Programme Manager: School of Law - Westville campus - N/A08197
Code/Reference:
N/A08197
Applications accepted until:
2018-09-14
Number of Openings
1

Campus/Business Unit:

Varsity College Westville

Direct Reporting Line:

Principal

Job Purpose:

Varsity College, an educational brand of The Independent Institute of Education (Pty) Ltd is a registered higher education institution.

The Westville campus has a vacancy for a Programme Manager: School of Law

 The Programme Manager:School of Law will manage the following programmes:

  • UNISA Bachelor of Laws (Pathway 4th year)
  • UFS Bachelor of Law degree (all 4 years of study
  • Law-based modules on the IIE BCom Law degree (1st to 3rd years)
  • Higher Certificate in Legal Studies: (offered part-time from 2016)

 It is envisaged that the Programme Manager: Law will provide the following necessary expertise and focus:

  • Undergraduate and Post-Graduate academic leadership and development in the School of Law at Varsity College for the region
  • Faculty specific academic support for law lecturers and students
  • Specialized marketing and relationship building capacity with key stakeholders
  • High level operational support for full time and part time (HC) programmes

ORGANISATIONAL DEVELOPMENT 

Represent the programme in the region on behalf of the Head of School: Law

  • Undergraduate and Post-Graduate academic leadership in the School of Law at VC in the region
  • Overall responsibility for academic management of the programmes at regional level
  • Brand Ambassador to external stake holders.
  • Initiate and design annual marketing strategy for the Law Faculty in conjunction with VC marketing.
  • Liaise with the marketing department for programme marketing projects (e.g. Law Career Day; Open Day)
  • Specialized marketing and relationship building capacity with key stakeholders
  • Manage and create relationships with members of the legal profession, the Law Society in that region and law publishers
  • Assist the Head of School with the development of the faculty on a regional basis

FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

  • Preparation and reporting on faculty budgets €“ in consultation with Senior Management team on campus, Campus Principal/s, Head of School: Law
  • Manage expenditure

HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

LINE MANAGEMENT

The following staff will report to the Programme Manager: Law

  • The full-time Law lecturer/s in the region
  • Independent contractors for law-based modules
  • Academic Operations Co-ordinator: Law (dual reporting to Vice-principal Operations)
  • Academic Assistant: Law

 RECRUITMENT

  • Oversee and connect in with campuses around recruitment and appointment of new lecturers for full-time and part-time modules

ADMINISTRATION

  • Approval of all overtime and leave for the faculty
  • Review of all IC contracts and addendums specific to each law programme offered

ACADEMIC MANAGEMENT AND SUPPORT         

The Programme Manager: Law has overall responsibility for academic management of the programmes at the campus/in the region and must ensure that there is a consistently high quality of teaching and learning.  

  • Ideally to divide their time: 85-90% the campus on which they are based and supporting other campus/es in the region 10-15%.
  • Oversee the campus appointed Full-time lecturers (FTL) for Law in the region, by ensuring continuity in the academic support of the Law programmes offerings across campuses.
  • Faculty specific academic support for law lecturers and students in the region with the support of the FTL for Law and VPSS on the specific campus eg. conducting marking workshops
  • Management and mentorship of faculty staff members in the region €“ supported by the FTL for Law on the specific campus.
  • Co-ordinate the peer review process and peer review the law lecturers in conjunction with the SS team on the campus/in the region.
  • Co-ordinate the necessary training and development of lecturers in the region
  • Organise, coordinate and conduct faculty briefings/meetings for School of Law team at (specific region)
  • Assist with academic writing misconduct and other disciplinary issues which arise concerning students on any law programmes.
  • Deal with general issues within the faculty
  • €œChampioning€ Technology Enhanced Learning
  • Monitor the online SETs of Law lecturers

 CONTRIBUTION TO SCHOLARSHIP AND COMMUNITIES OF PRACTICE

  • Encourage communication and a culture of sharing within the lecturing body
  • Work with Law lecturers to create a culture of academic scholarship through conference presentations and the writing of academic articles in peer reviewed journals and other media.

USE OF TECHNOLOGY

€œChampioning€ Technology Enhanced Learning

  • Complete training on the LMS Blackboard
  • Be supportive of the VC Learn environment in relation to the Varsity College Law Programme and Module offerings

PERFORMANCE ( RESULTS, ATTENDANCE AND THROUGHPUT RATES)

  • Report on student€™s academic results per semester for undergraduate law students (on both the UFS and IIE BCom Law programmes) in the region. This includes analysing:
  • individual results
  • RAMP
  • AR reports
  • National pass rate
  • Identify modules in the region that require extra support and coordinate with the relevant support staff
  • Manage students€™ and parents€™ complaints in conjunction with campus senior management

 TEACHING RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Teach on at least one module per semester (the same module to be repeated at another campus in the region).

COMMUNICATION WITH THE HEAD OF SCHOOL OF LAW

  • National €œSchool of Law€ telecoms
  • Semester visits and meetings with Head of School of Law
  • School of Law Regional Feedback reports: Compiled at the end of each semester.  To be shared with the Head of School of Law
  • On-going informal communication via telephone and email as required

 

STRENGTHENING AND BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS WITH INDUSTRY

  • Establish and develop the relationship with the legal profession and key stakeholders in the legal industry in the region
  • Investigate the potential of building relationships with law firms and courts to facilitate court shadowing programmes.

TRAINING REQUIREMENTS

  • A new incumbent to this position may need to be trained on the SAM reports and CAMS environment in order to pull reports as well as access student information for individual student tracking purposes.

Competencies:

Competencies:

  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Assertiveness and dynamism
  • Motivational skills
  • Understanding of customer service
  • Demonstrate an ability to manage work and self-pro-actively
  • Ability to lead and manage a team

Education:

  • Minimum of an LLM

Work Experience:

  • Minimum of 5 years€™ experience in a similar role within the Education