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Head: Academic – IIE MSA Ruimsig – LAW/SL/L/11/2019

Reference: HA/IIEMSA/12/2019
Applications accepted until: 10 January 2020
Campus/Business Unit: IIE MSA, Ruimsig
Direct Reporting Line: Campus Head

About IIE MSA

IIE MSA, formerly known as Monash South Africa, was founded in 2001 by Monash University. Since April 2019 we are part of The Independent Institution of Education (The IIE), a leader in the higher education sphere. The IIE is internationally recognised by the British Accreditation Council. IIE MSA, located on a 100-hectare campus in Ruimsig, Johannesburg, in the province of Gauteng. In addition to domestic (South African) students, IIE MSA is home to a diverse of cultures of students from 50 African countries.

Job Purpose

The Head: Academic on the campus is responsible for effective teaching and learning on the campus.  This is achieved through the management of the Schools and the academic support services on the campus.

Key Performance Areas:

Human Capital Management

  • Manages and quality assures the work of the Heads of School and the members of the academic support service teams/ the department heads in academic support.
  • Ensures compliance with HE legislation and regulation and the policies of The IIE in all the work of the teams.
  • Supports the development of the skills and capacity of the Heads of School and promotes the individual development of each member of the team.
  • Ensures that the work of the teams is effective and efficient including, but not limited to, meeting deadlines and aligning with policy.
  • Draws up the academic material development plan in consultation with the Heads of School and faculties and oversees its budget, ensuring that resources are appropriately utilised.
  • Identifies, resolves and monitors problems and issues related to functions
  • Ensures that members of the team develop and maintain strong collaborative relationships with campus and IIE CAT academics.

Academic Leadership & Management

  • Responsible for creating a network of productive, collaborative relationships with the lead academics at all brands and at CAT so as to jointly develop and drive campus and Institute strategy.
  • Ensure that the School heads and department leaders (academic support) render an effective and efficient collaborative service to the academics and students on the campus.
  • Ensure excellent communication.
  • Involve key academics in all processes and decision making.
  • Create and manage the implementation of the campus academic delivery plan with Heads of School and heads of the academic support teams.
    This will be achieved through the following:
    a)
    The management of academic development of the lecturing team with a focus on managing the progression of lecturer development, allocation of modules and lecturer workload.
    b) The management of the teach out programme for all impacted students.
    c) The achievement of greater student success (by achieving set targets) via an ongoing analysis of academic results, reporting on and addressing areas of risk;
    d) The improvement of student retention rates through the management of the quality student support interventions and strategies to improve student perseverance/resilience;                                                          
    e) The measurement the effectiveness of student support interventions on an ongoing basis; and 
  • Accountable for compliance to the policies and procedures of The Independent Institute of Education.
  • Building and promoting an active community of best academic practice on campus.

Student Support Leadership & Management

  • Responsible for creating a network of productive, collaborative relationships with the academics, operations and support department on the campus, at other brands and at CAT so as to jointly develop and drive campus and Institute strategy.
  • Ensure that the academic support departments and teams render an effective and efficient collaborative service to the academics and students on the campus.
  • Ensure excellent communication.
  • Involve key people in all processes and decision making.
  • Create and manage the implementation of the campus academic delivery plan with Heads of School and heads of the academic support teams.
    This will be achieved through the following: 
    a)
    The management of the development of the teams in academic support
    b) The management of the tasks of academic support in the teach out programme for all impacted students.
    c) The measurement the effectiveness of student support interventions on an ongoing basis; and
  • Accountable for compliance to the policies and procedures of The Independent Institute of Education.
  • Building and promoting an active community of best practice on campus.

Quality Assurance

  • Contributes to the overall quality assurance processes of The IIE which includes academic governance, innovative pedagogy (teaching approach or methodology) and the use of technology to support learning.
  • Quality assures the work done by the Heads of School and academic support team leads and intervenes as needed.
  • Leads the campus in Pulse and other QA activiites.
  • Monitors enrolment and student performance of individual modules and qualifications and intervenes as needed in collaboration with the relevant people.
  • Monitors the quality of appointments – staff and independent contractors – and intervenes where necessary.
  • Makes and monitors academic decisions in relation to resources, staffing and all associated interventions within the context of the authority and regulatory and governance system.
  • Ensures an appropriate ongoing collaboration with CAT and other brands

Strategic Input

  • Evaluates existing portfolio and makes recommendations
  • Assesses and improves processes and systems where required.
  • Develops and maintains strategic partnerships.
  • Collaborates to network with industry, stakeholder and other higher education providers to: ensure articulation of degrees into postgraduate programmes at other institutions, monitor the quality delivery of programmes and the graduates.
  • Analyses, reports and develops responses to brand results and  programme evaluations
  • Oversees School participation and responsibility in programme development and review.

Academic Research

  • Develops a research profile for the campus including leading and mentoring the research activities of cluster members.
  • Assists and mentors academic team members with further studies.  
  • Supervises postgraduate students.
  • All designated academic employees are required to promote a culture of scholarship within their practice, discipline and campus/team and are also required to contribute towards IIE MSA achieving its annual research output targets. Individual research output unit/s will be set in consultation with your line manager on an annual basis. (Informed by The IIE 018 Academic Conditions of Service Policy).

Academic Governance

  • Oversees compliance with policies, legislative frameworks and company governance structures by the academic team, brands, and lecturers.
  • Participates in policy development and review.
  • Ensures a full programme of Programme Coordination Committees are undertaken by the faculties and that input is acted on.
  • Chairs the relevant Heads meetings and ensures implementation of the outcomes.
  • Resolves where possible areas of interpretation or non-compliance with policy and escalates concerns to the Registrar or General Manager IIE as appropriate.
  • Is the key point of contact with The IIE CAT team

Education:

  • Doctoral Degree / PhD (NQF Level 10) is required. For a candidate with exceptional experience a Master’s Degree (NQF Level 9) with progress towards a PhD would also be considered.

Work Experience:

  • A minimum of 10 years’ experience in higher education and 3 years academic management experience with a track record of managing change and complexity.

Competencies:

  • Advanced Communication – written and verbal
  • Interpersonal and conflict resolution
  • Human capital management
  • Project management
  • Problem-solving
  • Planning and time management
  • Educational (pedagogy)
  • Ability to assess and make consistent decisions assertively
  • Tenacity – seeing things through
  • Balance – demonstrating patience and moderation of action and emotion
  • Integrity – quality of decisions seen to take ethics and policy and context into consideration

Application Process

Interested persons are invited to submit a covering letter together with their detailed CV responding to the selection criteria with details of three referees, to za-hr-enquiries@iiemsa.co.za

Please remember to quote the reference number. Enquiries in relation to this advertisement should be addressed to, Mr. Grant Phakade at (011) 950 4040, email: gphakade@iiemsa.co.za

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