Dalhousie University
Dalhousie University campus

Recognized as one of Atlantic Canada's Top Employers (2017) and Nova Scotia's Top Employers (2017)

Here are some of the reasons why Dalhousie University was selected as one of Atlantic Canada's Top Employers (2017) and Nova Scotia's Top Employers (2017):

  • Dalhousie University recently launched "Dal Thrive", a university-wide mental wellness initiative for faculty, staff and students aimed to reduce stigma around mental health and to promote available resources, support and services
  • As part of the university's health benefits plan, Dalhousie University offers a health spending account, ranging from $500 to $1,000, allowing employees to top-up existing coverage or cover additional expenses
  • In addition to helping employees save for the future, Dalhousie University offers phased-in retirement work options and retirement planning assistance to support long-term planning
Dalhousie University employee biking to work   (Photo credit: Bruce Bottomley)

Highlights

Industry Post Secondary Schools, University
Established in Canada 1818
Major Canadian hiring locations Halifax NS, Truro NS, Saint John NB
Full-time employees in Canada 3,565
Part-time employees in Canada 789
Average age of employees in Canada 47.1
Longest serving employee 48.9 years
Long-term savings defined-benefit (DB) pension, matching RSP
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 60% of the premiums
Health spending account up to $1,000 each year
Alternative work options flexible work hours, 35-hour work week (with full pay), shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, telecommuting, reduced summer hours, earned days off program
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 24 months
Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 12 months
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, in-house training, online training, mentoring, paid internships
Scope of charitable involvement local
Employee charitable involvement employees receive paid time off to volunteer

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2017)

Here are some of the reasons why Dalhousie University was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2017):

  • Through the unique President's Advisory Council on Sustainability, Dalhousie University ensures that a cross-section of faculty, employees, students and community members share their feedback on sustainability issues at the university in an ongoing forum -- a number of sub-committees also focus on specific green topics and report to the Council directly
  • Along with its employees and students, Dalhousie University supports a number of annual environmental campaigns including the annual Commuter Challenge, Bike Week, and the Boots n' Bloom gardening event -- the university also sponsors a "Brightest Ideas Competition" to address water and energy conservation on campus
  • Dalhousie University maintains an online educational dashboard to provide environmental tips as well as enable employees and students to share ideas, and manages the "Rethink for a Sustainable Campus" program to encourage students and employees to develop a culture of sustainability across the campus -- outstanding ideas and efforts are recognized at the annual sustainability awards celebration in April
Dalhousie University employee gardening at a Boots n' Blooms event   (Photo credit: Nick Pearce)

Highlights

Industry Post Secondary Schools, University
Major Canadian hiring locations Halifax NS, Truro NS, Saint John NB
Full-time employees in Canada 3,565
Employee green team President's Advisory Council on Sustainability
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Director, Office of Sustainability
Formal strategy/policy name University Sustainability Policy
Green highlights new employee orientation program includes input from the Office of Sustainability, Brightest Ideas Competition (recognizes student energy and water conservation ideas), Rethink and Ecolympics (includes online dashboard, available for individual and departmental use), Employee Sustainability Leadership Program (features a self-directed initiative combined with 16 hours of classroom time), Dal Bike Centre (teaches two-wheeled commuters how to ride safely around Halifax), offers an undergraduate Major in Environment, Sustainability and Society, which integrates numerous subject areas across five faculties)
Extended recycling batteries, electronics, fluorescent bulbs, construction materials, organics, polystyrene, hazardous waste material (recently updated waste diversion targets from 60 to 70 percent for the current year)
Commuter amenities transit subsidies, online car-pool sign-up, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, walk to public transit
In-house environmental audit yes
External environmental audit yes
Publishes sustainability report yes
Some of the green community initiatives Commuter Challenge, Bike Week, Dump and Run (recycling drive), Boots'n Bloom (community garden)
Head office LEED Pending
Building footprint includes PV solar panels, rainwater collection, green roof, solar water heating, solar air heating, follows LEED guidelines for building material purchases, including furniture and fabrics, uses certified green cleaning products throughout the campus, other building accreditation (BOMA etc.)

The Career Directory

Dalhousie University has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
Dalhousie University employee

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Post Secondary Schools, University
Major Canadian hiring locations Halifax NS, Truro NS, Saint John NB
Full-time employees in Canada 3,565
Part-time employees in Canada 789
Student opportunities paid internships, summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, orientation program, online training, in-house training, mentoring, in-house career planning services
Typical new grad positions Administrative Assistant, Recruitment Officer, Communications Advisor, Office Coordinator, Information Technology, Lab Assistant, Financial Services Assistant, Payroll, Resident Manager
Starting salary $30K to $35K
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

Academic fields recruited


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