Deputy Director: Sustainability Research and Stakeholder Management

Tracking Number: EMCM345-2014
SAP Number: To be determined
This position seeks to attract: All Categories

Division: City Sustainability
Section: Operational Matrix
Job Type Classification: Permanent

Basic Salary Scale: R396 348 – R524 808 per annum
Total Remuneration Packages: R643 965.97 - R807 600.03 per annum

Location - Depot / Town or City: N/A
Location - Province: Gauteng
Location - Country: South Africa
For Enquiries (Contact Person): Thea Louw (012 358 1226)

Appointment requirements:
An appropriate three (3) year tertiary career-related qualification (Degree or National Diploma) or equivalent qualification
Relevant work experience in the provision of policy and research support as well as stakeholder management for a City Sustainability Function
Relevant experience as a Senior Manager within a Sustainable Development Strategic Support environment
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Computer literate

Personal attributes / competencies:
Sound knowledge of the relevant legislation that govern employment practices, i.e. MFMA, EEA, SDA, BCEA and LRA, Corporate Governance; In-depth understanding of Government strategic thinking and policies in relation to human capital management and how they can practically be applied; Considerable knowledge of modern policies and practices of public personnel administration; Thorough knowledge of employee classification, compensation and benefits, recruitment, selection, and training. Principles of human resource administration; Policies, procedures, ordinances, and resolutions governing City personnel activities, conditions of employment, and employee benefits; Knowledge of and analysis of the impact of labour market conditions and socio-economic issues on recruitment and employment; Understand and interpret policies and procedures and explain them to others. Ability to efficiently and effectively administer personnel systems; Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, city officials, labour unions and the general public; Principles and practices of municipal budget preparation and administration; Ability to plan activities, goals, and objectives of staff members and the department and monitor compliance to same as dictated by Group policy; Principles and practices of project management; Business Acumen

Provision of Policy and Research support for the City Sustainability Office.
Develop sustainability education and outreach programmes and implement related initiatives.
Develop and maintain a city sustainability stakeholder database and coordinate engagements.
Participation in the processes of national local government institutions (i.e. SALGA, SACN), national government departments and other relevant agencies on city sustainability matters.

Closing date: 30 May 2014

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Questions after the interview:

At the end of an interview there is usually an opportunity where you can ask any questions you might have. This is a great opportunity to show the interviewer that you are interested in the position as well as the company. It is a good idea to prepare a few questions before the interview – this can be done while you are doing research on the company.

Your questions should show the interviewer that you are a good candidate for the position. Try and avoid questions that are based on your personal needs and preferences, for instance:

- How much leave will I get in a year?
- Will I be considered for promotion in my first year?
- When will I get an increase?
- What time can I leave in the afternoon?

These questions are inappropriate at this stage and will probably raise concerns on the side of the interviewer. Should you be the successful candidate then all these questions will be answered in your letter of appointment so don’t waste this opportunity by asking these basic questions.

If the position is an entry level job or very junior then you are welcome to ask questions in line with the position, for instance:

- Why did the previous person leave the position?
- What would the successful person be tasked to do in a typical day?
- How does this position fit into the department and / or company?
- Could you explain the company structure to me?
- Is there any further education assistance or support?

If the position is more senior then you can prepare question around the following themes:

- current issues that will face the successful candidate;
- inter-personal challenges in the department;
- any process, technology or people challenges that needs to be attended to urgently;
- key result areas that need urgent attention in the first few months;

The above information should get you started. Prepare a few questions so that you can show your worth. Good luck with your interview!
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