Job Details

  • Reference number: Unit 2 - E220407
  • Province: Western Cape
  • Type of engagement: Permanent appointment
  • Posted: November 1st
  • Remuneration package: The 2022 annual cost of employment, including benefits, is appropriate to the Senior Management level

Background to Position

We are looking for an innovative and strategic leader with a good understanding of the academic and research project to provide direction, support and oversight of the Directorate’s operations to ensure efficient and forward thinking approaches to the efficient management and operations of the Postgraduate Studies, Postdoctoral Research Fellows, Researcher Capacity Development and Funding Programmes.

This will require coordination and integration with faculties and other central professional support and administration departments. In addition, the Director will ensure effective management and administration of transformation and capacity development special projects, such as the Carnegie DEAL, the Accelerated Transformation of the Academic Programme, among others.

The main purpose of this position is to provide strategic oversight to the operations of the Directorate’s portfolio and its strategic initiatives which includes but not limited to strategies for improving postgraduate access and success and contributions and plans towards enhancing a diverse and highly research-active academic cohort.

Job Description


  • Development of a strategy for the optimal functioning of the Directorate and its positioning as the focal point for postgraduate, postdoctoral research fellows and researcher development support working in close cooperation with faculties and relevant professional support departments.
  • Provide strategic leadership and oversight to the Directorate clusters, including the Offices of Postgraduate Studies, Researcher development, Postgraduate Funding as well as clusters managing various special projects within the Directorate to ensure operational efficiency.
  • Oversee the establishment of an integrated and well-coordinated approach to postdoctoral research fellows and postgraduate students’ support and management, with key internal stakeholders, from registration to exit.
  • Manage the postgraduate studies cluster and its functions, including strategic initiatives to advance some cluster imperatives such as to improve the postgraduate throughput rate and to reduce the drop-out rates and numbers, among others.
  • Initiate and lead development, revisions and implementation of relevant policies through appropriate university governance structures.
  • Lead and manage the Directorate staff and finances.
  • Stakeholder management in partnership with Directorate’s cluster heads.

Inherent Criteria

Requirements for the job:

  • A doctoral degree (NQF10).
  • At least 10 years relevant experience within a higher education context with at least seven being at a senior academic or management level with commensurate administrative experience.
  • A track record in postgraduate student supervision and hosting of postdoctoral fellows over a period of at least 10 years.
  • Knowledge of relevant policy, legislation and regulations pertaining to research and postgraduate education in public higher education in South Africa.
  • Experience in the development of strategic plans and their implementation as well as supporting processes.
  • Experience in leading and managing teams, with exceptional interpersonal skills at individual and group levels.
  • Effective stakeholder relations management. The ability to develop and maintain relationships with key internal stakeholders at various levels and across faculties and central professional support departments.
  • Experience in budgeting and financial management.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including report writing and presentation skills

Application Requirement

To apply, please e-mail the below documents in a single pdf file:

  • Applicants must complete hr201 form
  • Cover letter, and
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) 

Please ensure the title and reference number are indicated in the subject line. An application which does not comply with the above requirements will be regarded as incomplete. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and may be required to undergo an assessment.

About University of Cape Town

The University of Cape Town (UCT) is South Africa's oldest university, and is one of Africa's leading teaching and research institutions. UCT was founded in 1829 as the South African College, a high school for boys. The College had a small tertiary-education facility that grew substantially after 1880, when the discovery of gold and diamonds in the north – and the resulting demand for skills in mining – gave it the financial boost it needed to grow. The College developed into a fully fledged university during the period 1880 to 1900, thanks to increased funding from private sources and the government.