Job Details

  • Reference number: WSUINST2021/008
  • Province: Eastern Cape
  • Type of engagement: Fixed term contract
  • Posted: April 8th

Background to Position

The Office of the Vice-Chancellor and Principal wishes to recruit a dynamic, experienced, and charismatic leader. The role's primary purpose is to provide a leadership and management role in the various aspects of student affairs at the university. This will include inter alia, liaising with elected student bodies, student organisations, residences, academic and other support services, and the general promotion of a culture of learning. 

Job Description

  • A relevant PhD/Doctoral degree
  • At least 5 years experience in a senior leadership role within higher education
  • Experience in managing change and maintaining sound interpersonal relations
  • Proven executive level managerial or administrative experience or expertise
  • Willingness to engage in University duties outside of regular working hours
  • Demonstrable general dynamic leadership and management abilities
  • Pragmatic knowledge of quality assurance
  • Sound entrepreneurial, negotiating and financial management skills
  • Proven strategic planning and implementation abilities
  • Familiarity with the higher education legislative environment and transformation imperatives
  • Demonstrable ability in conceptualising, planning and implementation of student development programmes and initiatives 

Inherent Criteria

Key Performance Areas:

      • Strategy development and execution
      • Student Affairs Policy & Procedure Management
      • Safety, health and environmental management
      • Quality assurance and risk management
      • Resource management: human resources
      • Resource management: budget and finance
      • Monitoring, evaluation and reporting 

      Application Requirement

      • Technical/ professional knowledge and skill
      • In-depth knowledge of student affairs administration systems Leadership and people management 
      • Ability to work in a changing environment
      • Client service
      • Communication
      • Building interpersonal relationships
      • Results Focused
      • Developing others
      • Stress tolerance
      • Conflict resolution skills
      • Confidentiality, tact and discretion when dealing with people
      • Financial management
      • Planning and organising

        WSU offers a competitive executive remuneration package, inclusive of various benefits such as medical aid and pension fund.

        Interested applicants should send

        • a detailed Curriculum Vitae,
        • certified copies of academic qualifications
        • and the names and contact details of three referees
        • to Human Resources, Institutional Office via e-mail at

        Telephonic enquiries: Ms Nomhle. Zatelela at 043 703 8558.

        If you do not hear from us within two months of the closing date, please consider your application unsuccessful.

        WSU is committed to employment equity, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. 


        About WSU

        Walter Sisulu University was established on 1 July 2005 through a merger of the former Border Technikon, Eastern Cape Technikon and the University of Transkei. WSU is a comprehensive university established in terms of the Higher Education Act, 1997 (Act No. 101 of 1997), as amended. WSU has positioned itself as a gateway institution is improving access to higher education. As a developmental, comprehensive university, WSU offers students a wealth of academic choices, articulation and mobility across the qualifications ranging from certificates to diplomas, degrees and postgraduate studies. Strategically located within the Eastern Cape Province, WSU has a footprint of about 1,000 square kilometres across the urban and rural areas of the region. This provides the University with the platform to engage with the drivers of development so that an appropriate programme and research mix meets the needs of the region, province and the country. WSU focuses on quality academic, technological and career-orientated programmes that provide relevant skills for development in rural and urban areas, placing special emphasis on entrepreneurship.