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Executive Dean: Faculty of Arts

  • Fixed Term
  • Port Elizabeth
  • Salary: RMarket Related

Nelson Mandela University

Executive Dean: Faculty of Arts

Post Code: 5025

Department: Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Learning and Teaching

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 Executive Dean is the academic leader and representative of the Faculty and is responsible for its overall strategic management and leadership, with a view to transforming the academic and research environment in line with the university’s strategic objectives.

The Executive Dean will, inter alia, coordinate the developments of the Faculty’s strategic plan, manage faculty finances, oversee human resource effectiveness, coordinate the marketing and recruitment strategy of the Faculty and maintain the quality of all its activities. At a university-wide level, the successful applicant will be a member of the senior leadership team of the University and will be expected to contribute to furthering the strategic goals of the university.

Key Performance Areas:

Strategically lead and manage the following areas in respect of the Faculty:

  • Transformational academic leadership including coordinating the developments of the Faculty’s strategic plan
  • Teaching and learning
  • Research and innovation
  • Human resources development, effectiveness, and performance
  • Finances and physical resources including the mobilisation of external funding
  • Internal and external engagement efforts
  • Marketing of the Faculty
  • Trans-disciplinary scholarship within the Faculty.

Core Competencies and Requirements:

  • Strategic orientation
  • Change leadership and transformation
  • Relationship/network building
  • Resources management and stewardship (including financial management)
  • Proven attributes of transparency, integrity and team work
  • Well-developed communication skills
  • Interpersonal relationships/influencing skills
  • In depth knowledge of critical trends in higher education and wider society, and its impact on Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
  • In depth knowledge of the principles and trends in teaching and learning, research and engagement practices pertaining to the core academic domains in the Faculty
  • Internationalisation and globalisation of higher education.

In order to be considered for appointment to this post, candidates must have:

  • A relevant Ph.D. or Doctoral degree (in Social Sciences, Arts or Humanities) at a recognised university
  • At least five years’ experience at a senior management level in an academic institution
  • Demonstrated leadership at all academic levels
  • Proven scholarly abilities and achievements
  • Proven skills in and knowledge of effecting growth within a university environment
  • Proven experience in managing and leading academic teaching, research and engagement.

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.