Executive Dean, School of Business and Economic Sciences

Vacancy   April 17, 2024
School of Business and Economic Sciences
May 3, 2024    [ Receiving Applications Closed ]

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for the position of Executive Dean tenable at MUBAS in Blantyre.

Summary of the position

The Executive Dean will lead and direct the School by providing strong and dynamic strategic, academic and administrative oversight to enable the School to develop to its full potential. The Executive Dean will create an enabling and conducive environment in the School for research excellence, context-relevant teaching and learning, and professional practice in a synergistic manner to deliver and enhance the student and external stakeholder experience. He/she will promote a culture of professionalism, ethics, and excellence in research, publications, outreach/community engagement and enterprise activities. The Executive Dean will oversee the achievement of the School’s strategic objectives, and ensure that the University’s Strategy as agreed by Council is implemented. This is a demanding, but rewarding position suited to a highly motivated, solution-focused and astute strategic academician and leader capable of providing solid leadership to the School. Additionally, the candidate is supposed to have a demonstrable ability to contribute to the creation of an entrepreneurial university capable of weaning itself from overdependence on Government subvention. 

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Provide strategic academic and administrative leadership in the School
  2. Ensure that the School complies with all regulatory requirements
  3. Demonstrate vision and empower others to deliver the agreed strategy of the School
  4. Provide overall coordination of all matters relating to the academic welfare of the students within the School
  5. Select persons to be admitted as students in the School;
  6. Conduct reviews and performance appraisals of Heads of Academic Departments within the School
  7. Prudently manage budgets and resources of the School
  8. Develop and implement the School’s research, publications, and enterprise strategies
  9. Oversee the development and delivery of innovative undergraduate and postgraduate programmes within the School
  10. Plan and implement activities for effective engagement with professional bodies, the community, industry and the general public
  11. Exercise and discharge such other duties in connection with academic and administrative matters falling within his/her school
  12. Liaise with various offices for the effective and efficient implementation of relevant policies.
  13. Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills and the strength of character to be effective within and beyond the school
  14. Ability to foster collaborative working internally and externally
  15. Proven ability to develop and implement strategy
  16. Strong leadership skills, and ability to inspire and motivate staff
  17. Demonstrable ability to manage complex change and engage staff through this process
  18. Passionate about delivering an excellent student experience, incentivizing strong research publication, enterprise, and research impact
  19. Effective School and University ambassador, with national, regional, and global networks
  20. Firm commitment to achieving the University’s vision and implementing its Strategic Plan
  21. Strong negotiation, advocacy, and conflict resolution skills
  22. Holds himself /herself to high ethical and moral standards


  • Minimum of a Doctorate degree in a relevant field from an institution accredited or recognized under the National Council for Higher Education Act.
  • Five (5) years of experience in a management position in a Higher Education Institution.
  • A strong publication record and evidence of esteem in a professional context.
  • Commitment to resource mobilization.

Term of Office

The successful candidate shall be offered a 3-year performance-based contract which may be renewed once. 

Method of Application

Applications together with copies of relevant qualifications and detailed curriculum vitae with two traceable referees should be sent by Friday, 3rd May, 2024 to vacancies@mubas.ac.mw or The Registrar, MUBAS, P/Bag 303, Chichiri, Blantyre 3. Applicants should indicate the position applied for in the subject line of their emails.