Training & Academic Manager

Zambia Institute of Mass Communication - Lusaka, Lusaka

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Training & Academic Manager

The Training and Academic Manager provides overall administrative leadership for all academic matters oversees new program development and approval, assures program quality, educational methods and delivery, accreditation, assessment and evaluation of students, faculty, and programs. The incumbent also oversees faculty development, and policy development and implementation.

The Training and Academic Manager is a key member of the institute’s support team. The incumbent is expected to regularly collaborate on projects with students, faculty, heads of units and departments and other Senior Staff.


Specific duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Leadership for developing and maintaining educational programs of exceptional quality at all levels:

  • Collaboration with lecturers at all levels, heads of units and departments, Managers, and other Senior Staff to foster a climate of academic excellence, collaboration, and interdisciplinary initiatives
  • Regularly evaluating academic and professional programs including developing and assessing measures of unit effectiveness
  • Collaboration with faculty, heads of units and departments, Managers, and other Senior Staff to assess needs and develop proposals for new programs
  • Regularly evaluating instruction, including assessing needs for faculty development and instructional support
  • Overseeing and providing support for all relevant program accreditation, attending to regulatory affairs, ensuring unit effectiveness and providing support for periodic program reviews required by the institute and/or regulatory and accreditation agencies

Leadership and oversight of student recruitment, admissions, and academic success:

  • Implementing and overseeing recruitment and retention strategies for academic and professional programs
  • Ensuring that admissions policies and practices conform to best practices, internal policies and regulatory requirements
  • Collaborating with faculty, heads of units and departments, Managers, and other Senior Staff to develop and promote policies and programs that support academic and professional development of students including student and alumni and tracer surveys and feedback assessment
  • Supporting departments and the unit in implementing routine assessments of alumni and employers to provide feedback for curriculum planning, program assessment and review
  • Developing and maintaining effective communication on academic matters within and outside the institute and contributing to the development and production of publications and marketing material

Academic Administration and Accountability:

  • Preparing periodic reports and scorecard metrics for academic affairs and faculty development for management, the board, cooperating partners and other stakeholders
  • Managing staff, and other office functions
  • Advising senior management on all academic affairs
  • Developing and monitoring the institute’s academic calendar, and overseeing the planning of academic events (student induction, graduation ceremonies, etc.)
  • Performing other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the supervisor


  • Full grade 12 Certificate and undergraduate degree in Journalism or in Education or in one of the disciplines represented within the Institute or in a closely related field and have distinguished record of achievement in the areas of research, teaching and service
  • Prior administrative experience at or above the level of program coordinator, unit/department head, etc.
  • Track record of Academic leadership, including innovative ideas for bringing about systemic change in complex environments; goal setting and project management, academic assessment and strategic planning
  • Track record of excellence in teaching scholarly/creative achievement and service
  • Effective interpersonal skills and a collaborative approach to working with superiors, peers, staff direct reports, students and cooperating partners
  • Experience in curriculum and program development, innovative teaching and assessment methods, instructional design for various settings, the uses and applications of new technologies and a positive record of teaching, research, and service in higher education
  • Experience with designing and/or implementing distance learning programs and progressive applications of instructional technology
  • Experience in leading and/or contributing to accreditation, assessment, and accountability efforts in a program, department, and institution of higher learning
  • Management of numerous, complex and high accountability tasks in a timely manner with demonstrated leadership and problem solving skills
  • Ability to effectively lead groups comprising representatives of diverse academic programs
  • Effective communicator, inclusive and approachable
    Commitment to ZAMCOM’s mission, vision and values


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4 Years
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