14 Sep 2021

Full-Time Director: Centre For Entrepreneurship by University of the Western Cape

University of the Western Cape – Posted by JobdirectaSA Staff Bellville, Western Cape

Job Description

The University of the Western Cape (UWC) is a vibrant, diverse and dynamic university, rooted in the African continent with an increasing global reach. UWC actively responds in critical and creative ways to the development needs of the country, within an ever-changing and challenging global context.

The University of the Western Cape seeks to appoint a passionate and energetic individual who can champion entrepreneurship and innovation at the University of the Western Cape and South Africa.

Reporting to the Executive Director: Finance and Services, the Director: Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CEI) will lead Entrepreneurship and Innovation initiatives by aligning and consolidating existing and new interventions, identifying opportunities that will positively impact stakeholder development. The Director will unlock the entrepreneurial potential within various faculties, students, communities and will have a broad network within the entrepreneurial ecosystem that can position UWC as a key player in reducing unemployment and impacting communities positively.

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Roles and responsibilities include:

  • Design, initiate, implement and facilitate outreach programs that will encourage and enhance entrepreneurial and innovation knowledge, skills and development.
  • Leading strategic initiatives and financial sustainability of the CEI.
  • Direct and consolidate existing efforts in entrepreneurship internally and externally.
  • Identify opportunities and fundraising to expand and enhance current and new entrepreneurial activities.
  • Coordinate and facilitate processes that will be impactful for external stakeholders, eg. Government Departments, communities, small to medium enterprises, etc.
  • Develop student and staff knowledge that will expose and encourage students and staff to business knowledge and entrepreneurial activity.
  • Provide input into entrepreneurial curriculum design and activity.
  • Perform fundraising activity that will support specific projects that will drive interest and engagement with various internal and external stakeholders.
  • Initiate, design, facilitate and implement incubation activities.
  • Engage and foster relationships between industry, government, donors, campus community and other stakeholders that translates into meaningful partnerships.
Minimum Requirements
  • A relevant Masters qualification or equivalent (NQF level 9)
  • 5 years’ experience in training and development
  • 10 years’ experience in a management role
  • Fundraising experience
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Computer proficiency
  • Personality to draw interest and public relations.
In your application, you are encouraged to highlight your strengths and also include anything else that you feel may be pertinent to the selection panel. Please attach your covering letter, a detailed curriculum vitae and highest qualification to your online profile. To be considered for this vacancy, you must click on the Apply for this Job link below or apply directly via UWC Careers at https://uwc.hua.hrsmart.com/hr/ats/JobSearch/viewAll. For any queries, please contact the Human Resources Department at +27 21 959 4063/9763/9708/3551/3756 or email: [email protected]
EQUITY DISCLAIMER: In line with the University’s commitment to diversifying its workforce, preference will be given to suitably qualified applicants in line with Employment Targets of the University. The University reserves the right to not make an appointment, make an appointment at a different level, seek additional candidates and may conduct competency assessments.
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