Job Opening – Dean: Management of People and Systems.



The Da Vinci Institute is seeking an outstanding leader for the position of Dean of Faculty: Management of People and Systems, whose responsibility will be to lead the Faculty into the future by building on a strong reputation as a local, national and international leader in the management of people and systems.

The Dean of Faculty: Management of People and Systems is accountable for leading various role players (clusters, academic departments, staff and students) at The Institute, in the management of people and systems with fit for purpose solutions to facilitate an agile and aligned workforce within a systemic thinking context.

The intent is to strengthen The Institute’s position to develop the nation and address some of South Africa’s socio-economic challenges, with alignment to the National Development Plan (NDP) and the United Nation’s sustainable development goals (SDGs) through influencing curriculum refinement, student and staff learning, as well as research and community engagement in an impactful way.

The Dean of Faculty: Management of People and Systems will work cooperatively with all faculty to plan and implement creative and relevant curricula, supporting a future focused and holistic educational offering. As a result, this approach should strengthen the integration and management of people and systems in a transdisciplinary manner (assuming alignment to a similar approach in the Faculty of Management of People) within a systemic thinking context, creating a synergy between the respective elements of the TIPSTM Managerial Leadership Framework.

The person in this position reports to the Executive Deans, liaises with other Deans, and works cooperatively with faculty to implement the strategic vision of The Da Vinci Institute in relation to the Management of People and Systems.



The Dean of Faculty: Management of People and Systems needs to:

· understand and support The Da Vinci dream, purpose and promise

· understand, promote and share best practice in ensuring a remarkable educational experience with industry foresight

· engage with and promote the strategic thinking and development of Da Vinci with particular emphasis on managing people and systems

· maintain scholarly activities and publication outputs

· articulate a clear dream for managing people and systems to be implemented as part of the strategic objectives of Da Vinci

· commit to and actively support Da Vinci’s agenda for continuous improvement through participation in The Institute’s improvement planning and professional growth efforts

· be familiar with, contribute towards, and comply with all Da Vinci policies and procedures

· work cooperatively and energetically within a dynamic organisation to ensure strategic alignment at all times.



· Provide input into the design, development, implementation and review of learning material and assessments

· Align all designs and developments and roll outs with The Da Vinci Mode 2 approach to Teaching and Learning

· Ensure that The Da Vinci lenses are incorporated into all learning material

· Conduct periodic class visits and provide feedback to lecturers

· Conduct lecturer interviews, evaluations and approvals

· Evaluate and approve Credit Accumulation and Transfer (CAT) and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) applications related to Management of People and Systems

· Ensure that the Management of of People and Systems outcomes and outputs are articulated in both a qualitative and quantitative manner

· Oversee the internal and external moderation process for the Management of People and Systems Faculty

· Identify and invite guest lecturers in conjunction with faculty to strengthen a transdisciplinary approach, underpinned by the TIPSTM Managerial Leadership Framework

· Drive the publication and research agenda of the Management of People and Systems Faculty

· Oversee and ensure that the necessary library resources are managed for the Management of People and Systems Faculty

· Represent the Management of People and Systems Faculty at committee meetings

· Assist in learning programme design and review, including the management of student success.



· Must be qualified at a Doctoral level (ideally within the field of Management of People and Systems), with a proven track record in academic management and leadership

· As academic scholar, has a proven publication track record

· Outstanding professional presentation and manner

· Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills, with the ability to communicate to all levels within Da Vinci and outside The Institute

· Strong administrative and organisational skills

· Exemplary lecturer with demonstrated knowledge of contemporary pedagogy, andragogy and heutagogy practices.


Selection of the successful candidate will be based upon responses to the following selection criteria and the work profile below:


Applicants should provide evidence to demonstrate:

· competence and capacity to provide high level educational leadership with a strong emphasis on the meaningful integration of technology and 5th Industrial Revolution skills in creative and innovative curricula supporting a future focused holistic educational offering and student experience

· the ability to build the capacity of staff and teams of staff to achieve excellent student learning outcomes through the authentic adoption of rigorous and innovative teaching and learning approaches

· the ability to make effective and optimal use of available resources to achieve agreed organisational goals.



The appointment is anticipated to be offered on a fixed-term for an initial period of up to five years. An attractive remuneration package will be negotiated with the successful candidate.



Underpinned by the Da Vinci TIPSTM Managerial Leadership Framework, the Dean of Faculty must provide active leadership by:

· subscribing to a quintuple helix framework of innovation, valuing the interplay between educational institutions, industry, government, lifelong learners in the civil society and the natural environment, in an interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary, and transdisciplinary way to sustainable development

· providing intellectual and strategic leadership to develop and implement the faculty’s dream and purpose in support of people and systems

· building capabilities and enhancing capacity offered by the 5th Industrial Revolution in terms of balancing the algorythmic as well as the androrythmic contributions, energies and drivers, inherently existing within society, as well as interpreting current trends and new developments related hereto


…effective management by:

· fostering an environment of excellence embedded by people and systems, positioning the faculty as a leader in research, learning and teaching, engagement, as well as developing a supportive and inclusive culture.

· assisting in setting norms and standards to influence and guide the faculty’s creation of knowledge capital through the respective management of people and systems, integrated with the management of innovation and technology

· playing an integral role in driving performance and influencing organisational culture to unlock the full potential of embracing people and systems


…general engagement by:

· thinking creatively, introducing people and systems as key drivers in a heterogeneous and synergised, but deconstructed way, to lead a sustainable change agenda aligned to the Faculty of Technology and Innovation within a systemic thinking context

· committing to digital transformation, building and promoting the Faculty’s offerings to align with The Institute’s initiatives

· committing to pursuing linkages and relevant potential groups and industry to strengthen the related discourse

· encouraging, promoting and co-creating new realities amongst staff advancing the interplay between people and systems and creating a supportive and cooperative culture among the Faculty’s staff.


Closing date, Friday, 13 May 2022.

CV’s can be emailed directly to The Da Vinci Institute’s HR Manager, Natashia Naidoo — natashia@davinci.ac.za