North-West University
Vanderbijlpark, South Africa
12d ago






As the most senior representative of the Faculty of Humanities on site / campus, manage the operational delivery to achieve the unitary Faculty strategy and plan.

In addition, provide functional and academic leadership across campuses in respect of Research and innovation.

Minimum Requirements...

  • A PhD or equivalent in one of the faculty’s disciplines
  • Membership of appropriate academic and professional networks
  • Professional registration where applicable
  • Five to ten years’ senior management experience
  • Significant experience in higher education
  • Experience in financial management and budgeting
  • A distinguished record of research and scholarship excellence
  • A track record of developing and maintaining relationships with research-funding and professional bodies
  • Job Specification...

    Core Responsibilities and Joint accountabilities :

    Strategy Development :

  • Co-determine Faculty strategy and joint accountability for the implementation thereof
  • Jointly accountable for the successful implementation of the Research and Innovation NWU strategy
  • Translate the Faculty strategy, especially in respect to Research and innovation, into a site implementation plan and operationalise
  • Operational Management :

  • Lead and direct day to day operational planning, performance and quality ensuring alignment with the Faculty plan
  • Participate in planning with Schools and the annual Faculty calendar
  • Oversee and manage utilisation of resources and finances as allocated by the Executive Dean
  • Deputise for the Executive Dean
  • Accountable across campus as Chairperson of relevant Faculty Board Committee(s)
  • Primary Role : Research and innovation :

  • Maintain a research environment and support infrastructure enabling world-class research
  • Implement inter- and trans-disciplinary research that differentiates the NWU nationally and internationally
  • Continuous improvement of research outputs (quality and number) to positively impact national and international standing
  • Promote the Faculty through market trends and needs identification
  • Clustering research and Innovation appropriately around agreed research themes focusing on national and international imperatives
  • Co-ordinate fundamental research, applied research, research in application, curiosity-driven research, blue skies research and directed research
  • Facilitate differentiation and third stream revenue generation through innovation and commercialisation
  • Ancillary Role : Community Engagement :

  • Drive community engagement initiatives that are integrated with research and innovation
  • Socially responsive local community projects, supportive of faculty objectives and departmental programme content
  • Ancillary Role : Student Relations :

  • Liaise with students and parents, and build relationships and resolve escalations
  • Increase students’ identification and association with the Faculty and its operation across campuses
  • External strategic relationships :

  • Secure funding, professional recognition, academic development, employment, through effective local and international relationships with peers, higher education institutions, research community, industry, professional bodies and the community
  • Consultations with the Executive Dean, position and promote the Faculty and ultimately the NWU brand, through effective marketing and communication, relationships with local government, the community, industry, students, parents and the alumni and other stakeholders
  • Promote and drive internationalisation
  • Faculty effectiveness and efficiency, inclusive of infrastructure and facilities
  • Schools, Programmes and Research entities effectiveness (joint accountability)
  • Joint accountability with leadership team for management effectiveness of the institution
  • Management and leadership :

  • Stakeholder Relationships, development and effectiveness
  • Corporate governance conformance, reporting and risk management
  • Cost management and cost effectiveness
  • Faculty processes and systems implementation, utilisation, effectiveness and efficiency
  • Personal effectiveness, wholeness and development
  • Values-based behaviour leadership and personal compliance
  • Other competency requirements :

  • Excellent people and communication skills
  • A thorough knowledge of the RSA's higher-education environment
  • A well-developed proficiency in information and communication technology
  • An acceptable proficiency in management accountancy
  • An acceptable proficiency in contract development and management
  • An acceptable knowledge of approaches to student access and support and curriculum design and delivery within the applicable academic fields
  • An aptitude for managing the research-innovation value chain
  • Demonstration of language proficiency in order to function optimally in the various multilingual environments of the NWU
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