Chief Director: Human Resources

Location
Stellenbosch, Cape Town Metro (ZA)
Posted
03 Oct 2022
End of advertisement period
10 Oct 2022
Ref
MHB/242/0922
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Hours
Full Time

Human Resources
Chief Director: Human Resources
(Ref. MHB/242/0922)

Stellenbosch University (SU) is a research-intensive university where we attract outstanding students, employ talented staff, and provide a world-class environment; a place connected to the world, while enriching and transforming local, continental, and global communities. Stellenbosch University's strategic positioning for the 21st century is articulated in the Vision 2040 and Strategic Framework 2019-2024 (see: http://www.sun.ac.za/english/about-us/strategic-documents).
 

Reporting to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Social Impact, Transformation and Personnel, the Chief Director: Human Resources provides strategic leadership in the implementation of the human resource management strategy and in linking human resource management with organisational strategy. The Chief Director: Human Resources manages the Human Resources (HR) Division, including the Division’s budget, and will oversee the full range of human resources functions. The Human Resources Division strives to establish Stellenbosch University as the Employer of Choice in the South African Higher Education Sector by focusing on a favourable organisational culture of inclusivity, belonging, diversity, equity and employee engagement and wellbeing.

Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Contextualising global and regional human resource priorities for the Higher Education Sector and specifically as it applies to Stellenbosch University.
  • Engage with institutional priorities and to take forward institutional objectives in a focused and proactive manner.
  • Providing strategic vision and, leadership, to the human resource function and manages the division. 
  • Advancing transformation imperatives of the University aligned to the University’s Transformation plan.
  • Providing leadership in the development and implementation of human resource strategies.
  • Developing and implementing the University’s human resource policies, processes, procedures, and systems in compliance with relevant legislation.
  • Advising the executive and senior management of the University to ensure institutional compliance of human resources matters with the relevant statutory and regulatory frameworks in which the University functions.
  • Responsible for the administration, governance, and operational delivery of the human resource function in its entirety.
  • Developing a culture of staff wellbeing, to enable optimal performance for operational excellence.
  • Developing effective collaborative relationships and networking with all internal clients and external stakeholders.

Requirements: 
Qualification and Experience - 

  • A postgraduate qualification.
  • An experienced human resources leader with a minimum of ten years’ relevant experience, of which at least five years’ experience must be at a senior and / or strategic management level.

Knowledge and Competency - 

  • An established track-record of working with senior management in a large organisation.
  • Excellent participative management and leadership skills with the ability to empower and motivate a team of human resource professionals through leadership, developing a positive and high-performance culture in a participative, consensual environment.
  • Executive functional knowledge of human resources. 
  • Knowledge of the Employment Equity Act, Skills Development Act, Labour Relations Act, Basic Conditions of Employment Act, and other applicable human resources legislation.
  • Excellent judgement, critical thinking, decision-making and problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle sensitive situations. 
  • The forward-thinking ability to lead significant organisational change initiatives.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a high-pressure matrix environment which requires strong organisational skills and the ability to manage multiple priorities.
  • Excellent negotiation skills and the ability to represent the University externally.
  • Excellent interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to understand the business drivers of the institution and to contribute to the future strategic and business evolution of the institution.
  • The ability to function effectively in a multilingual and multicultural environment.

As part of the interview process, shortlisted candidates would be expected to do a short presentation, based on the requirements as set out in the advertisement.

It is in the interest of the applicants to be explicit in their application about how they meet the stated criteria. Applicants are encouraged to provide relevant and explicit examples so that the Selection Committee can clearly identify where their knowledge, and experience match the requirements identified for the position.

Term(s) of appointment: Five years with the possibility of reappointment for further term(s). The official retirement age at Stellenbosch University is 65 years.

Enquiries: Mr. Granton Koeberg on 021 808 9611, or at granton@sun.ac.za  
Commencement of Duties: 01 February 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter

Closing Date: 10 October 2022

Completed applications, comprising the documentation as set out below, must be sent via email to adsmanager@sun.ac.za  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 comprehensive Curriculum Vitae.
  • Your vision for Human Resources within the Responsibility Centre (RC) of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Social Impact, Transformation and Personnel and your contribution to such a future in the context of Stellenbosch University's Vision 2040 and Strategic Framework 2019-2024.
  • Details regarding present occupation, remuneration package and citizenship.
  • An indication of the earliest date on which duties can be assumed.
  • Certified copies of certificates.
  • Details of at least three referees.

The University is committed to employment equity (EE), and appointments will be made in line with SU’s institutional EE Plan. 

The University reserves the right not to make an appointment.

At the discretion of the Selection Committee, candidates may be subjected to appropriate psychometric testing and other selection instruments and should therefore be willing to participate in these assessments.

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

The University reserves the right to extend the closing date if deemed appropriate.
 

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