September 27, 2013

Call for applications: Vice-Chancellor

Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm
Kungl. Konsthögskolan / The Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm. Photo by Anne Joki Jakobsson (2013).

About the Royal Institute of Art
The Royal Institute of Art has a long artistic tradition with its roots in the early 18th century. The institute continues to offer a comprehensive educational programme, including teaching in traditional techniques as well as innovative work in contemporary media and materials. The artistic teaching praxis at the Royal Institute of Art affirms the students’ individual development. Artistic, conceptual or architectural projects are sometimes developed in collaboration with the institute’s professors and teachers who are all active and well-reputed artists and architects. The institute has the country’s broadest selection of technical workshops and is thus able to provide the students with unique support in their professional art projects.

The institute has approximately 60 members of staff and 230 students. Many present and former students have achieved both national and international successful careers. Some forty prominent, leading Swedish and international artists, theoreticians and architects are active at the school as professors and teachers.

The Royal Institute of Art offers a five-year programme in Fine Arts, a master programme in Fine Arts, a project programme for professional artists, one-year continuation courses in Architecture, Architectural Conservation, Architectural Theory and History and the course Art & Architecture. There is also a wide range of artistic research and development projects carried out at the institute.

The Royal Institute of Art’s artistic development and research activities comprises artistic development projects, several PhD projects, Mejan Residents as well as externally funded projects. Taken together, this creates a unique and strong position for the institute. The foundation of the institute’s creative and innovative research environment is the team of artists, architects and theoreticians who are active at the institute.

The Royal Institute of Art’s challenge lies in continuing to be an independent actor at the forefront of artistic and architectural education, to maintain our workshop traditions and to develop artistic research. The institute should also take an active role in the cultural and social debate.

The position of Vice-Chancellor
The present Vice-Chancellor’s appointment expires in the summer of 2014 and the Royal Institute of Art is now looking for a new Vice-Chancellor.

The term of appointment is for six years, with a potential reappointment for a maximum of two additional terms (three years each). The Vice-Chancellor will be appointed by a government decision, acting on the proposal of the Board of the Royal Institute of Art. The new Vice-Chancellor will take up his or her position in the summer of 2014.

Requirement profile including the following background/experience
The successful candidate shall:

– Have an intimate knowledge and proven experience of artistic practice

– Have proven leadership qualities in his or her professional field

– Have a genuine interest in and excellent knowledge of artistic education and research

– Be qualified to be appointed as professor or senior lecturer (according to the Higher Education Ordinance 2 chap 8§)

– Be able to communicate fluently in Swedish and English, verbally and in writing

Personal qualities
Personal qualities suited for this position:

– Have visionary leadership

– Have the ability to enthuse and encourage participation

– Be outgoing, communicative and courageous

– Be able to create networks and preferably already have ongoing national and international collaborations

– Have an interest in fostering dialogue with a great variety of people and a desire to take a leading role in the public and internal discussions about art and architecture

Additional requirements:

– Have an interest in cultural and educational policy

– Have a solid understanding of economy and an interest in creating different forms of financial partnerships

– Be familiar with professional artists´ working conditions and have an ambition to develop the educational programmes in relationship to the demands of the professional contexts

– Be an on-site leader willing to create a forum for dialogue

You find the full-length announcement at the Royal Institute of Art´s website:

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