Advert: SWOP Director

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The Society Work and Development Institute (SWOP) seeks a new director. SWOP is a research institute dedicated to the critical analysis of the making and remaking of social orders, and the social forces, contestations and politics that underlie these. The Institute has over a period of more than 30 years established a national and international reputation in the study of work, labour, the interface between nature and society, new mining frontiers, rural transformations, movements, violence and democracy. SWOP is a vibrant intellectual space constituted by researchers, postgraduate students, postdoctoral fellows and networks of research associates. SWOP has three main activities: scholarly research, social and public engagement over social justice, and teaching in pursuit of our commitment to the formation of a new generation of socially committed researchers.

Applications are invited for the position of Director. This is a five-year contract position with the option of renewal. Suitable candidates will be leading scholars with strong intellectual networks within South Africa, in Africa and globally. The ability to engage with partners ranging from trade unions to senior government officials to funders is essential. S/he will provide energetic and imaginative intellectual leadership across the full range of the SWOP Institute's activities and interests.

The Director will report to the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, and will shape the Institute's activities in close consultation with staff, the SWOP Board, and the Dean. The appointment will be made at the level of Professor or Associate Professor.


 a PhD in a relevant discipline such as sociology or development studies is essential  a substantial track record of research and publications  appropriate administrative, project management and fundraising experience


 Responsible for the day-to-day management of the Institute  ensure its long-term growth and development  enhance its status as a cutting edge global research Institute  develop its national and international research networks and partnerships  expand its relationship with civil society and government  provide an enabling, supportive and collegial environment within the SWOP Institute  manage staff and students  forge synergies between SWOP, the academic departments and other entities within the University  raise donor funding to support research and salaries

Further information about the SWOP Institute is available from Lucinda Becorny (, or 011 7174464) or from the website,

Salary In accordance with experience and qualifications, within the normal University scales. Benefits include an annual bonus, generous leave, pension fund, medical aid, relocation expenses.

How To Apply

Submit a letter of motivation, detailed CV, the names and contact details of three referees (incl. e-mail addresses) and four publications that demonstrate your intellectual qualities and interests

Internal employees are invited to apply directly on Oracle by following the path: iWits /Self Service application/”Apply for a job”

External applicants are invited to apply, by registering profile on the Wits i-recruitment platform located at and submitting your application.

The University is committed to employment equity. Preference may be given to appointable applicants from the underrepresented designated groups in terms of the relevant employment equity plans and policies of the University.

The University retains the right not to make an appointment and to verify all information provided by candidates; including qualifications and credit standing.

Closing Date: 16 February 2018

Please note that only applications via the website will be considered for shortlisting. Correspondence will only be entered into with shortlisted candidates. The University reserves the right not to make an appointment or to re-advertise.


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