Vice-President Finance and Administration

Job Title: Vice-President Finance and Administration
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Canada
Salary: Salary will be commensurate with experience
Reference: 13627
Job Published: February 20, 2020 13:23

Job Description

From “the little college by the sea” to a world-leading, research-intensive university: Dalhousie University’s first 200 years have seen it transform from a local centre of learning to an institution with global impact. Now, at the dawn of its third century, Dalhousie is more relevant, more connected and more vibrant than ever.

As Atlantic Canada’s leading research university and the region’s only member of the U15 group of major Canadian post-secondary institutions, Dalhousie is recognized for the outstanding quality of its research and innovation. Through its academic mission of teaching and learning, research, and service, Dalhousie drives the region’s intellectual, social and economic development. The university attracts more than 19,500 high-achieving, motivated and engaged students from around the world to its campuses.  Dalhousie brings together the brightest minds with diverse backgrounds and perspectives and enables them to push the boundaries of knowledge. Dalhousie’s 6,000 faculty and staff foster a diverse, mission-driven community – one that spans 13 faculties and conducts more than $150 million in annual research.

Dalhousie’s Vice-President Finance and Administration is responsible for a range of university services including Financial Services, Treasury, Human Resources, Facilities Management (including capital construction), Information Technology, Environmental Health and Safety, Ancillary Services, Athletics and Sustainability. A member of the leadership team reporting to the President and working closely in partnership with the Provost and the Vice-President Research, this Vice-President supports Dalhousie’s academic, teaching and research mission and strategic direction through planning, directing and overseeing  the administrative and business functions of the university. The Vice-President Finance and Administration is responsible for coordinating and managing the university’s operating and capital budgets and for safeguarding and optimizing return on the university’s assets; financial and human resources; and operating, capital, research and other revenues and expenditures annually.

As the ideal candidate, you bring advanced education and/or professional credentials, along with leadership experience within a diverse portfolio of functions and in organizations with complex governance structures and broadly accountable contexts. You have demonstrated that you are innovative and able to envision and introduce new ideas, systems, processes and programs. You possess the strategic acumen and global thinking to enable you to set your sights on the horizon, to understand the goals of the university and to translate them into plans that support the university’s mission, allow students, faculty and staff to realize their goals, and ensure Dalhousie’s sustainability in the broadest sense. You are service, solutions and systems focused and are passionate about how you and your team can collaborate with and support others in the pursuit of the academic, teaching and research mission of the university.

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

Dalhousie University will provide support in its recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities, including accommodation that takes into account an applicant’s accessibility needs. If you require accommodation because of a disability or for any other reason during the interview process, please contact KBRS.  

If you’re interested in this opportunity, contact Anna Stuart, Andrea Forbes-Hurley or Beth McLennan at or by calling 1-866-822-6022, or submit your application online at: A complete application will include a Self-Identification Questionnaire, which is available at: