Fund Development Manager At The Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative

Provisional Statement

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

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 19,000 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.

The Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative (Dallaire Initiative) was established in 2007 by retired Lieutenant-General the Honourable Roméo Dallaire, former Force Commander of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda (UNAMIR). Our mission is to develop new strategies and tactics to progressively end the recruitment and use of children as soldiers worldwide. As of April 2020, the Dallaire Initiative has now become the Dallaire Institute for Children, Peace and Security.

As the Dallaire Institute’s Fund Development Manager, you will be responsible for identifying, qualifying, engaging, and cultivating prospective donors, preparing compelling proposals and grant applications, soliciting major gifts, and stewarding donors on behalf of the Dallaire Institute. Central to this role will be the creative ability of the Fund Development Manager to see new opportunities for fundraising that are in line with the strategic direction of the Dallaire Institute. As the successful candidate, you will display business acumen, diplomacy, professionalism and, above all, a passion for achieving results. Ideally, you will bring a successful track record in major gift fundraising to the table, but consideration will be given to those who have achieved outstanding results in international development roles and related areas.

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Key Responsibilities

  • Designing, implementing, managing, and soliciting specific major gifts from individuals, corporations and foundations including preparing and writing compelling grant applications and major gifts funding proposals to a variety of funders (private and public sector) in Canada and internationally.
  • Providing coordination to proposal development and review processes, ensuring all staff inputs happen in a timely and effective manner and advise on donor compliance requirements to ensure high quality and on-time proposals
  • Identifying and maintaining a portfolio of active donors/prospects (75-100) with major and principal giving capacity, with an emphasis on timely and accurate moves management practices, in order to create and maximize revenue.
  • Planning and coordinating special fundraising events, campaigns, and initiatives for the Dallaire Institute while building strong relationships with individuals, organizations, and communities of interest.
  • Implementing a comprehensive and strategic donor stewardship plan (acknowledgement, naming, reporting, and recognition) to maximize a donor’s future giving.
  • Assume other fundraising-related management responsibilities and ensure appropriate compliance and administration of donor support.


Bachelor of Arts degree in a relevant field of study, or equivalent, is required and significant demonstrable experience in at least one of the following areas: International Development, Political Science, Communications, Children and Armed Conflict, International Relations, International Law, Peace and Conflict Studies, Peacekeeping, Sociology, Education, Human Rights, Gender Studies or Public Policy. At least five years of relevant work experience with project design, development, and management of relevant donor-funded peace and security or development projects across sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America or the MENA regions. Grant writer, reviewer and proposal development experience is required. Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English are required. French proficiency is strongly desired; Arabic and Spanish proficiency will be considered as assets. Experience with successful proposal writing and solicitation to individuals, foundations and institutional donors is required. Further, experience coordinating development of large-scale or strategic proposals, including supporting the development of multi-million-dollar project budgets is required. Additionally, experience with Canadian, and international government programming, (ex GAC, ECHO, UNICEF, German FFO, SIDA, DANIDA, BMZ) is an asset.

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
  • Relationship Building
  • Accountability for Performance & Results

Application Consideration

Applications from university employees and external candidates are given concurrent consideration. Among short-listed candidates, university employees will be given special consideration.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Diversity Statement

Dalhousie University is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness. The university encourages applications from Indigenous persons, persons with a disability, racially visible persons, 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

How to apply

Please apply for the position through by April 19, 2021.

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