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Organize the STAR BOARD next International BusinesGROW. Study LEARN. EXCEL. Recruitment Period III



Founded in 1977, STAR, formerly known as Sviib, is the study association of Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. Over the years STAR has grown from a small group of students organizing social activities for Business Administration students to the largest, and most professional study association in Europe.

Are you ready for a life changing experience? Become part of the next STAR board and gain managerial work experience while developing yourself. A board year at STAR offers the unique opportunity to experience the real business world, develop your social and professional skills at an exponential rate, while intensively working together with a diverse team of ambitious students.

Today 6,500 members, of which around 300 are active in part-time and full-time positions, are part of STAR. All Active Members collaboratively enable STAR to offer an extensive portfolio of events, trips and services. STAR is characterized by a flat organizational structure, thereby empowering all Active Members when working on their projects. This empowerment, in combination with professional trainings provided by STAR, results in impressive growth on all levels among Active Members. Moreover, STAR is recognized for its social aspect. Having fun is valued as much as hard work. Therefore, a significant amount of social activities is being organized by and for Active Members. For example, STAR’s weekly drink in CafÊ De Vrienden Live, STAR Christmas Gala, and Active Members weekends. As Active Member at STAR you will make sure to get the most out of your student life! Running an organization like STAR is a unique opportunity. You will be in a leadership position with responsibilities you would not encounter until obtaining senior management positions. No matter whether you are Dutch or international, have or have not gained relevant experience yet, as long as you are ready to challenge yourself on a personal and professional level, STAR is the right place for you.

The STAR board is responsible for the entire study association STAR, which is the largest student run study association within Europe. As part of the STAR board you will initiate and supervise projects, manage people, display leadership, and develop and execute a strategy for a large organization. During this intense team experience, you will learn about your strengths and weaknesses, and with professional trainings you will learn how to exploit or improve these skills within different teams. A board year at STAR is unique in the experiences it offers. Within such a professional organisation you can expand your network by closely working with the university, hundreds of companies, other student associations and inspiring leaders and speakers. Besides the learning experience, a board year is incredibly fun to do. You will attend drinks and dinners, participate in exclusive events, meet many new people, and make friends for life. Take this opportunity to make sure you experience the most out of your upcoming year!

CHAIRMAN As chairman of the STAR Board you are leading the association and are ultimately responsible for its performance. The position of chairman consists of many responsibilities, making it necessary to create structure and overview. Your priority is to support fellow board members on both work and personal aspects, such that they can perform at their optimal level. You are facilitating optimal group dynamics, thereby being the keystone holding the group together. Besides, you will be representing STAR at numerous occasions both internally as externally. Moreover, you have the lead in determining, monitoring and executing STAR’s strategy, thereby bringing STAR to the next level. Can you lead a team, make difficult decisions, keep an overview and do you have a good sense of responsibility?

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Bear the ultimate responsibility for the entire association Lead and support fellow STAR board members Represent STAR on internal and external occasions Be responsible for STAR’s strategy Guide and inspire other chairmen within STAR Maintain relationships within RSM, Erasmus University Communicate with the STAR Supervisory Board

Being end responsible for the association, board, and strategy is a large responsibility. However, this challenge is most rewarding!

Marc Gijsbers, Chairman STAR Board 2017-2018

SECRETARY As Secretary of the STAR Board you are the backbone of the entire organization. You facilitate the planning of all events and trips, thus you are in the loop about everything. You manage relations with multiple external stakeholders, are the first contact person for (active) members and supervise the board assistant. The best part is that your functional tasks grant you a lot of freedom to be involved with various modules, your own policy and other projects through which you can make a huge impact on the long-term. All these different responsibilities make your days very dynamic. You can also guide committees and support your fellow board members with their daily tasks. Are you ready to fast-track your personal development while engaging with many stakeholders in diverse projects?

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Know STAR inside out Optimize the year planning Be the contact person for a wide range of different stakeholders Maintain and strengthen the relationship with other associations Enhance social dynamics within the association

By having a lot of freedom within your position, you can focus on your own projects to truly develop yourself.

Carlijn ten Have, Secretary & HR Manager STAR Board 2017-2018

TREASURER As the Treasurer of the STAR board it is your task to safeguard the financial health of the entire association. In general you will be responsible for STAR’s overall financial policy and administration, while financially guiding the board and committees. You will need to manage an annual turnover of €1.3 million. You are involved in every part of STAR and play a vital role in keeping the association running and growing. As treasurer you will learn to combine financial knowledge, hard skills and people management. You know a lot about what goes on within STAR and this will benefit you and others in discussions you will have. So are you up for a challenge, do you have a structured way of working, are you decisive in difficult situations, and can you handle the financial responsibilities?

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Guard the financial continuity of STAR Supervise all budgets of the association Guide and challenge board and committee members with regard to budgeting and financial decision making Make hard descisions Find solutions to financial and operational challenges Control the commercial on his/her targets

By staying curious and using the knowledge you will have of STAR’s operations, you will bring discussions to the next level.

