NEXT ESN VU Amsterdam BOARD 2019-2020 APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN!



Do you want to train your leadership skills? Looking for a part-time board position to enrich your CV? Do you want to get in contact with international students from all over the world? Apply to become part of the next board of ESN VU Amsterdam! 

To apply, send an email to mail@esnvuamsterdam.nl and attach your motivation letter (1-page max.) & your CV. State in your motivation please TWO POSITIONS (indicate which one is your preferred one) you would like to apply for. * We will get in contact with you soon! 

If you want to know more about becoming a board member, check out the presentations of each board position here and/or read more below! 

Applications are now open from 16-3-2019 till 15-4-2019 23.59. Update: FINAL DEADLINE (extended) April 25, 23.59. Last chance, apply now!

*You need to be a student enrolled at VU University Amsterdam (=Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) in order to apply for a board year. Living in Amsterdam/ near the VU is highly recommended!



ESN VU Amsterdam is the official international exchange student association at VU University Amsterdam (Vrije Universiteit). We are partners with the VU International Office and we are part of an incredible student network which is active all over Europe (39+ countries!). Every year, ESN VU Amsterdam is helping new (and current) international students in Amsterdam on a local level by organising social and cultural events, trips and parties! As a board member of ESN VU Amsterdam, you can develop various skills while getting in contact with the best people in the world: international students! We have 1000+ members every year and we organise various events throughout the semester. As a board member, you will be responsible for the events and representation and you will learn a lot about organisational matters while having the best time of your life! 

Watch the video below to get an idea of what we do and what we stand for.

-> #THISisESN <-

There are 7 positions which you can apply for. All positions have some main responsibilities but you also have a lot of freedom for own ideas and projects. 

President
Secretary / Vice President
Treasurer
Marketing & Communication Manager
PR Manager
Social Events Manager
Cultural Events Manager

Below you can find a short description of which responsibilities and qualities every position requires. If you have questions regarding one or more of the positions, feel free to send an email to the person connected to that position!

President
Are you a strong communicator and always on top of things? Do you enjoy planning, leading and strategising? Perhaps the function of president of ESN VU Amsterdam would be best for you. As president, you are responsible for the functioning of the ESN VU Amsterdam board and the decisions that it takes. You must be be passionate and energetic, but also able to take action when needed. You plan and lead the board meetings, stay in touch with the other board members and make sure that everything is working as it should. You will be the face of ESN VU Amsterdam and thus will do a lot of public speaking on behalf of the association. You will be the main contact person for the International Office of the VU and other student unions. You will also stay in touch with the National and International level of ESN and you will be responsible for voting on matters that affect the future of the Network. You need to be confident, empathetic, social and grounded. Are you up for a challenge?
For questions regarding this position, contact president@esnvuamsterdam.nl!

Secretary / VP
Are you the glue that keeps your group friends together? Are you ordered, punctual and good with e-mail and social media? Then we might be looking for you! ESN VU Amsterdam needs a strong secretary to keep the board together. As a Secretary, you’re the first point of call for the ESN members. You receive the emails people send to the association, you reply to their questions and make sure the other board members stay updated and receive the relevant information they need. You are responsible for the buddy program. You try to make the students feel at home when they just arrive by assigning them a buddy. The main point for them is getting to know the Dutch culture as well. You need to make sure the buddies do their job well and organise some buddy events. Together with the President, you are responsible for the contact with the university (especially the International Office). You have email contact and meet with them around once a month. You discuss the plans for the semester with them. During the arrival days, ESN VU Amsterdam mostly helps the VU so you need to agree on how to do things. Last but not least you help the President with the meetings. You´re the one who writes all the notes down and you make sure that there is enough time for every topic. You remind the other board members on their to-do´s. You’ll be the spin in the web; making sure everyone receives their emails and referring outside contacts to the right board members. An important and sometimes hectic job, but one of the rewarding ones as well!
For questions regarding this position, contact secretary@esnvuamsterdam.nl!

