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5785: Campus Vice-Principal (job level 5) (Contract appointment: five years, second term possible) Hot Job

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QwaQwa Campus

Campus Vice-Principal (job level 5) (Contract appointment: five years, with the possibility of reappointment for a further term)

Job ID: 5785

The UFS Qwaqwa Campus is the second largest of the three sites of delivery of the University of the Free State (UFS). It is located in Phuthaditjhaba in the Eastern Free State and is surrounded by the picturesque sandstone Maluti Mountains. The campus has experienced rapid growth in enrolment in the past five years, with a parallel increase in its research focus. The widening focus requires an energetic academic and research leader to help the University achieve its Vision 130 through the University's Strategic Plan.

The successful candidate will report directly to the campus principal and will liaise closely with the Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Academic, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research and Internationalisation, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Institutional Change, Strategic Partnership and Societal Change, relevant deans, the registrar and the Centre of Teaching and Learning. He/she will be a member of the Senate, among various other committees on which she/he will be expected to serve.

KINDLY TAKE NOTE: Applications may be submitted only online through the official UFS vacancy website:

Please ensure that all relevant documentation is attached to your application.
  • A detailed curriculum vitae and cover letter.
  • Copies of qualifications (please provide the SAQA accreditation in the case of foreign qualifications).
  • A copy of your identity document (ID).
  • Proof of registration with a professional body (if applicable).
  • A copy of your driver's licence (if applicable).
  • Confirmation of employment from current employer/last employer if unemployed (only applicable to external applicants).
Duties and responsibilities
  • Provide administrative leadership and general management in the following areas:
    • Student Academic Services
    • Library and Information Services
    • Examination Division
    • Faculties' assistant deans on campus
    • Other related matters as required to support the campus principal
  • Conduct academic planning and development.
  • Coordinate all campus graduations.
  • Lead and support research development.
  • Provide strategic leadership for the Afro Montane Research Unit.
  • Work closely with the local community, business, government and other relevant organisations.
  • Work closely with various local and international research linkages.
  • Utilise knowledge and experience gained to strengthen engaged research initiatives.
  • Collaborate closely with deans and the registrar to ensure seamless delivery of service within relevant portfolios.
  • Develop and guide a cohort of young academics and researchers.
Inherent requirements
  • A doctorate (NQF Level 10).
  • A proven academic and research track record.
  • A minimum of five years' middle management experience in academic and research management.
  • A credible research record that allows the UFS to consider the preferred candidate to be appointed at least as an associate professor. Candidates already on the professoriate level will be required to have these evaluated in terms of UFS criteria.
  • Sound knowledge and understanding of university governance structures and academic trends in higher education.
Required competencies
  • Results orientation:
    • The ability to set high standards, establish tough goals and 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.
    • Decision-making, supervisory, management and leadership skills.
    • 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 01 September 2024.

Closing date 30 June 2024.

Salary The salary is available on request.

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.

For enquiries, please feel free to contact 051 401 9737 or send an email to In addition, please contact 051 401 9012/ 9848 for assistance.

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: Plan UFS 1 March 2022 (003).pdf

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 University reserves the right not to fill the post. 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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