Legal counsel

Legal counsel

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13 Nov 5 Dec Rotterdam

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Advise on a wide range of legal issues and agreements and help professionalise our contracts and legal processes at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (both the public RSM faculty and RSM B.V).

Job description

Navigate a variety of legal issues and stay ahead of the changing legal landscape in which RSM operates.

Your main tasks
You will be responsible for providing general legal support within RSM (both the public RSM faculty and RSM B.V.).

The job aims to:
  • Provide general legal advice to all internal stakeholders upon request
  • Pro-actively work on contract standardization and strive for continuous improvement in this field
  • Advise your stakeholders on contractual matters related to research and education, including privacy, data protection and intellectual property
  • conduct contract negotiations and support negotiations from a legal perspective, taking into account business needs
  • assist outside counsel in litigation, and manage contractual disputes (excluding employment disputes)
  • actively keep abreast of legal developments in the focus areas with a view to their implications for RSM (for example open science/open access) and promote implementation of its principles within RSM
  • build a network and liaise with the university's legal community to share knowledge and best practice
  • be an ambassador for professional services, helping others find their way to the professional services teams at RSM and the university


Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)


To be eligible, you must:
  • hold a master degree in Dutch law, with knowledge of public and administrative law, contract law and intellectual property law
  • have multiple years' experience in the preparation, negotiation and monitoring of contracts
  • have multiple years' experience in advising on legal issues to a diverse group of internal clients
  • have affinity with a research and education-driven environment
  • experience in collaborating at the interface between academic and private parties

    And it's an advantage if you have:
  • experience with the Dutch Higher Education Act (WHW)
  • knowledge of Horizon 2020, Dutch government-subsidised research projects and other programmes.

Your required competencies
In this role, you're expected to combine excellent legal skills with the ability to effectively operate in complex environments.

That means, you need to have:
  • excellent legal and analytical skills
  • excellent advisory skills
  • the ability to balance the different interest of the organisation, including the legal interest
  • a very strong sense of accuracy and excellent writing skills
  • strong interpersonal and intercultural communication skills
  • strong communication skills to translate legal matters in communications towards internal and external stakeholders
  • the ability to work independently but also in teams
  • the ability to collaborate and interact with various stakeholders within and outside of RSM (both the public RSM faculty and RSM B.V.)
  • the ability to prioritise and perform under time constraints
  • a hands-on, service-oriented and proactive attitude
  • excellent command of English (C1) and Dutch (C2), both spoken and written

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 1 year.

We offer a part-time position of 0.6 FTE, for a temporary position of one year. Depending on developments there may be an extension possible. Alternatively, similar positions may become available at Erasmus University.

The conditions of employment correspond with the collective labour agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU).

Salary is subject to training and experience and may vary from a minimum of € 3,746 (scale 11 CAO NU) gross per month and up to a maximum of € 5,826 gross per month (scale 12 CAO NU), based on a full-time contract of 38 hours.

Erasmus University has attractive employment conditions, which include a holiday allowance of 8 per cent, an end-of-year bonus of 8.3 per cent, and a considerate amount of vacation days.

RSM values the input of its employees and believes in lifelong learning. The university has an active career development and mobility policy to support the professional development of employees. RSM staff can join courses and training to learn the skills and earn qualifications they need to successfully carry out their position, or to prepare them for new opportunities.


Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) is one of Europe's top-ranked business schools. RSM provides ground-breaking research and education furthering excellence in all aspects of management and is based in the international port city of Rotterdam - a vital nexus of business, logistics and trade. RSM's primary focus is on developing business leaders with international careers who can become a force for positive change by carrying their innovative mindset into a sustainable future. Our first-class range of bachelor, master, MBA, PhD and executive programmes encourage them to become critical, creative, caring and collaborative thinkers and doers. Study information and activities for future students, executives and alumni are also organised from the RSM office in Chengdu, China.

RSM is an equal opportunity employer and explicitly encourages applications from candidates of all genders, ethnicities, and nationalities.


The Dean's Office employs secretaries who support the Dean and other members of the Executive Board as well as senior Professional Service Department managers in daily operations.


  • Legal staff
  • Economics
  • max. 22.8 hours per week
  • €3746—€5826 per month
  • University graduate
  • P667438-12


Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)

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