Director: Policy and Government Relations


The Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa (ISASA) is seeking the following position, based at its Johannesburg Office:

Director: Policy and Government Relations

ISASA is a non-profit organisation which serves over 875 independent schools in Southern Africa. These member schools represent a broad spectrum of socio-economic and cultural communities and educational levels, from pre-primary schools to high schools.


  • The successful applicant for the position of Director: Policy and Government Relations will be responsible for managing the ISASA Legal and Policy Department. The primary objective of the Legal and Polity Department is to strengthen the independence of member schools by monitoring, evaluating and influencing the policies of government and statutory bodies in such a manner that the independence of independent schools is taken into account when policies and laws are formulated.
  • The Director: Policy and Government Relations ensures that a constructive engagement with government, statutory bodies and other relevant key stakeholders is maintained. That policy implementation by government and statutory bodies (at both national and provincial levels) is monitored and, where necessary, successful redress for administrative irregularities is sought.
  • The incumbent must manage advocacy and external relations with government and other stakeholders. S/he must advise member schools on legal and policy matters as well as support schools in their interactions with education and other departments.

Within the managerial role of the Legal and Policy Department, the successful applicant will be responsible for:

  • initiating and monitoring both short-term and long-term planning and implementation with his/her staff,
  • managing staff development and performance reviews, and
  • maintaining staff morale and team work within the organisation.

As a Director of ISASA, the successful applicant will participate in all ISASA governance structures in order to contribute to an effective and sustainable ISASA.

Qualifications and Experience

Preference will be given to candidates that have a:

  • higher level tertiary qualification such as a Masters degree in an education field,
  • ten years’ experience at a professional level in education, and
  • five years senior management experience in education.

Extensive knowledge of South Africa’s educational policy framework is a pre-requisite for any candidate to be considered for this post.

Candidates should have high level computer skills in Word and Excel, excellent verbal and written communication skills, and have experience in producing and giving presentations.

Competency Requirements

  • The successful applicant should be highly persuasive and influential. They must have positive interpersonal skills which lend credibility to all interactions. S/he should be able to demonstrate personal attributes which include situational sensitivity and a responsiveness to change.
  • The incumbent should have advanced analytical and critical thinking skills with an ability to solve problems and manage conflict. S/he must be able to work independently and co-operatively as part of a team, be able to delegate, manage time effectively, and have an ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.


ISASA is an Equal Opportunity Employer, providing a competitive remuneration package. The candidate will be expected to assume duties on 1 January 2023 or as soon thereafter as possible.

Interested candidates are encouraged to submit a letter of application via email, together with their curriculum vitae (CV) and certified copies of their identity document (ID) and qualifications by Friday, 21 October 2022. Applicants must also supply details of three contactable referees and address all applications to Lebogang Montjane at

ISASA reserves the right not to proceed with the appointment should a suitable candidate not be found. Candidates who are not contacted by 30 November 2022 should consider their application unsuccessful.

Closing Date
Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa (ISASA), Houghton, Johannesburg, South Africa
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