Monthly Archives: February 2015

Certain vacancies available

Part-time Facilitator / Assessor / Moderator / Material design specialist / Subject Matter Expert / Research supervisor
The Da Vinci Institute is enjoying unprecedented growth, creating opportunities for new academic staff to join an innovative higher education institute where you can experience the joy of co-creating reality with our students. We are looking for passionate and exciting facilitators who can provide exceptional facilitation in an interactive Mode 2 context on a part-time basis.
The Institute is a distance learning provider, offering one to two-day workshops in each of the modules offered.  It also offers Saturday workshops to some clients.  This creates an opportunity for part-time facilitators to join while they are also doing other facilitation or consulting work.
Areas of Specialization required:
  • Business Ethics
  • Customer Relations
  • Economics and Financial Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Human Resource Management
  • Leadership: Challenge in Africa
  • Leadership: Global Leadership Challenge
  • Management of Systems (note: not IT but ‘the systems way of thinking’)
  • Management of Technology
  • Project Management
  • Retail Management
  • Reverse Engineering the Future
  • Statistics
  • Other business related subjects
Duties could include but not limited to:
  • Contact facilitation
  • Online Tutoring
  • Design and review of assessment material Marking of assessments (assignments/examinations/research reports)
  • Module design
  • Research supervision
Qualifications and Experience:
  • Minimum Qualification: Masters. PhD an advantage
  • Minimum Experience: 6 years in public or private sector, preferably at managerial level
  • Academic experience and knowledge a strong advantage
  • Exceptional education and training capabilities such as facilitation, assessment and learner support
  • Ability and willing to facilitate Short Skills Programmes up to Masters level
  • Assist with course material development
Key Qualities:
  • Positive attitude and good work ethic
  • Dynamic with strong interpersonal skills
  • Excellent communicator
  • Understanding of the Mode 2 context
Salary: Commensurate with experience and qualifications
Email CV to making reference to the vacancy you are applying for or what your area of subject matter expertise

The Da Vinci Institute experiences high growth in 2014

The Da Vinci Institute focusses on the cultivation of managerial leaders by providing Certificate, BCom, Master and Doctorate programmes. These qualifications are awarded within the pillars of the Management of Technology, Management of Innovation, Management of People and Management of People (TIPS™). As a Mode 2 institution, the primary characteristic is the work based application of the knowledge creation. This allows Da Vinci to engage, align and become agile in co-creating new workplace realities with students and sponsors.
The Da Vinci Institute announced recently, highlights achieved at the end of December 2014. The indication of growth is viewed from the period of January 2014 to December 2014. Within this period The Da Vinci Institute successfully welcomed 273 new students to its BCom (Business Management) programme. Taking into account the total respective programmes offered, overall, student numbers increased from 1405 at the end of 2013 to 1664 at the end of 2014.
New students that started these programmes currently work for companies such as PPS, FNB Home Loans and SA Express. Marizanne Burger, Operations Manager commented on the growth, “It is a notable accomplishment in reflection of 2013 to see the total growth of Da Vinci with regards to total students, new clients and reaching target in 2014”. Da Vinci reached its target revenue of R25 000 000.00 and this is especially worth mentioning as 2014 included the induction of new senior managers and operations staff to the team.
In addition to this Da Vinci also saw an increase in our annual Staff Satisfaction Index which measures overall satisfaction in staff. Mrs Burger stated, “The figures increased from 82% in 2013 to 84% in 2014 which reflects an increase in overall staff satisfaction. This indicates growth in terms of culture and the integration thereof.” Furthermore, income from associates reached a pinnacle point by attaining 58% of the 40% target. Mr Kenneth Mabilisa, Business Development Manager commented, “As part of our 5 year plan to reach full target of 100%, this is certainly a great breakthrough as we proceed to 2015.”
The Institute is registered as a Private Higher Education Institution under the Higher Education Act 1997, registration no 2004/HE07/003. The Institute is also accredited by the Council of Higher Education and its qualifications are recorded with the South African Qualifications Authority.

Da Vinci Valentine’s Day celebration

In true Da Vinci celebration, the Da Vinci team spread the love by having a ‘build your own burger’ day. The operations team consisting of Marizanne Burger (Operations Manager), Karen Verster (Project Coordinator), Debra Stead (Bookkeeper), Mawoza Dhliwayo (Catering Manager) were busy in the kitchen preparing all the yummy delicacies for the team to make their own burgers. Also included was our Secretariat Sushie Padayachee who dazzled the taste buds of staff with her home made recipe which will be known as the Sushie special.
Furthermore, the team also celebrated the birthdays of Simon Gathua (Key Account Manager) and Dewald Kruger (Information Officer), who had their birthdays on 11 and 13 February respectively. After singing Happy Birthday and sharing the objective of our tradition, everyone dug in and built their own unique burger, adding to which Da Vinci proudly promotes as being ones own voice and the authenticness thereof.