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Director of the Centre for Innovation (1.0 FTE) – University of Leiden

Student and Educational Affairs (SEA) is looking for a

Director of the Centre for Innovation (1.0 FTE)

Key responsibilities

  • Consolidate the position of the CFI within the university in collaboration with important partners from within and outside the university, with an emphasis on innovation in learning;
  • Together with faculties and university bodies, devise and implement the CFO portfolio strategy: identify relevant technology trends and develop a vision on innovation for Leiden University;
  • Ensure that successful CFI products are adopted within and outside the university;
  • Represent CFI within Leiden University and in contacts with external partners (including the Red Cross, UN OCGA, World Press Photo) and develop and maintain contacts and strategic relations in the CFI network;
  • Establish a proper organisational and business model to enable CFI to implement its mission successfully;
  • Responsibility for CFI financial and staff management.

Selection criteria

  • Entrepreneurship with an academic level of experience and/or education;
  • Vision for the future of technology and its impact on society;
  • Ability to communicate this vision and to inspire people and organisations within and outside the University to explore, experiment with and apply relevant innovations;
  • Talent for initiating and guiding initiatives aimed a tackling global challenges and entrepreneurial projects in a university context and/or for international organisations;
  • Experience with project management, finances and acquisition processes;
  • The ability to formulate and implement HR strategy and to manage teams effectively;
  • Excellent communication and networking skills; creativity and team spirit;
  • Professional competence in English. Other languages will be regarded as a bonus.

Our organization
Leiden University is one of Europe’s leading research universities. This prominent position gives our graduates a significant advantage in applying for positions both within academia and outside the university world.

The Leiden University Centre for Innovation (CFI) was founded in 2011 and is located in The Hague. Its mission is to help Leiden University prepare for the digital future by identifying and experimenting with technological trends. Its focus is on innovative technology in education, entrepreneurship and applying big data for peace and justice. In accomplishing its mission, the CFI (1) mainly focuses on the University and supporting its faculties, (2) places the emphasis on innovation in the field of education, and (3) makes optimum use of its unique position in The Hague, aligning with developments in innovation there.

Within the University the CFI drives innovation and works closely with the faculties and University and non-University stakeholders. It approaches technology from the perspective of people and relevance to society. In joint University projects it identifies and explores trends, and devises and tests new solutions. Successful are made suitable for wider application within the University. The CFI also works with external stakeholders on collaborative projects that are relevant to the University and contributes to the development agenda of the Municipality of The Hague.

Twenty-five people are employed at the CFI. They work on projects with the CFI’s partners in what are termed labs. This organisational model creates a flexible environment and culture that foster innovation, a unique output and agility. At present the CFI has the following three labs:

  • Digital Learning: this lab works to achieve technological innovation in education;
  • Future of work: this lab focuses on developing new methods, an innovation toolkit and supplementary training for students and professionals (21st-century skills);
  • HumanityX: this is a joint project with the Municipality of The Hague. Its focus is on developing knowledge and expertise in new technologies in the field of peace, justice and security. This is for NGOs with a strong need for innovation.

In recent years the CFI has succeeded in becoming a successful innovation organisation that has proven its worth within the University. It will shortly be positioned within Student and Educational Affairs (SEA) and will report directly to the Executive Board of the University. This means a new phase for the CFI where the challenge is to reinforce, with particular regard to the learning, its innovative role within the entire University with a corresponding funding model and to firmly anchor the Centre within the University organisation.

We are seeking a director who can guide the CFI through this next phase of development and ensure that it completes its mission successfully. Information about the Centre for Innovation can be found at https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/governance-and-global-affairs/centre-for-innovation.

Terms and conditions
The successful candidate will be a member of the CFI’s ambitious and dynamic team. He or she will in the first instance be appointed for a period of 2 years, with the possibility of renewal. The salary will be in the range from €70,603 to €89,848 gross per year, depending on experience (pay scale 14, Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities).

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3%), training and career development and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. More at https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/working-at/job-application-procedure-and-employment-conditions.

Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.

Enquiries can be made to Mr. H.C. Pafort, interim director CFI, telephone +31 70 800 9341.

Please submit online your application no later than 18 March 2018 via the blue button of our application system. Applications, accompanied by a motivation letter and CV can be sent to Mr. J. ‘t Hart. An assessment can be part of the application procedure.

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.

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