5 Core Gallery Kentridge-400x266


18 June 2018


Opportunity Description

A leading museum on the African continent, Wits Art Museum is home to an extraordinary collection of 12 000 historical and contemporary African artworks. WAM contributes to the university’s core mission through teaching and research in relation to exhibitions and collections. Open to the public weekly, with no entrance fee, WAM hosts 10-12 exhibitions per year accompanied by an interactive public programme with the intention of encouraging audiences to make their own connections and meanings, express their multiple views and voices, gain value as contributors to the space, and actively participate in the dialogue that surrounds the Arts of Africa.

Tertiary Programme Coordinator
University Support Staff (AD10)


The purpose of the position is to encourage and facilitate the use of the museum, its collections and exhibitions for tertiary teaching and research across a wide range of disciplines. An understanding of and passion for the role of museums in education is thus essential.

Key Responsibilities

  • Facilitate storeroom visits for tertiary students and staff;
  • Respond to queries from researchers that pertain to the collections; and operate the museum’s collections database.


  • A minimum of a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in Art History/Fine Art and Culture and Heritage Studies/Museum Studies with experience in museum work and/or two years related experience or an equivalent thereof.
  • Classical and/or contemporary African art knowledge.
  • Familiarity with the complex issues pertaining to history of art on the continent, as well as object-based research experience.
  • Confidence, patience and flexibility to work with academics and students in order to co-create relevant, innovative and high-quality learning experiences.
  • Receptive to feedback, a pro-active team player, and willing to learn, as well as friendly and co-operative.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, project management and reporting skill.


As a committed member of staff the successful candidate will also be expected to attend after-hours programming at the museum.

Time Commitment:

Part-time (50%), 3 year, contract post beginning with a 6-month probation, beginning 1 July. This post is sponsored by Merrill Lynch (SA) as part of a 3 year contract supporting the Wits Art Museum Education Programme. Hours: 20 hours a week to coincide with museum needs.

This position is based in Johannesburg, Gauteng.

How to Apply

For more information on this position, please contact Leigh Leyde at 011 717 1378

To Apply, please submit a covering letter explicitly addressing your motivation for this positon as well as a full CV with names, addresses, contacts and email addresses of three contactable referees.

External applicants are invited to apply, by registering their profile on the Wits i-recruitment platform located at https://irec.wits.ac.za and submitting their application. Internal employees are invited to apply directly on Oracle by following the path: iWits /Self Service application/”Apply for a job”

The University is committed to employment equity. Preference may be given to appointable applicants from the underrepresented designated groups in terms of the relevant employment equity plans and policies of the University. The University retains the right not to make an appointment and to verify all information provided by candidates.

Please note that correspondence will only be entered into with shortlisted candidates. The University reserves the right not to make an appointment or to re-advertise.