Pearson Campus Director: Durban in Durban North, South Africa

Campus Director: Durban


We’re part of Pearson Plc, the world's largest education company. Pearson has over 30,000 staff worldwide and this role is based in Johannesburg South Africa at the Midrand Campus. Pearson is committed to a world that’s always learning and to its talented team who makes it all possible.

As part of the company’s organic growth in the direct delivery of learning, Pearson South Africa acquired the Pearson Institute of Higher Education (formerly known as Midrand Graduate Institute) and CTI Education Group. Today, this group has 12 campuses, over 8 000 students and 35 different nationalities represented across our campuses in South Africa.Our aim at Pearson Institute and CTI is to transform lives through learning and to produce high impact graduates who are prepared for all aspects of the modern workplace. To this end, students benefit from a diversity of academic ideas and a range of career-focused qualifications and programmes.

Our mission is clear: to become one of South Africa’s private higher Education colleges for in-depth industry engagement. As a pioneering Private Higher Education Institution (HEI), we’re transforming industry today and tomorrow, by designing and delivering education powered by industry experience.

At Pearson Institute of Higher Education, industry engagement is not just what we do, it’s what drives us. It’s who we are and it is what will take us, and our students, into the future.

Every university focuses on “employability” and producing high impact graduates but what sets us apart is the level of industry engagement that we’re able to offer. As well as delivering workshops for our students, our industry partners also design, develop and deliver our courses, offer our students internship opportunities and set them live briefs to them real-life exposure.

This position of Campus Director is the key to delivering our vision of unlocking the potential in young people to transform industry today and tomorrow.

As the Campus Director at Durban Campus, you’ll not only be developing the talent of the next generation, but you’ll be networking with the best in the business too.

Real-world ready

We collaborate with industry thought leaders and experts to anticipate industry needs. We create experiences that develop savvy, work-ready graduates who are ready for the real-world - today and tomorrow.


We’re transforming and disrupting HE and industry. We challenge the status-quo.

Team rules!

Students, industry, colleagues, thought-leaders - collaboration, inclusion and transparency are crucial to success.

Engaged and curious

We are constantly engaged and curious about changing industries, and learning by doing.

To increase our effectiveness in helping people improve their lives through learning, we are looking for an industry transformer - aCampus Directorto manage all aspects of campus life in a manner that optimizes resources, performance and productivity, consistently delivering a positive student experience in line with the Pearson Vision, Values and Strategies. As the Senior Official at a campus location, you will be responsible for the creation of a campus environment that is supportive of a quality educational experience, and which meets expectations for quality service and staff development targets


To manage all aspects of campus life in an integrated aligned manner that optimizes resources, performance and productivity, consistently delivering a positive student experience in line with the Pearson Vision, Values and Strategies.


1.Strategic Alignment

  • Manage the on-campus implementation of the Direct Delivery strategy, tactical goals and plans

  • Collaboratively participate in the development and implementation of the strategy and tactical goals

  • Stay abreast of local trends, changes, developments and opportunities to explore emergent and future academic education opportunities that may enhance the employability of graduates

  • Collaborate with internal functions and external partners to track campus performance against strategy and plans

  • Fulfil a positive ‘brand ambassador’ role internally on the campus, within the community and with external stakeholders and par.

  1. Curriculum Delivery / Lecturing and Admin
  • Ensure that programmes, courses and qualifications are delivered according to the required standards such that efficacy is optimized

  • Monitor the delivery of the curriculum to ensure a consistently positive student experience and optimum efficacy; reinforce positive results and take corrective action where required

  • Implement ‘efficacy measurement scorecards’ to measure and report on the efficacy of programmes, courses and qualifications

  • Ensure academic integrity and efficacy

  • Timetabling: staff planning and budgets for lecturing

  • Lecture evaluations and action plans to improve lecturing and throughput rates

  • Address academic matters at national level if queries arise

  • Academic Operations = venue / equipment / changes in classrooms and possible building changes / consumables etc. in cooperation with operations and facility department

  • Administration and service delivery on results, academic transcripts, enrolments and progress.

