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Regional Director: KZN Region


ISASA invites applications for the position of


ISASA is Southern Africa’s largest and oldest association of independent (private) schools, with a growing membership of more than 850 schools. It serves a broad range of different socio-economic and cultural communities, religious affiliations, philosophical approaches and education levels. All ISASA member schools are quality assured for membership and commit to a code of ethical conduct.

On a part-time basis, ISASA Regional Directors provide “on the ground” support to Heads, Bursars and Governors of ISASA member schools on key school issues and government policies affecting independent education. For most ISASA schools – and aspirant member schools – the ISASA Regional Directors are the first and primary point of contact between the school and ISASA. Regional Directors communicate with, support and visit all the schools in their regions at least once per year. Regional Directors are also instrumental in introducing new schools into ISASA membership.

Regional Directors report directly to the Director: Membership and Programmes, and indirectly to the Executive Director. As a part of the role requires some familiarity with the educational regulatory system for independent schools, the incumbent will also have a reporting line to the Director: Policy and Government Relations.

The successful applicant will have:

Essential Qualifications and Experience:

  • Tertiary educational qualification.
  • At least 5 years’ experience as head/deputy head of an educational institution.
  • Broad-based knowledge of the education sector.
  • A relevant level of understanding of South Africa’s political, economic and social context.

Preferred Experience:

  • Service to ISASA as a regional office bearer.
  • Experience as a head in different types of educational institutions.
  • Experience in stakeholder and government relations.
  • Understanding of educational policy issues relating to independent education.

Skills and Attributes:

  • Competent level of Information Technology proficiency (Word, Excel, Internet Use).
  • Positive interpersonal skills.
  • Effective relationship-building skills.
  • Good written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong planning, organising and time management skills.
  • Ability to work both in a team and independently, and under pressure.
  • Self-motivated, innovative and proactive.
  • High level of integrity.
  • High energy levels.
  • A willingness to adapt to and keep abreast of change.
  • A growth mind-set.
  • Able to be held accountable, in a constructive manner, to the ISASA Management Committee.

Key Performance Areas:

  • Providing local and regional support to member schools.
  • Engaging with the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Education Department on policy issues affecting members.
  • Liaising with ISASA staff, Regional Chairs and office-bearers, as well as Heads (Southern African Heads of Independent Schools Association (SAHISA)) and Bursars (Southern African Bursars of Independent Schools Association (SABISA)) associations.
  • Promoting ISASA and its services among members.
  • Advocate for the ISASA brand and its values.
  • Recruiting and appraising potential members.

The appointment is planned for 1 February 2022.

The remuneration package is competitive and negotiable in line with the successful applicant’s skills and experience.

Bearing in mind the association’s goals and values, potential candidates should write a one-page letter of application and motivation to accompany their curriculum vitae (CV).

The closing date for the letter of application, with a full CV and the particulars of three referees, is 4 October 2021. Applications should be emailed at The subject line must clearly state which position is being applied for.

ISASA reserves the right not to make an appointment and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

ISASA, in line with POPIA (Protection of Personal Information Act) will attempt to ensure the confidentiality of all applicants for this role. All reasonable measures will be in place to protect personal information but will be used in the recruitment, selection, and reporting process. By submitting your application for this position, you are recognising and accepting this disclaimer.

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ISASA, 16 St David Road, Houghton, Johannesburg
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