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May 25, 2023

Position: Development Officer

Organization: The Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative at Dalhousie University

Position Summary:

The Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative is seeking a passionate and high-performing fundraising professional to join as their Development Officer. This professional will lead the philanthropic outreach to donors in support of the Dallaire Initiative’s strategic priorities. Working closely with leadership, the Development Officer will formulate and implement a comprehensive fundraising program designed to engage and steward donors. Core to the Development Officer’s role is to identify, qualify, and solicit prospective major gift donors on behalf of the Dallaire Initiative in coordination with Dalhousie University.

The Development Officer will work in concert with Dallaire Initiative and Dalhousie’s leaders to achieve ambitious fundraising goals. The new Development Officer will be a member of a professional team that is supported by and works closely with Dallaire Initiative leaders and program staff, and research, communications and administrative specialists in the University’s central Office of Advancement.


  • Working with the Executive Director and Advancement senior leadership, to identify fundraising priorities and set an achievable annual fundraising goal for the Dallaire Initiative.
  • Designing, implementing, managing and soliciting specific major gifts.
  • Identifying, researching and developing grant proposals for funders (private or public sector).
  • Communicating and facilitating the processing of gifts and grants with internal departments and stakeholders.
  • Stewarding and cultivating 100 - 150 major gift prospects annually. The Development Officer will be in regular contact with these prospects.
  • Developing an event planning component of the overall fundraising strategy that raises the Dallaire Initiative profile and supports fundraising locally, nationally, and/or internationally.


  • Significant progressive experience in a fundraising, business development, or international development, preferably in a post-secondary education setting.
  • A bachelor or master’s degree in a relevant field (international development, political science, communications, management).
  • Proven communication skills (written, oral) in English required, and French skills are a strong asset.
  • Previous work with government or large foundation grants an asset.
  • Must have the ability to travel within North America and internationally.

Status: 37.5 hours/week

Pay Scale: $60,000- $70,000

Start Date: ASAP

This is a 1 year term position with possibility of renewal depending on funding availability.

Deadline for application: Please apply by June 14, 2017.

Interested parties should forward a cover letter, current CV and contact information of 2-3 references to: Dr. Shelly Whitman, Executive Director, The Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative, care of

We thank all applicants; however, 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