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Vacancy: Student mentor – Bachelor Security Studies

24 June 2020

Covid-19 has changed the academic world drastically and FGGA is preparing to offer mostly remote education from September 2020 until January 2021. We think it is very important to guide our new first-year bachelor students in familiarising with their programme, their peers, student life, our staff, and the city. Therefore, we focus on extra support for our new students. Would you like to help us and act as a student mentor? We are looking for enthusiastic and helpful student mentors for our programmes Public Administration and Security Studies to guide our first-year bachelor students to help them familiarise with the acadmic world, the study programme, and the city The Hague.  

As a student mentor you will supervise two or three groups of up to 15 first-year students from FGGA for Public Administration or Security Studies. You will act as a role model and a first point of contact for the members of your groups. You will organise an online and offline programme focused on introducing students to Leiden University, building their study skills, and improving the wellbeing of the students. To this end, you will work together with a tutor (teacher) who will join various meetings in the programme. In addition, as a student mentor you will give tips and guidance on how to manage studying, exams, systems (such as Brightspace), educational culture, choices further down the course, and student life.

Profile of a student mentor:

•    (future) Second- or third-year bachelor student at FGGA for Public Administration or Security Studies with good study results and a strong affinity to their study programme;
•    Has a motivated and enthusiastic with a positive outlook; 
•    Possesses good communication skills in both Dutch and English;
•    Has great organisational skills, online and offline;
•    Is empathetic and helpful;
•    Values inclusiveness and diversity; 
•    Preferably has experience in guiding groups (e.g. teaching or training);
•    Is enrolled at Leiden University – for either Public Administration or Security Studies;
•    Is available between 1 September 2020 and 1 February 2021, for 4 - 6 hours a week;
•    Legally able to work in the Netherlands; 

Tasks and responsibilities:

•    Organising and planning of the mentor group meetings;
•    Preparing and chairing the mentor group meetings;
•    Motivating your mentor groups;
•    Answering practical questions from the group members;
•    Supporting your mentor groups with connecting to the study programme and faculty;
•    Providing support to the tutor (teacher) at the meetings where (s)he is present;
•    Motivating your mentor groups;
•    Point of contact for the students in your groups, if needed, refer them to the appropriate support, department or procedure. 

What we offer:

•    Training in which you learn competences in leadership;
•    Responsibility and experience in mentoring groups;
•    Access to a network of student mentors who can support and learn from each other; 
•    Compensation in accordance with the collective labour agreement of Leiden University, including holiday allowance and an end-of-year bonus. 


Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its workforce and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.


For more information about this vacancy, please contact Lisette van Putten, project manager Mentor/Tutor system FGGA, l.h.a.van.putten@fgga.leidenuniv.nl.


Do you recognize yourself in this profile and do the tasks excite you? Please apply for this vacancy by sending the following:

•    your resume (if available with a link to your LinkedIn profile)
•    a video of maximum 2 minutes, in which you; 
o    introduce yourself, the way you would do to your mentor group in September.
o    explain which topics you will add to the programme for your mentor group and why. 
o    pitch a great name for ‘student mentor’ and who knows, maybe that will become your title!

Send you application before 2, July 2020 stating your name, student number and study programme to l.h.a.van.putten@fgga.leidenuniv.nl.

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