Policy Officer Impact and Strategic Partnerships

Policy Officer Impact and Strategic Partnerships

Versatile job where you contribute to the positive impact of our various studies on society

VU considers it important to strengthen the societal impact of the (very diverse) scientific research that takes place at the university. We do this, among other things, by encouraging researchers to carry out research that is as relevant as possible and by seeking and strengthening strategic partnerships. These collaborations are entered into with external partners within academia, government and industry. The Research and Valorisation team – part of the Administrative Affairs service – also develops and implements the impact policy and the policy for strategic collaborations. To strengthen this team, we are looking for an enterprising junior or mid-level colleague with preferably some experience with political advice and secretarial tasks for the position of Policy Officer Impact and Strategic Partnerships.

Job description

In this position, you work as the right hand of the Political Adviser Research and Valorisation and the Strategic Cooperation of the Political Adviser in close collaboration with all faculties and some of the institutes within VU. By drafting policy, supporting consultations and encouraging and connecting initiatives and people, you work to build additional impact for the researchers at VU. You will also help build and strengthen new and existing consortia at both regional and national level. The aim is that, on the one hand, ground-breaking research results reach society fully and positively, and on the other hand, increase the success rate of external grant applications. You identify and analyze internally and externally opportunities and bottlenecks for the realization of VU ambitions for research and valorisation and you put these on the agenda in good time, so that administrators and researchers can quickly act to adjust the policy or start new initiatives. In addition to new themes and developments, you will focus on the VU profile themes and Pan-Amsterdam topics related to AI and data, prevention and behavioral science for sustainability. You maintain a network within VU and in the region, around the topics of impact and entrepreneurship and VU-wide strategic collaborations. For a number of these collaborations, you are the point of contact for administrative matters and you keep an eye on the planning and (financial) responsibility. In addition, you play a coordinating role in the organization of academic awards and thus contribute to VU’s reputation and visibility.

Your tasks

  • develop, adjust and especially implement policy on impact and strategic partnerships together with the policy advisors, such as translating the agreements in the administrative agreement with OCW to the VU and measuring the impact in the VU;
  • collect information for reports, progress and advice to networks and stakeholders, such as VU-wide strategic collaborations, including Sapiens, AI Technology for People, Inequality Knowledge Center and Amsterdam Personal Health Center;
  • prepare, support and follow up hearings inside and outside the VU, such as the Impact Board VU and act as secretary for the Impact Board VU working groups;
  • support senior colleagues, Chief Impact Officer, Executive Board;
  • contribute to relevant initiatives, including the National Faculty of Impact;
  • handle internal and external communication about results.

Varied work at the top of VU

This is a new position with the freedom to partially organize your tasks yourself and to grow in your advisory role. You are close to the executive board and you have contacts with leading researchers and administrators who help you strengthen the quality, relevance and impact of their work. It is very varied work with the necessary ‘hands-on’ aspects. Every day is different. You organize (political) meetings, question researchers about their work, try to create publicity and make contacts for research funding.

Independent network star with a ‘can do’ mentality

To be successful in this job, it is important that you are ambitious and feel at home in a complex academic environment. You like to immerse yourself in scientific topics, and you are proactive enough to establish contacts yourself, both internally in the organization and with external stakeholders. In our academic world, processes can sometimes be a bit syrupy. You are the one who steps things up and follows up on action points. It helps if you are analytically very precise, systematic, stress-resistant, independent and proactive. You preferably contribute to the diversity of our team.

Job requirements

  • HBO or WO performance level;
  • preferably two years’ work experience in a comparable organization;
  • experience with political advice, strategic development and secretarial duties;
  • good communication and editorial skills in English and Dutch.
  • What we offer
  • full-time salary depending on knowledge and experience of €2,960 to €5,439 gross per month, scale 10 to 11 CAO Dutch universities;
  • 1 year employment contract with the prospect of permanent employment;
  • a maximum of 41 holiday days in case of full-time employment;
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus;
  • generous contribution to the ABP pension scheme;
  • plenty of space for development and training;
  • election model for tax exchange of certain employment relationships.

About VU

To contribute to a better world through significant education, ground-breaking research and valorisation, that is VU’s ambition. A university where personal development and social commitment are central. Where we work together from different disciplines and backgrounds on innovations and new insights. Our teaching and research cover the entire spectrum: from humanities, social sciences and natural sciences to life and medical sciences. Around 30,000 students study at VU and more than 4,600 employees work. The easily accessible VU campus is located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Zuidas, an inspiring environment for education, research and valuation.


Diversity is a core value at VU. We stand for an inclusive community and believe that diversity and internationalization contribute to the quality of education, research and valorisation. We are therefore constantly looking for people who, through their background and experience, contribute to the diversity on our campus.

Administrative Affairs

The Administrative Department (BZ) handles a wide range of tasks, including strategic advice and integrated support for the Executive Board (CvB), the faculties, the services and the board.

The department also works closely with VU’s faculties and other services to realize the administrative agenda and provide direction for the institutional strategy.

The service is responsible for developing the VU strategy, the research policy and supporting researchers. With topics such as grant procurement, valorisation policy, social impact, scientific integrity, legal advice, document management and archiving, public affairs and business operations. The service also provides temporary project and program managers for, among other things, process-based support for policy and decision-making and substantive contributions to various strategic dossiers. BZ also promotes VU-wide governance, control and compliance and is responsible for academic ceremonies such as promotions and commencement lectures. In addition, the personnel ombudsman, the student ombudsman, the internal auditor and the data supervisor are located at BZ.

Policy and administrative support (BBO)

The BBO department is responsible for strategic and political advice to the executive board, faculties and services and for supporting administrative decision-making processes. Board secretaries and policy officers work within BBO. The political officers work at file level in the areas of research, valorisation, institutional strategy, external relations (public affairs), strategic partnerships, operational management and scientific integrity. 15 professionals work at BBO, partly based on their own specific expertise, who work independently for the executive board, the faculties and the services.

Are you our new policy officer?

We look forward to meeting you soon. If you have any questions about the work or the application process, please contact Marsha Brink from Stratic: 06 14 86 07 95 or marsha@stratic.nl. Stratic takes care of the recruitment and selection of suitable candidates on behalf of VU.

apply so you do it through Marsha as well. Send her an email with your motivation and CV before 16 August. Static takes care of the first choice. In the week of August 22, we will arrange the first job interviews at VU on site. The second round is already a week after that. The selection procedure also includes a case study.

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