Position Summary

Campus: Auckland Park Kingsway Campus
Remuneration: Market Related
EE position: EE
Level: Skilled


The University of Johannesburg (UJ) is a vibrant and cosmopolitan university, anchored in Africa and driven by a powerful strategy focused on attaining global excellence and stature (GES). With an emphasis on independent thinking, sustainable development and strategic partnerships, UJ is an international university of choice. The University is guided by the Vice-Chancellor’s vision of “Positioning UJ in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) in the context of the changing social, political and economic fortunes of Africa”.

Job description

The Council of the University of Johannesburg has declared the University as a mandatory vaccination site as per the applicable policy ((https://www.uj.ac.za/covid-19/). All applications and offers of employment is dependent upon compliance with the said policy.

JBS provides thought leadership in digital transformation and has committed to train leaders fit for the future. The digital revolution encompasses shifts in the mind-sets and paradigms, and change management is imperative as there is a blurring between the disciplines of leadership, engineering and the creative arts worldwide. The JBS offers a stimulating and congenial environment in which to work and an excellent opportunity for a seasoned director to be part of this growth trajectory.
Job Description:  

  • The Academic Director is responsible for planning, directing and co-ordinating the School’s teaching and learning, research, community engagement and formal academic programme delivery activities.
  • The incumbent takes responsibility for quality assurance of the content from a design and delivery perspective of all of all programmes, and the efficient and effective course development and delivery’
  • The incumbent will also assist to facilitate and encourage the successful achievement of intellectual activities and research outputs at the school.
  • The position plays a pivotal role in the financial and academic sustainability of the JBS in as far as the enrolment plans are successfully achieved.
  • In conjunction with the Dean of School, the incumbent will lead the team of academic faculty towards the achievement of their strategic goals.
  • The Academic Director will ultimately ensure adherence to the governance aspects of the programmatic rules and regulations of the academic programmes at JBS, as well as concomitant higher degrees related academic policies
The incumbent will be responsible for the –
  • Management of academic programmes;
  • Academic programmes recruitment, selection and enrolment;
  • Management of throughput;
  • Managing the student’s teaching and learning experience;
  • Quality assurance of academic programmes, from a design and materials development perspective;
  • Financial management and sustainability of academic programmes; and
  • JBS-UJ Values, including academic / higher degrees governance and programmatic regulatory requirements. 

Minimum requirements

  • A recognised Master’s degree.
  • At least five (5) years of management experience in a director level position required, ideally within a higher education institution, preferably a business school.
  • Knowledge and experience in designing and delivering business school academic programmes, including teaching and learning materials.
  • Working knowledge of rules and regulations that pertain to higher degrees at public universities in South Africa.
  • Academic thought leadership.
  • Demonstrate ability to build relationships and think critically.
Competencies and Behavioural Attributes:
  • An excellent understanding of business school education.
  • Ability to work with academic faculty and to facilitate high levels of performance.
  • Ability to relate to the student experience of studying towards a leadership qualification.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrate ability to problem solve.
  • Building and maintaining productive relationships.
  • Excellent organisational, planning and multi-tasking skills.
  • The ability to work autonomously with personal drive and energy and to take responsibility and be held accountable for role outcomes.
  • Excellent attention to detail whilst understanding the bigger picture and being able to communicate the same to senior staff and external stakeholders.
  • Excellent delegation skills.
  • Flexibility, tenacity, resilience and assertiveness.
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills and the ability to adapt communication to a range of audiences.
  • Ability to operation and cooperate with international partners.

  • A relevant doctoral qualification
  • Ten (10) years’ experience in in higher education and of which a minimum of five (5) years must have been in academic leadership and management.
  • Knowledge of higher education regulations, policies and procedures,
  • Commercial/corporate business experience will serve as a recommendation.

Enquiries regarding job content:                                 Prof Randall Carolissen (011) 559 1775/4
Enquiries regarding remuneration and benefits:      Alinah Molebatsi (011) 559 3885


Your application, comprising of a detailed Curriculum Vitae as well as the names and full contact details (including telephone numbers and e-mail addresses) of at least three traceable and credible referees must be uploaded before or on the closing date of the advertised post. Please also attach the following: a copy of your highest academic qualification, proof of registration with professional bodies you might belong to and if applying for an academic position, a list of accredited research output and/ or a portfolio of your creative output.

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Candidates may be subjected to appropriate psychometric testing and other selection instruments.

In conjunction to merit on the basis of qualifications, experience and proven achievements the University of Johannesburg is committed to providing equal employment opportunities for persons with disabilities and those individuals from the historically disadvantaged groups. As necessitated by operational requirements the University reserves the right not to make an appointment to positions advertised. If you have not received a response from the University within 8 weeks of the closing date, you should assume that your application has been unsuccessful.


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