Executive Director: Human Resources
University of Johannesburg
Gauteng, South Africa
23h ago


The University of Johannesburg (UJ) is a vibrant and cosmopolitan university anchored in Africa and intent on global excellence and stature.

With an emphasis on independent thinking, sustainable development and multiple partnerships, UJ is an international university of choice.

Job Specification...

The Human Resources Division within the University plays a crucial role in the University’s people management philosophy and processes, leadership development, instilling a culture of organisational citizenship behaviour, management of institutional culture and the implementation of strategies to optimally manage compensation expenditure.

UJ is keen to interview a dynamic, decisive and innovative leader for its Human Resources portfolio. The Executive Director : Human Resources serves as a member of the Executive Leadership Group of UJ, and has a close working relationship with other crossdisciplines and stakeholders.

The Executive Director is accountable to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor : Employees and Student Affairs.

The primary responsibility of the Executive Director is to provide strategic leadership and operational management of the Human Resources Division, which consists of five sub-

divisions, viz Organisational Development, Business Partnering, Employment Relations & Wellness, HR Services, HR Operations & Information Systems.

Are you able to deliver competently on the following?

In support of the Vice-Chancellor’s vision : Positioning UJ in the fourth industrial revolution industry 4.0’ :

  • Determine, articulate, implement and lead the HR strategic initiatives in accordance with the University’s strategic goals in order to continuously elevate teaching, research, community engagement and internationalisation
  • Review and advance the HR strategy in accordance with the University’s 2025 strategic objectives
  • Conceptualise and collaborate with peer institutions to innovate cost-effective, and integrated HR models, processes and systems
  • Provide conceptual input and leadership, appropriate to a university environment, in the development and review of relevant policies and strategies within the Human Resources domain
  • Provide strategic guidance in respect of organisational development and human capital management that are appropriate to a university environment
  • Drive the development of a suitable strategy for the employee value chain, a requisite policy framework for talent management and for the development of human capital that are appropriate to a university environment
  • Promote transformation of the University of Johannesburg's employee profile and employment brand
  • Promote sound employment relationships with all stakeholders
  • Strengthen relationships with stakeholders and partners, nationally and internationally
  • Lead the development and enhancement of new and existing professional HR services
  • Provide and manage executive support to the Management Executive Committee in respect of the management of employment risks
  • Act as the responsible institutional authority in relation to external stakeholders and reporting requirements on Human Resources-
  • related practices and required legislative compliances

  • Promote the Division in broader national and international contexts
  • Oversee staff development and management, including retention and recruitment
  • Ensure high-quality divisional governance, administration and systems functioning
  • Ensure the effective and efficient management and utilisation of the Division’s finances and resources
  • Manage risks within the portfolio
  • Minimum Requirements...

  • Substantive HR stature, demonstrated strategic leadership with a Master’s / Doctoral degree or equivalent as a minimum qualification
  • Proven skills in executive management of human resources, and at least 8 years’ senior human resource management experience
  • Sound knowledge of, insight into, and vision of the Higher Education sector
  • In-depth understanding of current national and international debates around HR models, debates, practices and related approaches
  • Proven resource management skills with excellent communication and conflict management skills
  • Extensive relevant knowledge of and experience in the human resources environment of large mutidimensional organisations
  • High-level administrative skills, along with the ability to develop and maintain excellent collaborative networks
  • Ability to handle large volumes of communication, responsiveness, and emotional intelligence
  • Ability to lead a dynamic, highly skilled team of HR practitioners and to drive people management models in the context of a changing higher education landscape
  • Well-respected executive leader who is able to inspire and motivate the academic community, students, alumni and external stakeholders in the University to provide best practice HR-related practices.
  • Recommendations :

  • Service / experience within the Higher Education environment.
  • Terms of appointment : The above-mentioned position will be offered on a 5-year contract appointment with a commensurate remuneration package.

    The appointment may be renewed for a further term of office subject to set conditions, which include performance.

    Retirement age : The normal retirement age for members of the Executive Leadership Group is 65 years. Consideration will be given to all candidates who would able to serve for a 5-year term.

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