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House Parent Positions (9 Positions - Potchefstroom Campus)

Experience Needed:

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: Bachelor’s Degree in any relevant discipline (NQF 7) Minimum of five (5) years’ experience in Higher Education (essential). Minimum of two (2) years’ demonstrable experience of working with students or in a student environment (essential). Minimum of three (3) years’ experience either academic or support staff. Must be a Permanent/Fixed term staff member employed at the NWU’s Potchefstroom Campus (in the event of a fixed term staff member, the staff member should have a contract of 3 years or more), either academic or support staff (essential).


KEY FUNCTIONAL/ TECHNICAL COMPETENCIES: Budget and financial management. Governance and operational management. Project management, planning, and task allocation (active and proactive planning). Must be technologically competent, for example: social media, Microsoft Office, Adobe, e-mail, WhatsApp, online “cloud” storage and data sharing, etc. KEY BEHAVIOURAL COMPETENCIES: A passion for students and the vibrant Student Life. Promoting diversity and social cohesion within the residence environment. Embracing the norms and standards of DHET in providing student accommodation. Excellent interpersonal people skills with a high level of emotional intelligence. Good communication skills (verbal and writing), both with internal and external stakeholders. Good conflict management-, negotiation- and problem-solving skills. Must be able to demonstrate agility between performing different roles – i.e., personal life, professional life, and residence life.

Duties Include:

Additional Info:

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES: 1. Student Leadership Act as Chief Electoral officer for House Committee elections. Manage House Committee elections. Oversight of training of new student leaders. Hold regular House Committee and residence meetings. Leadership evaluations for annual leadership bursaries. Manage the leadership development at residence level. 2. Student Projects Approval and oversight of all student projects at residence level. Attend student events, where relevant. Compile and submit reports on every project. Oversee compliance protocols. 3. Student Discipline Management of internal disciplinary processes in line with the NWU processes and values. Advocacy around the core values of the University. Management of student conduct. Manage the implementation of sanctions in liaison with other relevant stakeholders. Provide educational awareness training on discipline. 4. Residence Management Serve as the member of the Residence Management team together with the House Committee (the final accountability rests with the House Parent). Represent Campus Management in the Residence Management (accountable to the Campus Director: Student Life). Development of a balanced student population profile. Supervise all residence activities. Oversee the management of the different House Committee portfolios. Supervise and directing events, programmes and structures that would enable student participation in social and recreational arts and sports activities. 5. Pastoral Care Oversight for all facets of student wellness in collaboration with the residence House Committee, the residence Peer Helpers and other University departments/divisions, which include but are not limited to: Residence and Catering Services Crisis Management – Thuso Social Workers Health Centre Student Finance and Bursaries NWU Sport NWU Arts Protection Services Facilities and Maintenance NWU Faculty Administrators. 6. Liaison and PR Function Responsible for the vertical and horizontal integration of relevant internal stakeholders (Residence students, cleaning contract workers, RCS Management, Residence Officer, SRC, CMC, DVC, Executive Director: SL and VC). Responsible for the vertical and horizontal integration of relevant external stakeholders (Parents of Residence students, other residences on campus, the community, Alumni of the residence, DHET, etc.) in line with NWU policies and procedures. Assist with recruitment of students in collaboration with other stakeholders. 7. Financial Management Budget management of the respective House Committee portfolios. Operational financial management at House Committee level.

Starting Date:

March 1, 2024

Date Created:

January 25, 2024

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