Oslo Metropolitan University is Norway's third largest university with almost 22,000 students and over 2,500 employees. We have campuses in central Oslo and at Romerike. OsloMet educates students and conducts research that contributes to the sustainability of the Norwegian welfare state and the metropolitan region.

Would you like to lead one of Norway's largest libraries?

The university library has an important role at OsloMet, both for staff and students. In collaboration with professional communities, the library will develop and offer high-quality information resources and services, contributing to strengthen the core activities of research, education, and communication.

The university library is an integral part of the university's research infrastructure and one of its primary tasks is to contribute to OsloMet achieving its goals in this area. The library is also a central resource for the students, a driver for the development of the learning environment at the university and crucial for how learning forms and dissemination are handled in new arenas. The library has 74 employees divided between four libraries, digital services, and administration. OsloMet is looking for a library director who, together with the professional communities and other services, wants to further develop the University Library.

Main duties of the position

  • to ensure strategic development of the library towards the future needs of students and staff
  • to have an overall responsibility for the library to develop good service offers for students and staff, including digital services
  • to develop networks with other similar institutions, nationally and internationally
  • personnel responsibility for the library's staff
  • to contribute to the strategic development of the library's services in close cooperation with the subject units, other units in the joint administration and the university's top management
  • to represent the university at national and international library arenas
  • cooperation with other players in the university sector

We are looking for applicants who have

  • relevant experience from subject and research libraries
  • higher education at minimum master level /major
  • solid management experience
  • good oral and written presentation skills in a Scandinavian language (minimum B2 level) and in English

We are looking for applicants who

  • has a focused and structured approach to tasks
  • thinks and acts analytically and strategically
  • is solution- and result-oriented
  • can lead and motivate employees
  • have good collaboration skills

It is important to OsloMet to reflect the population of our region, and all qualified candidates are welcome to apply. We make active endeavors to further develop OsloMet as an inclusive workplace and to adapt the workplace if required. You are also welcome to apply for a position with us if you have experienced periods where you have not been in work, education or training.

We can offer you

  • an exciting job opportunity at Norway’s third largest and most urban university
  • professional development, responsibility, and impact on strategically important library areas
  • beneficial loan and pension arrangements with the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund (spk.no/en/)
  • flexible working hours and good employee welfare arrangements
  • free Norwegian language classes to employees and partners
  • assistance with relocation and on-boarding to Norway
  • working location in downtown Oslo with multiple cultural offers

Practical information about relocation to Oslo and living in Norway

We only process applications sent via our electronic recruitment system and all documents must be uploaded for your application to be processed. The documents must be in English or a Scandinavian language. Translations must be authorized. Originals and ID must be presented if you are invited for an interview. OsloMet performs document checks to give you as a candidate a proper evaluation and ensure fair competition. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Other information

If you would like more information about the position, feel free to contact:

  • Per Martin Norheim-Martinsen, Vice rector R&D, Mobile phone +47 45033444

You may also make an informal and non-binding inquiry with our recruitment partners Jefferson Wells Executive; senior adviser Gisle Roll Ludvigsen mobile +47 93 46 81 68 or recruitment adviser Maiken Mikalsen Øsleby, mobile + 47 951 65 314.

The salary for the position is in accordance with the pay scale for Norwegian state employees. 1060 Department director, salary step 82-86, i.e. NOK 888,200-994,200 per year. A higher salary may be considered for particularly well qualified applicants. Law deducts 2% of the salary to the State Pension Fund.

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criteria in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to OsloMet.

According to the Norwegian Freedom and Information Act (Offentleglova) your name may be published on the public applicant list even if you have requested non-disclosure. You will in this case be contacted before your name is published.

If you wish to apply for the position, please apply electronically.


Deadline for applications: November 27th, 2022

Ref.:                        22/07623


Type of employment Permanent position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment Per agreement
Salary NOK 888,200-994,200 per year.
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Oslo
County Oslo
Country Norway
Reference number 22/07623
Published 28.Oct.2022
Last application date 27.Nov.2022 11:59 PM CET

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