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Philanthropy Officer, Office of the Vice-President, Advancement, ADM6

Education, Marketing / Communications

Office of Advancement

Halifax City, Nova Scotia

Philanthropy Officer
Office of the Vice-President, Advancement

Dalhousie University is Atlantic Canada’s leading research-intensive university and a driver of the region’s intellectual, social and economic development. Located in the heart of Halifax, Nova Scotia, with an Agricultural Campus in Truro/Bible Hill, Dalhousie is a truly national and international university, with more than half of our 18,500 students coming from outside of the province. Our 6,000 faculty and staff foster a vibrant, purpose-driven community that's celebrating 200 years of academic excellence in 2018.

Reporting to the Vice-President, the Philanthropy Officer is responsible for the development and management of a best-in-class principal gifts practice including prospect identification, qualification, cultivation and solicitation. The incumbent will have primary responsibility for ensuring that the President, Vice-President, and other senior officers are well prepared and effective in cultivating and soliciting principal gifts. The primary goal related to this position is to increase the number, average value, and aggregate value of principal gift commitments secured by the University each year.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Opportunity identification and qualification - Assess current roster of principal gift donors to identify where there may be opportunity to engage them in exploring new partnerships.
  • Cultivation - Develop and ensure that there are specific and robust cultivation strategies in place being executed for the top 30-50 principal gift prospective donors. Actively manage the cultivation process to ensure the appropriate steps are taken as planned.
  • Opportunity management - Track specific cultivation activities, moves and action items associated with the top 50-100 principal gift prospective donors. Take ownership for ensuring that promised action is taken accurately and on time and is carefully tracked.
  • Stewardship - Work closely with the Principal Stewardship Officer to ensure that stewardship expectations are clearly identified, and stewardship plans are in place.
  • Priority Projects and Proposal Development - Identify priority, institutional programs and projects that require significant philanthropic investment and align them with the known interests of principal gift prospective donors.

Qualifications: An undergraduate business degree or equivalent combination of education and related experience in fundraising in a complex non-profit organization preferably in a post-secondary environment.  Candidates will possess an in-depth knowledge of major and principal gifts fundraising and related functions including methodologies for cultivating and stewarding principal gift donors. Exceptional communication skills with special emphasis on advanced writing ability are required, as are demonstrated strong people skills. Strong organizational and research abilities are also required.                     

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.

Apply online by 10 p.m. on January 26, 2018 to competition DPMG-18007.

Salary Range: $56,923 - $77,013 per annum (ADM-06).This is a provisional classification. Formal classification procedures will be initiated by the Compensation & Job Evaluation Unit in approximately six months. This position is part of the Dalhousie Professional & Managerial Group (DPMG).

Applications from university employees and external candidates are given concurrent consideration. Among short-listed candidates, university employees will be given special consideration. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Dalhousie University is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness. The university encourages applications from Aboriginal people, persons with a disability, racially visible persons, women, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community. For more information, please visit

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