Head of School years, with the possibility of serving a second term)
University of the Free State
Free State, South Africa
4d ago

Description :

Duties and responsibilities :

  • Provide academic leadership by creating and executing strategies to establish the school as a leader in the discipline vis-
  • à-vis competing international entities.

  • The Head of School is directly responsible for : directing the academic debate in the school; influencing the school's overall climate and culture;
  • energising everybody in the school and beyond; and shaping the future of the school.

  • Contribute to the overall leadership in the faculty.
  • Frequent and continuous planning and execution of plans, general organising and coordinating of staff, students and activities, mentoring and motivating staff, structuring, and exercising overall control.
  • Create an atmosphere of consensus among staff.
  • Effective internal and external communication.
  • The Head of School is pivotal in linking the school s staff and students with the University's management and administration through communication, negotiation and consultation.
  • Active participation and involvement in faculty management structures, attending meetings, leading project teams, representing the school and faculty, and fulfilling the roles of liaison officer and marketer, when necessary.
  • Active participation and involvement in applicable UFS management structures, e.g. Senate.
  • Initiate, formulate and implement a visionary academic strategy for the school that is aligned with and supportive of the guiding strategic documents of the UFS and faculty.
  • Ensure
  • the provision of top-quality, research-informed facilitation of learning at all levels of teaching in the school;
  • relevance of content, material and presentation in all modules;
  • the enhancement of student experiences and their continuous engagement in academic debates;
  • that adequate rules and regulations are in place to optimally deliver high-quality teaching and learning programmes on both undergraduate and postgraduate levels;
  • adherence to all the rules and regulations of the UFS, faculty and school;
  • quality and timely feedback on student work;
  • proper and quality-driven academic advice and support to all under- and postgraduate students in the school; and
  • the revisiting and development of fresh learning programmes that will help to position the school as a leader in the fraternity.
  • Create and maintain a(n) ovisionary research strategy for the school; and environment that encourages research, leading to strong and active research habits and a culture of inquiry.
  • Ensure that every academic staff member is engaged in quality-driven and discipline-specific research; postgraduate students are recruited to broaden the research base of the school;
  • and ethical requirements are met.

  • Guiding and supporting senior academics towards acquiring NRF ratings.
  • Active engagement with the faculty research committee and the UFS Directorate of Research Development in order to ensure sustainable financial support for schools research initiatives.
  • Building an effective team of scholars through :
  • planning and implementing a fair and reasonable dispensation regarding the workload of staff members in the school;
  • planning and implementing a clear and reasonable career path for every staff member in the school, taking account of the strategic plans of the University, faculty and school;
  • appropriate mentoring interventions where and whenever it is needed;
  • managing staff performance in accordance with existing university policies and procedures;
  • recruitment and selection of scholars in the case of vacancies and / or specific strategic needs, whenever strategic repositioning requires expansion of academic endeavours;
  • creating and maintaining a scholarship-friendly environment in the school; and
  • planning and overseeing effective and relevant staff development.
  • The ultimate responsibility in terms of financial management culminates in : annual budgeting; financial planning; allocation of funds;
  • and financial control.

  • Adherence to the UFS's financial policies and procedures.
  • Encourage and actively support academic staff members to apply for external research and other grants.
  • Inherent requirements :

  • PhD in Mathematics Education, Natural Sciences Education or Technology Education.
  • Appointment in the Faculty of Education at the level of senior lecturer / associate professor / professor
  • A minimum of 5-years relevant working experience in a higher education environment.
  • Proven experience in supervision of graduated master’s and / or doctoral students.
  • Proven recent research record of publications in national and international accredited journals.
  • Proven experience in research management and leadership of teaching and learning.
  • Proven experience in engaged scholarship.
  • Required competencies :

  • Knowledge and use of inclusive participatory pedagogies.
  • Experience in academic and / or research leadership
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Term of office with regard to the Head of School :

    Five years, with a possibility of reappointment for a further term based on performance.

    Assumption of duties : As soon as possible.

    Closing date : 22 October 2018.

    Allowance :

    A Head of School Allowance is payable which is calculated according to a transparent formula approved by the relevant decision-

    making structures of the UFS. The value of the allowance is available on request. Please feel free to contact 051 401 3687 / 9962.

    General :

    The University reserves the right not to fill the post. The University subscribes to and applies the principles prescribed by the Employment Equity Act.

    Preference will be given to candidates from the designated groups, in accordance with the principles of the aforementioned act and the employee profile of the specific school / division.

    Applications may only be submitted online. All applications must be accompanied by the following :

  • Detailed curriculum vitae and cover letter, outlining pertinent qualifications and experience (please note that the first three (3) referees on your CV will be contacted with regard to reference checking);
  • Statement of intent and a vision for- and commitment to the department;
  • Certified copies (not older than 3 months) of all academic records.
  • Certified copies (not older than 3 months) of qualifications (please provide the SAQA accreditation in the case of foreign qualifications); and
  • Certified copy (not older than 3 months) of your identity document (ID).
  • The UFS will only consider applications of candidates who meet all the inherent requirements of the position.

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