Academic Programme Manager - Project Management

Listing reference: manco_000255
Listing status: Closed
Apply by: 28 June 2023
Position summary
Industry: Education & Training
Job category: Others: Education and Training
Location: Durban
Contract: Temporary with possibility of being permanent
EE position: Yes
MANCOSA, a DHET registered and CHE accredited private higher education distance education provider, offering undergraduate and postgraduate business qualifications. CORE PURPOSE Aligned to MANCOSA’s mission, vision and strategy, the Academic Programme Quality Manager is responsible for the overall quality management of programmes. Through the provision of strong academic operational acumen and management, the Academic Programme Quality Manager drives integrated quality enhancement throughout MANCOSA’s Academic Governance Structure; Programme and Professional Body Accreditation; Regulatory Compliance; Research, Curriculum Development and Management; Assessment, Teaching and Learning; and Student Retention and Success. The Academic Programme Quality Manager leads Programme Reviews as per the Quality Assurance Framework stipulated by the Council on Higher Education.
Job description


Academic Governance and Management

  • Lead quality management across programmes from Accreditation and Compliance to Certification
  • Quality assure and manage formal processes related to programme quality management
  • Set up Programme Advisory Committee (PAC) and Programme Design, Development and Review (PDDR) Committee with internal, external academics and industry experts
  • Development, management and review of all Programme Quality Management and Curriculum Development and Management policies
  • Prepare a departmental budget based on a product development and review and monitor expenditure and budget variances
  • Build excellent relations with all internal and external academics, industry experts and service providers in order to ensure a smooth working relationship as well as intervene in any matters providing the best workable solutions between the various service providers to ensure that all programmes are quality managed

Accreditation and Compliance

  • Assurance of quality in all regulatory submissions for all programme accreditation and re-accreditation submissions
  • Consistently update knowledge on changes in legislation and policy in the education landscape

Programme Quality Management

  • Responsibility for ensuring delivery on the schedule of planned maintenance and review of all the programmes aligned to the expectations of the QAF (teaching, learning, assessment, research)
  • Articulation of programmes and new programme submissions within school/faculty for the programme submission 3 year plan
  • Ensure our processes of programme design, development and review are improved and training provided to internal academics and external SMEs where needed
  • Development of Programme Advisory Boards for industry input into curriculum reviews and update to keep relevance – both during initial design and for review of existing curricular
  • Endorsement of curriculum by professional bodies where appropriate

Minimum requirements


  • Minimum Master’s Degree (Essential)
  • Master’s degree and studying towards a Doctorate (Preferred)


  • Minimum 5 years of academic work experience in a higher education institution and minimum 3 years’ experience at management level (Essential)
  • More than 10 years of academic work experience in a higher education institution (Preferred)


Essential Job Related Knowledge, Skills and Behaviour

  • Proven Academic Operational Management Acumen
  • Experience in the design, development and accreditation of new programmes
  • Experience in formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures
  • In depth knowledge of Education and Training legislature framework
  • Experience in dealing with regulatory affairs and academic quality assurance processes within a higher education environment.
  • A proven teaching and research portfolio with curriculum development and assessment design experience.
  • Risk management, communication and business acumen skills
  • High level of competency in MS Offices, particularly Word, Excel

SHL UCF Competencies

  • Effective leadership and management skills
  • Excellent communication and organisational skills
  • Analytical and quantitative skills appropriate to the management of measures of student success and learning analytics
  • The ability to plan, manage and implement change effectively
  • Ability to lead and to manage projects to agreed deadlines
  • An understanding of the principles and practice of policy and operational development, implementation and evaluation
  • Proven ability to drive policy and improve quality
  • Extensive knowledge of innovative Teaching and Learning modalities
  • Extensive knowledge and experience of developing pedagogic practice
  • Self-motivation and capacity for innovation
  • Integrity and good judgement


  • Must be able to work overtime when necessary.

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