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Hertie School in Berlin, Other Germany
Date Posted April 23, 2021
Executive-President and Chancellor
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

The Hertie School is looking for a President. Since its establishment in 2003, the Hertie School has grown into one of the leading graduate schools of public policy worldwide. The Hertie School educates the next generation of leaders in government, business and civil society. It strives for excellence in research, teaching and outreach, promoting active engagement for the common good. The Hertie School is a renowned institution of higher learning and acknowledged as a centre of excellence in research on governance and policy issues that invites interdisciplinary, cross-sectoral approaches informed by comparative, international perspectives. The Hertie School acts as a recognised platform for vibrant public debate and engaged intellectual discourse among academic experts and policy-makers.

The ideal candidate is a distinguished academic, appointable as full professor and President, and has a strong professional network as well as extensive leadership experience and a strong track record in academia, business, or public administration. In line with the mission of the Hertie School, the President is expected to further develop the School’s strategy. The candidate should be able to expand fundraising for the School and combine a strong professional network with the ability to address the needs of various stakeholders – academics, students, alumni, administrators, donors, media or policy-makers. The President is responsible for all academic matters and represents the School internally as well as externally, fostering relationships to national as well as international universities and academic institutions. The President acts as Chairperson and Academic Managing Director of the legal entity Hertie School gemeinnützige GmbH, a German non-profit limited liability company. In this capacity, the President holds the overall responsibility for the development of the Hertie School. The President chairs the meetings of the Hertie School Leadership, consisting of the Administrative Managing Director, the Dean of Research and Faculty, the Dean of Graduate Programmes as well as the Dean of Executive Education.

The President will be appointed by the Supervisory Board upon approval by the Academic Senate of the Hertie School for a term of four years. Re-appointment is possible under the same conditions. The expected start date is August 1, 2022.

The Hertie School is a highly selective private graduate school based in Berlin with an interdisciplinary focus on issues of governance. A renowned international and interdisciplinary faculty of nearly 40 professors is conducting state-of-the-art research, some of them located at the School’s 5 research centres and the Data Science Lab. The language of instruction is English. With more than 700 students and 250 employees, it has dual degree programmes and close ties to top institutions of the European and international teaching and research community as well as to the policy world. The Hertie School is a full member of the Global Public Policy Network (GPPN), the Association of Professional School for International Affairs (APSIA) and CIVICA – the European University of Social Sciences. The Hertie School, state-recognised and accredited by the Science Council, prepares exceptional students for leadership positions in government, business and civil society by offering three full-time master programmes, an Executive master and a PhD programme.

The Hertie School was founded by the Hertie Foundation, a well-endowed foundation in Germany, which remains its major funder.

The deadline for applications is 7 June 2021. To submit your application, please upload your documents (CV and motivation letter) on our website or submit it via e-mail to Frank Mattern (, Chairman of the Search Committee.

For information about the Hertie School, please visit 

For questions about the position, please contact Frank Mattern (, Chairman of the Search Committee or Holger Endrös, Secretary to the Search Committee (

Strict confidentiality in the application process is assured. The Hertie School is an equal opportunity employer. In order to maintain equal opportunities between women and men, applications from women with the respective qualifications are expressly desired. Severely disabled persons will be given preferential consideration in case of equal suitability. The Hertie School values the diversity of its members and pursues the goal of equal opportunity.

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