Vacancy: Head of School
Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design, Denmark
Apply by December 17, 2015
The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts School of Design is undergoing significant development, and we are now looking for a Head of School who will head and further develop the School of Design and raise the profile of our graduates, degree programme and research as an important contribution to the development of the Danish business community and society
The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation (KADK)
invites applications for the position of Head of School for the School of Design. Employment to
commence by 1 March 2016 at the latest.
The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts School of Design is undergoing significant development, and
we are now looking for a Head of School who will head and further develop the School of Design and
raise the profile of our graduates, degree programme and research as an important contribution to
the development of the Danish business community and society. Today, the School of Design is
recognised as one of the world’s leading schools of design. However, we also need to build further on our strong design tradition. We need to further develop the school’s great potential for creating
knowledge and graduates, contributing to an increase in growth, more jobs and better welfare.
We look forward to getting a colleague with experience from education management and with
visions as to how the School of Design’s collaboration with the business community can be further
developed and strengthened with a view to enabling graduates to find work faster. You will become
an important contact in relation to knowledge-based collaboration with the industry’s public and
private players, participating actively in relevant, national and international networks. It is
therefore essential that you are capable of establishing good relations and constructive
collaboration not only internally at KADK, but also, in particular, externally.
The day-to-day rectorship of KADK is made up of the Rector and the Vice-rector. Each of the seven
specialist institutes is headed by a Head of Institute who reports to the Rector, as do the three Heads of School who represent each of KADK’s three subject areas – and the cross-disciplinary Research Director. Furthermore, KADK’s management team includes an administrative management group of six managers who report to the Vice-rector. As a Head of School, you will be a part of KADK’s
Strategic Management Team, which discusses issues of relevance to the Board.
The School of Design has three institutes, of which one is a joint collaboration with the School of
Architecture. As Head of School for the School of Design, you will be based at one of Denmark’s most
creative and attractive campus areas at Holmen in Copenhagen, which houses the School of Design’s
degree programmes and continuing education, supplemented by a branch in Nexø on the island of
Areas of responsibility
The Head of School currently holds the following areas of responsibility:
The school’s leading representative in relation to school-specific stakeholders in Denmark and
abroad, including advisory boards, organisations, related educational programmes,
• Coordination of the Head of Institute group at school level.
• Overall responsibility for the development of KADK’s quality development system and
responsibility for its specific school level, including collaboration with the Staff-Student Study
• Operation and salary records at school level.
• KADK’s school level strategy, including facilitating elaboration of a combined plan for
scientific and artistic research.
• The School of Design’s common undergraduate and postgraduate core subjects, including the
common core subject at KAKD level.
• Development of the School of Design’s workshops/laboratories, including for the staff.
• Development of continuing and further education.
The tasks within the areas of responsibility will develop naturally in step with the school’s
You have the following competences:
- Academic competence: You are a qualified designer or have another relevant education
with a distinctive academic profile. You are experienced in teaching and/or research withinthe design subject area and have knowledge of all specialist fields within the subject area.
- Strategy: You are enthusiastic about developing education and research within the subject
area and have good analytical skills.
- Management: You have management experience and clout, and you consider it important
to support others exercise their competences.
- Communication: You are outgoing and a good communicator of both the subject and
- Resource optimisation: You have an eye for and are good at attracting and optimising
resources, human as well as financial.
- Collaboration: You have a constructive approach to problem solution; you have a holistic
mindset and can see possibilities in collaboration – also at an interdisciplinary level.
Salary and employment conditions
Employment will be as a senior consultant in accordance with the AC collective agreement. It will be
possible to negotiate supplements according to qualifications and in relation to the salary level of
the entire top management.
Your application should be forwarded electronically via the link ‘ledige stillinger’ (Vacancies) at
www.kadk.dk, to reach KADK no later than 17 December 2015 at 12:00 noon. The application must
be forwarded in PDF format (max. 1 A4 page) accompanied by your CV and documentation for your
education. The application must include a short description of why you wish to apply for the
position and a brief account of how you meet the above-mentioned qualifications. Applications will
be treated as confidential.
We expect to hold interviews during weeks 2 and 3.
For further information about the position, please contact Lene Dammand Lund by tel. +45 4170
We encourage all qualified parties to apply for the position, regardless of gender, religion or ethnic origin.
The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation is an institutionof higher education that was established through a merger between the Royal Danish Academy of FineArts, School of Architecture, the Danish Design School and the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts,School of Conservation on 2 June 2011. The degree programmes are adapted to comply with the Europeanagreements about educational structure and development (the Bologna Agreement). KADK teaches andconducts research within the three main subject areas of architecture, design and conservation. KADK is agovernment institution under the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science. KADK has approx.1,700 students and 344 full-time equivalents. Read more at www.kadk.dk.