Léon Hartkoorn, Treasurer STAR Board 2017-2018

COMMERCIAL RELATIONS MANAGER As the Commercial Relations Manager of the STAR Board you are the money-maker of the team. The success of many projects of STAR highly depends on the acquisition revenue you generate. You will create and execute a commercial strategy for recruitment related activities of STAR. The Commercial is responsible for maintaining strong contacts with the largest multinationals. This means not only focusing on short-term advantages but having a long term orientation. Besides that, you will provide guidance in reference to the commercial process of all committees. Strengthen relationships, create win-win situations and negotiate 5-digit contracts. Are you up for the challenge of managing and improving STAR’s relationship with the corporate world?

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Manage the contact with STAR’s largest corporate partners Supervise the Commercial Team and Consultancy Castle Create and maintain a recruitment-related commercial strategy Arrange trainings provided by companies Sell the biggest recruitment platform of the Erasmus University: Erasmus Recruitment Platform Guide Bachelor & Master committees by giving commercial advice

Managing and building long-term partnerships with the biggest multinationals, innovate startups and SME’s made this one of the most valuable years of my life.

Jarno Levinga, Commercial Relations Manager STAR Board 2017-2018

BRAND MANAGER As Brand Manager of the STAR Board you are in charge of managing all marketing related activities. STAR is a strong and most wellknown brand at the Erasmus University. It is the task of the Brand Manager to maintain and improve the quality and value of this brand. You will create a marketing strategy and will be responsible for all outward communication from STAR to its many stakeholders. You will supervise the Marketing Team and guide every committee in the field of marketing. Next to that you will develop and launch campaigns for STAR as a whole. The STAR Brand Manager needs both structure and creativity at the same time. Nowadays, your marketing campaings and strategy can be tracked by analysing your analytics, So you can ensure the STAR brand as a whole is improving. Can you capture STAR’s potential value and express it?

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Maintain the STAR brand Improve STAR brand by analysing analystics Develop and execute STAR promotion campaigns Improve and develop a STAR branding strategy Supervise several committees as the Marketing Team and Eurekaweek Committee Guide the marketing activities of STAR committees Initiate new projects to express the STAR core values Improve and maintain all online marketing channels

The job is to connect people, to interact with them in a way that leaves them better than we found them, more able to get where they’d like to go.

Linda Rodenburg, Brand Manager STAR Board 2017-2018

PROJECT MANAGER BSC As the Project Manager Bachelor of the STAR Board you will be responsible for the supervision, guidance and coaching of the bachelor Active Members in a wide range of projects. Social, societal, cultural, academic and sports related activities are all part of your portfolio. You will manage many Active Members and be part of their personal and professional development. You will help them to grow in their functional position, teamwork and the organization of their project. You will need a lot of enthusiasm and enjoy being in touch with many different students. Besides, you need to be able to multitask and divide your attention between the individual projects. Will you support the bachelor Active Members’ personal and professional development, while making sure that every project will succeed?

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Manage around 15 bachelor projects and their budgets Enable committees to achieve success in their acitivities Support bachelor Active Members in their personal and professional development Identify best practices and improve ways of working together Develop a strategy for the bachelor portfolio over the

Finding the balance between all projects was a unique learning experience and being part of the personal development and projects of STAR’s enthusiastic bachelor Active Members is the most rewarding job I could’ve wished for!

Anouk Hokke, Project Manager Bachelor STAR Board 2017-2018

PROJECT MANAGER MSC As the Project Manager Master, you will be responsible for coordinating all thirteen Master Study Clubs and twelve MSc Study Trip committees. Supervising the Master Study Clubs is an exceptionally diverse task for two reasons. First of all, every MSC is different in terms of size, identity and event portfolio. Second, this position allows you to develop yourself in many functional areas, such as project management, strategic management, commercial relations, budgeting and financial decision making, and most importantly: people management. Overall, the PM MSc needs to be diverse and able to work with different kinds of people to make sure the MSCs keep developing themselves within STAR. Are you the one to lead the Master Study Clubs and facilitate their growth?

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Guide over 95 Master students divided into 25 teams Manage relations with all academic departments Enhance the visibility of Master Study Clubs within STAR Facilitate cohesion within and among different Master programs Challenge Master students to be creative and resourceful

The variety this position offers is truly unique. Working with people from different backgrounds and with various life goals, whilst guiding them on all aspects of project management.

Astrid van der Zanden, Project Manager Master STAR Board 2017-2018

PROJECT MANAGER CAREER As the Project Manager Career of the STAR Board you will be responsible for two of STAR’s flagship projects: the STAR Management Week and the Erasmus Recruitment Days. You will lead, guide and motivate the full-time Active Members that are busy with the organization of these events, while guarding the long-term strategy. You will continuously look for new opportunities and strategically position the two projects. Since the Erasmus Recruitment Days and Erasmus Recruitment Platform are joint ventures of the EFR and STAR, you will work in close cooperation with EFR board. Therefore, as a Project Manager Career you should be able to align interests and capabilities of different stakeholders. Are you not afraid of making decisions that will have a very large impact on the association and these projects?

