General program manager UNIC alliance (0,8 – 1,0 fte) - Academic Affairs

General program manager UNIC alliance (0,8 – 1,0 fte) - Academic Affairs

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4 Aug 23 Aug Rotterdam

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In the coming years, Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) intends to strengthen its European and international research and education profile, by being an active partner in international education related consortia and networks,

At present, we are looking for a;

General program manager UNIC alliance (0,8 – 1,0 fte)

Job description

We are looking for a general program manager for the newly established UNIC European University Alliance. UNIC is a European University network of Post-Industrial Cities, forming an alliance between 8 universities; Erasmus University Rotterdam (coordinator), Ruhr University Bochum (Germany), Koc University Istanbul (Turkey), University of Deusto (Bilbao, Spain), University of Zagreb (Croatia), University of Liege (Belgium) and Oulu University (Finland).

The aim of the first phase of the UNIC alliance project is to establish a structural and university-wide collaboration that should bring unique European learning, teaching and working experiences to students, staff and researchers from all 8 universities.

UNIC will develop activities in the area of mobility, impact and inclusion. Regarding mobility, UNIC will promote real, virtual and blended forms of mobility amongst the universities, in the form of collaborations between existing programs as well as the establishment of new programs.

Regarding impact, UNIC will bring a strategic alliance with the 8 post-industrial cities involved, and bring together teaching, research and practitioners in design oriented CityLabs.

Regarding inclusion, UNIC will promote the development of intercultural models for high education, including trainings, outreach events (UNIC@School) and the establishment of a UNIC Superdiversity Academy.

The general manager will be responsible for:

  • The coordination of relations between the eight universities in UNIC (together with the Alliance Coordinator),
  • Monitoring the implementation of the six work packages as agreed upon by the UNIC partners
  • Function as a first contact and sparring partner for the eight UNIC program managers
  • Providing progress reports to the UNIC Board on a regular basis
  • Organizing and coordinating meetings of the UNIC Board,
  • Quality management and evaluation in the UNIC Consortium 
  • Initiating and implementing the activities necessary for ensuring further sustainability of UNIC 

Your position will be embedded at the Academic Affairs of the EUR General Affairs Department. The position will have a one-year trial period and will then be for at least three years. 


Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)


We are looking for someone with the following qualifications:

  • You have multi-year experience in initiating and managing complex international education & research projects.
  • You are a senior expert in the field of internationalization of higher education and in international research programmes, with ample experience in working with relevant EU programmes such as Erasmus+ and Horizon 2020 as well as with other EU programmes that can be relevant for UNIC and the Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • You are capable of developing leadership skills, within the UNIC team and UNIC alliance as well as in the context of the broader university
  • You feel at ease in complex academic working environments and you are a well informed and communicative counterpart for academics, board members and policy staff.
  • You are a pro-active and innovative manager, politically sensitive. You can translate complex ideas into concrete project ambitions and realize these, also under pressure.
  • You master English at C1, C2 level and if non-Dutch you communicate in Dutch at B2 level.

Conditions of employment

The conditions of employment comply with the collective labor agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU). We offer a 0,8 – 1,0 fte contract, initially for 1 year. In case of good performance, the contract can be extended to three years.

Salary is subject to educational background and experience and may vary from a minimum of € 4.538 (scale 12 CAO NU) gross per month and up to a maximum of € 6.317 gross per month (scale 13 CAO NU), based on a full-time contract of 38 hours.

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 can make use of the EUR facilities, including the Erasmus Sports Centre and the University Library.

More information is available at

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 organisation 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.


Erasmus University Rotterdam

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) is an internationally oriented university with a strong social orientation in its education and research. Our scientists and students work in close collaboration with internal and external parties to solve global, social challenges, inspired by the always dynamic and cosmopolitan Rotterdam. Our mission is therefore "Creating positive societal impact". Our academic education is intensive, active and application oriented. Our research increasingly takes place in multidisciplinary teams, which are strongly intertwined with international networks. With our research impact and thanks to the high quality of education, EUR can compete with the top European universities. The Erasmian values ​​function as our internal compass and make Erasmus University recognizable to the outside world: entrepreneurial, socially involved, global citizen, open-minded and connecting.


  • Policy and staff; Management
  • 32—40 hours per week
  • €4538—€6317 per month
  • University graduate
  • AZ20200804


Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)

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