The Opportunity

Wolfville, NS
Full-time - Permanent
Competition Number: 19-34-AU

Be part of the transformational educational experience at one of Canada's leading undergraduate universities

Acadia University is one of the few undergraduate jewels in the Canadian post-secondary education landscape. For 180 years this extraordinary place, comprised of extraordinary students learning in extraordinary ways and taught by extraordinary professors, has touched both heads and hearts in equal measure. As a member of the Maple League of Universities, Acadia is committed to the delivery of a high quality, 21st century liberal education within a primarily residential, undergraduate learning community.

Founded in 1838, Acadia University is one of the oldest and most respected universities in Canada known for providing a premium, high engagement primarily undergraduate student experience. Located in Mi'kma'ki, the ancestral territory of the Mi'kmaq nation, Acadia is just a one-hour drive from Halifax, Nova Scotia, and is an integral part of the quintessential college town of Wolfville, overlooking the Annapolis Valley and the Bay of Fundy. With an enrollment of over 4,000, Acadia attracts students from every province and territory and more than 60 countries to take advantage of exceptional academic programs, a curriculum that encourages personal development, and collaborative learning experiences led by award-winning professors.

The University Chaplain is responsible for ensuring that the Chaplaincy at Acadia University supports the importance of spiritual growth and maturity within the lives of students, staff, and faculty, as well as all who may join us from the broader community. The Chaplain provides spiritual and pastoral care to students and employees of Acadia University and makes positive contributions to the quality of campus life through campus ministry and outreach. While worship services in the Manning Memorial Chapel are Christian in orientation and ecumenical in their model, the Chaplain provides services to students, faculty, staff and community members, regardless of any particular Christian denomination or faith.

Reporting to the President and Vice-Chancellor, the University Chaplain plays a critical leadership role in continuing Acadia's historical strength in and commitment to offering support for the spiritual growth and development of students as a vital element of the education of the whole person.

The Chaplain also has oversight for the maintenance and operations of the Manning Memorial Chapel, one of the most beautiful university chapels in Canada and one of the most iconic buildings on the historic Acadia campus.


  • The ideal candidate will possess a Master of Divinity degree (or equivalent) and hold credentials with a recognized accrediting body and be an ordained minister in a Christian denomination.
  • Have at least 6 years of pastoral and counseling experience working with young people, preferably in a post-secondary environment.
  • Clinical training in crisis and clinical counseling.
  • Candidates must have a deep sensitivity to the spiritual needs of a multi-faith and culturally diverse community compassionate to the needs of young adults.
  • Candidates must be willing to work a flexible schedule with long work hours at times when required to respond to urgent situations that can occur outside daytime working hours.

TO APPLY:  If you have a passion for Acadia and for the spiritual wellbeing of students, as well as the background experience we are seeking, please consider submitting an application. To apply for this opportunity, click on the "Apply Now" button and upload your cover letter, resume, and 3 references. For further information or to request a detailed job description please contact Acadia's Staffing Administrator, Jennifer Veinot at [email protected]. Competition closes on October 25, 2019, but the Search Committee reserves the right to continue consideration of candidates beyond that date if appropriate.

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.

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.

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