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Be responsible for the largest public events of STAR Guide, lead and motivate 15 full-time committee members Develop and execute the strategy of the SMW, ERD and ERP Be the contactperson for many stakeholders regarding the career events

Being able to implement innovative changes into Europe’s biggest recruitment events is truly a unique learning experience.

Nhu Pham, Project Manager Career STAR Board 2017-2018

INFORMATION PROCESSES MANAGER You will evaluate and improve STAR’s current processes. Your main goal will be to improve STAR’s IT landscape and make the organization more effective and efficient. The possibilities for new initiatives are infinite. You will also be responsible for STAR’s website and the Erasmus Recruitment Platform. Within your role you will be the main contact and project manager with external parties that develop our websites to continuously improve these. Moreover, you will challenge yourself to come up with out-of-the-box ideas to add even more value to these websites. Lastly, you have to ensure that all the IT-systems at the office work properly. Together with our work space manager, you will ensure that your fellow boardies and STAR’s Active Members can do their tasks without any IT problems. Will you become the spider in the web of STAR’s extensive IT landscape?

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Proactively evaluate and consider emerging technologies to prepare for the future Manage the Erasmus Recruitment Platform and all its facets Maintain healthy IT systems through contact with internal and external parties Administer onsite STAR office hardware and software Supervise the ITs of both the STAR Management Week and the Erasmus Recruitment Days

I really enjoyed the large variety of my position, every day at the office is completely different. Seeing my ideas toward improving STAR’s IT landscape being developed and implemented was the most exciting aspect of my job at STAR.

Per Kamerman, Information Processes Manager STAR Board 2017-2018

STAR ACADEMY The STAR Academy is the learning center within STAR that offers members the opportunity to develop their personal and professional skills. Fulltime members will receive multiple sessions of management training at renowned management training companies. During the year, there will also be plenty of feedback and learning goals meetings to ensure you develop yourself optimally.


ECP Supervision: Supervising one of STAR’s flagship projects, a group of 20 to 30 students doing consultancy projects in a developing market. STAR Academic: You will guide the expansion of the academic pillar of STAR. By focusing more on academic services and study support you will add value for all STAR members. Recruitment: Be responsible for the recruitment of STAR’s Active Members. This involves planning the interviews, creating an interview style that matches your board’s preferences, and following up on candidates.

Vice Chairman: As Vice Chairman you will help the Chairman with the long term strategy, representing STAR to external and internal parties, supporting the rest of your board, holding the group together, and substitute when he/ she is absent. Human Resource Manager: As the Human Resource manager you will be responsible for STAR’s main asset: talent. The Personal Development Plan for Active Members, consisting of tests, goal setting, tip-top sessions and training opportunities, will of part of your portfolio.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION What position fits you best?!

Fulltime period

In order to discover what position would fit you best, you could read the information on the website and in this booklet. However, you can also talk to previous board members at the Recruitment Drink at ‘Café In De Smitse’ on Thursday April 12th or Tuesday April 17th from 16:00 onward. So drop by at the STAR office (T4-53) or send an email to recruitment@ to schedule a cup of coffee! Moreover, we would like you to meet our Active Members at Café de Vrienden Live at the weekly Wednesday night drink.

Your time as a STAR Board member will start in July 2018. At this moment you will get introduced to your position. This includes a fulltime week from June 25th till July 1st 2018. From July 25th 2018 onwards the STAR Board is fulltime. STAR offers you a financial compensation for the time invested during a STAR Board year.


Application process

Within STAR we want to make sure that everyone is placed on the right position. This means giving people tasks that deliver them a feeling of fulfillment and much energy. To achieve this we have modules which will be added to the positions and meet your own preferences. You can see the positions as a framework. Your general functional responsibilities and the modules together will be adjusted to your characteristics, making sure that it will fit you perfectly!

After the online application closes, you will be invited for your first interview. This first interview is focused on getting to know you better and to manage both your and our expectations. In case you get an invitation for a second interview, we will ask you to prepare one or more position specific cases which will be discussed during that interview.

STAR goes international The number of international students within STAR has been growing the last years and we are aiming to welcome even more international students within our committees! As Active Member at STAR you will get the chance to expand your horizon even more and fully integrate in the Netherlands.

Applying for the STAR Board starts online at The application deadline is the April 29th.

More information? Are you interested in one of the available positions? Or would you like to hear some stories of being in a fulltime board? Feel free to contact us, we are happy to share our experencies! • Check • Step by the STAR Office at T4-53 • Send an e-mail to Recruitment drinks Join us at café ‘In de Smitse’ on Thursday April 12th or Tuesday April 17th from 16:00 onwards

Apply online before April 29th 2018 - - +31(0)10 408 2037

Board Brochure 2018-2019  
Board Brochure 2018-2019