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The Sport Information Resource Centre

Position Type
Full Time

Application Deadline Date
August 18, 2022

Salary Range
$72,022 - $96,609 + up to 10% bonus incentive annually based upon achieving mutually agreed-upon individual and team performance measures. Additional compensation may be considered for exceptional applicants.

Job Location

Employment Type

Expected Start Date
October 1, 2022

The employer is committed to creating an inclusive and diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, family status or disability.

The employer welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

About Dalhousie University Dalhousie University is one of Canada’s top-ranked universities, comprised of more than 6,000 faculty and staff and 20,000 students among its 13 Faculties. As part of Canada’s U15 group of research-intensive universities, Dalhousie is a key driver of intellectual, social and economic development, particularly across the Atlantic region. Dalhousie University’s first 200 years have seen it transform from a local centre of learning to an institution with global impact.
Job Summary Dalhousie University is seeking an Associate Director, Advancement for Athletics & Recreation (Associate Director, Advancement). This is a new position that represents an innovative shared model for implementing successful, large-scale fundraising activities at Dalhousie University. This position will have an opportunity to significantly enhance Dalhousie’s ability to positively impact the health and wellness of its stakeholders by contributing to key assets like the Dalhousie Event Centre, featuring an NHL-sized ice sheet, which will be a vibrant venue on campus for sport and recreation activities.
Key Responsibilities
Reporting to the Executive Director, Athletics & Recreation, and the Senior Director of Development, the Associate Director, Advancement will work collaboratively with the Executive Director and other department leaders, including varsity coaches, Career Services and Employer Relations, Communications and Marketing, and the Office of Advancement to build and foster strong personal and professional relationships in support of Athletics & Recreation advancement and fundraising goals. The Associate Director, Advancement will be a resource, advocate, and spokesperson for fundraising efforts and a fully engaged member of the Department of Athletics & Recreation community. Key responsibilities will include:
    • Working in collaboration with the Executive Director and other department leaders to establish fundraising priorities, evaluate fundraising targets, and operational plans for the Department of Athletics & Recreation.
    • Building robust programs and strategies, including corporate sponsorship, to achieve fundraising targets.
    • Creatively match donor interests with Department of Athletics & Recreation priorities to maximize fundraising revenue.
    • Ensuring the timely capture and recording of data relating to cultivation, solicitation and stewardship activity, and the effective and strategic use of the data to achieve fundraising and advancement goals.
    • Developing and maintaining relationships with coaches, faculty, staff, and students relevant to advancement and fundraising objectives.
    • Ensuring that donor recognition strategies and programs are in place to maintain and grow excellent relations with the Department’s supporters.
This is an exciting opportunity to have an impact on the community by advancing the important role sport and recreation play in our overall health and wellness. To be considered, please submit your application online at by August 18, 2022. A complete application will include a cover letter speaking to the qualifications listed above and a detailed curriculum vitae.
For more information and to review the candidate brief, please contact Emma Spence Wach at
Dalhousie University supports a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Our total compensation package includes a defined benefit pension plan, health and dental plans, a health spending account, an employee and family assistance program and a tuition assistance program.
The successful applicant will be eligible for hybrid work (combination of in-person work on campus and remote work) as agreed by all parties based on operational requirements and university guidelines.

Dalhousie’s vaccine mandate has been suspended at this time, and employees no longer need to provide proof of full vaccination. However, health and safety risks to our community will continue to be monitored and a vaccine mandate may be reinstated if necessary.
Qualifications The ideal candidate will come to the role with an undergraduate degree plus a minimum of five years’ significant fundraising experience and a track record of closing major and principal gifts (or an equivalent combination of training and experience). Equivalent training and experience in financial services, sales, business development or other relevant areas will be considered. Exceptional written, oral and interpersonal communication skills are required. The ideal candidate will have the ability to build and advance strong relationships with a range of people will be key, including alumni, donors, potential donors, industry and corporate partners, faculty, staff, and students. Strong knowledge of, or interest in, athletics, recreation, health, and wellness will be critical for success in this role. Finally, the ideal candidate will come to the role with the demonstrated ability to think and plan strategically, work independently, and achieve results.
Job Competencies The successful candidate is expected to demonstrate proficiency in Dalhousie’s core and leadership competencies (, in particular:

– Respect & Inclusion
– Communication
– Thinking and Acting Strategically
– Relationship Building
– Accountability for Performance & Results

Application Consideration Applications from current university employees and external candidates are assessed concurrently. Current university employees will be given special consideration.

We sincerely appreciate all applications and note that only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted directly by the hiring department or Human Resources.

Diversity Statement Dalhousie University commits to achieving inclusive excellence through continually championing equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility. The university encourages applications from Indigenous persons (especially Mi’kmaq), persons with a disability, racialized persons, including persons of Black/African descent (especially African Nova Scotians), women, persons of a minority sexual orientation and/or gender identity, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community. For more information, please visit

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