Job advertisement: Lecturer in Arts Management at Sibelius Academy/ University of the Arts Helsinki

The University of the Arts Helsinki is an international forerunner in education and research in the field of arts and solidifies the arts as a force that reforms society. The University of the Arts Helsinki’s wide selection of programmes in the field of arts and productive dialogue between teaching and research make the University of the Arts Helsinki a unique university on an international scale. The Sibelius Academy of the Uniarts Helsinki is opening a post for a LECTURER IN ARTS MANAGEMENT for a fixed-term post of 4,5 years, during the period of 01.08.2017 – 31.12.2021. This is a full-time post (100 %), with an opportunity to divide the full working hours within 1-2 persons. The application period concludes on 8th of March, 2017. 

At the University of the Arts Helsinki, you will be part of a diverse and vibrant community that fosters our artistic heritage and provides society with new perspectives and energy. The University of the Arts Helsinki was launched in 2013 upon the merging of the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Sibelius Academy, and Theatre Academy Helsinki.The Sibelius Academy is the highest-level music educator in Finland, training artists skilled in independent artistic work, teachers, and other music professionals.

Working Environment

The University of the Arts Helsinki was formed at the start of 2013, when the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, the Sibelius Academy and the Theatre Academy Helsinki merged to form an arts university. There are a total of approximately 2,100 students and the full-time equivalent of personnel is 700. The Sibelius Academy is responsible for providing the highest level of music education, research and artistic activity related to these in Finland. The Academy trains artists skilled in independent artistic work, pedagogues and other music pro-fessionals and experts.

As a Lecturer in Arts Management you will work in the Department of Arts Management within the Faculty of Music Education, Jazz and Folk Music. Arts Management Department is one of the Faculty’s five depart-ments, international and interdisciplinary in nature, aiming to educate arts management professional to the broad field of art and creative field. The programme, which is conducted in English, covers different art forms and after graduation, the students will have work opportunities in leading positions in the public, pri-vate and third sectors of arts and culture. Increasingly, the arts management graduates are also working as entrepreneurs within the art and creative fields.

The Arts Management education is administrated by the department of Arts Management, which encom-passes one professor, lecturer (available post) and numerous part-time teachers, thirty master-level students and four doctoral students. The department is responsible for planning, implementing, developing and evalu-ating of the tuition of Arts Management. For its part the department is also responsible for the research and doctoral education of Arts Management field in the University of the Arts Helsinki.

Further information is available on the webpages of the University of the Arts Helsinki: 

Duties of the Lecturer

At the start of the employment relationship, the lecturer’s primary duty is tuition within one or several core modules of arts management master’s degree studies: 1) art, management and society, 2) cultural planning and leadership, 3) management of arts organizations (incl. e.g., strategic management, HRM, production management, marketing, audience development, managerial and financial accounting, fundraising and spon-sorship), 4) personal development, and 5) arts management research and methodology. The lecturer will also be responsible for some of these modules and participate in developing the minor studies in arts management and entrepreneurship provided by the Open Campus of the Uniarts.

As a lecturer, you are expected to follow the national and international development of arts management and arts entrepreneurship, present your research in international conferences and journals and also participate in the developmental work of arts management department. Other duties include supervision of master’s thesis and participating in student admissions. The lecturer will also contribute to the arts management depart-ment’s EU project ‘HEISE’ (Higher Education Institutions for Societal Engagement) as a researcher and/or project manager. Furthermore, you will take part in the administrative working groups and other develop-mental work of the Uniarts Helsinki when needed.

The total annual working time of the lecturer (100 % full-time post) is 1 624 hours, of which 455 hours is contact tuition. As a general rule, the overall rounded stewardship of the duties of Lecturer requires working with students on a weekly basis.

Selection Criteria

As lecturer, you are required to hold an applicable doctoral degree and excellent pedagogical skills. Candi-dates who do not hold a doctor’s degree but demonstrate extensive working experience and exceptional prac-tical merits within the field of arts management are also eligible to apply. 

