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Title of Position
Post Number
University of the Western Cape -> Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Student Development & Support -> Student Support & Development
Type of Position
Fixed Term Contract
Length of Contract Period
Main Campus – Bellville, WC ZA (Primary)
Closing Date
Role Clarification &
Key Performance Areas

The Division of Student Development and Support (SDS) plays a leading role in creating a holistic and enabling environment, and providing wide ranging opportunities for students to develop to their full potential by contributing positively to the betterment of the campus environment and society. SDS recognises the need for graduates to be given opportunities in order to acquire and possess certain competencies to be competitive within the very challenging graduate job market. The aim of the programme is to create learning opportunities for UWC graduates to develop the much-needed work readiness skills. It is for this reason that SDS is continuing with the recruitment of additional Graduate Competency Development Programme (GCDP) candidates.

SDS seeks to appoint 12 suitable appointees for key GCDP positions for a period of 18 months, across the following SDS Departments: 

Office of the DVC SDS (including but not limited to Communications, Media Society, and Student Governance)
Centre for Student Support Services (CSSS)
Office for Student Development (OSD)
Residential Services (RS)
Financial Aid (Fin Aid)
Sports Administration (SA)

The duties and responsibilities will include, but not limited to:
(Please note: the duties vary according to each department’s programmes or projects and assigned responsibilities).

  • Assisting with and influencing the development, implementation and review of the communication plan in profiling SDS key activities
  • Contributing to the development and maintenance of sound marketing strategies to market the activities of the departments
  • Assisting with programme or project implementation
  • Preparing the release of updates and stories from SDS events
  • Assisting with information management and data analysis
  • Contributing to the planning and organising of events and projects
  • Participating in the design and co-facilitation of the workshops and training
  • Assisting with the compilation of the departmental reports that will contribute to the finalisation of the Divisional Annual Report
  • Assisting with other duties assigned by the respective SDS Departments
  • Perform any ad hoc tasks or duties assigned which are linked to the project, programme or effective running of the Department or Office.

Additional opportunities:

Candidates will have the opportunity to attend a structured training and development programme.
Exposure to the higher education sector, UWC specific environment and Student Development and Support portfolio, and practices that support student experience

Minimum Requirements
  • Must be a UWC graduate that has completed an academic programme in 2020, or have graduation pending in 2021.
    Preferred degrees: B Admin, B Com, BSc, BA, BEd
    Preferred majors: Accounting, Financial Accounting, Industrial Psychology, Computer Science, Information Systems, Language and Communications, Management, Psychology, Social Development, Social Work
    Unemployed with no formal work experience

Preferred Attributes

  • Critical and analytical thinking
  • Planning and organising
  • Presentation skills
  • Ability to work in a team and independently and takes initiative (self and relationship management)
  • Strong oral and written skills
  • Report writing skills
  • Proficiency in MS Office
  • Social and multimedia savvy
  • Ability to work under pressure

Important infrmation 

  • To complete your application, kindly indicate in your  Cover Letter a motivation of not more than 300-words indicating which SDS Department you wish to be placed in and how you as a GCDP candidate will contribute to the specific SDS Department.
  • There is no guarantee that a successful candidate will be placed in the Department of their choice, and should also expect to be rotated across the SDS Division depending on operational requirements. Other relevant terms and conditions applicable to this project will be communicated to the selected candidates.
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 For any queries, please contact the Human Resources Department at +27 21 959 4063/9763/9708/3551/3756 or
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.