Job Details

  • Reference number: E210185
  • Province: Western Cape
  • Type of engagement: Permanent appointment
  • Posted: April 12th

Background to Position

The University of Cape Town invites applications from suitably qualified and experienced candidates for this challenging position, which is vital to the ongoing conceptualisation of UCT’s strategy within the Higher Education (HE) context, including the implementation of the University’s Vision 2030 and the effective management of all related planning systems.

The nature of the position is permanent and the successful incumbent will be expected to commence employment as soon as possible.

The Director will be the Head of the Institutional Planning Department, currently comprising the Institutional Information Unit and the Academic Planning and Quality Assurance Unit. This post reports to the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Teaching and Learning) and as such plays key role in providing leadership in relation to institutional planning functions.

The successful incumbent should have a proven record of leadership in public higher education in South Africa, a demonstrable record of nuanced insight into the South African higher education landscape and its regulatory frameworks, excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and clear evidence of an ability to think strategically. 

Job Description


  • The successful candidate will possess an NQF9 qualification.
  • A minimum of 10 years recent and relevant work experience, of which at least 7 years’ experience must be at a management level in a public higher education environment.
  • Sound understanding of the South African higher education policy environment.
  • A strong track record in policy analysis and in guiding the development of institutional policies and frameworks.
  • Strong analytical skills for strategy development, including the ability to use and interpret quantitative and qualitative data to inform planning and decision making.
  • A comprehensive knowledge of HEMIS and national Higher Education Funding Framework.
  • Communication and negotiating abilities as well as excellent presentation, relationship management and facilitation skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent report writing skills.
  • A meticulous approach to the work; self-motivation and confidence. 

Inherent Criteria


      • Oversight of institutional research, management information provision, analytics and data-driven planning and decision making.
      • Oversight of processes for development, implementation and monitoring of UCT’s Vision 2030.
      • Ensuring statutory compliance, fulfilment of reporting obligations, and coordinating responses to national policy.
      • Oversight of academic planning, quality assurance and enrolment planning.
      • Collaboration with relevant stakeholders to design and implement systems to improve student success.
      • Supporting institutional resource allocation processes and strategic budget alignment.
      • Facilitation of UCT’s national and international engagements, and relevant policy analysis.
      • Provide strategic leadership and management within the Institutional Planning Department.
      • The annual cost of employment, including benefits, is between R1,309,210 and R1,540,219 per annum.

      Application Requirement

      To apply, please e-mail the below documents in a single pdf file Mr Ian Petersen at 

      • UCT Application Form (download at
      • Cover letter, and
      • Curriculum Vitae (CV) 

        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 may be required to undergo a competency test.

        Telephone: 021 650 2163 Website: Reference number: E210185 Closing date: 24 April 2021

      • “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

        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.