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Vacancy : Assistant Director SIHL

Vacancy : Assistant Director SIHL



Abouts Us:

Sarvodaya Institute of Higher Learning (SIHL) is an independent legal entity of the Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement and serves as its higher learning arm. Rooted in the principles of social justice, sustainability, and community, SIHL is dedicated to nurturing leaders and change-makers who are equipped to address the complex challenges felt at the community, national and global spheres. Chaired by a Director General and an independent Board of Directors, SIHL offers innovative and alternative academic programmes that integrate theory and practice, fostering holistic development and empowering participants to become catalysts for positive change in their communities and beyond.

Job Title: Assistant Director : Sarvodaya Institute of Higher Learning

Location: Based at Sarvodaya Headquarters, #98, Rawatawatte Road, Moratuwa with regular visits to Sarvodaya Institute of Higher Learning – Main Campus, Aluthgama, Bandaragama

Overview: SIHL is seeking a dynamic Assistant Director to join a growing team, that aims to spearhead innovative educational opportunities. The Assistant Director will play a focal role in advancing the Institute’s mission of providing quality higher learning rooted in the values of community, social responsibility, sustainability, and leadership.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Strategic Leadership: Collaborate with the Senior Management Team to develop and implement strategic initiatives that align with the Institute’s purpose and mission.
  • Academic Excellence: Manage the design, development, and delivery of innovative academic programmes that integrate theoretical knowledge with practical skills and promote holistic development.
  • Faculty and Staff Development: Provide mentorship and support to faculty and staff, fostering a culture of continuous learning, collaboration, and professional growth.
  • Student Engagement: Ability to conduct learning interactions and cultivate a supportive learning environment that encourages critical thinking, creativity, and active citizenship among students.
  • Stakeholder Engagement: Forge partnerships with development partners, government agencies and stakeholders to enhance experiential learning opportunities and address social issues through research, outreach and learning programmes.
  • Resource Mobilization: Collaborate with fundraising teams to secure funding and resources for scholarships and research grants.
  • Administrative Oversight: Ensure efficient operations and compliance with regulatory standards, including budget management, accreditation, and reporting requirements.


  • MSc / MA in Development, Education Management, or strongly related Social Sciences from a recognised local or overseas University.
  • Minimum 06 years of experience in community development (education desirable) / educational leadership, preferably in a community development organisation or higher education institution.
  • Demonstrated commitment to Sarvodaya philosophy and social transformation along with a track record of volunteership.
  • Proven track record of institutional leadership, strategic planning, programme development and the ability to engage with a spectrum of stakeholders both local and international.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to inspire and motivate diverse stakeholders, including faculty, staff, students, and community members.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written in Sinhala/Tamil and English. Trilingual desirable.
  • Experience in budgeting, fundraising, grant writing and financial management.

Tenure and Remuneration: Fulltime, three-year contract with a six-month probationary period, with the potential to transition into permanent employment with professional development opportunities. Salary negotiable and commensurate with experience and qualifications.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should send their applications via email to jobs@sihl.edu.lk, along with a cover letter, CV, contact information of three close professional references (references will be checked) along with digital copies of master’s certificate and transcripts. The files should be in PDF format, renamed with candidate’s name. Please indicate “Assistant Director YM2024” in the subject line of email. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews. Deadline for applications Monday, 20 MAY 2024, 1300hrs.