Head of the Department of Journalism and Media Studies

Oslo Metropolitan University


August 10, 2021


Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Journalism and Media Studies

OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University is one of Norway's largest universities, 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 center 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.

Faculty of Social Sciences offers study programmes within archivistics, library and information science, journalism and media studies, social work, social policy and child welfare, public management and business.

The faculty has about 4200 students and nearly 280 members of staff.

The Department of Journalism and Media Studies has approximately 450 students and 30 employees. Study programmes and research are closely connected and exhibit our international profile.

The Department of Journalism and Media Studies announces a vacancy for the Head of Department. The position is a fixed-term position for the period 01.01.2022 - 31.12.2026, with the opportunity to apply for the same position twice more for fixed terms of four years.

The Department offers Bachelor's studies in Photojournalism, Journalism as well as Media and Communication. These are in addition to a Master's program in Media Development (with fields of study in Journalism, Media and Communication, and Non-fiction). The Department is located in Oslo, with 34 employees and approximately 435 students. The Department has an active research environment with five research groups.

Read more about the Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Journalism and Media Studies here.

Area of responsibility

The Head of Department is the principle academic and administrative head of the department. This entails responsibility for results for education, research, development work, continuing and further education, and dissemination. The Head of Department has personnel responsibility for the Department's employees, and budget and profit responsibility for the Department's finances. The Head of Department is a member of the faculty's management group and reports to the Dean. The Head of Department is required to attend regular meetings with faculty, staff and students. The faculty administration, which is headed by the Faculty Director, supports the Head of Department in administrative work.

The education sector is changing significantly, and the position requires that you have the ability to carry out professional renewal, strategic planning and development based on society's needs. As part of the Dean's management team, you will contribute to the development of a faculty with great ambitions. We want you who want to be a professional driving force at our university.

Qualifications and conditions

You must have

Formal competence is required for appointment to a scientific position (preferably a doctorate or equivalent) at the university, and first-hand experience with teaching, research and development work.

Furthermore, it is required to have:

  • management experience from teaching or research activities
  • experience from research and education in journalism, media studies or equivalent.
  • good understanding of financial management and personnel management
  • that you are professionally strong
  • ability for strategic management
  • good oral and written presentation skills in Norwegian or another Scandinavian language, as well as English
  • It's an advantage if you have

  • experience from the field of practice and networks in the industry
  • ability to change and adapt
  • a motivating, inclusive and results-oriented leadership style
  • ability to be present in meetings with others
  • ability to collaborate and build relationships internally and externally
  • ability to be a visible and skilled communicator.
  • We offer you

  • the opportunity to lead a department with great ambitions
  • an inspiring and strong professional environment
  • participation in leadership development programs
  • opportunity for professional development and activity
  • beneficial pension arrangements with the Norwegian State Pension Fund
  • good employee welfare arrangements
  • Free Norwegian classes to employees
  • Practical information about relocation to Oslo and living in Norway

    You must upload all of the documents certificates and diplomas. The documents must be in English or a Scandinavian language. Translations must be authorized. Original documents and a valid passport must be presented if you are invited for an interview. OsloMet performs document inspections in order to give you as a candidate a proper evaluation and ensure fair competition.

    If you have documents that cannot be uploaded electronically, please contact hanne.landen@oslomet.no

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

  • Dean, Oddgeir Osland +47 67 23 53 26/979 86 521
  • Faculty Director, Trine Ellekjær +47 67 23 80 74/934 26 831
  • Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered.

    Other information

    The salary for the position is in accordance with the pay scale for Norwegian state employees, job title Head of Department (instituttleder) and position code 1475. Salary NOK 768 500 – 910 000 annually, state wage scale 78 – 84. A higher salary may be considered for particularly well qualified applicants. Law deducts 2% of the salary to the State Pension Fund.

    According to the Norwegian Freedom and Information Act (Offentleglova) your name may be published on the public applicant list even if you have requested non-disclosure. You will in this case be contacted before your name is published.

    If you wish to apply for the position, please apply electronically by clicking the button at the bottom of the page.

    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 (4 years)

    Contract type Full time First day of employment 01.01.2022 Salary 768 500 - 910 000 Number of positions 1 Working hours 100 % City Oslo County Oslo Country Norway Reference number 21/05814 Contact

  • Oddgeir Osland, +47 67 23 53 26/979 86 521
  • Trine Ellekjær, +47 67 23 80 74/934 26 831
  • Published 10.Jun.2021 Last application date 10.Aug.2021 11:59 PM CET

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