Dean of the Faculty of Education and International Studies (LUI)

Oslo Metropolitan University


February 28, 2022


Faculty of Education and International Studies

OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University is Norway's third largest university, with more than 20,000 students and 2,000 employees. OsloMet delivers knowledge to solve societal challenges, in close cooperation with the society and employers. OsloMet is an urban and diverse university with a clear international profile, and an attractive place to work and study with campuses in Oslo city centre and at Kjeller in the Municipality of Lillestrøm. Our location in the metropolitan area gives us good opportunities to understand and benefit from the city's diverse population.

Norway's largest teacher education and international studies environment is

looking for a new leader.

OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University, the Faculty of Education and International Studies (LUI) is looking for a new dean. OsloMet is Norway's third largest university and offers a wide range of profession-oriented study programmes and professionally relevant research. The university's teaching is based on outstanding research, development work and experience-based knowledge. We cooperate closely with businesses and public enterprises to contribute to our students' professional development and give them work experience. OsloMet offers vocational programmes that are in high demand in the labour market, and we have an extensive portfolio in research and development work for clients in the private and public sectors.

The Faculty of Education and International Studies (LUI) has around 600 employees and 7,000 students with one campus in the center of Oslo and one north of Oslo. The faculty comprises four departments and the National Centre of Multicultural Education (NAFO). The faculty educates the teachers of tomorrow, from kindergarten to upper secondary school, in close collaboration with the professional field. The faculty offers a PhD programme in educational sciences for teacher education. It also offers development studies and education in sign language and interpreting. Diversity is one of the core values underlying the faculty's activities. Its research and development work is profession-oriented, practice-based and internationally oriented.

OsloMet's strategic plan describes our profile and the university's main objectives towards 2024.

The Faculty of Education and International Studies is looking for a strategic and goal-oriented leader who can contribute to the university's ambition of becoming a leading institution in profession-oriented research, education and lifelong learning, at the regional, national and international level.

The Dean has overall responsibility for the faculty's activities within the framework adopted by the faculty board, the university board, or the Rector. The Dean is responsible for implementing decisions decided by the faculty board, the university board, or the Rector.

The faculty board is the faculty's supreme decision-making body, and it reports to the Rector via the Dean. The Dean is responsible for personnel management, the faculty's work environment and has performance responsibility.

The Dean's duties and areas of responsibility are
  • to prepare items for, and to facilitate the faculty board's work on defining goals, priorities and measures relating to the faculty's activities
  • to chair the faculty board, facilitate efficient and expedient organisation of the faculty, and contribute to raising the level of competence among the faculty's staff and managers
  • to contribute to ensuring that the university's academic activities maintain a high international quality and that innovation and dissemination are given top priority
  • to contribute to developing OsloMet and raising its profile as a leading educational and research institution in an international and multicultural society
  • to maintain contact with union representatives and the safety line as well as follow-up of the faculty's internal control and HSE
  • Qualification requirements
  • formally qualified for employment in positions which entails a completed doctorate or equivalent
  • experience with teaching, research and development work, dissemination and innovation
  • verifiable results from building a culture for education and research of high international quality
  • high-level management experience from complex knowledge organisations
  • Candidates must also have
  • expertise in financial and resource management, as well as in legislation and agreements in the public sector
  • experience of managing change processes, strategy development, implementation and financial management
  • expertise in international and national development processes and trends in higher education
  • good oral and written presentation skills in Norwegian or other Scandinavian language and English
  • We are looking for a Dean who
  • has the ability to practise good personnel- and strategic management
  • has a clear, inclusive and results-oriented leadership style, and who can identify with OsloMet's values: learning, innovative, diverse
  • promotes a good working environment, has good cooperation skills, relational skills and the ability to delegate and motivate managers and colleagues
  • is a high-profile and skilled communicator in the public debate, as well as in relation to the university's staff and students
  • It is important to OsloMet to reflect the population of our region, and all qualified candidates are welcome to apply. We make active endeavours to further develop OsloMet as an inclusive workplace and to make adaptations to the workplace where required. You are also welcome to apply for a position with us if you have had periods where you have not been in employment, education or training.

    We can offer you
  • an exciting job at Norway's third largest and most urban university
  • opportunities for professional development in an inspiring academic and research environment
  • loan and pension arrangements with the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • flexible working hours, good welfare arrangements and a wide range of sports and cultural activities
  • free Norwegian language classes to employees and their partners/spouses
  • workplace in downtown Oslo with multiple cultural offers
  • Practical information about relocation to Oslo and living in Norway

    We only consider applications submitted through our electronic recruitment system, and all documents must be uploaded for your application to be considered. The documents must be in a Scandinavian language or English. Translations must be government authorised and you will be asked to present originals if you are invited for an interview. OsloMet verifies documents to give candidates a proper evaluation and ensure fair competition. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

    The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criteria in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to OsloMet.

    Other information

    The salary for the position is in accordance with the pay scale for state employees, job code 1474. Salary is NOK 977,600–1,169,500 per year (pay grade 86–94). A higher salary may be considered for particularly well-qualified applicants. The appointment is for a fixed term of four years starting on August 1st, 2022.

    You can find the complete job description here.

    If you would like more information about the position, feel free to contact:

  • Acting Rector Nina Waaler, mobile (+47) 452 55 055, email:
  • Director of Digitalisation and Corporate Governance Asbjørn Seim, mobile (+47) 980 52 960, email:
  • You are welcome to contact Senior Consultant Gisle Roll Ludvigsen, mobile (+47) 934 68 168, or Research Manager Maria Loftheim, (+47) 482 57 231 at our recruitment partner Jefferson Wells for an informal and non-binding conversation.

    If you wish to apply for the position, you must apply electronically via our recruitment system

    Final date for applications: February 28th, 2022

    Ref: 21/12681

    OsloMet is a Charter & Code certified institution by the EU Commisson holding the right to use the logo HR Excellence in Research (HRS4R). OsloMet is a member of the EURAXESS network supporting a positive work environment for researchers in motion.

    OsloMet has signed The Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA). DORA recognizes the need to improve the ways in which the outputs of scholarly research are evaluated.

    Type of employment Fixed-term post

    Contract type Full time Number of positions 1 Working hours 100% City Oslo County Oslo Country Norway Reference number 21/12681 Contact

  • Nina Waaler, 452 55 055
  • Gisle Roll Ludvigsen , 934 68 168
  • Published 20.Jan.2022 Last application date 28.Feb.2022 11:59 PM CET

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