Project Manager, Spouse Programme

At the University of Vaasa, we think out of the box in order to build a sustainable future. We are a university that invests in the quality of research and teaching in order to tackle the challenges of our time. We educate responsible and internationally-minded leaders and experts. We are well known for our high-quality education and inspirational teachers. Our expertise in the fields of business studies, technology, administrative sciences and communication forms the core of our university. Our discipline-based research is complemented by our phenomenon-driven research platforms.

We are now inviting applications for the position of Spouse Programme Project Manager. The position is located in the HR and Executive Services team. This is a fixed-term position starting August 1, 2023 or as agreed and ending December 31, 2025.

The Vaasa Spouse Programme was launched in October 2022 as part of the University of Vaasa Talent Boost framework. The main aim of the Spouse Programme is to support the integration of accompanying spouses and families of the international employees and students in companies and education institutions in the Vaasa region. The programme aims to provide the participants with both social and professional networks, and strengthen the career prospects of the participating spouses.

Your role 

As the Spouse Programme Project Manager, you will act as the main coordinator of the spouse programme activities, further strengthening the Vaasa Spouse Programme concept.
An important part of your work is to connect with the companies and employer organisations in the Vaasa region. You will work in close cooperation with the regional and national cooperation network, as well as the International HR team and the Talent Boost actors within the University of Vaasa.

As the Spouse Programme Project Manager you will also be responsible for planning, launching and organizing a Career Club for highly skilled immigrants. The Career Club will support the participants in gaining relevant work-life skills, knowledge of the regional work market as well as professional networks.

 Your tasks may include but are not limited to:

  • Developing the Career Club concept for the Vaasa region
  • Planning and organizing the Career Club activities
  • Regular follow-up of the impact of the programme 
  • Coordinating and reporting to the Vaasa Spouse Programme steering group
  • Developing the Vaasa Spouse Programme regular activities 
  • Arranging social and professional activities for the spouse community
  • Maintaining close contact to the Vaasa Spouse Programme collaborators 
  • Identifying new partners and services to be included in the programme 
  • Actively promoting and marketing the Vaasa Spouse Programme in the Vaasa region
  • Coordinating the work of the Spouse Programme Trainee 

In this position you will have a meaningful role in further developing the Vaasa Spouse Programme, which contributes significantly in retaining the international talent community within the Vaasa region. You will be part of a dedicated expert network working with a committed and enthusiastic spouse community.

What we expect from you

  • Experience of working in an international work community
  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Strong vision of the needs of the target group
  • Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the employment services in Finland
  • Self-driven and active working approach 
  • Work-life experience in Finland as well as experience in developing operations and event planning
  • Flexibility as well as the ability to work in a changing operational environment
  • Strong cooperation and interaction skills and a positive attitude towards promoting cooperation
  • Project management experience
  • Strong verbal and written communication and presentation skills
  • Fluent written and oral English. Finnish and/or Swedish skills will be considered an asset.
  • Digital fluency and strong knowledge of the most common ICT tools in a hybrid working environment.
  • Applicable higher education degree

Knowledge of higher education institutions and an existing contact network with employers is considered a strong asset.

An inspiring work environment

The 5,000 students and 600 employees of the University of Vaasa thrive on the most beautiful campus in Finland, at the seaside. Our university community is international: we come from 80 countries. We invest in our employees' occupational well-being by offering comprehensive occupational health care. This includes extensive medical care and preventive measures such as ergonomical check-ups, fitness and culture vouchers, and a multitude of other activities to support well-being at work. Our flexible working times and options such as blended home/campus working contribute to work-life balance.  Our commitment to support the career development of our personnel is visible in the broad offering of training and competence development opportunities. Read more about us:


The salary will be based on the Finnish University Salary System for expert and support staff. The monthly salary is based on job demand level 8-9 (2640 €- 3044 €/month). An additional personal salary component is paid based on work performance.

How to apply

To apply for this position, please use our online application system (using the “Leave an application” button below). The application, including appendices, has to be submitted using our online application database no later than 7 June 2023. The application should include a free-form application and CV.

Further information

  • 17.-30.5. and 5.-7.6.2023: HR Director Elina Kaunismäki, tel. +358 29 449 8072, 
  • HR Specialist, International affairs Mia Smedlund, tel. +358 29 449 8427 
  • email: firstname.surname(a)

The employment is subject to a trial period.

Applications are already processed during the application period.

Enquiries about the online application system: careers(a)

Application period starts: 2023-05-17 11:15Application period ends: 2023-06-07 23:59