10 January 2018, News


AFDA Institutional Registrar


AFDA AFDA (The South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance) is the leading film, television and performance school in SA with campuses in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth. In 2017 AFDA alumni were nominated for 46 SAFTA awards and won 20 Golden Horns, including best feature film and best short film. Over the last three years, the South African nomination for the Academy Awards’ best foreign language film, were directed and produced by AFDA alumni. AFDA became a member of prestigious new higher education company Stadio in 2017. AFDA is a member of the international body of film schools, Cilect. See www.afda.co.za. The AFDA values are passion, integrity, self-discipline, humility, and reliability. Applications are invited for a position in AFDA’s Institutional Senate for an experienced manager and administrator of higher education and its quality assurance. The incumbent will engage with Campus Deans, Registrars, Heads of academic Schools, the AFDA institutional Senate, lecturers, students, parents and external stakeholders. The incumbent will be an excellent organiser and communicator with a proactive approach and the gravitas to represent institutional administration and academic management with dignity while facilitating buy-in and engaging with millennials and centennials. The incumbent will have the multi-tasking ability and flexibility to work in this dynamic and ever-evolving environment, will work well under pressure to meet tight deadlines, and will travel to AFDA campuses.


  1. Ten years’ experience in higher education (e.g. lecturing, assessment; curriculum development, administration).
  2. Experience in higher education quality management.  
  3. At least 3 years’ experience in implementing statutory requirements for Higher Education, incl Setas, CHE (incl HEQC online & NLRD), SAQA and DHET, with a record of successful administration of statutory requirements, such as preparing correspondence and reports for accreditation and registration purposes, collating and submitting annual reports, and communication with external and internal stakeholders to implement requirements of relevant statutory bodies. 
  4. Masters’ degree.
  5. Formal training in valid assessment and in outcomes-based or project-based assessment.
  6. Leadership skills and staff performance management in context of multidisciplinary disciplines and in remote locations.
  7. Outstanding verbal and written communication skills to work collaboratively with youth, with senior colleagues (e.g. Deans); and with all colleagues to inspire them with AFDA’s and Stadio’s academic vision; to solve problems and to facilitate their commitment in quality and continuous improvement.
  8. Highly developed organisational and administrative skills.
  9. Loyalty, teamwork, confidentiality, gravitas, credibility, independent work ethic, precision, eye for detail, and the ability to have joy and fun at work.
  10. Strategic alignment to the AFDA goals & values.
  11. Academic and research skills, incl. research supervision and development.
  12. Experience in and commitment to integrity in education.
  13. Cultural awareness and communication skills, experience in co-opting diversity.
  14. Flexibility and experience in change management, e.g. resilience in a changing environment, ongoing improvement in quality systems.
  15. Exceptional computer literacy.
  16. Experience in e-learning, online course development, social media and electronic communication.
  17. Ability to regularly travel to all AFDA campuses for QA, student and staff support.
  18. Experience in RPL and CAT.
  19. Experience in conducting and reporting on student evaluative feedback and surveys, and in liaison with student representative body. 
  20. Experience in timetabling and monitoring it.
  21. Experience in student orientation and support for students at risk of failure.
  22. Experience in productive and action-orientated meeting protocol and ability to chair, and to contribute to, meetings.
  23. Experience in conducting quality checks and receiving, collating and responding to quarterly reports, in order to report on the implementation of curricula, strategic goals, policies and statutory requirements of higher education in Southern Africa.
  24. Experience in policy development with peers in a multi-campus context.
  25. Experience in budget administration (projections, reconciliations, monthly requisitions, annual requests).
  26. Experience in statistical quality assurance matrices and willingness to use and improve existing AFDA QA systems, for all AFDA campuses in liaison with their Deans, Registrars, Heads of Department and lecturers, to prepare statistical and other reports to AFDA Institutional Senate and to the AFDA Academic Standards committees, and to external stakeholders.
  27. Experience in procedures for site visits, in order to prepare for statutory site visits and to conduct internal site visits on AFDA campuses.
  28. Experience in Human Resource Management and in supervision of cases of Industrial Relations.
  29. Experience in bursary administration.
  30. Experience in staff training and its administration (e.g.Train the Trainer).
  31. Experience in supervision of academic archive and records.
  32. Experience in supervision of student enrolment and its data management.


Send the following to recruitment@afda.co.za and state Institutional Registrar in the subject line

  • A CV (no certificates are required at this stage, but at a later stage)
  • Email and telephone contact details
  • 3 contactable references

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Candidates who will promote employment equity preferred.


Type: Full-time fixed-term contract
Office location: Cape Town 
Start date: a.s.a.p February 2018
Salary: Negotiable on experience and appropriate qualification.

AFDA is the South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance, and is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a private higher education institution under the Higher Education Act, 1997. Registration certificate no. 2001/HE07/012.

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