• 19 juni 2018
  • Vacaturennummer lv-64568
UWC makes education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future

UWC Maastricht
We offer a challenging and engaging education for students from all age groups, equipping them with the attitudes, skills and knowledge to live a meaningful and flourishing life. The UWC Maastricht educational experience is about knowing and acting. We nurture an understanding of the world and its major challenges, and help students discover how they can serve others and make a positive contribution to society and the planet. We currently serve over 900 students from more than 100 countries, 200 of whom live in our residential community on campus.

The value of a UWC education
A UWC education is life-changing. We empower change makers and future leaders through the delivery of a unique programme in a deliberately diverse community. The educational ethos of UWC combines rigorous academic standards with experiential and inquiry-based learning in areas such as sustainability, intercultural dialogue, social justice, conflict resolution and social entrepreneurship. UWC students come together from very diverse backgrounds, including the most marginalised. Access to a UWC education is given independent of socio-economic background, supported through a rigorous admission process and a comprehensive scholarship programme: around 65% of UWC students attending the final two years of secondary school are awarded a full or partial scholarship. UWC’s 60,000 alumni are prized by top universities worldwide and, in their professional lives, they occupy positions of influence in industry, finance, civil society, government, healthcare, academia and the media.
UWC Maastricht has a vacancy (0.8 FTE) for a


The team
The Advancement Office is responsible for Communications, Fundraising and Engagement at UWC Maastricht. The team currently consists of three people and is managed by the Director of Advancement. The main focus of the team is to tell the UWC Maastricht story and to build a strong and long-term relationship with relevant stakeholders and (potential) partners to ensure increased (financial) support for UWCM.

The job
The Communications Officer is responsible for all internal and external communications, with a strong focus on branding and community engagement. This includes teachers, students, parents, the leadership team, UWC International Office, (prospect) donors and the press.

The Communications Officer will aim to:
  • Plan, align and execute a wide variety of branding and mission awareness communications and activities to strengthen the brand UWC Maastricht, including but not limited to communications plans, social media, web content, publications, presentations, fundraising proposals, student profiles, videos and events
  • Guide planning and execution, research and evaluation, long-form storytelling and bite-sized content generation
  • Take an audience-centric approach, offering the message recipient’s perspective in order to craft highly effective plans, content, materials and more
The responsibilities of the Communications Officer are:
  • Together with the Director of Advancement develop and implement the internal and external strategic communications plan
  • Support the school with pro-active communications planning and execution in order to meet defined objectives and to ensure high quality effective communication for external audiences
  • Coordinate communications and PR with regard to school events and activities
  • Give advice on and monitor the school’s internal house style
  • Explore and implement the strategic use of digital media as appropriate
  • Inform and support students to provide quality content for external audiences
The successful profile & qualifications
Pursuing the UWC mission requires a commitment from our staff members to the following values: International and cultural understanding, celebration of difference, personal responsibility and integrity, mutual responsibility and respect, compassion and service, respect for the environment, a sense of idealism, personal challenge, action and personal example.

It should be noted that the school is a dynamic and high energy environment: the satisfaction from working at UWC Maastricht is high – but so are the demands on time and engagement.

Education degree and Professional experience
We expect our candidate to have at least a completed Bachelor degree in Communications & Public Relations and solid relevant experience in the field of Communications and PR. Experience in an international environment or in education is beneficial. This role will require a well-organised individual with excellent English writing skills and experience in drafting media and information material as well as copy for social media. The candidate should have a strong customer service focus, enjoy a varied workload, busy working environment, being part of a team, and should be able to work independently. Strong communication skills, both in Dutch as in English are required.

UWC Maastricht is committed to upholding the highest standards in student safeguarding. Throughout the application process we will be assessing your suitability to work with children and young adults. Prior to an offer of employment being made, UWC Maastricht will check directly with current and past employers about safeguarding.

Terms of Employment / Remuneration
  • You will get a contract of employment under Dutch law: the initial contract is until August 1, 2019 and can be renewed given good performance.
  • The package will be commensurate with the responsibilities of the position, according to the Dutch Collective Labour Agreement for Secondary Education (‘CAO VO’).
  • The contract is for 0,8 FTE being 32 hours on average per week. From the nature of the job, work times are flexible. Holidays are to be taken during school vacations.
  • Participation in the school’s pension plan via the ABP Retirement/Pension Fund.
  • Support in the application for the ‘30% Facility for Incoming Employees’ with the Dutch Tax Authorities (if relevant).
  • Location: UWC Maastricht, the Netherlands.
To be able to work in the Netherlands, a (foreign) staff member must be able to successfully apply for:
  • Residence and work permits for the Netherlands.
  • A Dutch VOG (certificate of good conduct).
UWCM will assist in the application process for residence and work permits and VOG.

If you would like to know more about this challenging position, please contact our HR Team via vacancies@uwcmaastricht.nl / via +31(0)43 2410 410, or check our website www.uwcmaastricht.nl

Our procedure
After shortlisting, we determine the suitability of the remaining candidates to work in our school via online testing and screening, reference checks and interviews at our school or via Skype.

Your application
You can express your interest by sending per e-mail your CV (linked to the described successful profile and qualifications) and a cover letter explaining why you are interested in the position to our HR team via vacancies@uwcmaastricht.nl.

The deadline for application is August 10, 2018.
Further information can be found on our website via ‘Working with us’. UWC Maastricht reserves the right to identify and appoint a qualified candidate prior to the submission deadline.