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.

Tours liaison administrator
University Support Staff (AD13)


This position will suit applicants with a passion for arts education, good verbal communications and organisational skills. The incumbent will conduct all the necessary administration required for school groups, public tours, outreach programmes, educator workshops and docent (museum guide) schedules that are essential to the museum’s tour programme. This will result in a growth in group engagement and lead to a better appreciation for the museum and its collections.

Key Responsibilities

  • Coordinating all WAM tours and outreach programmes.
  • Enhancing existing connections between WAM and school educators and NGOs as well as developing new relationships.
  • Coordinating the schedule for museum docents (volunteer guides).


  • A minimum of a Matric certificate
  • 1 to 2 years work experience in the field of Museums/Fine Art/Art History/ Education/ Tourism/ Heritage Studies or the relevant equivalent.
  • Some experience with budgeting and report writing and competency in MS Office particularly Excel, Word, and Outlook.
  • Attention to detail, systematic working habits, perseverance, patience
  • A friendly, and confident telephone manner.
  • The ability to speak a minimum of 2 African languages in addition to English.


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, contracted post beginning with a 6 month probation. This post is sponsored by Merrill Lynch (SA) as part of a 3 year contract supporting the Wits Art Museum Education Programme. Hours: 08h30 – 12h30.

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 position 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.