Personal Assistant - Curatorial Director (Javett Art Centre)

University of Pretoria
Pretoria, South Africa
May 12, 2021
Jun 04, 2021
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
The Javett Art Centre at the University of Pretoria (Javett-UP) is a new art centre, which was opened on 24 September 2019, and which will serve as a home for the art of Africa in an environment characterized by creativity, diversity, research, study and exploration. It will set new benchmarks in art curation, conservation and education. The Javett-UP is a partnership between the University of Pretoria and the Javett Foundation. It is an art centre that is as collegiate as it is philanthropic.

The goal is to develop the Javett-UP reflectively, accountably and boldly into a world class Art Centre for South Africa, the continent and globally.

The Personal Assistant to the Curatorial Director will be expected to provide full administrative and secretarial support at a senior level to the Director to ensure the smooth management of her day to day affairs, and most effective use of her time. The Personal Assistant will handle sensitive and complex issues in a professional and objective manner and will be expected to take initiative as appropriate especially in the Director's absence.


The incumbent will be required to render a comprehensive administrative and secretarial service which includes the following:
  • Managing the Director's electronic diary, assessing priority of appointments and reallocation as necessary;
  • Managing the Director's travel arrangements (including visas/accommodation);
  • Processing the Director's correspondence, ensuring that incoming correspondence is dealt with by the Director/or on behalf of the Director, or other staff as appropriate;
  • Maintaining the Director's office systems, including data management and filing;
  • Maintaining records of the Director's contacts;
  • Screening calls, enquiries and requests, and deal with them when appropriate;
  • Assisting the Director in researching and following up with action on matters which fall within the Director's responsibility - chasing responses, triggering follow-up action;
  • Producing documents, briefing papers, reports and presentations for the Director;
  • Organising meetings and ensure that the Director is well prepared for those meetings, preparing agendas, pre-meeting briefings and meeting papers;
  • Managing arrangements for reporting to Sub-Committee meetings, including production/distribution of agenda and papers;
  • Assisting/supporting the Director in arranging funding partner and other events;
  • Meeting and greeting visitors at all levels of seniority;
  • Any other duties as may reasonably be required by the Director.

  • A tertiary qualification in Administration and Management;
  • 2 year's experience as Personal Assistant at management level;
  • Experience of electronic diary management;
  • Excellent IT skills, including a working knowledge of presentation software packages preferably Microsoft Office Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, to enable professional interaction with a wide range of contacts, both internal and external;
  • Ability to organise and plan own work;
  • Excellent attention to detail, with the ability to maintain a high level of accuracy;
  • A flexible, pro-active approach to work including the ability to prioritise and re-prioritise;
  • Ability to work on own initiative;
  • Ability to deal with sensitive information with discretion and to maintain confidentiality;
  • Social Media savvy and ability to conduct virtual data analysis

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


This position has a total cost to company salary package in the range between R180 000.00 to R 260 000.00 per annum, subject to the successful candidate's experience.

Applicants are requested to apply online at, and go to About UP. Select Career Opportunities and select the position you want to apply for.

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 V Reynders, for application-related enquiries, and Mr Lekgetho Makola, for enquiries relating to the post content.

Should you not hear from the University of Pretoria by 31 May 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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