Vacancy - Executive Dean UJ

The University is seeking to appoint an exceptionally motivated, qualified and energetic  leader of high professional and academic standing as the new Executive Dean of FADA. Reporting to the Deputy Vice-Chancellors Academic and Research & Internationalisation, the Executive Dean is a member of the Executive Leadership Group of the University and is responsible for shaping, leading and delivering world-class, transformative design and arts education, with a strong focus on research. The Executive Dean has primary operational, administrative and strategic oversight of the Faculty, effectively and collegially stewarding the faculty to achieve excellence in all aspects of teaching, research, innovation and community engagement.

The Executive Dean will be expected to:

  • Determine, articulate, implement and lead faculty-based strategic initiatives to enhance the Faculty’s reputation and performance in accordance with the University’s 2025 Strategic Objectives, viz. attaining Global Excellence and Stature (GES) in the context of 4IR;
  • Maintain and promote excellence and innovation in teaching and learning;
  • Maintain and promote excellence in research, innovation and creative outputs – both in quality and quantity;
  • Manage a complex multi-campus, multidisciplinary enterprise;
  • Oversee an effective, competitive and responsive Programme Qualifications Mix, which includes the full spectrum of training from undergraduate to PhD level, and ensure academic programme accreditation;
  • Develop and implement relevant online, inbound/outbound and/or joint short-learning programmes and qualifications;
  • Work in conjunction with various institutional stakeholders towards decolonisation of knowledge within a framework of local relevance and international competitiveness;
  • Manage academic, administrative and professional support staff, including development (recognition, retention and recruitment);
  • Ensure the highest level of Faculty governance, administration and systems functioning, including enrolment planning for the Faculty and management of the students’ academic life cycle;
  • Ensure the effective and efficient delivery of the Faculty’s programmes across academic departments and disciplines;
  • Ensure effective and efficient management of the Faculty’s finances and other resources, subsidies, art galleries, and research centres;
  • Promote the reputation and standing of the Faculty and generally in broader civil society, industry and government in order to attract external funding for creative work, research and innovation;

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