Vacancy: Deputy Vice-Chancellor,University of Cape Town

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Vacancy: Deputy Vice-Chancellor,University of Cape Town

The University of Cape Town, a member of the Association of African Universities, is  seeking to recruit a Deputy Vice-Chancellor to the  portfolio of Transformation to be filled as soon as possible.

The University prides itself on being one of the world’s top research-led universities producing graduates whose qualifications are internationally recognised, locally applicable and underpinned by values of engaged citizenship and social justice.

As members of the executive of the University, all Deputy Vice Chancellors (DVCs) actively support the Vice Chancellor (VC) in the strategic leadership and management of the University and in supervising academic and administrative functions through line reports. Although each DVC is appointed in the first instance to oversee particular functions, these may change over the course of time at the VC’s discretion.

Qualifications and experience:

A doctoral degree would generally be required and the ideal candidate will be someone who fulfills most of the following criteria:

  • Has experience in a senior leadership role in an academic institution.
  • Has an established academic track record.
  • Has demonstrated a track record managing a complex portfolio, or running a unit of reasonable size.
  • Has a successful record of leadership and team work.
  • Has demonstrated experience in strategic thinking and operationalizing such thinking into plans and projects.
  • Has an understanding of developments in the higher education arena in SA.
  • Has an understanding of the operations and affairs of a university environment.
  • Has some relevant experience in student affairs and student governance.
  • Has some experience in stakeholder engagement and in particular union engagement and staff management.
  • Has experience in addressing manifestations of inequality in South African society and within South African universities.
  • Demonstrates a deep understanding of other dimensions of inequality and discrimination including race, gender, sexuality and disability.
  • Can operate confidently and sensitively across cultures and other divides.

Desirable skills and personal characteristics:

  • Approachable, flexible and change-oriented.
  • A high level of personal motivation, energy and enthusiasm.
  • Resilient and the ability to work effectively under pressure.
  • Exceptional communication, persuasive and interpersonal skills.
  • Well-reasoned decision-making ability.
  • Ability to hold critical conversations as a means of achieving mutually desired goals.
  • Ability to mobilise and inspire others towards shared goals.
  • Capable in both developing strategy and operationalizing strategy into plans and projects.

Specific responsibilities:

  • Leading transformation, including: employment equity, changing demographic of the student body, programmes to develop the pipeline of emerging academics, staff development, institutional culture and the student and staff experience
  • Student affairs
  • Human resources
  • Government and external relations
  • Partnership with higher education institutions in the Western Cape

For detailed information on this post, please view the job description on the following link:

A competitive annual remuneration package, including benefits is offered by UCT. Appointment to the position is on the basis of a five-year contract and the contract is renewable subject to a satisfactory performance review.

Applications should be accompanied by a letter of motivation which addresses the above criteria, including a statement on your potential contribution as part of the Office of the Vice Chancellor, your full curriculum vitae and the names and contact details of three referees.

Please also complete and submit the HR204 application form for Senior Executive posts available at: quoting reference number E16112

 The recruitment and selection procedures are available at:

 Applications should be sent to:

 Ms Rentia Landman

Staff Recruitment and Selection

University of Cape Town


 Telephone: +27 21 406 2602

Nominations are invited and may also be sent to the above with a brief motivation explaining why you are nominating that person as a potential applicant.

Closing date for receipt of nominations: 7th August 2016

Closing date for receipt of applications: 20th August 2016

 The University reserves the right to extend the closing date if deemed necessary and reserves the right to make no appointment.

UCT is committed to the pursuit of excellence, diversity and redress in achieving its equity targets. Our Employment Equity Policy is available at For this post we seek particularly to attract South African African, Indian and coloured candidates.


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