Uniarts Helsinki is an open meeting place for the arts – an ambitious university community for bold reformers and experts in tradition. We cultivate a unique environment that helps artists grow and strengthens the power of art as a driver of change. Uniarts Helsinki is among the leading performing arts universities in the world, and it is comprised of the Academy of Fine Arts, Sibelius Academy and Theatre Academy. We have about 2,000 students, 60 professors and 700 full-time equivalent employees. 

Uniarts Helsinki’s Academy of Fine Arts is an international community. It offers high-quality teaching in contemporary art and is a pioneer in artistic research. The Academy of Fine Arts has educated visual artists since 1848. 

The University of the Arts Helsinki (Uniarts Helsinki) is recruiting a


to manage the internationally esteemed Academy of Fine Arts, known as a pioneer in artistic research, on a five-year term starting on 1 August 2020.

Uniarts Helsinki aspires to be a socially active contributor with a strong identity and a wide international appeal. We believe that art creates the future, and our goal is to highlight the impact that art can have on the success, culture and wellbeing of a society. The dean of the Academy of Fine Arts will have a key role in this work.

You will ensure the execution of Uniarts Helsinki’s strategy within the Academy of Fine Arts and manage the academy, especially its academic, artistic and pedagogical activities. You will be in charge of creating, monitoring and executing the academy’s operational and financial plan. You will work under the supervision of Uniarts Helsinki’s rector and as a member of the university’s executive group. You may also have university-level duties and responsibilities.

You are the person we are looking for if you have a strong expertise in fine arts and are familiar with the university world as a work environment. You have merits in artistic, scientific and pedagogical activities, good interaction and negotiation skills and an inspiring leadership style. You are capable of working as a bridge-builder and understand the significance of cooperation across artistic disciplines. You have sufficient language skills to work both inside and outside of Finland. Your central qualities include a well-rounded management experience, versatile and profound knowledge of fine arts, ability to listen to the community and make its members feel included, and competence to develop university-level teaching and research in fine arts.

You have a master’s degree suited for the position; a doctoral degree is considered an advantage. 

The dean’s position is full-time. The terms of the employment relationship are to be negotiated with the rector and determined in a separate contract.

Save your application in our recruitment system on 13 April 2020 at the latest. Send your application along with your curriculum vitae, salary request and vision for how you would develop the Academy of Fine Arts and the field of fine arts as part of Uniarts Helsinki.

In addition to the public recruitment process, candidates may also be headhunted. Uniarts Helsinki reserves the right to extend the application period and to consider applicants who have not submitted their application within the application period.

Further information on the position is given by Rector Jari Perkiömäki, tel. 050 384 3454.