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Educational Director

Niet-wetenschappelijke functies
Omvang (fte)
Intern, Extern
Den Haag
Geplaatst op
16 februari 2021
11 maart 2021

Nog 12 dagen om te solliciteren

Leiden University College The Hague seeks to appoint an

Educational Director

Project description
We are a close-knit international and interdisciplinary community of highly motivated staff and students at the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs, where English is the language of communication. The ED at LUC is a member of the College Board together with the Dean and the Operational Manager. The ED represents LUC inside and outside Leiden University in educational matters. The ED is responsible for the development and implementation of LUC's education strategy and policies, the staffing of the program, and quality assurance of the program Liberal Arts & Sciences: Global Challenges. The ED is the supervisor of a small team supporting the program (ca. 5fte): the Educational Coordinator, Course Administrator, Secretary to the Board of Examiners, Policy Officer education and Secretary to the Program Board, and Study Advisers. The ED is also the supervisor of lecturers with a short-term temporary contract.

Key responsibilities

  • Responsible for the development and implementation of the education strategy and policy of the College, specifically in the field of LAS education, students, and instructor development;
  • Responsible for quality assurance, evaluation and development of the program, including internal and external accreditation;
  • Coordinate and contribute to the development and innovation of the program together with LUC's staff;
  • Plan the staffing of the program, by allocating internal staff and arranging allocation of staff from other faculties and institutes at Leiden University. Roughly half of LUC's program is taught by affiliate staff based in other faculties;
  • Cooperate with the Operational Manager concerning the facilities and finances needed for the program;
  • Contribute to the educational policies and strategy of the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs;
  • Work closely with the Program Board and the Board of Examiners;
  • Represent LUC in educational matters inside the university, among University Colleges in the Netherlands, and abroad;
  • Supervise the team of support staff concerned with course administration, program support, and study advice. Together with the team, ensure efficient and high-quality support of the program and students, supervise the optimization of working processes, and the development and further professionalization of the team and the individual team members;
  • Supervise lecturers on short-term temporary contracts.

Selection criteria

  • An academic degree (masters or PhD), preferably in a field relevant to education;
  • At least 5 years of experience as Educational Director or a closely comparable function in (preferably Dutch and/or Liberal Arts & Sciences) Higher Education;
  • A thorough knowledge of the law, regulations, and quality assurance processes in Dutch Higher Education;
  • Demonstrable experience and affinity with the educational concept of Liberal Arts & Sciences, with interdisciplinary, research-led teaching, and teaching innovation. Demonstrable affinity with a wide range of academic disciplines;
  • Knowledge of and experience with university policy cycles and decision-making processes, and with relevant developments in Higher Education in the Dutch and international context;
  • Excellent written and spoken command of the English and Dutch language (at least at C1 level). Candidates with insufficient command of Dutch or English will not be considered. Ability to write clear and convincing proposals and reports in either language;
  • Strong analytical, strategic, organizational, and networking skills, and a good feel for internal university relations;
  • Strong communication skills to foster cooperation and collaborations, inside and outside of LUC;
  • Excellent managerial qualities; able to lead, inspire, and motivate a team of professionals in educational support;
  • Knowledge of educational processes and able to support the professional and academic teams in the optimization of these processes;
  • Able to communicate clearly and convincingly about the practical and operational aspects of policy decisions, and able to move easily between the academic, strategic and operational aspects of the working field;
  • Demonstrable experience with an international and intercultural working context;
  • Committed to contribute to an inclusive working and learning environment.

Our organisation
The Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs offers academic education in the field of Public Administration, Safety and Security, and International Relations, as well as in-depth post-academic programmes for professionals. In addition, the Faculty is also home to Leiden University College. For more information about the Faculty, see the website.

Leiden University College The Hague (LUC The Hague) was founded in 2010 as the international honors college of Leiden University in The Netherlands for a select group of excellent and highly motivated students from around the world. The LUC academic staff consists of highly ambitious and international scholars recruited from top institutes across the globe, who combine excellent teaching skills with conducting innovative multidisciplinary research. LUC has been consistently ranked as a ‘Top Rated Programme’ seal from the Dutch University Guide (Keuzegids Universiteiten), being listed as the no. 1 University College in the Netherlands in the past years. 

Terms and conditions
The successful candidate will be part of an ambitious and dynamic team. The appointment (0.8 - 1.0 fte) is for one year with the possibility for a fixed appointment depending on performance and finances. The salary level ranges between € 5,190.- and € 6,317.- (scale 13 according to the terms of the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities), gross per month on the basis of a full-time appointment.  

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3 %), training and career development and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. For more information, see the website.

Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups. 

For further inquiries, please contact Judi Mesman, email j.mesman@luc.leidenuniv.nl.

Please submit your application online no later than 11 March 2021 via the blue button in our application system. Applicants should submit the following documents (in English) online: 

  • A letter of motivation and intention;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • The names and contact details of three potential referees. 

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.

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