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Job Vacancies in KCA University, Nairobi, Kenya

KCA University is one of Africa’s top private universities, with a strong focus on business and technology. 

It was founded in July 1989 and chartered in 2013, and it is sponsored by the Institute of Chartered Public Accountants of Kenya, ICPAK.
KCAU’s main campus is located on Thika Road in Ruaraka, Nairobi, Kenya and other campuses are in the Nairobi CBD, Kisumu, Kitengela, Amagoro and Gikumene. 

The University’s academic strength is based in its Doctorate, Masters and Bachelors Programmes, Diploma and Certificate Programmes, and Professional Studies. 

It offers both school based and distance learning options in the School of Business & Public Management; the Faculty of Computing and Information Management; the Faculty of Education & Arts; the School of Research & Graduate Studies; the Centre for Entrepreneurship & Leadership; the School of Professional Programmes; and The Institute for Capacity Development (ICAD).

The University benefits from its state-of-the-art Systems Modelling and Data-Analytics labs, its ICT lab and an ultra-modern-library that was ranked 2nd at the Maktaba Awards. 

The university collaborates with Tohuku University in Japan; the Zealand Institute of Business & Technology; the Dublin Institute of Technology; and the Galilee International Management Institute of Israel. It also enjoys numerous corporate partnerships, including with Techno Brain and Centurion Systems.

Student enrolment at KCA University is above 10,000 and growing rapidly. 

The Board of Trustees, the University Council and the faculty are all committed to further developing the University as a premier business and technology university.
II. Vacant Position
Deputy Vice Chancellor for Academic, Enrolment Management and Student Affairs (DVC-AES)
III. Position Summary
The DVC-AES is the second highest ranking executive officer at KCA University. He/She reports to the Vice Chancellor, and acts for the VC when necessary. 

He/She is the executive officer responsible for implementing the strategic academic vision of the university; for the quality assurance of all academic programmes; and for student enrolment.
The DVC-AES will be dynamic and creative, strategic and visionary, with over 10 years of experience in senior management, including university management.
He/She will be expected to work collaboratively and effectively with the faculty, other staff, students and administrators, through consultative decision-making. 

The person will be a champion in promoting the University’s vision, mission and values, driving the provision of exceptional undergraduate, graduate and professional educational experiences; recruiting, developing and retaining outstanding faculty; engaging in strategic planning; enhancing both the academic and cultural experience at KCAU; and promoting student-centred scholarly and creative endeavours.

IV. Principal Duties and Responsibilities
1.    Serves as the Chief Academic Officer, Chief Enrolment Management Officer and Student Affairs Officer of the University; and as CEO in the absence of the Vice Chancellor;
2.    Acts as the Vice Chancellor’s Deputy, and assists the Vice Chancellor and other senior managers in achieving institutional goals and objectives as identified in the University’s Strategic Plan;
3.    Creates the annual Operational Plan for the Academic, Enrolment Management and Student Affairs leadership teams and supervises Associate DVCs in achieving priority institutional goals and objectives;
4.    Prepares the annual budget for the Academic, Enrolment Management and Student Affairs Division in line with the University’s strategic priorities;
5.    Ensures that the Academic, Enrolment Management and Student Affairs functions meet the requirements of the University’s accrediting and licensing agencies;
6.    Ensures that the University offers an inclusive environment that celebrates and promotes understanding and respect within a diverse student body, staff and community;
7.    Supports mutually beneficial partnerships between the University and business/industry, government institutions, non-for-profit organizations and other international educational institutions;
8.    In cooperation with the Academic and Student Affairs leadership team, proposes policies, subject to The Vice Chancellor’s and Council’s approval as needed, concerning all facets of academic and student affairs;
9.    Provides leadership in the incorporation of the latest instructional technologies to improve The student experience and learning;
10.  Works closely with the Directors to maintain compliance with the terms of contracts with employees;
11.  Prepares an annual report on the activities of the Academic Enrolment Management and Student Affairs areas;
12.  Carries out special assignments as requested by the Vice Chancellor.
V. Qualifications
The successful candidate will have demonstrated the ability to facilitate an imaginative interdisciplinary and integrative approach to advancing academic and social needs, and will exhibit an entrepreneurial spirit and an enthusiasm for leading the academic enrolment and student affairs program at a premier institution of higher learning, promoting its long term sustainability.

The candidate will hold an earned PhD doctorate degree or equivalent from accredited institution, and have substantial research and publications record that qualifies him or her for the rank of Professor or Associate Professor; and have at least ten years of academic leadership experience that includes a strong record of achievements.

Have a track record of scholarships as evidenced through publications and attractions of funding and supervision of postgraduate students.

Demonstrate evidence of outstanding ability to communicate effectively, posses excellent interpersonal and advocacy skills.

VI. Requirements
The successful candidate must meet the following requirements:
1.    Clearance from Higher Education Loans Board (HELB);
2.    Clearance from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC);
3.    Clearance from Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) and;
4.    Certificate of good conduct.
VII. Application Process
Applicants meeting the above requirements should submit detailed current curriculum vitae, including academic qualifications, professional experience, academic leadership record, publications, scholarships, grants and awards, membership of professional associations, and community service. 

Copies of certificates, testimonials and evidence of clearance from the organizations listed above should also be provided, along with an email address and telephone contacts.

The applicant should provide names, telephone numbers and contact addresses of at least three referees. 

Applications and the referees’ confidential report on the applicant’s suitability for the position should be sent to the undersigned, to be received on or before 4th December, 2015.

The successful candidate will be offered a remuneration package commensurate with the existing terms and conditions of service.

This appointment is for a contractual period of five (5) years, renewable once for a further five (5) years subject to satisfactory performance.

Distance Learning (DL) Support Specialist - Ruaraka Campus 

Job Objective:
 To facilitate Distance Learning functions by ensuring that the Department meets its obligations to stakeholders.
Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Maintain accurate DL registration, continuous assessment and examination information in liaison with relevant departments.
  • Serve as liaison for DL staff and students seeking access to University support services.
  • Develop and maintain the operations and functions of a 24-hour DL Helpdesk
  • Act as the first point of contact for DL support services in coordination with the general University Helpdesk.
  • Develop and maintain the DL Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
  • Develop and maintain DL databases, online forms, web resources and other electronic modes of information.
  • Maintain and update information on the DL webpage and social media accounts in liaison with the Instructional Designer and University Webmaster.
  • Serve with university student support services and technology –related committees as appropriate.
  • Any other related duties that may be assigned from time –to-time.
Qualifications and Experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in IT, BBIT or any other related field
  • Minimum two years’ experience in customer help desk activities
  • Knowledge and experience in project management will be an added advantage
  • MS. Office proficiency/Computer literacy/professional qualification in IT
  • 1 year experience with E-learning solutions
Other Skills and Competences
  • Good organization, communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent analytical skills.
  • Outstanding report writing skills
Interested candidates who meet the above requirements should submit an application letter indicating current and desired salary, a detailed CV, and three references via email to so as to be received not later than 20th November, 2015.

E mail applications should be addressed/titled; “Distance Learning Support Specialist”

Only shortlisted candidates will be acknowledged.

The Human Resources Director,
KCA University,
P.O Box 56808-00200,

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