Job Details

  • Reference number: E240121
  • Province: Western Cape
  • Type of engagement: Permanent appointment
  • Posted: March 26th

Background to Position

The University of Cape Town (UCT) has committed itself to unleashing positive societal change. It seeks a highly competent person to lead the Communication and Marketing function for the university, as UCT continues to drive its ambitious Vision 2030 goal to “Unleash human potential to create a fair and just society”. Serving as a key member of the university's executive leadership team, the position of Executive Director: Communication and Marketing Department (ED:CMD) will fulfil a critical role in shaping the University’s local and global communications in support of UCT’s vision for excellence, transformation and sustainability.

Reporting to the Vice-Chancellor, the Communication and Marketing ED will develop and drive the implementation of an innovative and comprehensive marketing and communications strategy that elevates and protects the UCT brand and reputation as a premium institution. In executing this responsibility, the ED:CMD will lead a diverse team of talented professionals to implement various strategies, manage the department’s budget, and work collaboratively with senior leadership and stakeholders in support of the university’s strategic objectives.

The incumbent will ensure that all UCT communication and marketing offerings are of the highest standards and demonstrably contribute to the positioning of UCT locally and globally. These include online, media, print, video, social media, promotional and advertising material, brand management, events and stakeholder engagements.

Job Description

Responsibilities include:

  • Visionary leadership in planning, designing and implementing comprehensive, multi-layered strategies, enabling the institution to remain competitive and appropriately positioned to help the university advance and achieve key institutional goals.
  • To provide strategic leadership to the Communication and Marketing Department as a whole in order to ensure the efficient management of the department and its activities.
  • Professional engagement to strategically direct communication between related departments and faculties, the senior leadership as well as the broader university community and external stakeholders. This would include participation at various meetings, writing reports and briefs, acting as chair, committee representation and/or spokesperson for the university and when required.
  • The Executive Director is responsible for strict governance of the CMD function with regard to institutional, administrative and financial compliance, policies and procedures.

Inherent Criteria

Requirements for this position include:

  • A NQF 9 qualification i.e., Masters degree in Communication, Marketing, or related field.
  • At least 10 years' experience in driving communications and marketing, of which 5 years should have been at a Senior Management level, including responsibility for advising and leading the communications and marketing direction and function of complex and large institutions or organisations.
  • Experience in leading and managing a diverse team of professionals.

The following would be advantageous:

  • Knowledge of policy and procedures related to university operations and administration.
  • Experience in dealing with crisis communication and management in an agile manner.
  • Sound insight into the Higher education sector.
  • Experience building partnerships with a broad range of internal and external stakeholders.

A qualified candidate will possess the following competencies and attributes:

  • Be a strategic thinker and planner, strong in delivery and conceptual thinking abilities to deal with complexity, uncertainty, and change.
  • Capacity to make astute judgements and decisions.
  • Strong problem-solving skills and agility in managing reputational and crisis situations effectively.
  • Inspirational leadership and strong management skills.
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal, presentation and written.)
  • Ability to build and maintain strategic partnerships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Proficiency in current marketing trends and solutions.
  • Sound Financial and Human Resource management skills.

Application Requirement

For detailed information on this post, please view the job description on the following link:  view 

The annual cost of employment, including benefits, is appropriate to the Senior Executive level.


To apply, please e-mail the below documents ideally in a single pdf file to Mr. Craig Alexander at

  • A covering letter which addresses the above criteria, including a statement on your potential contribution as Executive Director;
  • Your full curriculum vitae with the names and contact details of three referees;
  • The HR204 application form for Senior Executive Posts available at
  • 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 will be required to undergo assessments.

Telephone number: 021 650 5429

Reference number: E240121

Closing date: 18 April 2024

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

The University reserves the right to extend the closing date if deemed necessary and reserves the right to make no appointment.

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.