Acadia University – Vice President, Advancement

Acadia University acknowledges that we are in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq. This territory is covered by the “Treaties of Peace and Friendship” which the Mi’kmaq, Wəlastəkwiyik (Maliseet), and Passamaquoddy Peoples first signed with the British Crown in 1726. The treaties did not deal with surrender of lands and resources but in fact recognized Mi’kmaq and Wəlastəkwiyik (Maliseet) title and established the rules for what was to be an ongoing relationship between nations. Acknowledging the land that we are on, means that we are working towards decolonization across campus.  

Founded in 1838, Acadia University is one of the oldest and most respected universities in Canada known for providing a premium high quality, high engagement, primarily undergraduate student experience. 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 a total enrollment of almost 4,000, Acadia attracts students from every province and territory and more than 60 countries to take advantage of strong academic programs, a curriculum that encourages personal development, and collaborative learning experiences led by award-winning professors. As a member of the Maple League of universities, Acadia is committed to the delivery of a high quality, 21st century liberal education.  

As Acadia builds on momentum generated by completion of the most successful fundraising campaign in its history, the University is seeking an Advancement leader to enhance the capacity of the leadership team, create a progressive and sustainable advancement capacity, support the implementation of the University’s strategic plan, and pave the way for the next successful campaign. It is within this dynamic context that Acadia University invites applications and nominations for the appointment of its next Vice President, Advancement.  

Reporting to the President & Vice-Chancellor, and working directly with the Provost & Vice-President Academic, and the Vice-President, Finance & Administration, the Vice President, Advancement (VPA) plays a major role at the senior management table and provides strategic direction and leadership across the three offices under its purview: Development, Alumni Affairs, and Advancement Services. As a member of the senior leadership team, the VPA is a member of the President’s Executive Council (PEC) and the Strategic Leadership Council (SLC) and works closely with the Board of Governors through its Advancement Committee. The VPA is also responsible for fostering and nurturing the close relationship between the University and the Acadia Alumni Association, which represents and supports proud and passionate Acadia alumni around the world. With a strong focus on stewardship and fundraising, the VPA will build on Acadia’s momentum generated by the campaign and will lead the Advancement Office as a highly efficient and productive fundraising enterprise. Experienced in traditional fundraising programs such as capital campaigns, annual giving, and planned giving, the VPA will also bring vision and innovation to secure ever-increasing levels of philanthropic support for excellence in education at Acadia.  

As the ideal candidate, you are a seasoned advancement leader with a demonstrable track record of success in all aspects of the portfolio, especially in all philanthropic activities. You are a dynamic communicator, a creative thinker, a strategic marketer, and a courageous leader. Your peers describe your leadership skills as inspiring and motivational. With an engaging communication style, you have successfully managed and motivated a team through transformation to reach peak performance and you take great pride in achieving fundraising and engagement goals. Experience with alumni and other stakeholder engagement activities and programs that range from traditional events to innovative partnerships and engagement opportunities is required.  You have an appreciation for academic culture and the ability to collaborate effectively and respectfully with academics and researchers. You also have a deep commitment to ensuring philanthropy contributes to Acadia’s teaching and research mission—including an outstanding experience for its students. You have strong financial management skills, including knowledge of investment policies, Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) requirements, and fiduciary matters. Experience with decentralized staffing models, management of high-level volunteers, and campaign cabinet volunteer recruitment are all considered strong assets. Candidates must hold at least an undergraduate degree and have substantial senior leadership experience. 

To apply or explore this exceptional leadership opportunity with Acadia University, please submit a curriculum vitae along with a cover letter in confidence to Jane Griffith (jane@griffithgroup.ca) and/or Denny Young (denny@griffithgroup.ca). 

Acadia University is strongly committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, Black and African Nova Scotians, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons living with disabilities, 2SLGBTQIA+ community members, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. 

As part of your application, you will be invited to complete a brief Employment Equity Voluntary Self-Identification Form. This form is voluntary.  

The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact jennifer.veinot@acadiau.ca. 

Please be advised that only those invited for an interview will be contacted. The University reserves the right not to fill this position.  

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. 

