The University of Guyana is a State Institution founded in 1963 with a current enrollment of 8000+ students in seven faculties and one school on two campuses. It is financed through government subventions, tuition fees and some grant funding. The University is on the verge of a change process towards a revised regulatory framework, diversification of funding sources, and curriculum review in the interest of deeper national development and student engagement.
Candidates must be of high academic standing and have considerable experience in university administration. He/she should have the credibility to lead an academic community and to work effectively with the University’s many stakeholders. He/she should demonstrate knowledge of the issues pertinent to higher education in a developing country such as Guyana and should evince capability of providing leadership in the development and delivery of tertiary level curricula relevant to the needs of the national, regional and international community.
Role of the Vice-Chancellor
- The Vice-Chancellor is responsible for leading and managing the University’s academic, operational and external affairs – shaping, articulating, and implementing the University’s strategic objectives in research, education, and contribution to public policy development.
- The Vice-Chancellor is appointed by the University Council, is responsible through the Chancellor and Chairman of the Council for the leadership and management of the University and works closely with the Council in the exercise of its governance roles of strategic oversight, ensuring effective overall management and ensuring responsible financial management. The Vice-Chancellor is therefore accountable to the Council for the implementation of all its decisions.
- The Vice-Chancellor must be able to clearly articulate the vision of the University of Guyana as Guyana’s national University, focusing on achieving critical mass and concentration in research disciplines of national importance. He/she must lead the University in providing the highest quality teaching and learning environment, responding innovatively to the changing needs of students and equipping them with the skills to be the leaders of tomorrow, nationally, regionally and internationally.
- The Vice-Chancellor is responsible for leading a large and diverse organisation in such a manner as:
- To develop and manage the human, financial, and physical resources of the University to meet its strategic goals;
- To ensure the risk management and compliance programmes across the University’s diverse functions, activities and entities meet the highest standards of ethics, financial probity and corporate governance;
- To ensure that the critical relationships with key stakeholders within the University community – including statutory officers, staff and students, unions and alumni – are enhanced and maintained and are always in accordance with the provisions of the University Act, Statutes, and Policy Directions of the University Council.
- To ensure that the University meets all requirements for national registration;
- To ensure that the University meets all requirements for relevant accreditation and maintains such accreditation where necessary.
- The Vice-Chancellor is responsible for leading effective engagement with government at all levels, and with other external stakeholders in the political, business, education, philanthropic, and national communities. He/she is responsible for maintaining and enhancing the University’s reputation through effective communication and advocacy, directly and through the media, to all relevant stakeholders and the general public. He/she must foster and develop strategic alliances and partnerships both nationally and internationally, including strengthening key alliances with selected universities.
Applications are invited from suitably qualified persons. Salary is negotiable. A package of additional benefits is offered. Applicants should provide
a full curriculum vitae and the names of and contact information of (3) three referees with whom he/she has interacted with over the past 3-5
Applications should be addressed to:
Vacancy for Vice-Chancellor
c/o Registrar, University of Guyana
P.O. Box 101110
or via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org to arrive no later than January 31, 2020.