Job Details

  • Reference number: OPV06/290/1023
  • Province: Western Cape
  • Type of engagement: Permanent appointment
  • Posted: October 27th

Background to Position

Faculty of Education

Stellenbosch University Centre for Pedagogy (SUNCEP)

Director: SUNCEP (Job Level 5)

(Five-year fixed-term contract subject to renewal)

Ref. OPV06/290/1023

Are you a dynamic and visionary leader with a passion for developing educational leadership, teacher professional learning, improved learner performance, and preparing learners for higher education? Stellenbosch University is seeking a qualified and experienced candidate to fill the position of Director for the Centre for Pedagogy (SUNCEP), located within the Faculty of Education.

As the Director of SUNCEP, the incumbent will be responsible for providing visionary leadership and strategic direction aligned with the institutional strategy of both SUNCEP and Stellenbosch University. SUNCEP is dedicated to making a significant contribution to the development of educational leadership, teacher professional learning, improved learner performance, and the preparation of learners for university study.

Join us at Stellenbosch University and play a pivotal role in shaping the future of educational leadership and pedagogy. Apply now and be part of a dynamic team dedicated to making a difference in education.

Job Description


  • Overarching management and leadership aligned with SUNCEP and SU's institutional strategy;
  • Core responsibility includes marketing and fundraising, including managing secured funds;
  • Providing leadership and direction to the management team, staff, and key stakeholders;
  • General management and coordination of all SUNCEP activities;
  • Managing all full-time and part-time staff associated with SUNCEP;
  • Identifying and pursuing opportunities for programme growth and improvement;
  • Preparing an annual report for submission to the Governing Body and Faculty Board;
  • Establishing and strengthening internal and external networks;
  • Servicing funders for continuous collaboration and extension of possible funding networks.

Inherent Criteria

Job Requirements:

  • An educational qualification and at least a relevant doctoral degree or equivalent qualification;
  • Eight to ten years’ recent and relevant programme management experience in the education sector environment;
  • Experience in managing complex educational projects;
  • Sound knowledge, understanding, and experience of the education sector environment;
  • Demonstrated experience in fundraising in both corporate and state sectors;
  • Demonstrated experience in proposal writing skills;
  • Innovation and entrepreneurial skills;
  • Knowledge of budgeting cycles and strategic planning processes;
  • The ability to think strategically, plan operational processes, and execute project management;
  • Personnel management skills, including relationship management, team building, staff development, mentorship, and performance management;
  • The ability to function effectively within a multilingual and multicultural environment;
  • Verbal and written fluency in English;
  • Proficiency in educational technologies;
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills;
  • The ability to communicate project information to committees clearly and confidently;
  • The ability to multitask and work effectively in a team;
  • Willingness and availability to undertake regular work-related trips;
  • The ability to cope in a high-demanding environment;
  • Verbal proficiency in either Afrikaans or isiXhosa;
  • Prior experience in academic community development projects within the higher education sector.



Application Requirement

Commencement date: 1 January 2024

Closing date: 10 November 2023

Enquiries regarding this post: Prof MR Madiba on 021 808 2257, or at

Enquiries regarding remuneration/benefits, as well as technical assistance with the electronic application process: Human Resources Client Services Centre on 021 808 2753, or at

Stellenbosch University is committed to employment equity (EE). In accordance with the institutional EE plan of the University and the EE Plan of the specific environment, persons from designated groups will receive preference over foreign nationals where EE targets are a factor. Where EE is not a factor, South African citizens will receive preference over foreign nationals.

Stellenbosch University reserves the right not to make an appointment.


Your application, comprising a comprehensive curriculum vitae (including the names and email addresses of at least three referees), must reach the University before or on the closing date of the advertised post. 

The University reserves the right to investigate qualifications and conduct background checks on all candidates.Should no feedback be received from the University within four to six weeks of the closing date, kindly accept that your application did not succeed.

About Stellenbosch University

Stellenbosch University (SU) is home to an academic community of 29 000 students (including 4 000 foreign students from 100 countries) as well as 3 000 permanent staff members (including 1 000 academics) on five campuses. ​The historical oak-lined university town amongst the Boland Mountains in the winelands of the Western Cape creates a unique campus atmosphere, which attracts local and foreign students alike. On the main campus, paved walkways wind between campus buildings – some dating from previous centuries; others just a few years old. Architecture from various eras attests to the sound academic foundation and establishment of an institution of excellence. This, together with the scenic beauty of the area; state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly facilities and technology, as well as visionary thinking about the creation of a sustainable 21st-century institution, makes for the unique character of Stellenbosch University.