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OPEN POSITIONS Head of Unit for Fine Arts and Crafts

Employment type: Temporary employment, five years
Extent: 100 % 
Placing: Akademin Valand, Gothenburg
Last date for applications: 07-03-2019
Start: Soonest possible

In January 2020, Valand Academy and the Academy of Design and Crafts (HDK) at the University of Gothenburg will merge to form a completely new Department of Fine Arts and Design. We are now seeking a visionary Head of Unit to lead the new Unit for Fine Arts and Crafts and develop cooperation between the two subject areas.

Over the next few years, the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts will implement a change project with the aim of creating an attractive work, education and research environment for future students, employees and collaboration partners. When Valand Academy and HDK merge in 2020 and form a new Department of Fine Arts and Design, a new Unit for Fine Arts and Crafts will be formed from the current Unit for Fine Arts within Valand Academy and the Unit for Arts and Crafts, currently within HDK.

Valand Academy and HDK are currently seeking a Head of Unit to lead the Unit for Fine Arts and – from January 2020 – the new merged Unit for Fine Arts and Crafts. As Head of Unit, you will play a key role developing and managing the unit before, during and after the merger.

Read more about the change project Konst 2025 (in Swedish only) on the Faculty of Fine Applied and Performing Arts website


The focus of this position will be on developing and managing the unit through the merger and through the change project Konst 2025. The tasks of the Head of Unit include: driving the change and development projects; participating in the management team, managing and supporting the teaching staff; and coordinating the activities of the Unit with the rest of the University and with external collaboration partners.

From 2020, the Head of Unit will have delegated human resources and budget responsibilities for approximately 30 employees (teachers, researchers, doctoral students and teaching assistants) at the new Unit for Fine Arts and Crafts. Management is planned to constitute 80% and skills development 20% (both % as full-time meaning 100%).

During 2019, the management portion of this position will be 55% of full-time. The remaining time will be allocated as 20% of full-time for skills development and 25% for other tasks. The staff consists of approximately 15 full-time and part-time employees.


This position demands experience of and a demonstrated ability to manage staff and activities and to successfully drive change processes. In addition, it requires experience of developing and delivering artistic or curatorial projects and experience of teaching and developing programmes of study, including course content and forms of examination.

Applicant assessment criteria

Special emphasis will be placed on managerial experience and a documented ability to manage staff and activities and the ability to successfully drive change processes.

Emphasis will be placed on teaching skills and artistic skills, where the following criteria in particular will be taken into account:

  • Documented experience of developing and delivering artistic and/or curatorial projects
  • The ability to manage and facilitate collaboration and group processes involving the arts and artists
  • Documented experience of teaching in higher education contexts and experience in developing programmes of study, course content and forms of examination
  • Experience in developing programmes of study in interdisciplinary contexts

In addition, the personal suitability and administrative capacity of the applicant will be taken into account in assessing the appropriatness of the applicant for the position.

The University environment is primarily Swedish-speaking, but the Unit for Fine Arts is in part international, which means you will need to be able to lead others and communicate in Swedish/Scandinavian and English, orally and in writing. If you do not speak Swedish, Swedish language courses will be offered to you.

If you have not completed a course of study in higher education teaching and learning, you will be expected to complete such a course or alternatively to validate equivalent skills that you may have.


The position is a fixed-term appointment for five years with the possibility of extending for a further five years. The title of the position is Lecturer in Artistic Practice. The University of Gothenburg allows you to seek promotion.

The position is located at Valand Academy during 2019 and thereafter at the new Department from 2020.

Appointment procedure

Apply for this position via the University of Gothenburg recruitment portal by clicking on the "Apply" button.

As an applicant, you are responsible for ensuring that your application is complete in accordance with the job advertisement and that the University receives your application no later than on the last date for applications. Any publications, written works, etc., that cannot be attached digitally can be sent by mail in triplicate citing the reference number to:
University of Gothenburg

Therese Vestlund
Valand Academy
Box 132
SE-405 30 Gothenburg

Those who review applications and interview applicants may come from different countries which means that, as required, applications will be translated. The selection process may include interviews, tests and verification of references provided.

Contact details for the position

Troels Degn Johansson

Therese Vestlund, personalhandläggare

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Last date for applications 07-03-2019. 


About us


Together with the Academy of Music and Drama, Valand Academy and the Academy of Design and Crafts (HDK) form Scandinavia’s biggest Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts, offering a uniquely broad artistic education and research. These departments are centrally located in Gothenburg and collaborate closely with actors in the local and regional cultural life as well as having a wide-ranging international network and many international collaboration partners. Read more about Valand Academy and HDK on their respective websites.


The University of Gothenburg tackles society’s challenges with diverse knowledge. 38 000 students and 6 000 employees make the university a large and inspiring place to work and study. Strong research and attractive study programmes attract scientists and students from around the world. With new knowledge and new perspectives, the University contributes to a better future.

In connection to this recruitment, we have already decided which recruitment channels we should use. We therefore decline further contact with vendors, recruitment and staffing companies.

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