The Copperbelt University is a Public University established through an Act of Parliament No. 19 of 1987. The University’s core business is Teaching, Research, Innovation, Industrialisation and Consultancy as a service to the nation. The University is an equal opportunity employer and hereby invites applications from suitably qualified and experienced candidates for appointment into the University as Executive Deans for the following Schools;

  1. School of Natural Resources
  2. School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
  3. School of the Built Environment
  4. School of Engineering
  5. School of Mines and Mineral Sciences
  6. School of Business
  7. School of Humanities and Social Sciences
  8. Michael Chilufya Sata, School of Medicine
  9. School of Information and Communications Technology
  10. School of Graduate Studies

Job Purpose

The Dean of School will be responsible for provision of strategic, academic and administrative leadership in the School in line with the University’s mission and strategy.

The role will report to the Vice Chancellor.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Dean of School will:

  1. Participate in the strategic management of the institution, interpret and implement policy and ensure the achievement of strategic goals
  2. Promote the development and implementation of the School’s teaching, curricular and research programmes ensuring relevance with industry and other service users
  3. Provide appropriate quality assurance for programmes and courses offered in the School
  4. Develop and implement the strategic plan of the School with the Heads of Departments
  5. Fundraise for school programmes, projects and research by collaborating with local and international funders and grant providers
  6. Exercise budgetary control over school budgets in accordance with agreed University thresholds
  7. Carry out administrative duties of the school and ensure academic and personal welfare of both staff and students
  8. Institute quality control in the running of tests and examinations in the School
  9. Encourage and facilitate collaboration with other universities and outside institutions to ensure utilization of best practices and benchmarks
  10. Call and chair meetings of the School Board of Studies/ Board of Examiners and ensure that follow-up action is taken
  11. Following consultation with the School’s Board and Professors, make recommendation for an adequate staff complement
  12. Ensure that Heads of Departments facilitate the further development and training of academic and non-academic staff
  13. Discuss regularly with Heads of Departments their duties and ways of improving the performance of their departments
  14. Participate at any meetings of the University congruent with the post
  15. Represent the School during official functions of the University
  16. Prepare annual School reports and annual budgets
  17. Monitor the performance of all staff and prepare succession plans for the school for submission to Central Administration
  18. Authorize the School’s procurement of equipment and other requites
  19. Perform other lawful duties which may be assigned by the Vice- Chancellor from time to time

Qualifications and Experience

  1. Grade 12 School Certificate with five (5) “O” level credits or its equivalent including Mathematics and English
  2. Minimum of an earned PhD in a relevant field commensurate with the School of interest
  3. Candidates must be senior members of the academic staff with at least five (5) years post qualification experience in teaching and research in a higher education institution

Required Attributes and Skills

  1. Self-motivated individual with excellent analytical skills
  2. Excellent communication and report writing skills
  3. Ability to write for and raise funds from philanthropy
  4. Ability to relate well with industry
  5. Strong leadership and problem solving skills
  6. Ability to work with staff from different ranks, academic and non-academic


  • A team player with ability to work in multi-disciplinary team

Salary Scale / Tenure

This is a Senior Management position in the Salary scale MGT 05. Appointment into this position is on a three (3) year contract renewable based on performance.

Individuals meeting the above requirements should submit their application letters, accompanied by detailed curriculum vitae with photocopies of academic and professional certificates. Applicants are to include three (03) names and addresses of referees, two of whom should be professionally acquainted with the applicant. Applications should be sent to the undersigned not later than 12th March, 2021. Electronic applications should be emailed to: 

The Registrar           

Copperbelt University

Jambo Drive, Riverside

P O Box 21692