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Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Learning and Teaching

  • Fixed Term
  • Port Elizabeth
  • Salary: RMarket Related

Nelson Mandela University

Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Learning and Teaching

Post Code: 2010

Department: Office of the Vice-Chancellor

Campus: South Campus, Port Elizabeth

Five-year contract post

South Africa, Eastern Cape, Port Elizabeth

Nelson Mandela University is a new generation university, committed to offering accessible higher education in a dynamic environment of excellence and innovation. We are committed to the growth and development of our people as the key to our continued excellence and quality.

Core Job Purpose: The Deputy Vice-Chancellor is a member of the executive of the university and actively supports the Vice-Chancellor (VC) in the strategic leadership and management of the university by leading and participating in university-wide decision-making processes towards achieving the strategic objectives of the institution in line with Vision 2020 and beyond.

Reporting directly to the Vice-Chancellor, the core purpose of this job is to provide intellectual and strategic leadership in Learning and Teaching including managing related scholarship, student wellness and academic development at the Nelson Mandela University in order to advance the university’s vision, mission and strategies taking into account the multi-campus nature of the institution as well as national imperatives and priorities, and international trends.

Key Performance Areas:

  • Strategic leadership and management of Learning and Teaching portfolio related to the scholarship, curriculum innovation and transformation, and academic development
  • Developing, implementing and monitoring programmes and progress towards the teaching and learning goals in the university’s strategic plan and national plan for higher education with the aim of enhancing the quality and success rate of the university’s graduates
  • Transformational leadership within the various academic faculties in line with Vision 2020 and beyond
  • Development and implementation of student access, retention and success strategies
  • Management of human resources of the Division including efficiency, effectiveness, and performance of the portfolio
  • Management of, and stewardship for financial and other assets of the portfolio.

Core Competencies:

  • Strategic orientation
  • Change leadership and transformation
  • Relationship/network building
  • Resources management and stewardship (including financial management)
  • Excellent people management skills
  • Proven attributes of transparency, integrity and team work
  • Proven skills in and knowledge of effecting growth within a university environment
  • Well-developed communication skills
  • Interpersonal relationships/Influencing skills.

In order to be considered for appointment to this post, the candidate must be an established academic leader with an excellent publication and research record and proven excellence in learning and teaching at a level to attract respect and credibility from peers within the university, international scholars and other relevant external bodies. Additionally, he/she must have:

  • A Ph.D. or Doctoral degree at a recognised University and at least eight years’ experience in a senior leadership role in an academic institution
  • Experience in engaging with, and functioning of, external accreditation and other bodies and organisations and stakeholders relevant to the success of the academic project
  • Evidence of excellence in promoting curriculum transformation, student access, retention and success in a transforming university
  • Demonstration of a deep understanding of other dimensions of inequality and discrimination including race, gender, sexuality, disability and sense of alienation often expressed by students and staff
  • Development and support needs of different levels of academic staff in view of the ever-changing national and international HE academic landscape
  • Innovation leadership in devising curricular and co-curricular strategies for graduates to grapple with the future world of work
  • Knowledge and understanding of the higher education environment in South Africa and the relevant legislation and policy changes in Higher Education
  • Proven record of developing, mentoring and supporting others
  • Internationalisation and globalisation of Higher Education
  • Insights into the challenges and trends in Higher Education
  • Knowledge and experience in digital scholarly resources, online learning and technology.

All shortlisted candidates will be required to undergo psychometric assessments. Furthermore, it is expected that all shortlisted candidates will:

  • Give express permission to undergo verifications of qualifications, publications, credit records and criminal records as well as any other verification deemed appropriate by the University
  • Deliver a 15-minute presentation, the topic of which will be communicated timeously
  • Provide details of at least two individuals who are capable of providing professional references.

Applications must be accompanied by a recent and comprehensive Curriculum Vitae and a covering letter stating how applicants satisfy the requirements in respect of each of the Key Performance Areas and Core Competencies. An official Nelson Mandela University job application form also needs to be completed.

Direct all telephonic enquiries to Ms Fa-eeza Grimsel at 041 504 3555 or via e-mail

Terms of Appointment: This is a five-year fixed-term contract, renewable based on performance and operational requirements.

Closing date for all applications: 28 July 2019

Nelson Mandela University reserves the right not to make an appointment. In considering candidates for appointment into the advertised posts, preference will be accorded to persons from a designated group in accordance with the approved University’s Employment Equity Plan.