Senior Manager: Integrated Student Success

The University of Johannesburg (UJ) is a vibrant and cosmopolitan university anchored in Africa and intent on global excellence and stature. With an emphasis on independent thinking, sustainable development and multiple partnerships, UJ is an international university of choice.

Job Description:

The Academic Development Centre (ADC) is situated within the Division of Academic Development and Support. The principal function of the ADC is to provide comprehensive, innovative and data-informed academic support and other interventions that enable student success. This is driven by an over-arching strategy – the Integrated Student Success Initiative (ISSI) – and the implementation of this strategy in broad and multiple ways. The ISSI is constantly evolving, and requires informed, creative and innovative senior professional support staff to ensure its ongoing development and success.


This senior professional support position will report to the Director of ADC, and will collaborate with senior staff in ADS and the faculties. The successful candidate will be expected to:

  • Initiate and lead student success initiatives and develop interventions for teaching and learning that are strategy-led, effective and faculty-specific.
  • Initiate and lead student support projects that give substance to the university focus on the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR) and its impact on university core functions.
  • Lead the development of data informed initiatives aimed at improving module pass rates and degree completion rates at UJ.
  • Write detailed reports for the management team within the Academic Development Centre, and the Division of Academic Development and Support.
  • Manage various special projects related to student success, including the online modules ‘African Insights’ and ‘Artificial Intelligence’.
  • Conduct research with regard to student success related issues.
  • A Master’s degree in a relevant field
  • Five years’ teaching experience within a Higher Education environment
  • Research experience
  • A proven track record of using technology effectively and creatively in teaching and learning

Competencies and Behavioural Attributes:

  • Excellent report writing skills
  • The ability to work with both students and staff
  • The ability to gather, analyse and report on qualitative and quantitative data
  • Knowledge and understanding of the South African Higher Education System


  • A high level of knowledge and a proven track record in effectively using Blackboard in teaching
  • A PhD degree in a relevant field
  • Knowledge and/or experience of effective instructional design in higher education
  • Programming skills and experience
  • A proven record of research publications
  • Good organisational, interpersonal and communication skills.
  • A proven ability to communicate data using a multi-media approach
  • A good understanding of 4IR related technology and its impact on society and in education
  • A sound understanding of issues faced by students entering Higher Education in South Africa


Please note that the following contact details are for enquiries about JOB CONTENT and NOT for application purposes.

Enquiries regarding job content: Dr. A. van Zyl (011)559-3285

Enquiries regarding remuneration and benefits: Mr. Mandisa Malindisa on (011) 559-4097 (HR Business Partner)


To submit your application for the above-mentioned post, please register (first-time users of the UJ e-recruitment portal) or login (existing users of the UJ e-recruitment portal) by going to the website of the UJ e-recruitment portal ( and uploading a detailed Curriculum Vitae as well as the names and full contact details (including telephone numbers and e-mail addresses) of at least three traceable and credible referees. Please also attach the following: a copy of your highest academic qualification, proof of registration with professional bodies you might belong to and a list of accredited research output and/ or a portfolio of your creative output.

Enquiries (UJ e-recruitment Portal)

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Candidates may be subjected to appropriate psychometric testing and other selection instruments.

In conjunction to merit on the basis of qualifications, experience and proven achievements the University of Johannesburg is committed to providing equal employment opportunities for persons with disabilities and those individuals from the historically disadvantaged groups. For this post candidates from the designated groups in terms of the 1998 Employment Equity Act, including designated women, will be preferred. As necessitated by operational requirements the University reserves the right not to make an appointment to positions advertised. If you have not received a response from the University within 21 weeks of the closing date, you should assume that your application has been unsuccessful.

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