Executive Dean – University of South Africa

(5-YEAR FIXED-TERM CONTRACT)
(Ref: ED:CED/GRM/2019)

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 Executive Dean: College of Education.
Main Outputs and purpose for this position.

To plan and provide high quality Open Distance e-Learning (ODeL) academic services in the field of
Education (inclusive of tuition, learning, research, community engagement and student support) to all
clients of Unisa, in accordance with relevant legislation and in alignment with the institution’s Open
Distance and e-Learning (ODeL) 2016-2030 strategy.

Key Duties/Responsibilities:
Strategic Direction, Planning and Alignment
 Positioning the College as a leading provider of quality distance education programmes in the
field of Education through an academic product range that expands on its comprehensive
character, growing accredited research, and increasing throughput.
 Lead and direct the development and implementation of the College strategy and objectives in
line with the Institution’s Open Distance and e-Learning (ODeL) 2016-2030 strategy and in
accordance with the relevant legislation.
 Provide strategic leadership to the development of the annual performance review as is
required by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET)
Operational Leadership and Process Management

Provide leadership regarding all the operations of the College from all overall perspective, which
include:
o The provision of support with the management of ODeL –focused tuition, leaner support
and community engagement in the College through the Office: Tuition and Learner
Support
o Strengthen Unisa as a leading research institution and as the leading provider of the
post graduate programmes through the Office: Graduate Studies and Research
o The effective functioning of the schools in the college and ultimately the Colleges
provisioning of academic formal and short learning programmes
o The effective functioning of the Office of Teaching Practice
 Driving actions to ensure the quality and relevance of study material by reviewing the
Programme Qualification Mix (PQM) and all qualifications within framework of
changes/developments in legislation and government policy requirements.
Forecasting, Budgeting and Financial Management
 Directing and overseeing the funding of operations and budgeted activities within the College.
 Manage the College’s resources efficiently, effectively, economically and in accordance with
the relevant principles and policies of Unisa.
 Providing leadership regarding the compilation and management of the budget for the College.

People Management
 Leading, mentoring and empowering employees and change within the College to promote high
performance, optimal working environment, improving staff morale and cost-effective
operations.
 Fostering an organisational culture and climate that is ethics and value driven
 Builds a robust, effective leadership pipeline, succession and capacity
 Driving a high-performance culture by taking accountability for an effective and well-articulated
performance management process
Governance and Reporting
 Monitoring and reporting on legislative and statutory compliance as defined by government and
relevant professional bodies
 Promote sound institutional governance principles through effective planning, maintenance of
operations and service standards, management of compliance and risk and participating in
Institutional governance structures
 Monitoring community engagement projects and reports status and progress on an ongoing
basis.

Requirements
 Doctoral Degree
 Minimum 10 (ten) years relevant experience in Higher Education and academia with at least two
(2) years in middle management (Director role) preceded by at least three (3) years’ experience in
First Line Management (COD 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 godwin@skillplace.co.za. Telephone contact
details: 011 764 1052.

Closing date for applications: 31 May 2019

Please send a Letter of Application, a completed application form, 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.
 We welcome applications from persons with disabilities.

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