Saint Mary’s University – University Registrar

Saint Mary’s University acknowledges that the University is located on the traditional land of the Mi’kmaq Nation. This territory is covered by the “Treaties of Peace and Friendship” which Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqiyik peoples first signed with the British Crown in 1725.

One of Atlantic Canada’s largest universities, Saint Mary’s is ranked as one of Canada’s top-10 primarily undergraduate schools. Its faculty are recognized for their teaching and research excellence and for their commitment to community engagement. This has led to a dramatic rise in research funding, through Canada Research Chairs, major external partnerships, and provincial and federal investment. Sponsored research funding at Saint Mary’s has increased by 38% in the last 5 years. In 2021, Saint Mary’s was ranked 2nd in Nova Scotia for sponsored research income, and the University is among the top three universities in Atlantic Canada for sponsored research income within its category of “universities with mainly undergraduate programs.”

Situated in Halifax’s beautiful South End, Saint Mary’s is home to more than 7,000 students from over 115 countries and has over 53,000 alumni worldwide. Its faculty and staff are focused on ensuring a supportive and progressive working environment. As an institution, the University is committed to equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility. Community engagement is a pillar of the University’s academic mission, and it invests in communities through local partnerships, distance learning, and direct program support.

It is within this context that Saint Mary’s invites applications and nominations for the position of University Registrar commencing July 1, 2022, or soon after.

Reporting to the Associate Vice President Academic & Enrolment Management, the University Registrar ensures the timely, efficient, and effective operation of the Office of the Registrar. The University Registrar provides strategic oversight and support of Admissions; Student Records, Transfers & Registration; Scholarship & Awards; Student Service Centre; Convocations; and Publications including the academic calendars. Working collaboratively with the team of Directors in these portfolios, the University Registrar provides leadership of the planning, scheduling and monitoring of all aspects of academic registrations, including the regular academic year, two summer sessions, on-campus and in extension centres for all domestic and international admissions and for the operations of the Service Centre. The Registrar also assists with the academic-administrative leadership of the University, including working closely with academic Deans, faculty members, Institutional Data Analysis and Planning and relevant members of the Senior Management Group (SMG). The University Registrar serves on internal and external university committees and has responsibility of the Departmental budget.

Candidates must have proven experience working in a Registrar’s Office and with managing staff, ideally in a unionized environment. Candidates must possess excellent communication skills, a high degree of professionalism, and the ability to exercise judgement, diplomacy, tact, and discretion at all times, especially when managing changing and conflicting priorities. As the ideal candidate, your tenure includes analyzing quantitative and qualitative data into informational reports and presentations used for strategic planning and problem-solving. You create a positive work culture that is student-centered and welcoming to a diverse and intersectional community, such as the University’s student body. A Master’s degree, or an equivalent combination of education and experience, is required.

To apply or explore this leadership position at Saint Mary’s University further, please contact Jane Griffith (jane@griffithgroup.ca) and Sam Walton (sam@griffithgroup.ca).

At Saint Mary’s University equity and diversity are integral to excellence and enrich our community. As an institution committed to fostering an environment of inclusion and respect, we welcome applications from women, Indigenous peoples, racialized persons/visible minorities, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientation or gender identity, and others who might contribute to the growth and enrichment of our community.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. If you require accommodations during the recruitment process, please contact Human Resources at hr@smu.ca.

Saint Mary’s University – Provost and Vice President Academic & Research

Saint Mary’s University acknowledges that the University is located on the traditional land of the Mi’kmaq Nation. This territory is covered by the “Treaties of Peace and Friendship” which Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqiyik peoples first signed with the British Crown in 1725.

One of Atlantic Canada’s largest universities, Saint Mary’s is ranked as one of Canada’s top-10 primarily undergraduate schools. Its faculty are recognized for their teaching and research excellence and for their commitment to community engagement. This has led to a dramatic rise in research funding, through Canada Research Chairs, major external partnerships, and provincial and federal investment. Sponsored research funding at Saint Mary’s has increased by 38% in the last 5 years. In 2021, Saint Mary’s was ranked 2nd in Nova Scotia for sponsored research income, and the University is among the top three universities in Atlantic Canada for sponsored research income within its category of “universities with mainly undergraduate programs.”

