Job Details

  • Reference number: WSU2021/009
  • Province: Eastern Cape
  • Type of engagement: Fixed term contract
  • Posted: April 8th

Background to Position

WSU has a Divisional Management System and is managed as a unitary institution with an Institutional Office and four campuses. Campuses are operated as business units within the Institution, with the Campus Rector as the academic and administrative head responsible for promoting quality education, research and community engagement and the provision of academic and administrative leadership at a campus level. The Campus Rector will actively support the Vice-Chancellor and Principal in the leadership and management of the University. The Campus Rector is accountable for the day-to-day management and administration of the Campus and must ensure that the University's processes, policies, systems, rules, and procedures are consistently applied. 

Job Description

  • Establish an enabling environment at the campus level, with state-of-the-art facilities and equipment to support the academic portfolio.

  • Operations management for the following portfolios at campus level: o Teaching and learning

    o Research o Community engagement o Library and information services o Student administration and governance o Student affairs o Human resources o Finance o ICT; and o Facilities

  • Quality assurance and risk management.

  • Lead and inspire staff and provide clear direction through a period of transition.

  • Manage transformation to ensure the internalisation of an organisational and

    performance culture that supports the strategic imperatives of WSU.

  • Stakeholder relations management and partnerships.

  • Performance management, including academic staff learning and development.

  • Budget/financial and asset management.

  • Monitoring, evaluation and reporting.


  • Management of operations and/or projects;

  • Strategic planning;

  • Budget and financial management;

  • People management, including performance management;

  • Building strategic alliances and partnerships;

  • Management of transformation and change management;

  • Personal impact, stature and credibility;

  • Emotional intelligence and political sensitivity;

  • Management of complexity and ambiguity;

  • Risk management;

  • Corporate governance;

  • Health and safety management 

Inherent Criteria

  • A Doctoral degree.

  • An outstanding academic leader, preferably with an established research track record

  • At least 5 years experience in a senior leadership role in a university.

  • Has a track record for managing a complex portfolio, running a unit of a reasonable size.

  • Has the ability to mobilise and inspire others towards shared goals.

  • The ability to maintain and strengthen synergies amongst the different campuses in the interest of the Institution's unity.

  • Has an understanding of the higher education environment, the relevant legislation and key international trends.

  • Understands the operations and affairs of a university environment.

  • Can think strategically and operationalise this into plans and projects.

  • A good understanding and experience in change management implementation. 

Application Requirement

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. Closing date: 19th April 2021

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.