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Senior School Deputy Head: Transformation and Diversity


“If she believes in herself…she will fly”

Established in 1879, St Mary’s Diocesan School for Girls is an independent Anglican School situated in Hillcrest, Pretoria. The school prides itself in achieving a balance between spiritual, moral, academic, cultural and physical development of its learners and enjoys an excellent reputation, nationally and internationally. We provide a caring, unique and dynamic educational environment for day scholars from Grade 0 to Grade 12 and boarders from Grade 5 to Grade 12.

Applications are invited for this new position available from January 2021:


The purpose of this role is to lead the transformation and diversity initiatives and design and develop practices, policies, programmes and curriculum materials that create a culture that embraces diversity and inclusion. This school executive position will ensure that St Mary’s DSG remains committed to the implementation of the DSG Transformation Strategy and the core focus of ‘Investing in and celebrating our diversity.’

The successful applicant will lead the transformation and diversity portfolio at St Mary’s Diocesan School for Girls, in collaboration with the Junior School Head of Transformation and Diversity and will report to the Head of School. She/he must have an unequivocal commitment to the evolving vision of the School and to the strategic intent of transforming the school in all aspects. In addition, the successful candidate must have a strong commitment to upholding the values and ethos of St Mary’s DSG and to working within the school’s traditions.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop and manage a school integrated programme for transformation and diversity that will have buy-in from all stakeholders and advance the school’s strategic priorities.
  • Lead transformation and diversity initiatives, creating and developing practices, policies, programmes, curriculum and training materials.
  • Evaluate, design, resource and implement interventions targeting specific transformation development objectives
  • Develop metrics for measuring, monitoring and reporting on the effectiveness of transformation and diversity initiatives.
  • Build and maintain long-term and trusted relationships between the School, parents, students and other key stakeholders.
  • Communicate effectively to all stakeholders on the progress and process of transformation and diversity.
  • Represent the school on topics of transformation and diversity to individual stakeholders and representative bodies.
  • Review the employment equity planning for staff appointments and assist the Head of School in monitoring progress and achieving the committed targets.
  • Play a key role in Transformation and Diversity, and Employment Equity Committees.
  • Design and implement change management strategies.
  • Supervise the work of external experts/consultants.

Qualifications/special skills

  • Academic qualifications and training: Relevant tertiary qualification, coupled with experience in educational management roles.
  • Experience: Minimum of five years experience in implementing transformation, diversity and inclusion initiatives.
  • Experience in developing curricula and keen interest in teaching an academic subject would be an advantage.

Functional Competencies:

  • Proven strategic and decisive leadership ability.
  • Demonstrated understanding of transformation, diversity and inclusion challenges facing independent education.
  • Demonstrated ability to make effective decisions and bring consensus and/or alignment across a broad and diverse range of stakeholders.
  • Policy formulation skills.
  • Excellent written, facilitation and oral communications skills effective with a broad and diverse audience.
  • Excellent listening, empathy and diplomatic skills to deal with complex challenges and concerns.
  • Ability to balance broad strategic thinking with attention to detail, having a creative, imaginative and positive approach to problem-solving.
  • Proven ability to think creatively and critically, while dealing with ambiguity and managing multiple tasks and changing priorities.
  • Required gravitas to represent the school on public occasions.
  • Willing to contribute to the wider life at the School, with the ability, skills and experience to become actively involved in the School’s co-curricular activities.
  • Willing to support, promote and work within the Anglican ethos of the School
  • Excellent computer skills especially Word, Excel and Power Point.


  • Market related Cost to Company
  • Medical Aid and Pension

St Mary’s Diocesan School for Girls is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to equality, employment equity and diversity. We encourage applicants from the previously disadvantaged groups and people with disabilities, to apply.

In applying for this post, please attach:

  • A comprehensive CV
  • A motivational letter
  • Names, e-mail addresses and telephone details of three referees whom we have permission to contact

All candidates agree to undergo verification of personal credentials, illicit Crim. Check and Credit Checks.

CVs that do not speak to the position directly will not be accepted.

No application will be considered after the closing date

St Mary’s Diocesan School for Girls reserves the right to not fill the advertised positions.

Please clearly mark the position you are applying for and forward your CV to the HR Manager, Mrs. Charmaine De Jong via e-mail. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. If you had not heard from us in 3 weeks, your application will have been unsuccessful. An Application in itself does not guarantee an Interview.


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