Situated in Halifax’s beautiful South End, Saint Mary’s is home to more than 7,000 students from over 115 countries and has over 53,000 alumni worldwide. Its faculty and staff are focused on ensuring a supportive and progressive working environment. As an institution, the University is committed to equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility. Community engagement is a pillar of the University’s academic mission, and it invests in communities through local partnerships, distance learning, and direct program support.

Saint Mary’s University invites applications and nominations for the position of Provost and Vice President Academic & Research commencing July 1, 2022, or soon after.

Reporting directly to the President and Vice-Chancellor, the Provost and Vice-President, Academic and Research (“PVPAR”) is a member of the University’s Executive Management Group (EMG). The PVPAR is a key strategic contributor to general institutional development and is responsible for ensuring the primacy and excellence of the academic mission across institutional practices.

The PVPAR is responsible for all academic activities of the University, including programmes leading to degrees, diplomas, and certificates; research and the dissemination of research results; academic support services for students; the recruitment, admission, and retention of students; and the overall setting of priorities for the University. Key objectives include cultivating and maintaining an environment of quality in teaching and learning; building a positive and supportive research culture; promoting student success; ensuring that the University environment is conducive to effective learning and personal growth for students, staff, and faculty; encouraging community engagement; and fostering the University’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, in particular with respect to regional African Nova Scotian and Indigenous communities.

The PVPAR will collaborate with the members of EMG and university management to deliver strong and supportive leadership, responsible financial management, and programme excellence. Responsibilities include a primary leadership role in academic planning and budget priority setting for the University as a whole. The PVPAR works closely with the Vice-President Finance and Administration to ensure the financial health of each of the units reporting to the Provost and Vice-President’s office and for the overall success of the University. The PVPAR is the senior Vice-President at the Executive Management Group and stands in for the President as requested.

Candidates must have a record of distinguished scholarship, teaching and research and extensive administrative experience. Candidates must also have an earned doctorate and be appointable at the rank of full professor. As the ideal candidate, you have proven experience creating and maintaining an academic environment that fosters teaching and research excellence, innovation, inclusive excellence, and student success. You have the capacity and commitment to support initiatives in each of these areas for the enhancement of the University. You have successful experience and competencies in financial management and leadership and have contributed to institutional sustainability, growth, and the development of budget priorities. You have developed partnerships and relationships with public and private sector organizations for the purpose of furthering and enhancing academic and research plans. Colleagues describe you as collegial and consultative, as a consensus builder, and as someone who is both flexible and responsive; all attributes which contribute to your ability to work effectively and productively within a university’s collegial decision-making and governance environment. A committed implementer of thoughtful change, you have advocated for diversity, equity, and inclusion and fostered a safe, accessible, and inclusive environment in your institution. You lead with courage and commitment to institutional mission.

To apply or explore this leadership position at Saint Mary’s University further, please contact Jane Griffith (jane@griffithgroup.ca) and Sam Walton (sam@griffithgroup.ca).

At Saint Mary’s University equity and diversity are integral to excellence and enrich our community. As an institution committed to fostering an environment of inclusion and respect, we welcome applications from women, Indigenous peoples, racialized persons/visible minorities, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientation or gender identity, and others who might contribute to the growth and enrichment of our community.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. If you require accommodations during the recruitment process, please contact Human Resources at hr@smu.ca.

Mount Saint Vincent University – President and Vice Chancellor

Located in Mi’kma’ki the unceded and ancestral territory of the Mi’kmaq People, Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU) is strongly committed to fostering equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility (EDIA). MSVU is an institution that was established by women for the advancement of women with social responsibility and social justice at its core. MSVU embraces the diversity of its community and is committed to efforts that enhance diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility across all facets of the university, within its local community, and in society at large.

MSVU is made up of nearly 4,300 students (representing 64 countries), 550 faculty and staff, and more than 34,000 alumni. Its research centres provide unique learning opportunities for students while facilitating critical advancements in food security, healthy aging, Alzheimer’s disease, literacy, childhood development, and more. Faculty members and departments offer early access to hands-on research opportunities enabling both graduate and undergraduate students to enhance their education by working alongside forward-thinking researchers. As a university committed to scholarship that nurtures global citizenship, leadership, and promotes the advancement of women, MSVU seeks to enhance and enrich its models of teaching and research. MSVU’s strategic plan “Strength Through Community” speaks to its research and scholarly work, its respect for cultural diversity, and its deep commitment to community engagement. It is within this context that MSVU invites applications and nominations for the appointment of its next President and Vice Chancellor (“the President”) commencing July 1 2022, or soon after.

