Europa-Universität Flensburg (EUF) is an internationally oriented university. Increasingly recognized for its strength as a research institution, it maintains core research interests in the socially relevant topic areas of education, Europe, and transformation. EUF has established research centers for each of these three areas. In its mission statement, the university commits itself to furthering justice, sustainability and diversity in education, schools, and the workplace, as well as in the economic, social, cultural, and environmental spheres. Europa-Universität Flensburg is the only university in Schleswig-Holstein to offer teacher education programs for all types of schools. Research and teaching are characterized by intercultural and international comparative perspectives, a multiplicity of inter- and transdisciplinary collaborations, and the close integration of theory and practice. EUF prepares students for the challenges of the future.

Europa-Universität Flensburg seeks to fill the following full-time office by December 1, 2024:

President (m/f/d)

The incumbent will retire on the same date.

Together with the other members of the Executive University Board team, you assume overall responsibility for leading the university and work closely with its committees and governing bodies. As the full-time President, you represent the university externally and are directly responsible for managing its ongoing affairs. In these capacities, you steer its further development in a multitude of ways, focusing on societal challenges in teaching and research such as those concerning the future of education, European studies, digitalization, and knowledge transfer. You oversee current consolidation processes and actively work to promote outstanding individual and collaborative research, as well as to position the university within the national and international academic arenas in a manner that advances its specific research and teaching goals. Your tasks and powers are regulated in the Gesetz über die Hochschulen und das Universitätsklinikum Schleswig-Holstein (HSG) [Act on Higher Education and the University Medical Center Schleswig Holstein].

Legal requirements for the position:

  • A university degree,
  • Several years of experience in a professionally responsible role, especially in academia/science, economics, administration or law, indicating that you have reached the level of professional maturity required to fulfill the duties of the office.

Desirable qualifications:

  • Several years of management and leadership experience within the academic/scientific sector, preferably in a university context,
  • Experience in education and higher education policy and governance in liaising with diverse stakeholders in academic context, such as those from politics, industry, associations, and non-university partnerships,
  • A very good network of connections within the academic/scientific landscapes,
  • Communicative fluency in both German and English, as well as intercultural skills,
  • Strong strategic and negotiation skills,
  • Experience with the organizational development processes and the specific nuances of leadership in an academic environment; the same applies for diversity- and equality-oriented leadership practices,
  • An appreciative, engaging, and goal-oriented communicative manner.

In accordance with Section 23 Paragraph 5 of the HSG, the President is elected by the Senate based on the nomination proposal of a search committee and is appointed by the Ministry for a six-year term. The President will be appointed to a civil servant position of limited tenure, or to a fixed-term employment position under private law. The salary corresponds to a W3 base salary, plus office-related performance bonuses of up to 51% of the base salary.

The Presidential election is expected to be conducted by the University Senate in Spring Semester 2024 in a meeting open to the public.

For questions about the job profile, responsibilities, or hiring procedure for this position, please contact the Chair of the search committee, Prof. Dr. Maike Busker (, 0461/805-2335).

Europa-Universität Flensburg seeks to promote employee diversity with respect to the life trajectories and skills of its staff. Severely disabled applicants and those of equal status with adequate qualifications will be given preference. The university also strives to obtain a balanced gender ratio in all leadership positions and strongly encourages qualified female candidates to apply.  

EUF expressly renounces the use of CV photographs and kindly asks applicants to refrain from providing one.

The selection process for the advertised position is supported by NEW CHAPTER Executive Search GmbH. 

We look forward to receiving your application via in electronic form by March 21, 2024. Please send them in a maximum of two PDF files to Applications sent via email must be submitted in PDF form (maximum two files per applicant). Paper applications should be sent by the same deadline to the following postal address: Chairperson of the Search Committee, Personal/Confidential, Reference number 012401, Auf dem Campus 1, 24943 Flensburg. 

Kindly note that paper applications or those sent on an electronic storage device (CD-rom or USB stick) will not be returned to applicants after the hiring process has ended.

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