Mar 02, 2021


  • University of Free State
  • Bloemfontein, South Africa
Full time Executive

Job Description

Institutional Change, Strategic Partnerships and Societal Impact
Vice-Rector (Peromnes level 2 – Contract appointment: Five years, with the possibility of reappointment for a further term)

Job ID: 3738

As a meaningful agent of change, the Vice-Rector: Institutional Change, Strategic Partnerships and Societal
Impact will play a significant role as an integral member of the executive of the UFS and support the Vice-Chancellor in the strategic leadership and management of the University. Similarly, s/he values supporting a Vice-Chancellor driven by change – change that is meaningful, effective and reflective of today's society, both on and off campus.

KINDLY TAKE NOTE: Applications may only be submitted online through the official UFS vacancy website. Incomplete and applications submitted through any other platform will not be considered.

Please ensure that all relevant documentation is attached to your application:

• A detailed curriculum vitae and cover letter (please note that the first three (3) referees on your CV will be contacted with regard to reference checking)
• Certified copies (not older than six months) of all academic records
• Certified copies (not older than six months) of qualifications (please provide the SAQA accreditation in the case of foreign qualifications)
• A certified copy (not older than six months) of your identity document (ID)
• Proof of registration with a professional body (if applicable)
• A copy of your driver’s licence (if applicable)

Duties and responsibilities:

• Promote integrated administration and management that support the attainment of the mission and goals of the University.
• Oversee policy development and implementation.
• Assist the Vice-Chancellor and Rector to interface between the Council, Senate and executive management to ensure accountability with respect to financial and strategic governance, as well as the University’s core academic functions.
• Foster collegial and participatory internal governance through the committee system.
• Manage staff.
• Play a leading role in the recruitment of senior staff in all sectors.
• Contribute to national higher-education policy development and public intellectual life in general.
• Support the achievement of equity targets in the staff profile, and provide leadership in the transformation of the institutional culture.
• Facilitate interfaculty collaboration and cross-university activities.
• Develop strategic and operational plans with respect to institutional change, strategic partnerships and societal impact and ensure that they are aligned with the strategic plans of the UFS.
• Ensure effective integration and alignment of all subordinate divisions’ strategy with institutional strategy.
• Contribute to the effective governance and management of the institutional change, strategic partnerships and societal impact portfolio by ensuring compliance with UFS policies and procedures and national laws.
• Provide strategic leadership in positioning the University as an engaged university, contributing to impact in development, well-being and social justice in society.
• Develop a framework in the context of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, Agenda 2063 and the National Development Plan to ensure that the University is aligned with its critical role of contributing to the socio-economic advancement of South Africa, Africa and the world.
• Initiate and manage partnerships with society and facilitate cooperation among various parties to enable a two-way learning process.
• Strategically align engaged scholarship in academic environments, which implies linkages with research and teaching, constituting another important component of societal impact.
• Leading institutional change and the coordination and monitoring of the institution’s integrated transformation plan.
• The Vice-Rector is an ex officio full member of the UFS Council, the Senate, the executive of the Senate and the University Management Committee.

Inherent requirements:

• A doctoral degree on NQF level 10.
• Ten (10) years’ relevant experience in the tertiary-education sector, of which five (5) years must be in a senior and strategic leadership position.
• An established academic record.
• Experience in addressing manifestations of inequality in the South African society and in South African universities.

Required competencies:

• Results orientation
o The ability to cope with a frequently changing environment and to adapt to evolving situations.
o The ability to deal calmly and effectively with high-stress situations.

• Strategic thinking
o The ability to deal with several activities at a time.
o Capability in developing strategy and in operationalising strategy into plans and projects.
o The ability to carefully analyse information and use logic to address issues and problems at work.
o Demonstrated ability to make data-driven decisions, including a solid grounding in data analysis techniques.

• Business acumen
o An understanding of development in the higher-education arena in South Africa.
o Deep understanding of other dimensions of inequality and discrimination, including race, gender, sexuality and disability.
o Track record of managing a complex portfolio, or running a unit of reasonable size. o The ability to adhere to rules and strictly follow work regulations.
o Proficiency in using MS Office.

• Leadership
o The ability to maintain high levels of personal motivation, energy and enthusiasm.
o The ability to lead, take charge of situations and offer opinions and directions to others.
o The ability to cooperate with others, display a good-natured attitude and encourage people to work together.

• Building coalitions
o The ability to be self-assured and at ease with people in all types of social situations.
o The ability to relate to and work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in differing circumstances and contexts.
o The ability to be sensitive to and understanding of the needs and feelings of others.
o Established leadership and team-building capacity.
o Demonstrated ability to negotiate, collaborate, communicate and facilitate in complex environments.

Assumption of duties: As soon as possible.

Closing date:

21 March 2021.


Salary is available on request.

Fringe benefits:

Subject to specific conditions: pension scheme, medical aid scheme, group life insurance, housing allowance, leave and sick leave, service bonus and study benefits.


The University reserves the right not to fill the post. The University subscribes to and applies the principles prescribed by the Employment Equity Act. Preference will be given to candidates from the designated groups, in accordance with the principles of the aforementioned Act and the employee profile of the specific department/division.

The UFS is committed to the pursuit of excellence, diversity and redress in achieving its equity targets.For this post, we seek particularly to attract black (i.e. African, Coloured and Indian) and disabled South African candidates.

The UFS will only consider applications of candidates who meet all the inherent requirements of the position. Applications that are incomplete will not be considered. Communication will be limited to shortlisted candidates only. Should you not be contacted within six weeks of the closing date for applications, you may assume that your application was unsuccessful.

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