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.

We are recruiting a visionary and inspiring 


to manage the most unique university in Finland and to execute our new strategy on a five-year term starting on 1 December 2020.

The University of the Arts Helsinki (Uniarts Helsinki) strives 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. You, as a rector, will have a significant role in fulfilling this aim. You will be supported by an organisation with long-running traditions.

Our future rector is a visionary leader with a profound understanding of the arts and familiarity with the university world as a work environment. You are an energising, inspiring, open and cooperative bridge-builder within the university community and in your cooperation with Finnish and international partners. You have sufficient language skills to work both inside and outside of Finland. You are an open-minded proponent for the arts, a social commentator and a bold figurehead for the university. You are capable of executing change in an expert organisation. Diverse management experience, cooperation skills and the ability to listen to the community are some of your valued qualities. We also expect you to have a master’s degree suited for the position; a doctoral degree is considered an advantage. 

Send your application, along with your curriculum vitae and salary request, by 1 April 2020 at with the reference number FI-14956.

To learn more about the position, please contact Chair of the University Board Heikki Lehtonen ( ) or Mercuri Urval consultant Seija Malmi, tel. 040 522 5330.

Uniarts Helsinki Regulations (official qualification requirements)