Executive Director, Alumni Affairs, the Director, Advancement Services, and the Manager, Advancement Communications, the Executive Director will play a senior role in the design and execution of all general, capital, and special fundraising campaigns undertaken by Acadia.

Specific responsibilities in the following areas include:

  • Fundraising - successful management of the development pipeline and a personal prospect portfolio
  • Strategic Planning - development of a comprehensive strategic plan which reflects an integrated advancement model
  • Management - senior role in Acadia's Advancement Team and a member of the University's Strategic Leadership Council

What you'll need


We are seeking a candidate with at least 7 years of experience as a development professional with a proven track record in the not-for-profit sector.

Applicants must have a solid record of closing major gifts and have demonstrated strategic, operational, and financial management skills as well as the ability to lead a professional staff and to work effectively as a member of the Advancement Management team. Special expertise in planned giving would be advantageous.

Completion of a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree is required, with preference given to alumni of Acadia University.

We're looking for

Core Skills

Strategic Planning Donations Fundraising Leadership Management

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

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]