Stellenbosch University

Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

Dean (Ref. TGB00/050/0221)

Stellenbosch University (SU) is a research-intensive university where we attract outstanding students, employ talented staff and provide a world-class environment – a place connected to the world – while enriching and transforming local, continental and global communities.

Stellenbosch University’s strategic positioning for the 21st century as articulated in the Vision 2040 and Strategic Framework 2019-2024 (see:, is anchored in providing a transformative student experience, promoting networked and collaborative teaching and learning, research for impact, purposeful partnerships and inclusive networks, and to be the employer of  choice and cultivate a thriving university.

 Together with the Western Cape Government: Department of Health, SU recognises the   mutually beneficial interdependencies of a partnership established to render a health service, committed to developing future health professionals, who through leadership and innovation, undertake health-related research that will promote health, prevent disease, and provide optimal healthcare.

The Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences requires innovative and creative leadership with regard to its learning and teaching programmes, research and community interaction, and has committed itself to excellence and equity. The Faculty leads by facilitating transformative, life-long learning; creating, sharing, and translating knowledge that enhances health and health equity; and co-creating value with and for the communities we serve.

Appointment is made on the joint establishment of Stellenbosch University (SU) and the Western Cape Government: Department of Health.

More information is available on the Faculty’s website at


  • Responsible for the overall executive management, as well as leadership aligned to institutional strategy and guidance to the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences in the areas of teaching and learning, research/innovation, clinical services and social impact;
  • Responsible for the partnership with the Western Cape Government (WCG): Department of Health, National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) and Medical Research Council (MRC), including the oversight of joint staff;
  • Overarching responsibility for the maintenance and promotion of all agreements/contracts with external partners;
  • Management of all financial, personnel-related (including the joint staff of the WCG: Department of Health, NHLS and MRC) and student-related matters, as well as other resources within the Faculty;
  • Shared responsibility for the leadership and management of the University as a whole;
  • Leadership and management of all quality assurance and accreditation structures and processes;
  • External liaising and the forming of multi-level partnerships with, inter alia, other academic and health scientific institutions and role-players (nationally and internationally), statutory bodies, business arena, authorities, professional bodies and alumni;
  • Development and management of marketing, student recruitment and fundraising initiatives within the Faculty;
  • Fostering a people-centred faculty culture in pursuit of becoming a health sciences faculty of choice;
  • Fostering an inclusive and collegial environment that encourages a high level of performance, communication and teamwork;
  • Promotion of diversity and transformation within the Faculty.


  • Registration, or eligibility for registration, as a health professional with a statutory health professions council;
  • Eligibility for appointment on a professoriate level in one of the academic departments within the Faculty of Health Sciences;
  • Recognised academic standing in terms of teaching and learning, research and service in the health and higher education sectors;
  • Proven record of attracting national and international funding;
  • Recognised national and international networks in the health sciences environment;
  • Proven innovative, dynamic and inclusive leadership;
  • Appropriate management experience at faculty and institutional levels;
  • Sound knowledge, insight and vision pertaining to the higher education sector and health system in South Africa;
  • Sound interpersonal relations and liaising skills.


  • PhD or equivalent is strongly recommended;
  • Experience in interacting with health professions councils, professional bodies and advisory/governing bodies within the public and corporate health sectors, both nationally and internationally;
  • The ability to function effectively in a strongly research-focussed environment;
  • Evidence of strategic planning initiatives;
  • Understanding of current national health policies and its impact on academic medicine;
  • Evidence of establishing inclusivity in terms of healthcare and/or employee experience and/or student learning experience;
  • Evidence of establishing innovative community interactions/collaborations.

Term of appointment: Five years with the possibility of reappointment for another term.

Commencement of duties: 1 January 2022

Closing date: 26 March 2021

Enquiries: Mr. Victor Mothobi, Chief Director: Human Resources, on 021 808 4043, or at

Completed applications, comprising the documentation as set out below, must be sent via email to before the closing date. Incomplete applications will not be considered.


  • A comprehensive Curriculum Vitae;
  • A document in which candidates outline their vision of the University’s and the Faculty’s future, as well as their contribution to such a future in the context of the University’s Vision 2040 and Strategic Framework 2019-2024;
  • Details regarding present occupation, remuneration package and citizenship;
  • An indication of the earliest date on which duties can be assumed;
  • Certified copies of certificates;
  • Details of at least three referees.

The University is committed to employment equity (EE), and appointments will be made in line with the EE plan for the specific environment as well as SU’s institutional EE Plan.

The University reserves the right not to make an appointment.

At the discretion of the Selection Committee, candidates may be subjected to appropriate psychometric testing and other selection instruments and should therefore be willing to oblige.

The University reserves the right to investigate qualifications and conduct background checks on all candidates.

The University reserves the right to extend the closing date if deemed necessary.