DEPUTY EXECUTIVE DEAN – University of South Africa

(Ref: DED/CLAW/GRM/2018)

Unisa is the only publicly funded Higher Education Institution in South Africa dedicated to distance
education. In keeping with its mandate as a comprehensive, Open and Distance Learning (ODL)
Institution offering a variety of academic and career-focused programmes. Unisa is inviting applications
for the position of Deputy Executive Dean: College of Law.

Key Duties/ Responsibilities
 Provide strategic advice on own area of responsibility to the Executive Dean and UNISA
Management, as well as other areas as requested, through relevant consultation,
conceptualization, formulation and tabling of proposals and recommendations for decision-making.
 Support College plans and implement strategies ensuring alignment with university objectives in
the primary focus areas of
o Research, Innovation and Postgraduate Studies;
o Teaching, Learning and Student Support;
o Community Engagement.
 Assist the Executive Dean to oversee implementation of the academic plans in the College.
 Champion transformation in the College and the University aligned to the UNISA Transformation
Charter and the vision of the University.
 Assist the Executive Dean to
o Provide leadership and guidance, monitor and advance employment equity, diversity and talent
management ;
o Cultivate a collaborative and high performing College Management Team;
o Establish a culture of collaboration, performance, accountability and stewardship through the
IPMS aligned with UNISA Strategic Plan, the Transformation Charter and the C’s + 1.
 Assist the Dean to oversee the implementation of the Annual Performance Plan (APP) and the
College Plan.
 Review academic processes and ensure student centeredness.
 Develop an integrated strategy for corporate social responsibility in respect of economic, social and
environmental areas in line with King IV and UNGC principles.
 Regularly review and enhance organisational architecture in line with institutional strategy and the
Open Distance e-Learning (ODeL) model that charts synergies between technology, human
capacities, processes, infrastructure and organisational culture.
 Assist the Executive Dean to:
o Simplify, streamline, and optimise the College programmes Qualification Mix (PQM);
o Regularly review / develop relevant curricula to promote innovation and reinvigorate
o Review assessment processes for greater balance between formative, summative and
alternative assessment;
o Increase innovative research, research capacity and postgraduate supervision capacity
o Inculcate Multidisciplinary, Interdisciplinary and Transdisciplinary (MIT)) research,
epistemologies, methods and programmes;
o Redefine scope and extent of community engagement in the context of ODeL;
o Create an environment for persons with disabilities;
o Elevate interests and concerns of persons with disabilities in policy formulation, planning and
management practices;
o Initiate and develop integrated communication marketing activities to position the College as a
leading comprehensive ODeL College by means of the Communication and Marketing
 Develop and manage technology, processes and systems in line with the UNISA’s Organisational
 Participate in finalizing and aligning the College Organisational Architecture (OA) with the approved
ODeL model.
 Manage staff.
 Practice sound Corporate Governance.

 Relevant Doctoral Degree at NQF 10 within a related discipline in the College.
 Minimum 5 years’ relevant experience in Higher Education with at least 2 years in a
management role

Assumption of duty : As soon as possible

Salary : Remuneration is commensurate with the seniority of the Position
Please note that Skill Placement has been appointed as the service provider for the response
handling process and all correspondence.

If interested, please refer all applications to Skill Placement by submitting your comprehensive
C.V. and certified copies of qualifications to Telephone contact
details: 011 764 1052.

Closing date for applications: 31 May 2019

The completed prescribed application form must be accompanied by a comprehensive Curriculum
Vitae, and copies of:
 All educational qualifications;
 Identity document; and
 Proof of SAQA verification of foreign qualifications, where relevant.
 The contact details of three contactable references must be provided, one which must be from
your present employer. Should you not be currently employed a contactable reference from
your previous employer must be provided.
 Unisa is not obliged to fill an advertised position.
 Late, incomplete and incorrect applications will not be considered.
 Applications from persons with disabilities are encouraged.

Appointments will be made in accordance with Unisa’s Employment Equity Plan and other
applicable legislation.