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Development Officers

Company: Dalhousie University
Date Posted: May 2, 2016

Development Officers, Schulich School of Law, Faculty of Engineering, and The Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative

The Opportunity

Dalhousie University is seeking three new passionate and high-performing fundraising professionals to join as Development Officers to lead the philanthropic outreach to donors to support the strategic priorities in their respective faculties.  Working closely with Faculty and University leadership, the Development Officers will formulate and implement a comprehensive fundraising program designed to engage supporters and to delight their donors.  Core to the Development Officer’s role is to directly identify, qualify, and engage prospective major gift donors on behalf of the University.

Reporting jointly to the Assistant Vice President, Development and to their respective Dean and/or leaders, the Development Officers will work in concert with Dalhousie’s leaders to achieve ambitious fundraising goals.  The new Development Officers will be members of a professional team that is supported by and works closely with advancement services, research, communications and administrative specialists in the University’s central Office of Advancement. 

Candidates should have significant progressive experience in a fundraising, business development, professional sales or related environment, preferably in a post-secondary education setting.  The ideal candidate will have a degree in a relevant field and have the ability to travel within North America.

Dalhousie University is a leading research-intensive Canadian post-secondary institution, combining the prestige of a big-name school with the charm of life on Canada’s east coast.  Located in Halifax, Dalhousie's influence extends throughout Nova Scotia, Canada and beyond.  Poised to celebrate 200 years of academic excellence in 2018, the University is united in a purpose-driven quest to make a lasting impact on the world.

The Office of Advancement at Dalhousie brings together Alumni Relations and Development, and their supporting areas to increase understanding and support among our key constituents.  The University is proud of its students and its more than 125,000 alumni, who play leadership roles across Canada and around the globe.  More than 5,000 alumni, friends, faculty, staff and students donate to Dalhousie each year.    Collectively, these gifts empower our students and faculty to make Dalhousie stronger and more relevant.  We are proud of our results to date and ambitious for the future. 

About Halifax: With a population of just over 400,000 Halifax enjoys the advantages of a smaller community with the features and benefits of a larger urban centre.  Nestled on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, our small metropolis offers exciting city life, yet it’s only a 20 minute drive to the gorgeous Nova Scotia countryside.  As Nova Scotia’s capital, Halifax is the major centre of the Maritimes and the largest city east of Quebec City and north of Boston.  One of the oldest cities in Canada, Halifax provides a blend of history, culture and modern amenities.

For more information: KCI (Ketchum Canada Inc.) has been engaged by Dalhousie University to lead the recruitment of these positions.  For more information on each individual role, please see  Interested candidates are invited to contact the KCI Search team by email at, and resumes and covering letters should be received no later than May 25, 2016.  All submissions will be held in strict confidence.