  • Evaluate the application of rules / progression and international students

  1. Governance and Administration
  • Ensure that on-campus governance, legislative, regulatory and administrative policy and process requirements are understood and adhered to

  • Ensure that administrative standard operating procedures, policies and processes are in place and that they are efficiently and consistently applied to the required standards

  • Monitor compliance to all health & safety legislation (e.g. OCHSA), report and correct where required

  • Report overall performance against goals, financial parameters, targets, performance indicators, campus activity and other value-adding information

  1. Student Experience
  • Implement efficacy plans and projects on campus in line with Direct Delivery Efficacy strategies

  • Implement Employability activities planning and evaluation

  • Manage success of events

  • Evaluate and participate in company events – employment placement possibilities

  • Work collaboratively with SRC leadership – attend meetings with SRC members

  • Attend functions planned by SRC as part of student activities e.g. drama club, entrepreneurial hub etc

  1. Key Stakeholder Management
  • Work collaboratively with the enabling and support functions (Operations , Finance, Technology, HR, Corporate Affairs) and peers across the Business to extract shared learning, continuous improvement, best quality, synergies and efficiencies

  • Manage resources to support the implementation and sustainable management of academic and efficacy interventions, processes and products including technology requirements, people and competence requirements, financial investment and infrastructure requirements.

  • Engage with the relevant local Legislative, Government, accreditation and educational institutions to ensure academic excellence, credibility and compliance

  • Stay in touch with learners, sponsors, educators, institutions, publishers and competitors to ensure academic relevance and positive ambassadorship

  1. People Leadership and Culture
  • Lead, coach and develop a team of motivated, aligned, capable and accountable people to deliver the Vision, Strategy, Tactical Plan, goals and plans

  • Provide engaging and inspirational leadership on campus so that performance and productivity is optimised

  • Manages FULL function for the campus – be the conduit and cement the relationship with all enabling functions

  • Build and sustain a culture of excellence on campus

  • Lead the Performance management process– evaluate all line managers regarding development and growth of their staff

  • Disciplines staff and students

  • Work Collaboratively with PPS and ensure that headcount is within budget at all times

  • Work on a relationship of trust and being approachable with the students

  1. Financial Management
  • Manage financial indicators within agreed parameters.

  • Mange the Campus budget control and evaluation

  • Lead the monthly revenue management and debt reporting and evaluation

  • Assume Residence financial management (Midrand Only)

  • Coordinates the Refunds and credit notes

  • Transfer management

  • Overall in charge of Petty cash sign off and evaluation to manage expense

  • Initiate and report general cost saving initiatives on campus

  • Address students and parents regarding financial and payment problems

  1. Sales and Marketing
  • Execute the marketing strategy as applicable to the campus

  • Facilitate and drive the achievement of Sales Targets

  • Lead and champion Staff motivation and Performance management

  • Initiate Campus promotions and plans to attract students

  • Drive “retention sales” through experience and change in culture on campus

  1. Operations and Technology
  • Ensure connectivity and equipment quality and quantity in classrooms / resource centre and media centres

  • Lead the Cost and budget management for the campus on facility and equipment is critical as these are huge expenses

  • Initiate and attends Security – meetings with neighbours Community Forum meetings

  • Work collaboratively with the Police and build and sustain relationship to address crime and abuse on and around campus


  • 8 years in higher education academe

  • 5 years of strong line management experience and can demonstrate collaborative leadership and exceptional communication skills

  • Has good experience in managing a commercial business unit

  • Marketing and Sales industry experience is an advantage

  • Experience in managing and motivating teams across academic structures and business and enabling areas (note: we work in a matrix structure)

  • Experience against the key responsibility areas for the role

  • Successful track record of tactical and operational implementation and commercial judgement in previous roles

  • Previous experience within a Pearson business unit at management level, as well as relevant educational experience in SA schools or a higher education institution

  • Is comfortable with networking within a local community as a ‘ brand ambassador’

Pearson is committed to the principles of employment equity and in accordance with our Employment Equity goals and plan; preference will be given to suitable applicants from designated groups as defined in the Employment Equity Act and subsequent amendments thereto.


  • Bachelor degree is essential (such as BA, BSocSci, BSc, B.Com, Bus. Sc.)

  • Post Graduate Qualification/ Honours or Master’s Degree is an advantage

Primary Location: ZA-ZA-Durban North

Work Locations: ZA-Umhlanga-1 Lunar Durban New Town Centre, 1 Durban North 4319

Job: Learning Delivery

Organization: Growth

Employee Status: Regular Employee

Job Type: Standard

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: Sep 14, 2018

Job Unposting: Sep 21, 2018

Schedule: Full-time Regular

Req ID: 1812886

Pearson is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and a member of E-Verify. All qualified applicants, including minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.