Job Details

  • Reference number: ID 505
  • Type of engagement:
  • Posted: February 6th
  • Remuneration package: The annual cost of employment, including benefits, is between R961 360 to R1 131 011.

Background to Position

Faculty of Law

Law Clinic

The Law Faculty is seeking a dynamic individual to serve as the Director of its Law Clinic. The Director will be responsible for providing strategic leadership, managing and developing the Law Clinic and its staff. Additionally, the Director will work closely with the Dean and Senior Management to ensure that the objectives and purpose of the service align with and support the university's institutional priorities.

The Faculty invites applications for this permanent position. The candidate is expected to take up the position on 1 April 2024 or sooner.

Job Description

Responsibilities:

  • Provide strategic and organisational leadership to the Law Clinic.
  • Develop and maintain the profile of the clinic within the country and beyond.
  • Take leadership in the design and delivery of CLE in the faculty.
  • Convene and deliver the legal practice course.
  • To ensure that principles of access to justice are implemented in accordance with the vision and mission of the Law Clinic.
  • Advancing UCT’s commitment to social responsiveness through PIL.
  • Build the Law Clinic’s research capacity and profile.
  • Hiring and training of candidate attorneys.
  • Participate in professional development activities to ensure professional growth and knowledge needed to provide effective programme development.
  • Fundraising and stewardship of donors.
  • Stakeholder relations and communication.
  • Responsible for fiscal planning and management for the Law Clinic, including all operations and staffing matters. 

Inherent Criteria

Requirements:

  • An LLM at NQF 9 level.
  • 10 years recent and relevant working experience at the level sought for the post, of which at least 5 years must be general legal practice experience and 5 years management experience.
  • Must be admitted as an attorney of the High Court with more than 10 years’ experience as an admitted attorney and right of appearance in the High Court. 
  • Demonstrable experience in Clinical Legal Education (CLE).
  • Ability to conduct research.   
  • Demonstrable interest in Public Interest Litigation (PIL).
  • Sound management skills, including financial management skills.
  • Ability to deal with multiple stakeholders from a diverse context and to engage and influence decision making.
  • Proven experience in fundraising. 
  • Recognition as a leader with integrity, sound judgment, energy, and accommodative interpersonal and strong communication skills (verbal, oral and presentation).

Application Requirement

To apply, please visit the UCT External Careers Site to create a candidate profile and to submit your application.

Please complete/attach the following to your profile before submitting your application:

  • Curriculum Vitae (CV).
  • Motivation/Cover letter that speaks to the specific requirements of the position.
  • Three referee names which must include their title and name, position details, relationship to you, their e-mail address and telephone number.

Shortlisted candidates may be required to undergo an assessment and references may be requested by UCT at any stage of the selection process.

Any enquiries for the position to be addressed to Ms Hlubi Ntsizi at recruitment07@uct.ac.za or 021 650 3831. 

Closing date:              13 February 2024 

Website:                     https://law.uct.ac.za/law-clinic

UCT is a designated employer and is committed to the pursuit of excellence, diversity and redress in achieving its equity targets in accordance with the Employment Equity Plan of the University and its Employment Equity goals and targets. Preference will be given to candidates from the under-represented designated groups. Our Employment Equity Policy is available at https://uct.ac.za/media/9482.

UCT reserves the right not to appoint.

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.