Applications are now invited for the following vacancy:
Wits Centre for Journalism – School of Literature, Languages & Media
Wits Journalism has established itself as a leader in professionally-
orientated journalism teaching, research and public engagement, with
activities that include post-graduate teaching for both aspirant and working
journalists; research; hosting conferences, grant and award schemes;
support for investigative, community and other journalism as well as media
innovators. Programmes include the Wits Justice Project, the Africa-China
Reporting Project; the Wits Radio Academy; the Citizen Justice Network
and Jamlab. The centre’s vision for further growth includes plans to grow
• academic research,
• its footprint on the rest of the continent and
• a focus on digital media and innovation
The newly established Wits Centre for Journalism is looking to appoint a Director to take overall responsibility for implementing its strategy and vision. This means taking responsibility for building the centre’s academic project, as well as overseeing the programme and administrative work to ensure the continued relevance and leadership of the centre, previously the Department of Journalism, in the fast-changing media and journalism environment. The director answers to the Head of the School of Literature, Language and Media. We are looking for an individual with both academic and professional stature who is able to share and develop the vision for the centre and lead a diverse, active team. The appointment will be for an initial 5-year period that may be renewed.
The director will:
• Develop and implement the Wits Centre for Journalism’s strategic vision,
ensuring it is innovative and responsive to a rapidly evolving academic and
• Lead the academic project, overseeing the centre’s teaching offerings and research activities;
• Guide the development of the centre’s programmatic work, working with
the Head of Programmes;
• Engage in teaching, research and advocacy in the field of journalism;
• Represent the centre in a range of public and other contexts and maintain sound relationships with a range of stakeholders;
• Lead and direct fundraising efforts and ensure good donor relationships; • Provide financial oversight, working with university structures to ensure sound practices, accountability and compliance with university policy, working with the Head of Operations;
• Manage the centre’s staff, both full-time and part-time, working with the Head of Operations and section co-ordinators.
JOURNALISM AND MEDIA STUDIES PROGRAMME, UNIVERSITY OF THE WITWATERSRAND, JOHANNESBURG P Bag X3, Wits 2050, Tel: 011 717 4028, Fax 011-717 4081, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Physical Address: 10th Floor, University Corner, cnr Jorissen & Bertha Streets, Braamfontein
• Applicants should hold a PhD, and have a record of peer-reviewed
research work commensurate with the seniority of the position (preferred)
or be able to show equivalent professional output and publication. The
formal academic rank for the individual who is eventually selected for the
position shall be determined by the university in accordance with its rules
• A strong professional profile and significant experience, including at least 5 years in practical journalism and experience at senior newsroom levels;
• S/he must show a track record of leadership and innovation and the ability to develop and implement the centre’s vision;
• The successful applicant will have an excellent understanding of the unfolding media and journalism environment;
• Applicants should have teaching experience;
• S/he must have managerial competence. Experience in raising funds and managing donor relationships, the ability to represent the centre in multiple forums and experience in developing networks, collaborations and partnerships;
• Flexibility, adaptability, people skills, organised, attention to detail, enthusiasm, ability to innovate.
Enquiries Only: Professor Dan Ojwang (e-mail: Dan.Ojwang@wits.ac.za).
Submit a letter of motivation, a detailed CV and the names and contact details of three referees (including e-mail addresses). Applicants must clearly specify on the application form at what level they wish to be appointed.
Internal employees are invited to apply directly on Oracle by following the path: iWits Self Service application Apply for a job
External applicants are invited to apply by registering a profile on the Wits ‘irecruitment’ platform located at https://irec.wits.ac.za and submitting the application.
*The University is committed to employment equity. Preference may be given to appointable applicants from the under-represented designated groups in terms of the relevant employment equity plans and policies of the University. Designated groups as defined in the Employment Equity Act 55 of 1998, as amended, means black people, women and people with disabilities.
WITS Employment Equity Policy: https://www.wits.ac.za/media/wits- university/footer/about-wits/transformation-office/documents/Policy%20- %20Employment%20Equity.pdf
Closing Date: 13th August 2021