Programme Manager for the Graduate School of Social Sciences

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam has an opening for a Programme Manager for the Graduate School of Social Sciences.

Candidates will assist in the organization of the PhD Program as the program manager. Alongside the Academic Director, Program Director, and other Programme Managers, they will collaborate closely. The Graduate School’s Academic Director is in charge of carrying out PhD policies. The PhD training program’s content is within the program director’s control. The candidate will interact often with PhD candidates, mentors, instructors for our courses, and other members of the Faculty of Social Sciences staff.


Jointly with the other Programme Managers, you will perform the following tasks:

  • Be the first contact point for (future) PhD candidates;
  • Support the application and registration process of new PhD candidates;
  • Coordinate the training programme;
  • Coordinate the Go / No Go assessment procedure and the final assessment procedure;
  • Participate in social events;
  • Coordinate the buddy system, Advisory Board and social activities;
  • Conduct one-on-one conversations and interviews with PhD candidates;
  • Analyse problems and suggest potential improvements with respect to the organisation and execution of the activities of the Graduate School;
  • Coordinate the Graduate Fund that financially facilitates PhD research;
  • Communication activities (newsletter, website, mailings).


Minimum salary of €2,960 and a maximum of €4,670 depending on educational qualifications and experience

Job Requirements

  • A Master’s degree and affinity with academic research and the academic environment;
  • Relevant experience in educational processes and administration and information needs in higher education, preferably in a Dutch public university context;
  • A preference for (and possibly experience with) working in a dynamic international academic environment;
  • Excellent social and communication skills;
  • Talent for organizational matters;
  • Accurate, flexible and capable of dealing with stress;
  • Proactive and service-oriented attitude;
  • Understanding of working in complex organizations;
  • Knowledge of MS Office (Excel, Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Teams).
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Application Process

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Cover letter

To apply for a Programme Manager for the Graduate School of Social Sciencesclick here.

Deadline: May 31, 2023.

For more information on the position of Programme Manager for the Graduate School of Social Sciences, visit the official site.

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