The Erasmus University Rotterdam has recently started with a comprehensive Academic Outreach and Advancement Programme as one of the ways to implement our new strategy “The Erasmian Way, Creating Positive Societal Impact”. The goal of this programme is to increase the proportion of young people from underrepresented groups attending higher education, and to improve and support their wellbeing and success at university.
The programme exists of several Action Lines. We aim to 1) elaborate and strengthen our connection with underrepresented primary and secondary school pupils and students in the greater Rotterdam area through several outreach activities, 2) expand and improve student-centered support in the pre-enrollment phase and at EUR for these groups and 3) build new blocks by enabling EUR scientist, teachers, and students to develop, implement and research equity-based opportunity programmes and activities.
Within Action Line 1, we intend to expand the current offer of outreach activities and create an ‘academic support line’. In collaboration with primary and secondary schools we will identify talented pupils from underrepresented backgrounds to become part of a cohort that will be offered consecutive tailored interventions provided by the EUR and external stakeholders. The pupils get a fair chance throughout their school career, while at the same time providing EUR with insight in the experiences and mechanisms of the underrepresented groups in their way to higher education.
The Academic Outreach and Advancement Programme is part of the D&I Office , in close cooperation with the Student Well-being Programme, the Erasmus Science Hub that introduces school children to science and research, and the Erasmus Ambassadors Office that provides study information to secondary school pupils.
In close collaboration with the project manager of the Academic Outreach and Advancement Programme, your duties as a Coordinator Academic Support Line are twofold. First, you will set up and coordinate the academic support line, which involves:
Working together with Science Hub and the Erasmus Ambassadors Office to decide on and to set up outreach activities offered within the academic support line;
Communicating and liaising with participating schools and relevant external stakeholders;
Determining eligibility criteria for schools and talented pupils;
Determining key performance indices to examine the effectiveness the academic support line;
Ensure that all activities are delivered on-time, within scope and within budget, including the financial administration of the project.
Second, you will be (co-)supervising research activities conducted in Action Line 1, focusing on the (effect) evaluation of current outreach activities and the academic support line. This involves:
Supervising two PhD students on research activities performed in Action Line 1;
Setting up a cohort study design;
Coordinating executing of the cohort study, working together with PhD students and participating schools;
Communicating findings within EUR, with stakeholders, and to (inter)national academic audiences.
30.4—40 hours per week
€3746—€5127 per month
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Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)
For this position, we are looking for someone with an academic background, preferably with experience in cohort research, with organizational experience, proven affinity with outreach programmes, and who meets the following requirements:
Completion of a relevant PhD in the behavioural and social sciences
At least five years of work experience (preferably in higher education)
Very good command of spoken and written English and Dutch (C1 level)
Qualitative and quantitative research skills (including design, execution, analyses, writing)
Result-oriented, creative, decisive, with networking and collaborative skills
Excellent organisational skills including attention for detail and multitasking skills, able to keep overview.
A team player, and also able to work in an autonomous way and take initiative
Ability to interact and communicate efficiently with diverse stakeholders
Affinity with university governance context
Conditions of employment
Fixed-term contract: 1 year.
Internationally oriented and varied work within an enthusiastic team, with attractive fringe benefits in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU). We offer a contract that is initially for one year based on 0.8 -1.0 FTE, with a possibility of extension. Your remuneration will depend on your specific knowledge and experience, and will be calculated on the basis of full-time salary ranging between € 3.746,- and € 5.127,- gross per month (scale 11, CAO NU).
Erasmus University Rotterdam offers attractive terms of employment, including a holiday allowance of 8%, a year-end payment of 8.3% and 41 holidays per year based on a full-time appointment. In addition, EUR takes part in the ABP pension scheme, and we also offer partially paid parental leave. Moreover, EUR staff members are allowed to make use of the EUR facilities, including the Erasmus sports centre and the University Library.
Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)
Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) is an internationally oriented university with a strong social orientation in its teaching and research. Our scientists and students work on solving global, social challenges, inspired by the always cosmopolitan and dynamic Rotterdam. Our academic education is intensive, active and pragmatic. Our research increasingly takes place in multidisciplinary teams, which are strongly interwoven with international networks. With our research impact and educational quality, the EUR can measure up to the top of European universities. Important values for Erasmus University Rotterdam are daring, curiosity, social involvement, a focus on pushing boundaries.
The General Management Directorate (ABD) / Diversity & Inclusion Office
The General Management Directorate (Algemene Bestuursdienst, ABD) is the central staff organisation responsible for the organisation and support of EUR’s policy and administration at the institutional level. ABD supports the Executive Board in fulfilling its responsibilities with regard to the quality, accessibility and financing of EUR’s education and research programmes. ABD handles the joint design of integrated policy, ensures the timely submission of policy within decision-making procedures and the implementation of the adopted policy measures and constantly monitors and evaluates developments in the interest of further improvement.
ABD comprises the departments of Academic Affairs (AZ), Corporate Planning & Control (CPC), Administrative Affairs (BZ), Legal Affairs (JZ) and the Chief Information Office (CIO). The independent university publication Erasmus Magazine also falls under ABD in organisational terms.
The management directorate is headed by the Director of the General Management Directorate, who also serves as Secretary of the Executive Board.
Diversity & Inclusion Office:
Erasmus University Rotterdam works hard on its ambitions regarding diversity and inclusion (D&I). That is why a central Diversity & Inclusion Office has been created, with a D&I team which is committed to furthering diversity and inclusion at the university. In addition, each faculty has their own Faculty Diversity Officer (FDO). The D&I programme exist of five pillars: Education & Students, Academic Outreach and Advancement, Monitoring and Research, HR, and an Institutional pillar. The diversity team is a multidisciplinary team, consisting of 10 members and is characterized by a warm and friendly atmosphere, united in passion and ambition for creating an inclusive EUR. You will be a very welcome addition to the team.
Projected starting date: March 2021.
Please submit your application before January 16th, 2021 by emailing your CV and motivation letter to email@example.com. If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact prof. Semiha Denktas Chief Diversity Officer EUR (firstname.lastname@example.org) or dr. Anne Wijtzes, Project Lead Academic Outreach and Advancement (email@example.com).
First round interviews will take place in the week of 25th of January 2021.
Based on our internal career policy, internal candidates are given a prior position, relative to external candidates. The Erasmus University Rotterdam aspires to be an inclusive organization where everyone feels at home and therefore gets the opportunity to excel. The university believes in the enrichment a mix of different people brings. That is why we strive to be a reflection of our student population and the city of Rotterdam with all its differences.