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Program Coordinator

Creative Destruction Lab

Creative Destruction Lab

Administration, Operations
Posted on Wednesday, July 12, 2023

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Department/Unit: Faculty of Management – General
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Posting Number: S325-23
Employee Group: DPMG
Position Type: Term
Duration of Contract (if applicable): 2 years
Employment Type: Full Time
Full-time Equivalency (FTE): 1.0
Salary: $51,234 – $68,435 per annum

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 almost 21,000 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

The Creative Destruction Lab (CDL) Atlantic, housed at Dalhousie’s Faculty of Management, provides startups with access to a network of accomplished entrepreneurs and investors. Originally conceived at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, CDL is one of the world’s premier seed stage programs for massively scalable science-based ventures. The program targets companies that have the potential to transform our social, industrial and economic landscape. Reporting to the Associate Director, Creative Destruction Lab, the Program Coordinator will ensure the successful execution of CDL-Atlantic and the program’s initiatives. The role will be essential in the coordination of logistical needs in the lead up to each CDL-Atlantic cohort, as well as continued support throughout the execution of the entire CDL-Atlantic program.

Key Responsibilities

  • Support the coordination of CDL events across multiple cohorts, which includes the coordination of communications, schedules, venue, catering, and supplies for all the attendees, which include mentors, sponsors, students, entrepreneurs, professors and all other invitees.
  • Liaise with CDL-Atlantic participants to ensure proper registration and participant information. Works with all members of the CDL-Atlantic and CDL-Global teams to ensure program participants have access to resources and services, as appropriate.
  • Assist Venture Managers with any recruitment tasks needed, including scraping lists, prospecting leads, and registration for interviewers and ventures.
  • Implement a range of marketing activities including the conception and production of printed material, coordinating with the CDL-Global marketing team and CDL-Atlantic team members on social media content, and identifying marketing opportunities within the region.
  • Complete administrative tasks including preparing and filing expense reports, organizing travel and accommodations, scheduling appointments and meetings for team members, including management of conference rooms and bookings.


The successful applicant will be eligible for hybrid work (combination of in-person work on campus and remote work) as agreed by all parties based on operational requirements and university guidelines.

Required Qualifications

  • Post secondary education in business, marketing, public relations, or other relevant field, plus three years’ in a related role (or equivalent combination of training and experience).
  • Demonstrated event planning and marketing experience.
  • Ability to balance multiple competing priorities under strict deadlines.
  • Must be organized, adaptable, tactful, and have a high level of attention to detail.
  • Strong interpersonal and written communication skills.


  • Knowledge of the innovation/entrepreneurship ecosystem, University and industry trends.

Job Competencies

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

  • Integrity
  • Respect & Inclusion
  • Adaptability
  • Knowledge & Thinking Skills
  • Communication

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 of Black/African descent (especially African Nova Scotians), and members of other racialized groups, persons with disabilities, women, persons identifying as members of 2SLGBTQ+ communities, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community. For more information, please visit

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