Quality Board for Higher Education in Iceland

Quality Board seeks applications for position of Executive Director - Laus staða: framkvæmdastjóri gæðaráðs

The Quality Board for Icelandic Higher Education is seeking to appoint a highly motivated professional as Executive Director (framkvæmdastjóri). The successful candidate will be responsible for supporting and coordinating all activities related to promoting and monitoring the quality and standards of Icelandic higher education and representing the Board within a framework established by the Board. 

Starfsauglýsing á íslensku er hér

Key responsibilities (summary)

·       Leading and managing all activities related to the Quality Enhancement Framework (QEF) and special projects within the guidance established by the Quality Board.

·       Leading and managing the Secretariat, including human and financial resources.

·       With the Secretariat, supporting scheduled and ad-hoc meetings of the Quality Board and of the Research Evaluation Advisory Committee

·       Engaging with stakeholders at multiple levels and representing the Quality Board in Iceland and abroad

·       Reporting to the Board issues relevant to its remit, and generating and proposing strategic development initiatives and solutions in line with the QEF

·       Managing budgets and developing strategic plans, with support from the chair

·       Preparing reports and analyses (in English), proof reading and drafting to a high standard

Background, qualifications, and skills

·       At master’s level or above

·       Strong leadership and management experience

·       Effective project management skills

·       Written and oral fluency in Icelandic and English

·       Experience of managing complex stakeholder relationships

·       Experience of working in higher education is desirable

·       Reporting experience and analytical skills


A fuller description of the post and the profile being sought is available here and applicants are encouraged to read this prior to making an application. An application consists of a CV, the names of two referees, copies of relevant diplomas and a cover letter.

Applications should be sent to Þorgerður Edda Hall (teh@qef.is) by 30 September 2022. All applications will be answered once an appointment has been made. Applications are considered valid for six months unless the applicant decides otherwise. The Board reserves the right not to hire for this position.

Other important information 

The Quality Board (composed of international members) is an independent national body responsible for managing its human and financial resources. The Quality Board outsources its accounting and payment of staff salaries to the Ministry of Education, Science and Innovation. For that reason, the Director is affiliated to the civil service but reports to the Quality Board Chair. Salary will be determined according to the current collective bargaining agreement made by the Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs and the relevant trade union (FHSS). This is a full-time (100%) post. Flexible work arrangements will be considered.

For more information on the Quality Bord and on the Quality Enhancement Framework, visit: https://qef.is/about-us/ and https://qef.is/assets/QEF2-Handbook-for-website.pdf.

Posted on 1 Sep 2022.

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