Head Career Development

at University of Cape Town
Location Cape Town, South Africa
Date Posted
Category Admin & Office
Work Hours Day
Salary Units MONTH
Currency ZAR
Street Address Cape Town



Are you attracted to the vital challenge of growing Graduate employment? Do you have a track record of

innovation in the area of Career Development within Higher Education? For over 50 years the dynamic UCT

Careers Service (CS), has offered a diverse range of award-winning contemporary career development-related

services to current and recently graduated UCT students.

The core mandate of the CS is to empower UCT students to curate their own Career Development Journey by

acquiring a set of professional skills, knowledge and personal attributes that make them more likely to be satisfied

with and be successful in whatever professional pathway they pursue. We seek to appoint a dynamic professional

who will contribute both experience and fresh ideas to this important work.

The Head: Career Development Consulting (CDC) is a member of the Department’s Senior management team and

reports to the Director. Leading the work of the Career Development Consulting group, the ideal candidate will

ensure the consistent delivery of bespoke services relevant to enhancing employment prospects and student

success. This work benefits from the blend of sustained insight into Career Development practice, the rapidly

evolving world of work and the ongoing development of employability skills that make UCT graduates the soughtafter recruitment choice.

Career Development services are provided to all Faculties with awareness of issues of common and distinct

concern across all professions in private, public and non-profit sectors. Key performance areas are: Strategic

planning, Team leadership and Innovation, Partnership building, Educational Content Creation, Information

management, Stakeholder engagement and Income generation.

Requirements for the job

  • NQF 7 in Higher Education Development, Industrial Psychology or equivalent
  • At least 8 years’ experience in a senior Career Development role including 5 years managing a team of 3

or more people in the SA Higher Education sector

  • Demonstrated ability to conceptualise and project manage the delivery of a range of Career Development

services, Career education information and learning materials for hybrid student engagement at scale

  • The capacity to think strategically, build relationships and build networks, strong organizing skills, selfmanagement and strong project planning skills
  • Familiarity with Business communication, customer relationship and learning management tools and


  • Good analytical and problem-solving skills, particularly under pressure
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills for physical and virtual platforms and diverse audiences
  • Knowledge of global Career Development practice, contemporary World of Work and Labour market trends
  • Experience of collaborating with a range of stakeholders and building relationships at a strategic level

The following will be advantageous:

  • NQF 8 or above, in topics directly relating to Career Development Consulting practice
  • Proven ability to develop robust information management systems and deliver both quantitative and

qualitative reports

  • Knowledge of graduate labour market trends, employer expectations and the graduate recruitment sector


  • Strategic planning aligned with Departmental, Faculty and Institutional priorities
  • Excellent, accountable leadership of the team of Career Development Consultants
  • Ongoing strategic consideration of and development of diverse Faculty and stakeholder relationships
  • Design and delivery of high quality, effective and innovative Career Development, Information services

and engagement measures attuned to students and demonstrating insight into the South African and

International labour market and employment trends

  • As a member of the senior management team, excellent contribution to the strategic leadership of the

Careers Service

  • Ongoing personal professional growth and development

The annual cost of employment, including benefits, is between R671 593 and R790 107.


To apply, please e-mail the below documents in a single pdf file to Tracy Moore at [email protected]

- UCT Application Form (download at http://forms.uct.ac.za/hr201.doc)

- Motivation letter that speaks to the specific requirements of the position, and

- Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Please ensure the title and reference number are indicated in the subject line.