Reporting to the Board of Governors, and in cooperation with other senior officers of the University, the President exercises effective leadership to implement the vision and the mission of the University as described in the strategic plan. As Chair of Senate and in collaboration with the Vice President Academic and Provost, the President establishes academic direction consistent with the University’s mission and ensures that the University’s academic objectives are achieved within a quality framework. The President is accountable for the operational and fiscal management of the University, and in conjunction with the Vice President Academic and Provost and the Vice President Administration, ensures that available resources are appropriately budgeted for and allocated in accordance with the University’s strategic plan. Externally, the President serves as a champion of the University’s advancement and fundraising initiatives, and they effectively advocate and serve as an ambassador and representative for MSVU. The President provides strategic leadership; enhances the University’s commitment to social justice, equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility; and advances the University’s commitment to reconciliation and Indigenization.

MSVU’s next President and Vice Chancellor is an accomplished scholar, teacher, researcher, is a proven leader, has a strong track record of senior academic and administrative experience, and holds a PhD, or terminal degree. Your experience includes working in a complex institution with rigorous standards and accreditations associated with an academic institution and the appropriate level of financial management skills to manage the large budget of the University. You are an excellent communicator and relationship builder who fosters a collegial and collaborative culture that attracts, retains, and ensures success of students, faculty and staff. Colleagues and peers describe you as a values-based, student-centric, community-engaged visionary, and an inclusive leader. You have high integrity and an unwavering commitment to and demonstrated ability to advocate for diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. MSVU was established by women for women and that legacy is a source of pride. So candidates must embrace feminism and support the advancement of women and social justice.

To apply or explore this Presidential opportunity with Mount Saint Vincent University, please submit a curriculum vitae along with a cover letter in confidence to Jane Griffith (jane@griffithgroup.ca) and Sam Walton (sam@griffithgroup.ca).

Mount Saint Vincent University is strongly committed to fostering diversity and inclusion within its community and encourages applications from all qualified candidates including women, persons of any sexual orientations and gender identities and/or expressions, Indigenous persons, African Canadians, other racialized groups, persons with disabilities, and other groups that would contribute to the diversification of its campus. Candidates who identify as being from any of these groups are encouraged to voluntarily self-identify in their application materials. All qualified candidates are welcome to apply; however, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

In accordance with the provincial legislation, accommodation will be provided by Griffith Group and Mount Saint Vincent University throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process, upon request, to applicants with disabilities. If you require accommodations during the recruitment process, please contact jane@griffithgroup.ca and/or sam@griffithgroup.ca.

Mount Saint Vincent University – Associate Vice-President Student Experience

Located in Mi’kma’ki, the unceded and ancestral territory of the Mi’kmaq People, Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU) is strongly committed to fostering equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility (EDIA). MSVU is an institution that was established by women for the advancement of women with social responsibility and social justice at its core. MSVU embraces the diversity of its community and is committed to efforts that enhance diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility across all facets of the university, within its local community, and in society at large.

MSVU is made up of nearly 4,300 students (representing 64 countries), 550 faculty and staff, and more than 34,000 alumni. Its research centres provide unique learning opportunities for students while facilitating critical advancements in food security, healthy aging, Alzheimer’s disease, literacy, childhood development, and more. Faculty members and departments offer early access to hands-on research opportunities enabling both graduate and undergraduate students to enhance their education by working alongside forward-thinking researchers. As a university committed to scholarship that nurtures global citizenship, leadership, and promotes the advancement of women, MSVU seeks to enhance and enrich its models of teaching and research. MSVU’s strategic plan “Strength Through Community” speaks to its research and scholarly work, its respect for cultural diversity, and its deep commitment to community engagement.

It is within this context that MSVU invites applications and nominations for the appointment of its next Associate Vice-President Student Experience.

