Job Details

  • Reference number: RefUnit G362
  • Province: Eastern Cape
  • Type of engagement: Permanent appointment
  • Posted: May 9th

Background to Position


The University of Fort Hare is a vibrant, equitable and sustainable African University, committed to teaching and research excellence at the service of its students, scholars and the wider community.

The University of Fort Hare seeks to appoint an Executive Operations Manager who will manage the provision of executive support services in the Office of the Dean: Student Affairs (DSA).


The Executive Operations Manager will work in the Office of the (DSA) and gain exposure to a wide range of activities across the University, supporting the DSA, and working with senior academic as well as administrative and professional services colleagues. The key responsibilities of this role are to support the DSA by providing executive support services, leadership and the direction necessary to ensure that the Office of the has proper governance, operational controls, administrative and reporting procedures and people systems in place to ensure operating efficiency.

Job Description


  • Provide executive support services in the office of the Dean: Student Affairs
  • Tracking and monitoring progress on tasks assigned by the executive to various senior managers in his/her Division and integrating or collating reports where required; and taking minutes at meetings that are not supported by the Committees section.
  • Ascertaining quality assurance on the executive’s submissions to the Management Executive Committee (MEC), other University structures, partners, and stakeholders.
  • Ongoing monitoring of the Division’s performance in relation to the APP and other planning instruments and identifying areas of concern.
  • Preparing presentations, notices, circulars, and drafting speeches for the executive; handling incoming and outgoing correspondence at executive level; and drafting appropriate responses on behalf of the executive while ensuring compliance with timelines and all requests for information from external institutions such as Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) and others.
  • Conducting research for executive strategic advice and collating background information to support the executive in the execution of his/her functions; drafting data-driven briefing documents and brief reports for high level decision-making; and writing evidence-based reports on behalf of the executive for internal University structures as well as external bodies.
  • Leading or coordinating key projects assigned by the executive with excellent project management skills such as tracking progress on project deliverables, managing their timelines and workflows, and report writing.
  • Compiling the budget and monitoring expenditure in the Office while ensuring sound human relations within the Office including good interactions with the university community and external stakeholders.

Inherent Criteria


  • Master’s degree or equivalent qualification
  • 10 years of relevant experience of which 5 years should have been in a similar and challenging high-profile role supporting senior/executive management.
  • Knowledge of higher education sector and an understanding of the operations and affairs of a university environment.

Application Requirement

CLOSING DATE: 22 May 2023


To apply: Interested applicants who meet the criteria are invited to:

1. Visit the Website   for a more comprehensive advert and to apply online. Applications must clearly indicate the name of the post applied for on the SUBJECT LINE and three work-related referees.

2. The application details should be provided here including queries.

3. No faxes or walk-ins (hard copies) will be accepted.

4. Applicants are urged to ensure that their applications reach the Human Resources Department before the closing date. Late applications will not be considered.

5. Failure to comply with the above directions will result in the application being disqualified.


Note: Correspondence will be conducted with short-listed candidates only. Foreign qualifications must be accompanied by an evaluation certificate from SAQA.

Queries can be directed to Ms. Mandlakazi Kwaza on  and 043 704 7190.

The University reserves the right NOT to make a permanent appointment at this stage. 

University of Fort Hare is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Pursuant to complying with the Employment Equity Act No.55 of 1998, when appointing preference will be given to applicants from designated groups whose appointments will contribute towards achievement of equitable demographic representation of our workforce profile.

About University of Fort Hare

The University of Fort Hare is a public university in Alice, Eastern Cape, South Africa. It was a key institution of higher education for black Africans from 1916 to 1959 when it offered a Western-style academic education to students from across sub-Saharan Africa, creating a black African elite.