Advancement Writer – Digital Nova Scotia – Leading Digital Industry

Advancement Writer

Department/Unit – Advancement
Location – Halifax
Posting Number – S229-22
Employee Group – DPMG
Position Type – Regular, On-Going
Employment Type – Full Time
Full-time Equivalency (FTE) – 1.0
Salary – $52,669 – $71,260 per annum
Classification – ADM-05

Provisional Statement

This is a provisional classification. Formal classification procedures will be initiated by the Job Design Unit in approximately six months.

About Dalhousie University

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 more than 20,000 students coming from outside of the province. Our 6,000 faculty and staff foster a vibrant, purpose-driven community, that celebrated 200 years of academic excellence in 2018.

Job Summary

As a member of a high-performing, results-oriented Advancement group, the Advancement Writer will play an active role in achieving the University’s strategic fundraising goals. Reporting to the Associate Director, Advancement Communications, the Advancement Writer, Communications is responsible for creating a wide range of content serving varying purposes.

Key Responsibilities

  • Connect strategic priorities to storytelling opportunities. Pitch ideas to marketing/communications colleagues for feedback. Receive, consider and balance content creation requests from colleagues.
  • Work within and help maintain a content calendar for strategic scheduling of content. Build relationships and collaborate with faculty or unit-based communications colleagues for an integrated approach that lifts and optimizes the content creation of many Dal partners.
  • In agreement with an over-arching communications plan, create a storytelling strategy and plans for a myriad of individual campaigns, programs and initiatives. These could include engagement opportunities where Dal invites alumni and friends to connect, learn, volunteer and celebrate.
  • Research topics, interview subjects and write stories including alumni profiles, alumni news and short biographies. Collect or create visuals (e.g., photos, graphics, video) to complement narratives. This involves close partnership with Dal’s Design Services office.
  • In close partnership with the Integrated Communications Manager, monitor performance of web content using Google Analytics, newsletters via Hootsuite, and social media gleaning insights from platform metrics and recommend opportunities for boosting content using social media.
  • Ensure engagement content is refreshed regularly and appropriately populated on digital properties. This requires understanding such things as key words, tagging, and headline/copy writing for SEO (Search Engine Optimization).


The successful applicant may work in-person on campus, primarily remotely, or perform a hybrid of the two as agreed by all parties based on operational requirements.

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.


A certificate in public relations or marketing or a degree in public relations, English, journalism, communications or a related field with a minimum of five years’ experience creating written communications in support of fundraising efforts, preferably in higher education (or an equivalent combination of training and experience) is required. Highly accomplished and versatile professional with thorough knowledge of strategic communications concepts, methods, and techniques. Proficient in proofreading and fact-checking. Able to manage and organize projects, handle sensitive and confidential information, prioritize competing work and deadlines and produce highly accurate work. Strong inter-personal, time management and organizational skills. Able to perform well in a complex, dead-line driven work environment. Excellent listening skills and the ability to intuit meaning and complex ideas to produce compelling fundraising collateral in plain language.

Job Competencies

The successful candidate is expected to demonstrate proficiency in Dalhousie’s core and leadership competencies (, in particular:

– Self-Awareness & Professionalism
– Respect & Inclusion
– Communication
– Thinking and Acting Strategically
– Relationship Building

Additional Information

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.

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

Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies – 1
Open Date – 06/13/2022
Close Date – 06/27/2022