Reporting to the Vice-President Academic and Provost, the Associate Vice-President Student Experience (“AVPSE”) is a key member of MSVU’s leadership team and plays an instrumental role in achieving the goals of the University’s strategic and academic plans. The AVPSE strategically oversees important University services, including accessibility services and academic advising. Sexual violence prevention and providing a trauma-informed, survivor-centered response is a fundamental part of the AVPSE’s portfolio. The APVSE also oversees University departments and individuals concerned with the life of students outside the classroom, including athletics and recreation, counselling services, health and wellness, student housing, international education, and support for underrepresented student populations including Aboriginal students and students of African descent. The AVPSE works closely with students, faculty, and staff and with other members of the senior administration team. As the University spokesperson on issues related to the portfolio of student life/experience, the AVPSE represents a number of internal and external bodies and committees. Working collaboratively with other members of the Senior Executive Team, the AVPSE provides leadership and ensures success for enrolment and retention management activities of the University. Within areas of responsibility, the AVPSE monitors budgets and provides leadership for budget planning, ensuring units are adequately resourced and operating within budget. The AVPSE inspires a group of dedicated student service professionals at MSVU and continually seeks ways to improve the student experience at MSVU. They identify new opportunities and initiatives and implement programs focused on student development and wellbeing. A champion of EDIA, the AVPSE will work to ensure an inclusive environment where all students have a strong sense of belonging and support.

MSVU seeks a leader who is passionate about student success and services and who is well informed on the portfolio’s current trends and best practices. Excellent interpersonal, intercultural, and communication skills are required. The ideal candidate brings progressive leadership experience in student services gained from within a similarly complex academic institution. The successful candidate must hold a graduate-level degree. Your leadership experience includes managing and inspiring a team, budget planning and management, and the development and delivery of programs focused on student experience. The incumbent must have a successful track record of positive and inclusive student-centred initiatives, along with the ability to interact and work closely with, and relate to, students and student groups. You have a demonstrated commitment to advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. Your enthusiastic and consultative leadership style reflects the values of collegial governance, collaboration, transparency, and accountability, along with a clear commitment to the values of MSVU.

To apply or explore this Associate Vice-President, Student Experience opportunity with Mount Saint Vincent University, please submit a curriculum vitae along with a cover letter in confidence to Jane Griffith (jane@griffithgroup.ca) and Sam Walton (sam@griffithgroup.ca).

Mount Saint Vincent University is strongly committed to fostering diversity and inclusion within its community and encourages applications from all qualified candidates including women, persons of any sexual orientations and gender identities and/or expressions, Indigenous persons, African Canadians, other racialized groups, persons with disabilities, and other groups that would contribute to the diversification of its campus. Candidates who identify as being from any of these groups are encouraged to voluntarily self-identify in their application materials. All qualified candidates are welcome to apply; however, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

In accordance with the provincial legislation, accommodation will be provided by Griffith Group and Mount Saint Vincent University throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process, upon request, to applicants with disabilities. If you require accommodations during the recruitment process, please contact jane@griffithgroup.ca and/or sam@griffithgroup.ca.

Dean, Faculty of Science – Saint Mary’s University

Reporting to the Vice-President, Academic and Research, the Dean of Science is the Faculty’s lead academic and administrative officer, and a key member of the university’s senior leadership team. The Dean of Science promotes excellence in teaching and learning, the student experience, and research activities, all while overseeing the Faculty of Science’s financial operations, advancement activities, and community relations and partnerships. The Dean will advocate for and promote the interests of the Faculty of Science and foster a collegial, innovative, and inclusive environment in which world-class research, excellence in teaching and engaged scholarship flourish, and where students, faculty and staff thrive.

Dean, Faculty of Arts – Saint Mary’s University

Reporting to the Vice-President, Academic and Research, the Dean of Arts is the Faculty’s lead academic and administrative officer, and a key member of the university’s senior leadership team. The Dean of Arts promotes excellence in teaching and learning, the student experience, and research activities, all while overseeing the Faculty’s financial operations, advancement activities, and community relations and partnerships. The Dean will advocate for and promote the interests of humanities and social sciences and foster a collegial, innovative, and inclusive environment in which world-class research, excellence in teaching and engaged scholarship flourish, and where students, faculty and staff thrive.