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University of Cape Town

  • Feb. 28, 2018
  • Dean
  • Faculty of Commerce
  • University of Cape Town
    Cape Town, Western Province
    South Africa
  • Open until filled
  • Available immediately
  • Dean
  • Business - General
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We seek to appoint a Dean to assume the academic leadership of one of the most dynamic and successful faculties of Commerce on the continent. The candidate has to have a record of scholarship or equivalent professional experience at the professorial level and be available to take up the position as soon as possible

The Faculty of Commerce is the largest faculty in the University of Cape Town. Our undergraduate BCom and BBusSc degrees as well as our wide range of postgraduate degree programmes prepare students for the constantly changing business and public management environments, and for full and meaningful participation in the global economy. Our curricula constantly evolving to ensure that they maintain workplace relevance and retain accreditation with professional bodies. We value innovative and research-based teaching and expect a high level of public participation and socially responsive activities from our staff.

The Dean will be responsible for the implementation of the University’s strategic plan in the faculty, assuring the continuing provision of high quality education through residential and blended learning programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels and developing the Faculty’s research profile, while ensuring sound financial management. They will also be expected to forge and sustain constructive links with the professions represented across the faculty as well as with international partners.

The Dean will be expected to lead transformation in the faculty, by implementing processes to enhance diversity in the institutional culture, including race and gender representivity of students and staff in the faculty. Aside from building on the existing strengths of the faculty, as a member of the senior leadership team at a university-wide level, the Dean will actively contribute to shaping the University’s strategic goals and to institutional leadership and management.

As well as demonstrating proven leadership, management and interpersonal skills, the Dean will be expected to have experience in the financial management of a large department, preferably in an academic institution.

The candidate will be expected to demonstrate a sound understanding of the South African higher education landscape, and of the relevance of the faculty’s expertise to the developing South African and continental economic and social challenges.

Remuneration will be appropriate to the senior management level and includes sabbatical and staff tuition rate benefits. The initial term of appointment of a Dean is for five years and there is a maximum limit of one contract renewal, subject to performance assessment.

To apply, please e-mail the below documents in a single pdf file to Mr Craig Alexander at :

a covering letter which addresses the above criteria, including a statement on your potential contribution as Dean
your full curriculum vitae with the names and contact details of three referees.
the HR204 application form for Senior Executive Posts available at:,

Please ensure the title and reference number are indicated in the subject line. An application which does not comply with the above requirements will be regarded as incomplete.

Shortlisted candidates may be requested to provide further documentation on their candidacy.

Appointment procedures are available at
Information on the Commerce Faculty is available at

Nominations with a brief motivation may also be sent to Mr Craig Alexander at

Telephone: +27 21 650 5429

Reference number: E18126

Closing date for receipt of nominations: 5 March 2018

Closing date for receipt of applications: 19 March 2018

The University reserves the right to extend the closing date if deemed necessary or to make no appointment.

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Contact Information

  • Mr Craig Alexander
    Faculty of Commerce
    University of Cape Town
    Lovers Walk, Rondebosch
    Cape Town, Western Province 7700
    South Africa
  • +27 21 650 5429


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