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Position: Vice-Chancellor
Institution: University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
Location: Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
Duties: The Vice Chancellor will continue to drive the University’s transformation agenda, enabling the University to keep making a significant contribution to the development of an open and democratic society based on freedom, equality and human dignity. Applicants must be academic leaders, as well as have a track record of leading big financial sustainability campaigns
Requirements: Applicants must possess and demonstrate integrity, standing and accomplishments relevant to a leading tertiary academic institution. The position requires extensive knowledge and experience in the higher education sector, impeccable academic and research credentials, strong leadership qualities and proven capacity at executive management level
   
Text: UNIVERSITY OF THE WITWATERSRAND, JOHANNESBURG VICE-CHANCELLOR The University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), which will be celebrating its centenary in 2022, seeks to appoint a dynamic and visionary leader who will position Wits strategically in the national and global higher education landscape while retaining and developing its competitive edge. The position requires extensive knowledge and experience in the higher education sector, impeccable academic and research credentials, strong leadership qualities and proven capacity at executive management level. Applicants must possess and demonstrate integrity, standing and accomplishments relevant to a leading tertiary academic institution. Essential characteristics for the role of Vice Chancellor at Wits are excellent communication skills, public speaking ability, critical and analytical skills, a decisive management style which is open to consultation with key constituencies, an ability to deal with diverse constituencies and a willingness to respond appropriately to complex situations as they arise. The Vice Chancellor will continue to drive the University’s transformation agenda, enabling the University to keep making a significant contribution to the development of an open and democratic society based on freedom, equality and human dignity. Applicants must be academic leaders, as well as have a track record of leading big financial sustainability campaigns. Wits is a global leader in many priority areas of national, continental and international, import in teaching, research, discovery and innovation. As a leading research-intensive university, Wits is firmly embedded among the top universities in the world and the incoming VC will further advance Wits’ global standing. Located in the heart of Johannesburg, a vibrant Afripolitan city of the global south, Wits contributes to the global research and development agenda through leading scholarship and producing citizens who are passionate about intellectual and social engagement, as well as aspire to continue the fabulous tradition of associating with Nobel Laureates. The appointment is for a 5 year fixed term with possible renewal for a further and final term in appropriate circumstances. A competitive remuneration package is offered commensurate with similar positions in South African Universities. Benefits include an annual performance related bonus, appropriate leave, provident fund, medical aid, accommodation, relocation expenses and remission of fees for dependents’ studies as per university policy. Wits welcomes nominations for appointment, provided they are signed by at least two persons (who are University staff or students, or members of Convocation) and are accompanied by the nominee’s written consent. Applications and nominations must include a brief motivation, a full curriculum vitae, the names and contact details of at least four referees and certified copies of all degrees/diplomas and be submitted marked CONFIDENTIAL: VICE CHANCELLOR VACANCY to: The Chair of Council, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, Private Bag 03, Wits 2050 or hand delivered to The Registrar, Office 10009, 10th floor Solomon Mahlangu House, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. All enquiries, applications and nominations are treated as confidential up to the short listing stage, at which time the names of the short listed candidates are announced publicly. Further information about the position and details about the selection process can be obtained from the Senior Director: Human Resources, Tel (+2711 7171401/2), e-mail Kgomotso.Kasonkola1@wits.ac.za For more information on the University and the position, please follow the following links: About the University: https://www.wits.ac.za/about-wits/ Information on the position: https://www.wits.ac.za/media/witsuniversity/ about-wits/documents/Vice-Chancellor%20booklet.pdf Closing Date: 23 April 2020 The University is committed to employment equity. Preference may be given to appointable applicants from the underrepresented designated groups in terms of the relevant employment equity plans and policies of the University. The University retains the right not to make an appointment and to verify all information provided by candidates. Please note that correspondence will only be entered into with shortlisted candidates. The University reserves the right not to make an appointment or to re-advertise
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