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Offenburg University of Applied Sciences is seeking to appoint a
by 1 September 2020.
With almost 4,500 students, 140 professors, 234 visiting lecturers, 350 employees and
a total yearly budget of approximately € 40 million, Offenburg University of Applied
Sciences is an important institute of higher education for the Baden-Württemberg
region. With campuses in Offenburg and Gengenbach, the university offers an excellent
environment for studying and working; the conditions for academic and applicationfocused
engagement are also outstanding.
Offenburg University of Applied Sciences is a leading university in the fields of engineering,
business and media; across four faculties, 53 innovative and quality-driven Bachelor's and
Master's programmes offer broad-based academic qualifications with a related element
of vocational content.
Thanks to its close links with industry, business and civil society, Offenburg University
of Applied Sciences is delivering an invaluable contribution to the enhancement of
innovative capacity; the university is a hub for regional development strategy, particularly
in the economic region of the southern Upper Rhine. Acting as a bridge between
research and concrete application, the university ensures fast access to key modern-day
technologies, especially for SMEs. By offering courses with high vocational relevance,
Offenburg University of Applied Sciences opens up attractive prospects for careers and life
in general. The university is also a major employer in its own right, as well as a centre for
business start-ups, cultural interchange, art and social involvement.
An international orientation is a quality-defining characteristic, with the university's excellent
reputation underlined by the consistently outstanding ranking results of recent years.
For more information, please visit www.hs-offenburg.de.
As both a corporate entity under public law and a state entity, Offenburg University of
Applied Sciences is run by a Rector's Office. In your capacity as Rector, you will represent
the university both internally and externally; you will also chair the Rector's Office, the
Senate and its committees. The law regulating higher education in Baden-Württemberg
defines the specific tasks and legal status.
We are looking to appoint a dynamic and persuasive individual who is willing to accept
responsibility; you will possess strong leadership qualities and advanced negotiating and
social skills. A high level of commitment allied with powers of strategic expression and
diplomacy are key requirements of the incumbent. In addition to these qualities, the future
job holder should possess several years' relevant industrial or commercial experience
and/or experience relating to knowledge management in a position of responsibility. A
strong technical aptitude would be desirable, preferably verified by a relevant academic
qualification. Ideally, the person we are seeking will be able to demonstrate international
experience (period of academic study and/or professional appointments) and possess the
The future Rector should hold an university degree and have several years' experience in a
managerial position, ideally in the spheres of industry, science, art, business, management
or the administration of justice; their main current role may be that of university professor,
suggesting readiness for the duties of the office of Rector.
The Rector will be elected at a joint meeting of the University Council and the Senate.
The appointment, which will be made by the Minister-President of the State of Baden-
Württemberg, is for a term of 6-8 years; the incumbent will be a limited-term civil servant,
unless the contract provides for a fixed-term employment relationship. Re-elections
are possible. The salary will be paid in line with the State Remuneration Act for Baden-
Württemberg (W3), together with function-related benefits.
Since Offenburg University of Applied Sciences is committed to raising its proportion
of female staff, it expressly encourages qualified women to apply for the post. Severely
disabled persons or those with a similar impairment will be granted preference, provided
they have comparable aptitude (please provide evidence of disability).
For more information, please contact the Chairman of the University Council Dr. Ulrich
Kleine by calling +49 (0)7821 280100 and/or e-mailing
If you are interested in applying for this demanding
managerial position, please forward your informative
application papers to Dr. Ulrich Kleine, Chairman
of the University Council, c/o E-Werk Mittelbaden,
Lotzbeckstrasse 45, D-77933 Lahr
by 31 January 2020 at the latest. You may also
apply online via the application portal at
www.hs-offenburg.de/Stellenausschreibungen. We will
confirm receipt of your application.
Close of applications: 31 January 2020