Deputy Vice Chancellor

University of Cape Town

University of Cape Town (UCT), at the foot of Table Mountain, has 27,000 students and 5,000 staff across six faculties. Its reputation for excellence is underpinned by distinctive research, with over 60 specialist research units. Home to more than a quarter of South Africa's A-rated researchers, UCT aims to be Africa's leading research university. See

With responsibility for particular portfolios, Executive Directors, Directors and/or Deans, you will implement the University’s vision and strategic plans. As one of four Deputy Vice-Chancellors you will provide enlightened strategic leadership and operational management.

It will require skilled Interaction with external partners as you oversee operations, administration, planning, finances, human resources and facilities. Promoting transformation, you will manage risk and quality assurance and also take on various representative and ceremonial functions.

As you promote integrated administration and management you will oversee policy development and implementation, fostering collegial and participatory internal governance through the committee system. You will line-manage senior staff and play a leading role in their recruitment. Facilitating inter-faculty collaboration and cross-university activities, you must help ensure that inter-institutional regional collaboration is fostered and facilitated. You will take the lead in producing high-level partnerships with other institutions, organisations and communities.

Monitoring and promoting improvement in the quality of teaching and learning while promoting the use of technology in education you will develop, support and monitor progress of curriculum initiatives which respond to transformation imperatives in the university and wider society.

A doctoral degree would generally be required for this vital and highly visible role. Ideally your academic track record will show experience in a senior leadership role in an academic institution and the management of a complex portfolio, or running a unit. With a successful record of leadership and team work and familiar with current trends in curriculum development your experience will cover areas of teaching and learning, innovative course and programme design, academic development and support and also in digital scholarly resources, online learning and technology.

The initial term of appointment is for five years, with no limit to the number of contract renewals. With 26 days leave plus study and research leave, benefits include Provident Fund and Medical Aid, Annual Bonus, Staff Tuition Rate and travel and removal expenses. 

To apply please email or call +27 (0) 11 444 7572.

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