Specialist Senior Student Advisor


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Specialist Senior Student Advisor – Department of Enrolment and Student Administration
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Enrolment and Student Administ

Full/Part Time

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In pursuit of the ideals of excellence and diversity, the University of Pretoria wishes to invite applications for the following vacancy.

The University of Pretoria’s commitment to quality makes us one of the top research Universities in the country and gives us a competitive advantage in international science and technology development.



To give effect to a strategy to recruit and retain outstanding potential undergraduate students in cooperation with the Senior Assistant Director: Recruitment. The post primarily focuses on recruiting and supplying information to undergraduate students. Recruiting students with the desired student profile (academically achieving, sport, culture, representative groups) nationally, and in SADC countries by means of focused strategies and in cooperation with faculties and support departments on campus as well as external partners. Retention of students. This responsibility manifests itself as an advisory and reference service and is a continuation of the relationship that was built up with the student when he/she was recruited.



The successful candidate’s responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

Student recruitment and the dissemination of information;
Liaising with schools and school communities in the University’s target market with the purpose of identifying and advising suitable prospective students through marketing, dissemination of information, recruitment talks to Grade 9 to 12 learners, attending career days and evenings at schools, career exhibitions and conducting interviews with learners and their parents;
Advising prospective students on their choice of courses based on academic performance and career choice;
Being involved with and organising initiatives to recruit quality students for UP;
Planning and providing monthly activity reports on progress, problems and market trends, finances and expenditure.

A degree in any one of the following fields: Education, Psychology (Counselling or Educational Psychologist), Marketing and Communication;
Six years’ relevant working experience;
Two years’ experience in communicating with learners/students;
One year experience in project management;
A valid driver’s license.

Multilingualism (English with at least one other South African language);
Good organisational capabilities;
Knowledge of a tertiary education environment;
Ability to attend to multiple tasks and meet deadlines;
Accuracy and a sense of responsibility;
Skilled in the use of MS Office computer packages;
Sound interpersonal and conflict managing skills;
Self-motivated and client orientated;
Proven presentation as well as communication skills.

A postgraduate qualification in at least one of the aforementioned fields of study;
Experience in relationship or marketing management;
Preference will be given to candidates with experience of student recruitment in a tertiary environment and/or experience as a career counsellor at a high school;
Must be able to work independently and to participate effectively within a team;
Willingness to be out of town for long periods of time (a week or two per month).
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 www.up.ac.za, 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.
CLOSING DATE:  01 February 2021

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


ENQUIRIES:  Mr Zolani Gqabi, zolani.gqabi@up.ac.za for application-related enquiries, and Dr Pieter Clase, pieter.clase@up.ac.za for enquiries relating to the post content.


Should you not hear from the University of Pretoria by 31 March 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.