Higher Education South Africa (HESA): Director - Operations and Sector Support

Higher Education South Africa (HESA) is a national association that represents the interest of the South African public universities through its key roles of advocacy, strategic research and sector support service. HESA also encourages cooperation among universities and among partners with whom it shares interests. Its Executive Office, comprising of 42 staff members, is based in Pretoria.

Higher Education South Africa (HESA): Director - Operations and Sector Support

Higher Education South Africa (HESA) is a national association that represents the interest of the South African public universities through its key roles of advocacy, strategic research and sector support service. HESA also encourages cooperation among universities and among partners with whom it shares interests. Its Executive Office, comprising of 42 staff members, is based in Pretoria.

As a nonprofit organisation, HESA is funded through membership fees and revenues from contract management services and donor agencies. Applications are therefore invited for the position of Director: Operations and Sector Support. This position presents an exceptional opportunity for qualifying professionals to join HESA and help it achieve its growth targets.

This is a five-year fixed term position.

Remuneration package: Market-related salary package

This position is responsible for ensuring the effective and efficient strategic and operational support necessary for the timely implementation of programmes and projects. The Director will be responsible for proactively and strategically directing and integrating the support functions of HESA (finance and administration) with clear roles and responsibilities to interface with project and programme (operations) functions. The Director will develop initiatives and metrics for liaising with appropriate stakeholders to establish positive working environment within HESA.
Requirements:

  • PhD in Education or relevant field with indepth knowledge of South Africa’s Higher Education system;
  • Sound knowledge of policy within which Higher Education system operates;
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills, including development of policy briefs;
  • Strong project conceptualisation, planning, implementation and monitoring and evaluation skills;
  • Excellent networking and advocacy skills;
  • Strategic and operational management skills;
  • Proven research and publication record;
  • Demonstrated evidence of managing complex projects and budgets;
  • Demonstrated leadership, administrative, and communication skills;
  • Proven ability to collaborate; evidence of a team-oriented approach.
Key Performance areas:

 

  • Providing strategic direction and leadership to projects and programmes within HESA, from conceptualisation, design, implementation to closure. Managing the resources (human and financial) efficiently and effectively necessary for the implementation of projects and programmes of HESA;
  • As part of HESA’s executive management team, develop value-adding and cost effective services and projects to support the Higher Education sector;
  • Contribute to the development of HESA policy positions on key issues with implications for the Higher Education sector;
  • Support the work of the HESA strategy groups;
  • Development of policy analyses that are relevant and authoritative on key Higher Education issues.
If you are interested in any of these exciting positions please see the full set of responsibilities on the Vacancies page at www.actionappointments.co.za

 

If you wish to apply, send an updated CV and a motivation letter by Monday, 22 July 2013 clearly stating why you believe that your skills and experience make you a suitable candidate to lisa@actionappointments.co.za

 

Please also download and complete the Action Appointments biosummary form which can be found at the top of the Vacancies page at www.actionappointments.co.za.
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