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Vice-Rector: Strategic Initiatives and Internationalisation


Date 2016-02-01 22:02:22 Location : Africa


(Ref. R/03/405/1215)

Stellenbosch University is inclusive, innovative, and future focused: a place of discovery and excellence where both staff and students are thought leaders in advancing knowledge in the service of all stakeholders.

Stellenbosch University’s strategic positioning for the 21st century, as articulated in the Institutional Intent and Strategy is anchored in creating, promoting and sustaining an environment of inclusion, transformation, innovation, diversity, and maintaining excellence with a focus on the future.

Reporting directly to the Rector and Vice-Chancellor, the Vice-Rector: Strategic Initiatives and Internationalisation will provide support to the Rector and Vice-Chancellor in implementing the University’s Institutional Intent and Strategy and achieving its strategic goals and objectives, as well as support the Rector and Vice-Chancellor in the implementation of internationalisation initiatives.

Duties and Responsibilities:

In the area of STRATEGIC INITIATIVES, the Vice-Rector: Strategic Initiatives and Internationalisation is, inter alia, responsible for:

undertaking policy and support analysis to inform, contextualise and advise institutional decision making
facilitation of institutional strategic planning and policy development
providing strategic consultation to senior University administrators on key strategic opportunities and their interface with academic and research programmes
continuously exploring innovative strategies to advance institutional plans at the University and within the broader community
serving as chairperson of the Dean’s Forum
leading and supporting the multi-year strategic business planning process.
In the area of INTERNATIONALISATION, the Vice-Rector: Strategic Initiatives and Internationalisation is, inter alia, responsible for:Supporting the Rector and Vice-Chancellor in:

establishing, developing and promoting regional and international strategic partnerships
enhancing the international profile and prestige of the University
the development and execution of the University’s Internationalisation Plan and International Strategy
promoting the international agenda across the University.
Completing the following functional duties:

providing advice on internationalisation to the Rector and Vice-Chancellor
identifying new international business growth and strategic initiatives that will benefit the University and drive future international growth through new opportunities and activities
facilitating the effective development and operation of the University’s academic offering with international partners, in conjunction with Faculties.
Requirements: Eligibility for appointment as senior academic



experience in a senior leadership role
proven capacity to provide dynamic and strategic leadership in the areas of responsibility
proven strategic planning and implementing abilities
proven ability to develop and sustain strategically relevant institutional partnerships and alliances at national as well as international level
proven management experience in a large complex environment
excellent communication, negotiation and facilitation skills in a diverse environment
sound interpersonal relations and the ability to take the lead within a team
demonstrated ability to successfully direct, coordinate, and strategically integrate multiple complex projects at an institutional level
the ability to represent and promote the University’s interests at local, regional, national and international level.


Recommendation: Sound knowledge of and insight into the higher education sector, as well as national and international realities in this sector.

Term of Office: Determined by the University Council according to circumstances, but normally a term of five years with the possibility of reappointment for a further term.

Remuneration: As determined by the Remuneration Committee of the University Council, with consideration of institutional and national guidelines and trends.

Commencement of duties: 1 July 2016 or as soon as possible thereafter

Enquiries: Prof Tobie de Coning, Chief Director: Strategic Initiatives and Human Resources, on 021 808 2994.

Closing date: 5 February 2016 (The University reserves the right to extend the closing date if deemed appropriate.)

Complete applications, comprising the documentation as set out below, must be sent by email before the closing date. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Documentation details (please ensure that your application includes all of the documents listed below): A concise statement in which candidates outline their vision for their role in the University’s future development

a comprehensive curriculum vitae
information regarding present occupation, remuneration package and citizenship
names and contact details of three referees (applicants must request their referees to forward their confidential reports by the closing date)
an indication of the earliest date for commencement of duties
certified copies of certificates.
The University will consider all applications in terms of its Employment Equity Plan, which acknowledges the need to diversify the demographic composition of staff, especially with regard to the appointment of suitable candidates from the designated groups.

The University reserves the right not to make an appointment.

Candidates must be willing to be subjected to appropriate psychometric testing and other selection instruments should the Selection Committee decide so.

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