University leadership and University Services, University of Eastern Finland, leadership

The University of Eastern Finland is seeking a Vice Rector, who is able to create a motivated, inspiring, and participatory community culture, to lead the university’s multidisciplinary and international education activities for a five-year term of office beginning on 1 January 2025. 

Applicants for the post of Vice Rector for Education are expected to have

  • extensive knowledge of the higher education sector, as well as insight and experience of university leadership and development, in particular in relation to education
  • the ability to further strengthen the university’s national and international position in education 
  • diverse interaction, networking and cooperation skills
  • extensive cooperation networks with the various stakeholders of the university
  • visions that enhance the attractiveness of the university.

The Board of the University of Eastern Finland will appoint the Vice Rector for the term of office that begins on 1 January 2025 and ends on 31 December 2029. The person to be appointed as the university’s Vice Rector is required to hold a doctoral degree and have the skills and professional competencies needed in the performance of the Vice Rector’s duties, as well as good leadership skills, which have been demonstrated in practice.

The Rector will lead the university in accordance with its values and strategy, and will manage the duties assigned to the rector in the Universities Act. The Vice Rectors shall be responsible for research and education. The Rector shall decide on the more detailed division of duties and substitution arrangements of the Rectors in cooperation with the Vice Rectors. 

Our university is a diverse working and studying environment, where inclusion and equality are promoted. We welcome applications regardless of age, gender, cultural background and nationality.

Further information: Lea Ryynänen-Karjalainen, Chair of the UEF Board, tel. +358 50 337 8712 

Board of the University of Eastern Finland, 22 March 2024

How to apply

Submit your application by using our electronic application form no later than 19 April 2024 by 24:00 (midnight) Finnish time (UTC+3). The application must be accompanied with a CV and a motivation letter.

Target schedule for the recruitment

25 April 2024 Decision on the applicants to be invited to an interview 
16 May 2024  Board meeting: 1st round of interviews
27 May 2024  General hearing of the university community regarding the top candidates on the Kuopio campus 
28 May 2024  General hearing of the university community regarding the top candidates on the Joensuu campus
12 June 2024 Board meeting: 2nd round of interviews 
13 June 2024 Decision on the new Vice Rectors   

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Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Joensuu, Kuopio
Country Finland
Reference number 2167/01.01.04/2024
Published 23.Mar.2024
Last application date 19.Apr.2024

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