The National Library is responsible for the collection, preservation and accessibility of the Finnish national heritage. The Library serves as a research library, particularly for the arts and social sciences, and is a significant source of cultural heritage data. The National Library promotes open science and digitalisation, as is stated in its strategy. The National Library is part of the University of Helsinki, an international academic community comprising more than 40,000 students and staff. Founded in 1640, the University of Helsinki is among the leading multidisciplinary research universities in the world.

The National Library invites applications for the position of

NATIONAL LIBRARIAN

to lead and develop the unique organisation that is the National Library until further notice.

A successful director has the necessary academic credentials and a robust experience in leadership. He or she must have extensive knowledge of the data and information environment as well as a vision for the future challenges facing memory institutions. The director must be prepared to work actively in international networks. As a leader, the director must be goal-driven and forward-facing.

The director of the National Library works in both a national and an international context, and the successful completion of the associated duties requires:

• Extensive understanding of Finnish and European cultural heritage
• A comprehensive vision of the information sector, its development challenges and the digitalisation of cultural heritage
• Experience of the research world, e.g., in the field of the arts and social sciences
• Experience of demanding leadership duties
• Experience of working both at the national and international levels
• Excellent cooperation and negotiation skills

The position requires a second-cycle academic degree, and a doctoral degree is considered an asset. We also require expertise in the field of the position along with competence in Finnish, Swedish and English. Knowledge of other languages will be considered a further asset.

The position provides a unique opportunity to help support cooperation among Finnish libraries and to influence and decide on the strategic choices that will promote the preservation, accessibility and availability of the Finnish cultural heritage. As a large organisation with long traditions, we provide a stable work environment and the potential for broad-based professional development. While our organisation is 378 years old, our tools are state of the art and our location is at the very heart of Helsinki.

Submit your application no later than 10 September 2018 through the University’s recruitment system by clicking the link below. Internal applicants (i.e., current employees of the University of Helsinki) must submit their applications through the SAP HR portal.

For further information, please contact: Vice-Rector Hanna Snellman: contact via assistant, call +358 2941 22621, or Head of Human Resources Katja Riikola: +358 2941 20613

Due date

10.09.2018 23:59 EEST