Deputy Director: Institutional Research and Analytics

University of Pretoria
Pretoria, South Africa
Apr 11, 2021
Jun 04, 2021
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time

The person will be required to:
  • Provide high quality information and analysis to support the University of Pretoria in its strategic management, planning and decision-making requirements;
  • Develop institutional planning frameworks, responses to national policies and performance indicators;
  • Monitor institutional performance against strategic goals;
  • Initiate institutional research, market surveys and planning projects for enhanced decision making;
  • Develop models for enrolment planning and provide inputs to the growth strategy of UP;
  • Render fundamental contributions to the development and maintenance of the growth strategy of UP and state annual goals per UG programme for the intake of new students in accordance with the growth strategy;
  • Provide accurate and up-to-date institutional information for planning, evaluation and research;
  • Provide strategic data support to the Executive and senior management, and in additional to ad hoc requests;
  • Develop and maintain an IRA data warehouse and institutional dashboards;
  • Manage the UP HEMIS Student Data Submissions to the DHET;
  • Provide audited HEMIS data in support of effective decision-making, planning and budgeting e.g., data for the enrolment planning tables, Foundation Year progress report and the calculation of faculty plan indicators;
  • Plan, design and coordinate the different functions and duties in the department, i.e. Institutional Analytics, HEMIS Reporting, Management Information, Business Intelligence and Market Surveys;
  • Management of staff and resources.

  • A Master's Degree in Statistics, Mathematics, Data Science, or related qualification;
  • A total of ten years work experience in an institutional research/planning environment;
  • At least five years' work experience in a university environment in a management role.

  • Knowledge of the higher education environment;
  • Knowledge of HEMIS (Higher Education Management Information System);
  • Multi-disciplinary thinking abilities and insight to find systems solutions to problems;
  • Knowledge on mathematical and statistical solution methods and techniques and the use of relevant computer software;
  • Knowledge of basic principles of strategic planning;
  • Advanced Microsoft Excel knowledge;
  • SAS, SPSS or related statistical software;
  • Data warehousing knowledge;
  • Ability to work independently;
  • Business ethics and professional integrity;
  • Proficient in writing skills with regards to user interaction, document creation and PowerPoint presentations;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills: Interact with internal stakeholders, business and external stakeholders at the highest level;
  • Effective time-management skills, including the ability to prioritize and function under pressure;
  • High level of leadership skills;
  • Experience in working in a team;
  • Attention to detail.

  • A Doctoral Degree in Statistics, Mathematics, Data Science, or related qualification;
  • Member of a professional body, e.g., SAAIR.

PLEASE NOTE: All shortlisted candidates may be required to participate in relevant skills assessments as part of the selection process.

The annual remuneration package will be commensurate with the incumbent's level of appointment, as determined by UP policy guidelines. UP subscribes to the BESTMED and UMVUZO medical aid schemes and contributes 50% of the applicable monthly premium.

Applicants are requested to apply online at, and follow the link: Careers@UP.

In applying for this post, please attach:
  • A comprehensive CV;
  • Certified copies of qualifications;
  • Names, e-mail addresses and telephone details of three referees whom we have permission to contact.

No application will be considered after the closing date, or if it does not comply with at least the minimum requirements.

ENQUIRIES: Ms B Khumalo, Tel: (012) 420 4134 or for application-related enquiries only.

Should you not hear from the University of Pretoria by 31 June 2021, please accept that your application has been unsuccessful.

The University of Pretoria is committed to equality, employment equity and diversity.

In accordance with the Employment Equity Plan of the University and its Employment Equity goals and targets, preference may be given, but is not limited to candidates from under-represented designated groups.

All candidates who comply with the requirements for appointment are invited to apply. All candidates agree to undergo verification of personal credentials.

The University of Pretoria reserves the right to not fill the advertised positions.

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