Job Details

  • Reference number: KGD/124/0524
  • Province: Western Cape
  • Type of engagement: Permanent appointment
  • Posted: June 3rd

Background to Position

Senior Director: Campus Health Service

Stellenbosch University

Campus Health Service

Senior Director: Campus Health Service

Ref. KGD/124/0524

Stellenbosch University (SU) is a research-intensive university where we attract outstanding students, employ talented staff, and provide a world-class environment; a place connected to the world, while enriching and transforming local, continental, and global communities. Stellenbosch University's strategic positioning for the 21st century is articulated in the Vision 2040 and Strategic Framework 2019-2024 (see:

At our world class Campus Health Service (CHS), we provide a professional support service where staff and students are welcome. We focus on promoting quality of life, positive health behaviours and increasing the university community's awareness and understanding of health and wellbeing.

Our main focus is the provision of primary health care to the SU community. We ensure compliance to health-related statutory requirements in the workplace in order to advance safe participation and performance of SU athletes and to provide medical emergency services.

The Senior Director will work with the executive management to drive the strategic objectives of the institution’s health and wellbeing mandate, and will represent the University in many high-level institutional committees such as the Risk Management Committee, the Health Care Committee, the Staff and Student Health and Wellbeing Committees, the Employment Equity Committee, and the Institutional Planning Forum.

The Senior Director reports to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Social Impact, Transformation and Personnel. The office of the Senior Director is based at our Stellenbosch campus.

Job Description


  • Leading, facilitating and coordinating the health and wellbeing strategy implementation and priority projects across SU environments;
  • Collaborating with deans and responsibility centre heads to ensure relevant and appropriate value-adding wellbeing services;
  • Overseeing institution-wide health and wellbeing activities as custodian of the health and wellbeing strategy, reporting to the executive management and governance structures;
  • Appropriate reporting and presentations to executive management and governance structures of the University;
  • Facilitating and providing an oversight role in collaboration with various entities in the faculties and responsibility centres to ensure statutory compliance as it relates to Occupational Health and Safety;
  • In addition to strategy implementation and reporting, overall resource management inclusive of human resources, financial management, infrastructure, and consumables relating to the operations of CHS;
  • Representing the University and CHS at various SU external forums, enhancing the social impact imperative of the Division, and building relationships with partners in a local and international context;
  • Staying abreast of national and international trends/latest developments within health services, and ensuring the translation of relevant information and knowledge as it applies to SU;
  • Ensuring that SU has a comprehensive infectious disease outbreak response plan, and taking the lead in developing appropriate health infectious diseases outbreak responses, whilst considering local, national, and international variables.

Inherent Criteria


  • MBChB degree;
  • At least ten years’ proven experience at management level in a similar sized health provider organisation;
  • Knowledge and insight of applicable legislative and compliance frameworks and requirements within health and safety;
  • Both strategy development and operational implementation skills at an institutional/corporate level;
  • Proven capacity to provide dynamic and strategic leadership in the areas of responsibility, including strategic planning and implementing abilities, human resource management, the management of change, risk, budgets, and operational plans;
  • A track record of sustaining and developing appropriate networks and partnerships;
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully direct, coordinate and strategically integrate multiple projects at an institutional level;
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills in English, and embracing and functioning effectively in a multicultural and multilingual context;
  • Sound interpersonal relations and the ability to lead the team;
  • The ability to represent the University’s interest at local, regional, national, and international level, which may include travel.


  • MMed, master’s degree in health science and/or MBA/MBL;
  • Experience within the Higher Education sector.

Application Requirement

As part of the interview process, shortlisted candidates would be expected to do a short presentation, based on the requirements as set out in the advertisement.

In their applications, the applicants are advised to be explicit about how they meet the stated criteria. Applicants are encouraged to provide relevant examples for the Selection Committee to clearly identify where their knowledge and experience match the requirements for the position.

Commencement of duties: 01 February 2025

Closing Date: 24 June 2024

Enquiries regarding this post: Mr Granton Koeberg on 021 808 9611, 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 

Completed applications, comprising the documentation as set out below, must be sent via email to before the closing date.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.


  • A comprehensive Curriculum Vitae.
  • Your vision (maximum three (3) pages) for the Campus Health Service Division within the Responsibility Centre (RC) of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Social Impact, Transformation and Personnel, and your contribution to such a future in the context of Stellenbosch University's Vision 2040 and Strategic Framework 2019-2024.
  • Details regarding present occupation, remuneration package and citizenship.
  • An indication of the earliest date on which duties can be assumed.
  • Certified copies of certificates.
  • Details of at least three referees.

The University is committed to employment equity (EE), and appointments will be made in line with SU’s institutional EE Plan.

The University reserves the right not to make an appointment.

At the discretion of the Selection Committee, candidates may be subjected to appropriate psychometric testing and other selection instruments and should therefore be willing to participate in these assessments.

The University reserves the right to investigate qualifications and conduct background checks on all candidates.

The University reserves the right to extend the closing date if deemed appropriate.

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.