Head of Communications Office

Description of the Position
We are looking for an experienced Head of the Communications Office, who has ample experience with communication processes in academic organizations. He or she will be managing a team of 6-7 employees. The team is responsible for processes regarding communication, marketing, student recruitment, and admissions. The Head oversees all departmental processes and shows leadership in the team.

In our small academic organization the managerial part of the position will have to be combined with a hands-on mentality in all the core processes. The Head will be the external media spokesperson of the college and in this capacity work closely together with UCR Board (the Managing Director and the Dean of UCR).
The new Head of Communications will be characterized by a clear and innovative view on communication and recruitment processes in our international academic organization. Within UCR, the new Head will be a discussion partner for the communications and recruitment team, for the UCR Board and for the different academic departments in the areas of communication, marketing, admissions and (student) recruitment. The new Head of Communications will be expected to provide strategic advice and can translate wishes and needs into concrete communication and marketing policies. The Head reports to the Managing Director and the Dean of UCR.

Profile of the Head

  • Has broad experience in communication, marketing and student recruitment in higher education
  • Hands-on mentality in combination with connecting leadership
  • Has excellent organizational skills
  • Has well developed critical and analytic skills
  • Evaluative and decisive in decision-making
  • Has excellent communication skills both in written and spoken English and Dutch
  • Is an engaging public speaker
  • Is proactive, independent and a team player, with a problem solving attitude
  • Ability to deliver results against short deadlines i.e. perform under pressure

Conditions of Employment

UCR initially offers a contract for a year with the intention to extend this for an indefinite period of time. The intention is to offer a permanent employment contract. Employee will start preferably on the first of January 2020. A secondment (detachering) contract could be discussed as a possibility.

The employment contract is for 0.8fte – 1.0fte (32 – 40 hours per week).

Salary will be based on VSNU salary scales in the range from scale 11 to scale 12 based on knowledge and experience. Commuting expenses within the Netherlands will be partly reimbursed. Furthermore, UCR offers secondary benefits according to the Collective Labor Agreement Dutch Universities, such as:

  • End of Year Bonus (8.3%)
  • Holiday allowance (8%)
  • ABP Pension arrangement
  • Multiple choices model
  • Holiday leave hours of 232 per year based on full time employment


Applications should be sent in before November 22, 2019 and include a resume and the names of at least two references:

University College Roosevelt
Attn. Mrs. H. Abdenbi, HR Advisor
P.O. Box 94, NL-4330 AB Middelburg, the Netherlands
Or (preferably) by e-mail to: personnel@ucr.nl

Acquisition is not appreciated.

Unsolicited applications can be sent to our Human Resources department and addressed to Hanan Abdenbi: personnel@ucr.nl.


University College Roosevelt

UCR is one of the English taught International Honors Colleges of Utrecht University. The staff and students form a vibrant academic community centered on a Liberal Arts and Sciences bachelor’s education. Students hail from all over the globe and follow a broad and intensive study program in the historic town of Middelburg, where they live on the centrally-located city campus. Classes have an average of 22 students and include continuous assessment as well as a high level of interaction with instructors. Instructors have great freedom in designing their courses, and work within an environment that firmly has teaching as its priority, whilst also supporting undergraduate and faculty research.

In 2012 the Dutch Flemish Accreditation Organization (NVAO) has evaluated UCR’s Liberal Arts & Sciences quality of teaching as good to excellent. The NVAO has also awarded UCR the quality label of a ‘Small-Scale and Intensive’ program. After graduation, UCR’s students continue in the best master programs all over the world.