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School of Business seeks a new Dean

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At Aalto University School of Business (Aalto BIZ), we educate experts and leaders for the future. Educating visionary game changers is at the heart of our teaching. We also contribute to society through impactful research, long-term partnerships and engagement with societal challenges. We are one of the leading business schools in Europe working for better business and a better society.

Aalto University School of Business is the first Nordic business school to receive all three marks of excellence from the leading business school accreditation bodies: AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS. This Triple Crown status is an honour only a few business schools worldwide hold. Our aim is to be among the very best comprehensive business schools in Europe and the leading business school in the Nordic region.

Our beautiful new premises at the University’s main campus at Otaniemi in Espoo, offer an excellent learning and research environment, which strengthens the School of Business’ position as a top international business school. Aalto University´s Otaniemi campus is a unique centre of collaboration where science and art, technology and business combine.

We now seek a new Dean to build on our accomplishments and empower our community towards increased excellence in academic and societal impact. The position is a fixed-term for 5 years with the possibility of renewal for a second five-year term. The Dean reports to Provost.

Your goals

As our Dean, you will lead and manage activities at the School and ensure steady progress towards high-ranking international excellence and influence in our constituent fields. In the coming years, you will be a key contributor in further raising the impact and international profile of the School. You manifest the drive and capacity to lead the School towards our ambitions, as well as promote Aalto University’s common goals.

In this role, you will:

  • lead and manage all School operations with ambitious vision, clear strategy, well communicated goals and most importantly, active collaboration and dialogue
  • inspire the School’s personnel to excel and thrive
  • provide academic leadership and ensure excellence in both research and pedagogy
  • contribute actively to fundraising efforts and fulfill the School’s fundraising potential
  • nurture mutually rewarding relationships with key stakeholders, including business leaders, policy makers, School alumni, both nationally and internationally
  • manage the school operating plan and budget and allocate resources to secure the School’s goals
  • administer personnel and degree related matters such as proposing, appointing and hiring personnel, admitting students and awarding degrees, and
  • fulfill other duties assigned by the Board, the President, and in accordance with the School’s bylaws.

You lead the School organization of approximately 80 professors (tenure track) and over 300 other scholars and professionals as well as actively engage with the other Schools and the entire Aalto community. You lead the School Management Team and act as the Chair of the School Academic Affairs Committee. As a member of the University’s top leadership team, you work to engage and inspire the community and contribute to University-wide goals.

Your experience and skills

To succeed, you have a doctoral degree in a relevant field and an excellent academic track record. Moreover, you have strong academic experience in one of the fields represented by the School. Your experience in managing, leading and inspiring academic communities either as Dean, Vice Dean, Department Head or in an equivalent management position is strong. Understanding Aalto´s unique profile combining art and design, business and cutting edge technology, you are committed to promoting multidisciplinarity. Your leadership, motivational and inspirational skills are excellent. You are an enabling and visionary leader with willingness to give people freedom to excel while working toward a shared vision.

As an accomplished scholar, you have broad international networks relevant to our field. You communicate fluently in English within our international and multicultural working environment. Knowledge of Finnish is an asset, but not necessary.

Your passion and ambitions

As a strategic thinker, you can paint the big picture and build common awareness of the vision for our School. We value your communication, interaction and collaboration skills in leading our diverse academic community. In addition, you are committed to promoting cross-disciplinary thinking across the University. You foster excellent relations with Aalto’s schools, student bodies and other internal and external stakeholders. As an open-minded and inclusive person, you embrace the values of diversity and equality. You have a high level of ambition and integrity, and strong motivation to paving our way towards the top of our fields.

Join us to shape the future!

To apply, please send your CV and a motivation letter as separate attachments, in English. Send your application materials by email to [email protected] by May 24th, 2019.

Recruitment committee Chair, Professor Kari Hoppu ([email protected]) and Committee Secretary Iina Leporanta-Varjus ([email protected].fi) are happy to answer your questions.

About Aalto University

Aalto University is a community of bold thinkers where science and art meet technology and business. We are committed to identifying and solving grand societal challenges and building an innovative future. Aalto University has been ranked the 9th best young university in the world (Top 50 under 50, QS 2019) and one of the world’s top technology challenger universities (THE 2017), for its outside-the-box thinking on research collaboration, funding and innovation. Aalto has six schools with nearly 11 000 students and 4000 employees of whome close to 400 are professors. Our campuses are located in the capital area of Finland. With 37% of our academic faculty coming from outside Finland, we are a highly international community with strong academic standing.

At Aalto, high-quality research, art, education and entrepreneurship are promoted hand in hand. Disciplinary excellence is combined with multidisciplinary activities, engaging both students and the local innovation ecosystem. Our main campus is quickly transforming into an open collaboration hub that encourages encounters between students, researchers, industry, startups and other partners. Aalto University was founded in 2010 as three leading Finnish universities, Helsinki University of Technology, the Helsinki School of Economics and the University of Art and Design Helsinki, were merged to strengthen Finland’s innovative capability.

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