Holding an applicable doctoral degree, demonstration of arts management and/or arts entrepreneurship relat-ed research, experience of master’s thesis supervision, demonstrations of cooperative and organisational skills in expert positions and positions of trust as well as international networking are considered assets. Ped-agogical skills and experience as well as the desire and capacity to help university students advance in their studies are of paramount importance. Furthermore, successful carrying out of the duties of Lecturer requires good cooperation skills and a will to develop activities together with other teachers and students.

Based on applications and other available information, the university will call the strongest applicants for a separate demonstration of proficiency, where each candidate’s commitment, aptitude and competence in relation to the post of lecturer and the demands of the working environment will be evaluated. The demon-stration of proficiency will be arranged in Helsinki on in April 2017 (the exact date will be informed here by Feb 17, 2017). The evaluation consists of a teaching demonstration and interview as follows:  

  1. Teaching demonstration 40 min, in English, incl. an opening note (20 minutes) and a group work (20 minutes).
  2. Interview 20 minutes.

Language proficiency

The languages of tuition and supervision in this position are English and Finnish. From Finnish applicants we require fluent Finnish or Swedish language skills, and proficiency in the other national language as well as strong English language skills. From non-Finnish applicants we require strong English language profi-ciency. Skills are assessed in a proficiency demonstration. 

Finnish candidates are required to present one of the following certificates of proficiency in Finnish or Swedish:

  1. A certificate signed by a member or deputy member of the State Board of Language Examinations, or in another manner prescribed by the Decree on the Demonstration of Knowledge of the Finnish and Swedish Languages in State Administration (481/2003) (e.g. by passing the language test included in the basic curriculum of a university-level institution);
  2. A certificate issued by a professor, assistant professor, or lecturer who teaches the language in question at a Finn-ish university-level institution;
  3. A matriculation examination certificate indicating a pass in the language in question.

According to the Staff Regulations, the Dean of the Sibelius Academy may approve an exception to the language requirements.


The lecturer’s salary is determined in accordance with the Finnish universities salary system. In addition to the job-specific salary, a personal salary component will be paid. At the start of the employment relationship, the job demand level is 5–6, which sets the total full-time (100%) monthly salary for the position at 3100 – 4 000 € (gross before deducting taxes), depending on the personal salary component.

Selection Procedure

On the basis of the proposal by the recruitment committee, the Faculty Dean of Music Education, Jazz and Folk Music will decide which candidates will be invited to the demonstration of proficiency. After the demonstrations, the recruitment committee makes a selection proposal. The Faculty Council comments the proposal, and thereafter the Dean of the Sibelius Academy makes the decision on the appointment of the lecturer. The selection procedure is expected to conclude in May 2017.

How to Apply

The application period concludes on the 8th of March 2017 at 15.00 Finnish time (GMT +2). Please address your application in English to the Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki, and send it via email (in PDF format) to siba.kirjaamo(at) You will then receive an acknowledgment of receipt via email.

Your application must include the following (as a single PDF document):

  1. A letter of application with contact information
  2. Curriculum vitae completed according to the guidelines provided by The Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity
  3. List of publications completed according to the template provided by the Academy of Finland 
  4. A short account (max. 3 pages) where the applicant describes his or her expertise, strengths and professional focus in relation to arts management 
  5. Copies of maximum 3 articles, other documents or artistic demonstrations mentioned in the list of publications, which show the applicant’s competency in arts management (in electronic form, e.g. link to the material published in internet).


  • For further details concerning the advertised post, please contact the Head of Arts Management Tanja Johansson, via email tanja.johansson(at) or tel. +358 40 7104 392.
  • For further details concerning applying and the application process, please contact HR Officer Anne Kilpeläinen, tel. +358 40 710 4213 or anne.kilpelainen(at)

All further information can found here:  

Management Topic: Education & Development
Cultural Area: Public+Academic Sector
Submitted by editor-in-chief on Feb 15, 2017