Job Details

  • Reference number: AP 997
  • Province: Eastern Cape
  • Type of engagement: Fixed term contract
  • Posted: February 4th

Background to Position

This is a 5-year performance-based executive management position. 

Job Description

The Vice-Chancellor & Principal is the Chief Executive Officer of the university and reports to the University Council.

Implement the policies of the University Council and to ensure that the University’s resources are used in ways that most effectively advance the approved mission and strategic plan of the University

To provide strategic direction, effective administration and operational management, financial sustainability, and support to the University on academic and support services matters.

To provide direction, support and assistance to Council on all governance issues and the business needs of the institution.

MAIN TASKS            1. Strategic Partnerships & Advancement

           2. Transformation, Strategy and Compliance            3. Institutional Management and Administration

Inherent Criteria

  • PhD/Doctorate complemented by a management qualification or equivalent
  • 10-15 years of experience in higher education, of which senior management of no less than 10-12 years has been your standout feature

  • Academic teaching experience with evidence of excellence in research and teaching
  • Accredited scholarly publications
  • Academic credibility as recognised by peers and the business environment
  • Extensive knowledge in areas of leadership / strategy / management / research


In addition to a Doctorate, a qualification in management, or equivalent

  • NRF-Rating of at least a “C”
  • Member of a relevant professional body
  • Preference will be given to Employment Equity candidates, particularly women.
  • Should have a good understanding of and experience in change management implementation.
  • Must be a visionary who can think strategically and turn ideas into action, particularly in the context of the 2030 ‘Vision’ statement (paper).
  • Must be able to mobilise and inspire others towards shared goals
  • Must have the ability to network and form partnerships with government, industry, business and similar stakeholders
  • Must have excellent and effective interpersonal and communication skills
  • Must have demonstrable and unquestionable integrity, standing and accomplishments relevant to a tertiary institution, inclusive of excellent communication skills, public speaking ability, critical and analytical skills, a quick, decisive and participative management style and the ability and willingness to respond to difficult situationsas they arise.

Application Requirement

  • A letter of motivation.
  • A comprehensive CV.
  • An abridged CV.
  • Names and contact details for at least 3 referees.
  • Certified copies of matric and degree certificates and Identity Document.

To apply please forward your application, quoting reference number AP997 to Vuyo Stiya