Treasurer
As treasurer, you are responsible for practically everything that is going on within ESN. You need to take responsibility for spending the money the best for the students and therefore communicate intensively with all the board members. When activities are organized, you are always the one who double check the balance and correct where necessary. As treasurer, you have an eye for detail and can practice your communication and interpersonal skills. Next to this all, you can give (exchange)students the best time of their lives in Amsterdam and join them in all activities and parties!
For questions regarding this position, contact treasurer@esnvuamsterdam.nl

Marketing & Communication Manager
Do you want to gain and train your skills in Marketing & Communication? Get practical hands-on experience during a board year as Marketing & Communication Manager! You will use various marketing tools on a daily base and will learn how to manage content across different channels. You make sure the organisation is represented correctly and that we have relevant content and up to date information. You will be the creative brain when it comes to copywriting, marketing tactics and visual design. Through social media,  through the website but also through flyers, booklets and merchandise you make sure every student in Amsterdam heard about ESN. You will learn how to manage and set up your own committee and plan projects together, plan the use of your marketing budget, host the Marketing Meetings with your Marketing Committee and think about new ways to raise awareness and attract new students. You set goals, track the progress and present it to the board every month. And of course, explain in the meetings why we need more marketing budget! If you are interested in getting your hands on a very broad spectrum of marketing/communication tools and tasks, this is the position you definitely desire.
For questions regarding this position, contact marketing@esnvuamsterdam.nl

PR Manager
As the PR Manager, you will be in contact with our current partners and you will be looking for new sponsors, partners and collaborations. You will also be in contact with various media for interviews and talks about topics that concern ESN VU Amsterdam. Are you a master in negotiation and do you have that perfect pitch? Or do you want to train these skills? Come further develop that talent during your board year as PR Manager for ESN VU Amsterdam! 
For questions regarding this position, contact pr@esnvuamsterdam.nl

Social Events Manager
As the Social Activity’s Manager, your main focus is to organise all the social events of the first and second semester. You will be bringing back some of the ESN classics like the Boat Parties but also have room to come up with new and fresh ideas. Apart from organising your own events, you will also co-organize some bigger scale (3000 People!) events with our partners. Finally, you shall be the main contact point with Exchange Party and Coco’s Outback, this includes making sure our partnerships stay healthy, renovating contracts and also making sure everyone is on the guest list!
For questions regarding this position, contact social@esnvuamsterdam.nl

Cultural Events Manager
The cultural events manager mainly organizes events and trips, runs the cultural committee, and does general board tasks. You train your communication skills, by frequent contact with your board and committee. You practice your organizing skills, because you are responsible for the events, and need to prepare these in advance while keeping all factors and possible outcomes in consideration. You also practice your leadership skills, because you will be the head of the cultural committee, you will have to guide, motivate and check you committee members. You learn how to work together, and that in a team you always give and take and cannot have things 100% your way, but this can also be for the better. Finally, you learn how to deal with setbacks, to let go of perfectionism and to be solution oriented. At the end of the day what you really want is for the students to have a good time and connect with each other and The Netherlands.
For questions regarding this position, contact cultural@esnvuamsterdam.nl

If you are interested in becoming the NEXT ESN VU Amsterdam BOARD 2019-2020, do not hesitate to contact us for more information. 

To apply: send an email to mail@esnvuamsterdam.nl and attach your motivation letter (1 page max.) & your CV.  State in your motivation please TWO POSITIONS (indicate which one is your preferred one) you would like to apply for. We will get in contact with you soon!  If you want to know more about becoming a board member meet us in person to ask questions, or join our information session on MONDAY APRIL 8 at 20.00 at  VU University Amsterdam, Main Building room HG 0D-02 (Presentations available here)! Applications are now open from 16-3-2019 till 25-4-19 (Final deadline!)


We can only encourage to take this opportunity to join the best student network in the world. The impact we have together and the possibilities to learn and develop your professional as well as personal skills are endless! 


Board & Committees ESN VU Amsterdam 2018-2019