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4605: Dean: Law (post level 4)(contract appointment: 5 years, with possibility of reappointment)

Job Summary
• Lead and manage the Faculty of Law at academic, research, engaged-scholarship and community-service level. • Provide quality oversight over the implementation of the new LLB, blended teaching and teaching approach. • Manage the budget and the eq

Faculty of Law

Bloemfontein Campus

Dean (post level 4) (contract appointment: five years, with the possibility of reappointment for a further term)

Job ID: 4605

The Dean is the executive head of the Faculty of Law, and as academic leader is responsible for positioning the faculty strategically and for pursuing the strategic goals of the faculty.

KINDLY TAKE NOTE: Applications may only be submitted online through the official UFS vacancy website: Applications submitted through any other platform will not be considered.

Please ensure that all relevant documentation is attached to your application. INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.
  • A detailed curriculum vitae and cover letter.
  • Certified copies (not older than six months) of qualifications (please provide the SAQA accreditation in the case of foreign qualifications).
  • A certified copy (not older than six months) of your identity document (ID).
  • Proof of registration with a professional body (if applicable).
  • A copy of your driver's licence (if applicable).
  • A service record of your current employer/last employer (only applicable to external applicants).
Duties and responsibilities
  • Lead and manage the Faculty of Law at academic, research, engaged-scholarship and community-service level.
  • Provide quality oversight over the implementation of the new LLB, blended teaching and teaching approach.
  • Manage the budget and the equitable apportioning of resources within the context of academic and strategic planning.
  • Manage all staff-related matters in the faculty, as well as all institutes, the law clinic and centres.
  • Ensure a student-centred approach in the faculty, and an excellent relationship with the faculty student council.
  • Liaise with persons and institutions outside the University.
  • Liaise with external stakeholders and build partnerships at provincial, national and international level, for example with other universities, the business sector, authorities, professional bodies, alumni, parents and other stakeholders.
  • Develop and build a very active internationalisation agenda for the faculty.
  • The Dean is a member of the Senate and reports to the Vice-Rector: Academic, and is the chairperson of the Faculty Board of Law.
Inherent requirements
  • A Doctorate in any discipline of Law.
  • A minimum of ten (10) years' relevant experience in the higher-education sector, of which five (5) years must have been in a senior and strategic leadership position in law or a related environment.
  • Academic work experience at higher-education level, with tangible international research relationships.
  • A proven research record.
  • A proven record of successfully negotiating research contracts with external organisations/funders.
  • Must be appointable as professor at the University of the Free State.
Required competencies
  • Results orientation:
    • The ability to set high standards, establish tough goals, and to work to achieve success.
    • The ability to be reliable, responsible and dependable and to fulfil obligations.
    • The ability to cope with a frequently changing environment and to adapt to evolving situations.
  • Strategic thinking:
    • The ability to be creative and open-minded when addressing work issues.
    • The ability to carefully analyse information and use logic to address issues and problems at work.
  • Business acumen:
    • Sound financial and operational management skills.
    • Quality management of programme delivery.
    • The ability to adhere to rules and strictly follow work regulations.
  • Leadership:
    • Proven general leadership ability and managerial experience.
    • Good human relationships and the ability to unite people.
    • The ability to cooperate with others, display a good-natured attitude and encourage people to work together.
  • Building of coalitions:
    • The ability to negotiate, sell, influence and persuade others.
    • The ability to be self-assured and at ease with people in all types of social situations.
    • The ability to make decisions through consultation, collaboration and working with close supervision.

Assumption of duties: As soon as possible.

Closing date: 24 July 2021

Salary: The salary scale is available on request.

For enquiries, please feel free to contact me at 051 401 9737 or via email at or In addition, kindly contact 051 401 9329 for assistance.

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.

The UFS is a designated employer and is committed to the pursuit of excellence, diversity, and redress in achieving its equity targets in accordance with the Employment Equity Plan of the University and its Employment Equity goals and targets. Preference will be given to candidates from the under-represented designated groups including candidates with disabilities. Our Employment Equity Policy is available at :

The University processes personal information in line with its obligations under the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA) and any personal information provided to the University will be treated as confidential and processed in accordance with the rights provided to data subjects under POPIA.

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.

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