Head of the Department of Journalism and Media Studies

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 SciencesDepartment 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.