Dean of Faculty of Law

University of Helsinki Faculty of Law


The University of Helsinki is a community founded on research, learning and courageous thought, where groundbreaking basic research, open-minded curiosity and cooperation engender opportunities for solving global challenges. Our everyday work and interaction are guided by the University’s strategic plan as well as shared values: truth, Bildung, freedom and inclusivity.

The Faculty of Law at the University of Helsinki is the leading Finnish institute of legal research and education. Some of the degrees awarded by the Faculty are completed at its bilingual (Finnish and Swedish) Vaasa Unit of Legal Studies. The Faculty’s mission is to train qualified, ethically responsible legal professionals for both the Finnish and international markets through high-quality international research and research-based teaching. The Faculty offers undergraduate degrees in Finnish, Swedish and English as well as a bilingual degree in Swedish and Finnish. The Faculty has a teaching and research staff of around 130 people and 2,400 undergraduate and postgraduate students.

The Faculty of Law invites applications for a DEAN to lead the Faculty’s operations and support the rector in the University’s leadership. The dean will be appointed for a term of office from 1 January 2022 to 31 December 2025.

As a dean, you will lead the Faculty’s operations based on the University’s strategic plan and values. You will work under the direct supervision of the rector of the University. You will be responsible for the efficient, economic and effective completion of the Faculty’s duties, operations and degree programmes. You will prepare and implement the decisions of the Faculty Council and will be responsible for the Faculty’s human resources and financial matters as well as the assets managed by the Faculty. You will ensure your Faculty’s successful performance, as measured by the indicators used in the university funding model. You will also contribute to the management of University-level duties in support of the rector. Through your actions, you will always further the interests of the University and your Faculty.

The position of dean requires a strategic and future-oriented vision for the development of the Faculty and the University. Successful cooperation with the Faculty, the University community, the University’s senior leadership and stakeholders is based on interaction, openness, collegiality and objective-setting.


The dean must have good leadership skills and, in particular, skills in financial management and modern human resources management. Good supervisory and interaction skills and the willingness to develop as a leader of the academic expert community are also required.

The dean must have an understanding of the academic world and experience in the academic management of a Faculty discipline. Additional merit will be accorded for insight into research and educational policy, experience in teaching, and engaging in active national and international cooperation in the field. The position requires proficiency in Finnish, Swedish and English. The University supports international applicants in developing their language proficiency during the first year.

The appointee must hold a doctoral degree and have the competence and professional skills necessary to complete the duties of the position. In addition, the appointee must provide proof of good leadership skills, such as having held a leadership position with operational responsibility.

Further information and application instructions

Further information on the position can be obtained from Toomas Kotkas, chair of the appointment committee (toomas.kotkas(at), +358 2941 23119), and Rector Sari Lindblom (president(at)
Further information on the application process can be obtained from Hanna Lotti, head of human resources, phone +358 2941 23264, hanna.lotti(at)

Applications should be accompanied by the following documents:
1) A curriculum vitae and an application letter
2) A statement outlining the applicant’s vision of the future of education and research in the fields represented by the Faculty (max. 2 pages)
3) A description of the applicant’s leadership experience and leadership principles (max. 1 page)

Please submit your application, together with the required attachments, through the University’s electronic recruitment system. Internal applicants (i.e., current employees of the University of Helsinki) must submit their applications through the SAP HR portal, under the tab Career and Job. The fields relating to education and work experience need not be completed. If you have questions about the recruitment system, please contact We ask applicants to note that, as the University is an institution under public law, its recruitments are public.

The deadline for applications is 11 April 2021.


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Due date

11.04.2021 23:59 EEST


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