Mar 02, 2021

Senior Director

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

Job Description

Job ID: 3737

The Senior Director: Institutional Advancement will head the University’s development and alumni operations, and will have leadership, planning, operational, administrative and budgetary responsibilities for an integrated, comprehensive internal and external University development strategy. He/she will coordinate an integrated approach with three key components involved in the advancement and development of the University:
• Institutional development/advancement
• Fundraising
• Alumni relationships

The Senior Director: Institutional Advancement will report to the Rector and Vice-chancellor, and will serve on various University structures, including the Senior Leadership Group, the Reputation Management Group and various executive committees.

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:

Institutional Development

Supporting the Rector and Vice-Chancellor and the academic and administrative leadership in aligning strategic planning and oversight with:

Development and fundraising strategies
Coordination of institution-wide fundraising
Relationship building
Image-building communications and marketing
Willingness to participate fully in the life of the University by attending events and programmes and by representing the institution to outside constituencies

Responsibility for ensuring a sustainable fundraising strategy for the University that involves a rounded approach to raising donor support in keeping with best practices in this field. This will include:

Good internal communication with faculties relating to fundraising.
Assistance to faculties relating to the fundraising component of project development.
Proposal writing.
Research on prospective donors, including matching proposals to donor prospects. This will include the establishment and maintenance of a comprehensive development database that includes donor and prospect management and project tracking.
Cultivation of prospective donors and current donors through sound relationship-building strategies.
Integration of alumni relationships with fundraising and development by ensuring that our graduates are involved in opening doors and giving back to the institution.
Ensuring that publications and other media are produced to support all aspects of development, fundraising and alumni relationships.
Relationship Building

Ensuring that the University develops and deepens relationships with key stakeholder constituencies, institutions, business, government bodies and the city. This will include:
Close cooperation with the Department of Marketing and Communications to ensure alignment of approaches.
Proactively becoming acquainted with the various publics with whom the University should be interacting.
Keeping the University leadership abreast of issues and events in which the institution may wish to have a presence.
Overseeing special events, hospitality and visitors’ programmes at the University relating to donor activities.
Alumni Relationships

Building a dynamic link with the graduates of the University by nurturing alumni nationally and internationally and keeping the constituency active in the affairs of the University. This will include:
Ensuring a comprehensive alumni database and tracking their progress.
Developing a ‘most interactive’ sector among alumni that can be drawn into active support for the University.
Developing activities, products and communications that will assist in bringing alumni back into a stronger relationship with the University.
Extending the bequest programme.
Supporting the convocation and any other alumni formations.
Marketing and Communications

Cooperation with the Department of Marketing and Communications to ensure the promotion of a consistent institutional image, aligned with the institutional advancement strategy.

Inherent requirements:

• A master’s degree on NQF Level 9 with ten (10) years’ relevant work experience, of which four (4) years should be in a managerial capacity; OR
• An honour’s degree on NQF Level 8 with twelve (12) years’ relevant work experience, of which five (5) years should be in a managerial capacity.

Required competencies:

• Strategic thinking
o Recognition of the values of the University and an understanding of its role in South Africa and its responsibilities to the people, communities and organisations of the country, the province and the city.
o High-level strategic thinking and planning skills, with a focus on integrating the University’s educational, fiscal and development goals.
o The ability to plan work and to follow plans.
o The ability to be creative and open-minded when addressing work issues.

• Business acumen
o Fundraising skills.
o Excellent writing and reporting skills. o The ability to adhere to rules and strictly follow work regulations.
o Knowledge of customer relationship management programmes.

• Leadership
o Excellent communication, external relationships, advocacy, coordination and leadership skills necessary to ensure the success of a results-orientated development programme.
o The ability to motivate, mentor, inspire and lead dedicated staff.
o The ability to cooperate with others, display a good-natured attitude, and encourage people to work together.
o The ability to maintain high levels of personal motivation, energy and enthusiasm.

• Building coalitions
o The ability to work effectively with corporate representatives at the highest level.
o Skills to encourage and build collaborative relationships among the University community, the public, external stakeholders, donors and alumni.

• Results orientation
o The ability to stick with tasks, not give up, and overcome obstacles in completing one’s task.
o The ability to be reliable, responsible and dependable, and to fulfil obligations.


• Experience in the higher-education sector.
• Knowledge of information systems and databases.
• Networks in the philanthropic and business community.

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 position. 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 from 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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