Director of School of Transnational Governance

Ref: 4295

European University Institute


Role Managed by:

Mario Adamo

Research Associate

t: +31 2 02 40 43 78


Primary Practice Group: Higher Education and Research

Salary & Benefits: competitive

Closing Date: 26/09/2019

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The European University Institute (EUI) is an international postgraduate teaching and research institute. Set up in 1972, its aim is to provide advanced academic training for doctoral and postdoctoral researchers and to foster research in fields, which are of particular interest for the development of Europe. The EUI opened its doors to its first researchers in November 1976. Today, there are 23 contracting states to the EUI, and it hosts an international community of more than 1100 people and 75 nationalities.

The three pillars of activities of the EUI are: training of early stage researchers through excellent research, policy-relevant research, and training of current and future policy-makers. In all three areas the EUI strives to deliver real benefits to societies by reinforcing higher education and research, and policy-making abilities.

The School of Transnational Governance (STG) was created in 2017 to deliver high-level training on the concepts, methods and practice of governance beyond the state. The STG is renowned for bringing the worlds of academia and policy-making together in an effort to operate in a context, both inside and outside Europe, where policy-making increasingly transcends national borders. The main activities of the School are structured around four pillars: (i) Master of Arts in Transnational Governance; (ii) Executive Education for Practitioners; (iii) Policy Leader Fellowships; (iv) High-Level Policy Dialogues. The STG has started with the policy and executive education activities and will begin operation of its flagship Master of Arts programme in 2020.

The on-going series of High-Level Policy Dialogues, the Executive Education offer and the upcoming Master in Transnational Governance are based on the study and analysis of thematic clusters: Peace and Security; Trade and Finance; Sustainability (Climate, Migration, Welfare); Comparative Regional Governance; Gender Governance; Digital Politics, Economy and Societies; and Transnational Democracy.

Director, School of Transnational Governance

The EUI seeks to appoint a Director for its School of Transnational Governance.

The Director will play a key role in building the School of Transnational Governance into an internationally recognised institution and for developing the strategic direction for the school.

The Director will be responsible for the launch and consolidation of the Master of Arts in Transnational Governance, for the executive education programs and for other relevant activities of the School. She/he will play a crucial role in building and strengthening a solid network with other public, private, policy and academic institutions worldwide and in attracting external funds. She/he will manage the School, recruits faculty, implement the educational programmes and raise funds.

The preferred and ideal candidate brings:

·       Experience in the policy sector in one or more of the principal fields of the School;

·       Significant experience of working in the world of policy and practice in transnational governance;

·       Publication record and teaching experience in the field;

·       Background in social sciences and humanities;

·       Managerial and organisational attitude with ability to communicate and develop relationships in the policy, academic and private sectors and proven fund-raising capacities;

·       Strong ability to work in a multi-cultural environment with students and stakeholders coming from all over the world;

·       Proven experience in managing an academic, policy research, policy advocacy, and/or executive education centre, strong institution-building skills, and a demonstrated track record of engaging with public policy questions and the world of practice;

·       Proven talent and strong skills in creating and motivating transnational networks, a sound knowledge of the global field of higher education;

·       Excellent command of English and knowledge of at least one other EU language.

The EUI is an equal opportunities employer and takes into account the importance of balance in gender, geographical and minority representation. Competitive salary with generous secondary benefits will be offered. The School of Transnational Governance will be housed in the very centre of Florence in a lavish historical building which has been donated to the EUI by the Italian government.

An executive search exercise is being undertaken by Perrett Laver to assist the Selection Committee. To apply, please visit quoting reference 4295. Applications should consist of a CV and letter of motivation. Perrett Laver may be contacted for informal enquiries and questions at or +31 20 2404378. The closing date for applications is 9 am CET on Friday 27th September 2019.

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