Director: Research Services Stellenbosch University Library - Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch

  • Stellenbosch
  • Salary: Market Related
  • Job Type: Permanent
  • Sectors: General, Research
  • Posted by Stellenbosch University on Friday, November 22, 2019
  • Reference: BIB/333/1019
  • Apply before Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - 2 Days left

Vacancy Details

Employer: Stellenbosch University


Stellenbosch University


Library & Information Service

Director: Research Services
Stellenbosch University Library
(Ref. BIB/333/1019)

Stellenbosch University’s Library & Information Service consists of the Stellenbosch University Library (the central library) and five branch libraries, as well as a few departmental collections. Library & Information Service strives to be a dynamic leader in the academic library environment, both nationally and internationally. In order to achieve this, it is imperative for Library & Information Service to render a wide spectrum of client-centred services, to have skilled and motivated staff as well as world-class technological facilities and relevant resources at its disposal, to develop excellent collections in all available formats that meet the needs of the University, and to increase its visibility by making clients aware of available services for the improved utilisation of these.



  • Overall responsibility for leading, managing and developing three research services sections (Research Impact, Research Commons and Special Collections) as well as Marketing and Quality Management at the Library and Information Service;
  • The effective management of the Library and Information Service’s strategies relating to research support services, marketing and quality assurance;
  • As a member of senior management, strategic planning and development for the Library and Information Service in general and for the responsibility areas specifically, in line with the objectives of the University and those of the Library and Information Service;
  • Managing and coordinating quality assurance activities;
  • Developing, managing and implementing effective marketing and communication strategies;
  • Effectively managing strategies that will inform, shape and grow the library’s research impact services initiatives;
  • Communicating and liaising with relevant role players on campus and elsewhere;
  • General management functions relating to responsibility areas, such as human resources management and project management.

Required Skills

  • excellent interpersonal skills
  • excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • excellent project management skills

Candidate Requirements


Job Requirements:

  • An advanced relevant postgraduate qualification in Library and Information Science (or equivalent minimum NQF level 8);
  • A minimum of eight years’ experience at middle-management level, preferably in an information services or research support division of an academic library;
  • Advanced knowledge of the needs of the academic community with regard to information services, research support and other client services;
  • Demonstrated ability to provide dynamic leadership in terms of continuous value-adding to the changing client needs of the academic community;
  • High-level computer proficiency with regard to general and library applications;
  • Strategic planning skills;
  • Sound experience of human resources management;
  • Ability to function at senior management level;
  • Ability to work effectively in a team context;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; Project management skills;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Ability and willingness to function effectively in a multilingual environment.


  • Exposure to and knowledge of new trends in library and information services world-wide;
  • Knowledge and understanding of trends within the Higher Education sector in South Africa;
  • Experience in successfully implementing and managing projects within an organisation.
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Stellenbosch University is recognised as one of the four top research universities in South Africa. It takes pride in the fact that it has one of the country’s highest proportions of postgraduate students of which almost ten percent are international students.

The University lies in the picturesque Jonkershoek Valley in the heart of the Western Cape Winelands. The University has ten faculties, of which eight – AgriSciences, Arts and Social Sciences, Education, Engineering, Law, Science, Theology and the larger part of Economic and Management Sciences - are located on the main campus in Stellenbosch with the Faculty of Health Sciences situated on the Tygerberg campus and the Faculty of Military Science in Saldanha. The University's Business School is situated at the Bellville Park campus.