The Gerrit Rietveld Academie is looking for an:

Advisor Student Council for 12 hours a week (0,3 fte)

We are looking for an advisor for the Student Council (12h/week). As an advisor you are a pedagogical mentor for the Student Council members, who depend on your guidance and experience with navigating the institutional structures at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, including the bachelor and the master education.  


The organisation

The Gerrit Rietveld Academie is an independent university of applied sciences within which the bachelor's degree program in Fine Arts and Design is housed in various majors. In addition, the academy offers five master's degree programs and a varying number of temporary master's degree programs; these are provided by the Sandberg Institute. The organisation is characterised by an international and highly decentralised character with responsibilities and authorities close to the education itself. 

The day-to-day management is in the hands of the Executive Board, with the education being supported by a large number of workplaces and staff departments such as Finance, Student Affairs, ICT, Facilities Management and the HRM department.


Our department

The Student Council is one of the working groups of the Quality Agreements 2019-2024, and has since 2019 been a key element as a representative student body on behalf of Rietveld and Sandberg students, increasing the visibility and voice of students within the school’s community. We are formed by 6-8 student members, selected by current and outgoing council members based on the criteria of representing diverse positionalities at the academy and a commitment to active involvement and care in the school community. We aim to be a responsive entity within the Gerrit Rietveld Academie which requires critical thinking and flexibility from our members, coordinator and advisor.

The Student Council is supported by two staff role positions: an advisor and a coordinator. This mixed structure is intended to facilitate the Student Council objectives within the institution and help navigate the organisation. As members of the Student Council, we see the role of advisor as a pedagogical one, helping us in democratic decision-making processes and in navigating between the various organs, departments and hierarchies of the Rietveld and Sandberg community. As staff members of the Student Council you report to the Quality Agreements project leader.


What will you be doing?

• The advisor is expected to attend the weekly meetings of the council on Monday afternoons, and with a pedagogical perspective, guide and advise on individual and group projects led by the council's student members.

• The advisor is responsible for reporting back to the project leader for the Quality Agreements and the chairman of the Executive Board on the Student Council activities and plans, through summaries, reports and other documents, as well as through bi-weekly meetings with these staff members.

• The advisor role requires liaising with different parts and platforms of the schools on behalf of the council, acting as a connective tissue between student representative groups, staff and the institution.

• One of the documents the advisor is responsible for elaborating is an annual budget plan that is agreed upon with the SC members and the coordinator; this also includes its later management and tracking. Other documents include a yearly program plan and yearly reports to the Quality Agreements coordination group.

• The role of the advisor is not to drive the progress of the Student Council projects, but to track the student-led projects and facilitate their feasibility in school. This also translates to the annual funding round the SC organizes, and other yearly activities, like the selection of new members.   

• The advisor works in close relation with the coordinator who is in charge of the administrative overview of the Student Council, keeping track of the annual budget expenses, contract overview for the student members, financial overview and its tracking for the annual funding round. 

• Other tasks of this role include, developing and producing student-led programming and following up on responsibilities of student members.


What kind of profile do you have?

You have previous experience in coordination and you have an interest in education and student initiative. You are open minded, communicative and are able to juggle and keep track of different trajectories within the Student Council’s varied programme. In addition, you enjoy working in a team. We are looking for someone with:

• strong organisational skills – you will advise and maintain an overview of multiple projects;

• good communication skills;

• an autonomous and solution-oriented attitude;

• great dealing with conflict, commitment to social safety and capacity to work with people with different perspectives;

• flexible working hours (hours will be spread over the week and you need to be available in an emergency situation)

Study or working experience at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie is a plus.    


Terms of employment

• According to the Collective Labour Agreement for Higher Professional Education, the position is situated in scale 10 with a maximum of € 4,393.81 gross per month based on a full-time appointment (40 hours per week). The offered salary scale is determined on the basis of knowledge and experience;

• Good fringe benefits including a year-end bonus of 8.3%, a very large number of vacations, a pension scheme and development opportunities;

• We offer a 1-year contract with the possibility for another year;

Notice: you will need to have a residence and work permit for the Netherlands.



The Gerrit Rietveld Academie strives for a broader representation of its staff, students, partners and programs that reflects the diversity of the city. Anyone who thinks they can contribute to this is expressly invited to respond.


Intersectionality & Inclusivity

The Gerrit Rietveld Academie recognises the need to create inclusive environments with members who strive to critically reflect on the intersectional identities involved in social-safety. Prior awareness and experience will be utilized and appreciated in this role.



If you feel an affinity for our projects and activities, and the way we work, we are happy to receive your application. Send your cover letter and CV to hr[at] with the subject 'vacancy advisor student council'. The application takes place via one round of interviews with the Student Council. Interviews will be scheduled in May. The closing date of this vacancy is 8 May 2022. 


Acquisition in response to this advertisement is not appreciated.