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Vice-Chancellor Job in Kenya

Job Title: Vice-Chancellor
Ref: CU/AV/01/2013
Institutional Profile
Chuka University became the Ninth Public University in Kenya after it was granted a Charter by His Excellency Hon. Mwai Kibaki , the President and Commander in-Chief of the Defence Forces of the Republic of Kenya on 8th January, 2013. 

The Main Campus of the University is located within Chuka Municipality in Meru South District, Eastern Kenya. It is situated approximately 186 km from Nairobi along the Nairobi-Meru Highway on the slopes of the snow-capped Mt. Kenya at an altitude of approximately 2,000 metres above sea level.

The University focus is to be a Centre of Excellence in Environmental and Renewable Energy Studies. 

It has a student population of over 8,000 taking courses ranging from certificate, diploma, bachelors, masters to doctoral studies in the following faculties: Education and Resources Development; Business Studies; Agriculture and Environmental Studies; Arts and Humanities; and Science, Engineering and Technology. 

The University’s phenomenal growth has witnessed the opening of three Campus Colleges - Embu in Embu County, Igembe in Meru County, and Chogoria in Tharaka-Nithi County. 

The University has a staff population of 400, including teaching and non-teaching.
Elevation of the former University College to a full- fledged university will lead to rapid growth that will enhance national development as per vision 2030.
The Chuka University Council now invites applications from suitably qualified and experienced persons with
excellent credentials to provide leadership to the institution in the position of Vice-Chancellor.
Duties and Responsibilities
The duties and responsibilities of the Vice Chancellor shall be as provided for in the Universities Act of 2012; The Chuka University Charter and the University statutes and shall include the following:-
  • Be the Chief Executive Officer of the University
  • Provide strategic direction and leadership to the University and represent the University nationally, regionally and internationally;
  • Be the academic and administrative head of the University;
  • Be responsible for the implementation of the Council’s decisions and resolutions;
  • Have overall responsibility on the direction, organization and the administration of programmes of the University;
  • Coordinate the development and implementation of the academic and administrative policies of the University in accordance with the University’s master plan and the strategic plan;
  • Maintain efficiency and harmony of the University and ensure enforcement of the statutes and regulations;
  • Provide innovative and creative leadership in the areas of Academics, Finance, Planning and Development; General Administration; Research and Partnership.
  • Play a key role in the facilitation and maintenance of linkages with government/regulatory agencies and other local/international institutions of higher learning.
  • Any other responsibilities as may be necessary to achieve the University’s objectives.
Applicants should meet the following requirements:-
  • Be a holder of an earned Ph.D. from a reputable university;
  • Be a full Professor in a reputable University and in a field of study covered in the programme of study within the University;
  • Have at least ten (10) years of academic and research experience at a senior level and possess demonstrable leadership skills in an academic and/or research institution.
  • Should have served substantively with demonstrable results at least in the position of a Principal of a Constituent University College or as a Deputy Vice Chancellor of a university for at least three years, or in other similar institutions at comparable levels;
  • Should have published in internationally recognized peer reviewed Journals in the areas of specialization.
  • Have sound understanding of government financial and fiscal policies, strategic planning and Vision 2030, human resource management, procurement and asset disposal legal requirements.
  • Have excellent understanding of the current trends in university education and training globally and have broad awareness of the factors and conditions shaping the development of university education in Kenya.
  • Be a leader with potential to plan, develop and implement academic programmes and develop strategic institutional linkages;
  • Must demonstrate effective communication, persuasive and interpersonal skills, as well as strategic, logical and sound decision making ability.
  • Have demonstrable experience in networking, fundraising and resource mobilization in the development of a university.
  • Be of the highest ethical standards, integrity, accountability, professionalism, teamwork and good stewardship and comply with the requirements of Chapter Six of the Constitution.
Terms and conditions
Successful candidates will be offered a competitive remuneration package, including house allowance and
other benefits in accordance with the Kenya Government public service guidelines.
The appointments will be for a contractual period of five (5) years renewable for a further period of five (5)
years subject to satisfactory performance.
Applicants should submit a detailed curriculum vitae (detailing academic qualifications, professional experience, academic leadership, publications, awards/scholarships/funding membership to professional associations, linkages and community service), copies of certificates, email addresses, and telephone contacts.
Applicants should also provide names, telephone numbers, contact addresses and emails of three referees.
Applications and referees’ confidential reports should be sent to the undersigned to be reviewed on or before 5th April, 2013.
The Chairman
University Council
Chuka University
P.O Box 109-60400 
Chuka, Kenya
Chuka University is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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