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Director : Institutional Change and Social Justice

Job Summary
Vice-Rector: Institutional Change, Student Affairs and Community Engagement
Unit for Institutional Change and Social Justice
(post level 5) (contract appointment: 5 years)
Job ID: 2907

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Establish firm-wide strategic and organisational diversity and inclusion initiatives and helps foster an environment at the university that embraces each individual’s unique background.
  • Analyse, develop and facilitate institutional change and social justice priorities with and among a range of constituencies inside and outside the university.
  • Conceives, develops and oversees the implementation of programs that enhance the university’s reputation and image as a leader in diversity and inclusion programs.
  • Promoting transformation and inclusivity.
  • Manage all aspects of the university campus diversity and social justice education programming.
  • Monitor campus climate and national trends relevant to institutional change and social justice and provide responsive leadership.
  • Manage departmental budget.
  • Initiate fund-raising inititiatives for Social Justice, Diversity and intellectual transformative practices.
  • Advising staff and students on matters related to institutional change and social justice.
  • Manage and supervise staff.
  • Handle information that is confidential and/or sensitive.
  • Embrace an institutional culture of care, social justice, equity, and access.
  • Demonstrate an overarching commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence in higher education.
  • In collaboration with relevant roleplayers, develop and deliver training programs on diversity, social justice, institutional change and inclusion topics.
  • Travel regularly between all UFS campuses to build relationships and understand the needs of diversity and inclusion efforts of all geographic locations.
  • Serves as a resource, mentor and advisor to university management and relevant stakeholders across the UFS.

Inherent requirements:

  • Master’s degree on NQF level 9 in Social Sciences or related field.
  • Minimum of five (5) years’ relevant experience in institutional change, transformation and social justice and/or diversity and inclusion, gender andti-discrimination issues, human rights advocacy.
  • Minimum of five (5) years’ management experience.

Required competencies:

Business acumen

  • Sound financial and operational management skills.

Results orientated

  • Good training, presentation, mediation and facilitation skills.

Strategic thinking

  • Analytical and reporting skills.
  • The ability to cope with a frequently changing work environment and adapt to emerging situations.


  • The ability to lead and to encourage teamwork.
  • The ability to maintain high levels of personal motivation, energy and enthusiasm.
  • The ability to mobilise and inspire others towards shared goals.
  • Experience as a collaborative leader who inspires confidence and trust.

Building coalitions

  • Good interpersonal communication skills and the ability to function comfortably in the University’s richly   diverse working environment.
  • The ability to manage excellent staff, student and all relevant stakeholder relationships in a changing higher education environment.
  • Demonstrated experience promoting dialogue amongst students, faculty, and staff as well as with community members and other university constituencies
  • Proven ability to inspire and nurture a climate of inclusiveness, collegiality and shared responsibility.
  • Display broad-based knowledge of diverse populations with an emphasis on multicultural, LGBTQIA+, underrepresented, and underserved populations of ethnic and racial cultures, faith traditions, local and international communities.


  • PhD on NQF level 10 in Social Sciences or related field.
  • Experience within the higher education environment (understanding the dynamics and complexities within the higher education environment).
  • A Legal qualification will serve as a strong recommendation.

Term of office: Five years, with the possibility of re-appointment for a further term.

Assumption of duties: As soon as possible.

Closing date: 30 August 2019.

Salary: The salary scale is available on request.

Enquiries: For enquiries, please feel free to contact 051 401 9737/7267/9003 or email

Fringe benefits:

(Subject to specific conditions): pension scheme, medical aid scheme, group life insurance, housing allowance, leave and sick leave, service bonus and study benefits.


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 department/division.

*NB! Applications may only be submitted online. Please ensure that all relevant documentation is attached to your application. INCOMPLETE OR APPLICATIONS SENT VIA EMAIL WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. Please note: Compile/Convert all the below documents as one document (PDF or Word), when uploading it on the online applications system.

  • a detailed curriculum vitae and cover letter (please note that the first three (3) referees on your CV will be contacted with regard to reference checking);
  • 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);
  • a certified copy (not older than 3 months) of your identity document (ID);
  • Proof of registration with a Professional Body (if applicable);
  • A copy of your driver's license (if applicable).

The UFS will only consider applications of candidates who meet all the inherent requirements of the position. Applications that are incomplete will not be considered. Communication will be limited to shortlisted candidates only. Should you not be contacted within six weeks of the closing date for applications, you may assume that your application was unsuccessful.

External candidates can click HERE to apply online.
UFS staff members can log onto PeopleSoft, click Self Service, Recruiting, and Careers to apply online.

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