Job Details

  • Reference number: Job ID: 3941
  • Province: Free State
  • Type of engagement: Fixed term contract
  • Posted: August 2nd
  • Remuneration package: Salary is available on request.

Background to Position

The Dean: Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences is the executive head of the faculty. S/he will provide academic leadership and management to the faculty with respect to teaching-learning, research and community engagement and service learning, across all campuses, consistent with the University’s vision and mission. The dean is a member of Senate and reports to the Vice-Rector: Academic.

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 committed to the pursuit of excellence, diversity and redress in achieving its equity targets.

Our Employment Equity Plan is available at 2017.pdf. For this post, we seek particularly to attract black (i.e. African, Coloured and Indian) and disabled South African candidates.

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.

Post level 4:  Contract appointment: five years with the possibility of reappointment for a further term.

UFS staff members can log on to PeopleSoft, click on Self Service, then on Recruiting, and then on Careers to apply online

Assumption of duties: 1 January 2022

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

KINDLY NOTE: Applications may be submitted online only 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 (please note that the first three (3) referees on your CV will be contacted with regard to reference checking)
  • 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 license (if applicable)
  • A service record from your current employer/last employer

Job Description

Duties and responsibilities:

  •  Functioning as the executive head of the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences.
  •  Providing academic leadership and management to the faculty with respect to teaching-learning, research and community engagement and service learning, across all campuses.
  •  Accepting responsibility for resource management (including talent management) to achieve the planned strategic and teaching, research and engaged scholarship goals of the faculty and University.
  •  Promoting the faculty nationally and internationally through external liaison and partnership forming at provincial, national and international level, inter alia with universities, the corporate world, industries, authorities, professional bodies, alumni, parents and interest groups.
  •  Managing the well-being of staff and students.
  •  Participating actively in institution building and promoting of institutional transformation.
  •  Managing, with the assistance of the Division of Finance, the faculty’s finances effectively and transparently.
  • Consulting with the Vice-Rector: Academic, the Vice-Rector: Research and the Vice-Rector: Institutional Change, Strategic Partnership and Societal Impact, with the assistance of the support divisions reporting to the respective Vice-Rectors, to ensure that the academic project is delivered effectively and is of a high quality.
  •  Establishing a thriving culture of research and innovation in the faculty.

Inherent Criteria

Inherent requirements:

  • A doctoral degree on NQF Level 10 in any discipline of Economic and Management Sciences.
  •  A minimum of ten (10) years’ relevant experience in the tertiary-education sector, of which five (5) years must be in a senior and strategic leadership position.
  • An established academic leader and scholar with an excellent publication and research record at a level that attracts respect and credibility from within the University, national and international scholars and other relevant external bodies. 
  • Eligibility for appointment as professor at the University of the Free State. 

Application Requirement


  • Experience in academic leadership.
  • Experience in interaction with research councils, the private sector, industry and commerce.
  • Experience in interaction with professional bodies.
  • Experience in liaising with universities internationally.
  • Knowledge of an additional South African language.
  • 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.

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:

 A track record of managing a complex portfolio or running a unit of reasonable size.

The ability to adhere to rules and strictly follow work regulations. o Proficiency in using MS Office.

Leadership skills: 

The ability to lead, take charge of situations and offer opinions and directions to others.

The ability to be cooperative with others, display a good-natured attitude and encourage people to work together. 

Building coalitions: 

The ability to negotiate, sell, influence and persuade others.

The ability to interact with others and establish personal connections with people. 

About University of the Free State

The University of the Free State is a multi-campus institution, with two diverse campuses in Bloemfontein and one in Qwaqwa in the scenic Eastern Free State, accommodating more than 40 000 students in its seven faculties, with an increasing number of international students and associates, and an ever-widening scope of active involvement in and contribution to its surrounding communities. It is an institution that goes all out to provide its students and staff with an outstanding university experience, anchored in a value bedrock of Excellence, Innovation and Impact, Sustainability, Care, Social Justice, and Accountability.