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Every 6 months (December and June), some of the coordinators leave the team and new coordinators are hired! July 2017 will be the time for the Education, Research, External Campus and Online Community Coordinators to leave us. This means, their positions become vacant from July 2017 onwards!

So are you looking for a new challenge and are you available from July 2017 till June 2018? Read further!

What do we do?

The Green Office VU (GO.VU) is the sustainability platform at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. The GO.VU incorporates sustainability into the VU by working on four portfolios: Education, Research, Campus and Community. Every portfolio is managed by one or more portfolio coordinators: The Education and Research portfolio each have one coordinator, while the Campus and the Community portfolio are being handled by two coordinators. Furthermore, Member Teams  support the portfolios. Read more about the Green Teams by clicking here.

What are we looking for?   

We are looking for four new coordinators: Education, Research, Community (Online) and Campus (Extern). As a coordinator, you are a team player and you support your colleagues while also playing an individual leading role for the Member Team that you coordinate. Portfolio coordinators set up campaigns and projects and do not mind approaching people, parties and/or organizations. You are able to work on multiple projects at the same time and you contribute where needed. Although you receive a compensation, this job requires a lot of commitment and passion, as more than half of the working hours are on a voluntary basis.  For more specific information on each of the vacant portfolios, please go to the “Open Vacancies” section at the bottom of this page.

What do we ask?

  • Available from July 2017 – July 2018 for 20hrs a week;
  • Available in June 2017 to follow several training sessions;
  • Enrolled as a student at the VU Amsterdam during the time of your employment (if this is not the case, please contact the manager before applying);
  • Interested in sustainability and open to personal development in this area;
  • Fluency in English;
  • Hands on mentality: responsible, professional, substantive and self-motivated work attitude;
  • Team player but also individually strong;
  • Leadership skills or looking to develop these.

What do we offer?

The GO.VU offers you a challenging learning and working environment where you work with a dynamic team with both students and staff. You will get the possibility to develop skills in the area of sustainability, leadership and teamwork. Since the GO.VU is part of VU Amsterdam, you will be part of a large professional organization. Besides this, a coordinator position at the Green Office will be a unique resume experience. Your salary will be based on the CAO-regulations of the VU plus a certain amount of volunteering hours. The amount depends on the stage of your Bachelor/Master.

How do you apply?

 Interested? Please send an email to info@greenofficevu.nl with the following attachments:

  • Your CV;
  • Letter of application. This letter should be in English, should contain a short motivation and description of your interest in sustainability and as to why you would be an addition to the team. Also motivate your preference for a portfolio.

Important dates:

  • April 18: Information evening coordinator recruitment
  • April 26: Application deadline
  • May 1-5: Job interviews
  • May 12: Group assignment
  • May 16: Final selection

Send an email to info@greenofficevu.nl for more information or drop by our office!

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The main task of the Education Coordinator is to provide structural changes towards a VU education-program wherein the topic sustainability is well covered. The Green Office VU aims to ensure sustainability is integrated within all the courses offered by the VU in some way and we try to accomplish that by carefully check the current education-program and see where’s room for improvement. Besides that we want to give students the opportunity to learn more about sustainability apart from their mandatory courses. To achieve this we organize one lecture each month where we invite inspirational speakers that are expert within a sub-topic of sustainability. Your main tasks will include regular meetings with staff of different faculty’s, team education (they organize the lectures), and others involved within the education-program of the VU. As the Education Coordinator you have/are:

  • Passionate about sustainability and the environment;
  • Available for 20 hours a week for a period of 1 year, starting July ‘17;
  • Able to work independently with a pro-active attitude;
  • Knowledge about the educational structure of the VU;

If you don’t comply to all these skills, that’s not a problem. The Green Office is also a place to develop these.

Read about Linda’s experiences as the Education Coordinator

Name: Linda Gottmer
Age: 25
Study: MA Sociology
Coordinator since: January 2017
Previous experience:  Internship at NRC next and Haarlems Dagblad, bachelor in Journalism

Why GO.VU?
I started my masters in Sociology this year, and in the beginning of the first semester Megan Engels (then community coordinator at the Green Office) gave a talk about the Green Office VU during one of my courses. Since I always have been quite into sustainability I was really fascinated about the aim of the Green Office since the moment I first heard about it that day. From then on I saw advertisements and announcements of the GO everywhere through the building, in the toilet; on the electric screens in the hallway, I couldn’t miss it. Every time I noticed it, I thought: this is so cool, I want to work here. So when I saw they were hiring new coordinators around November 2016 I immediately decided to apply. It felt like the perfect spot for me to learn more about sustainability management; a topic I’m quite eager to learn more about since it’s a discipline I could see myself working in later on.

My experiences
I have had experiences in production-work and did interviews with a lot of people I never met before because of my journalistic experience. This comes in handy since working for the Green Office VU includes a lot of meetings and  networking with people and organizations within but also outside the VU. However I never worked with volunteers before and  I never organized events. This are things that I learned during the half year I worked as the Education Coordinator. Besides that I never did something within the field of education and I didn’t knew a lot about the educational structure, so I really had to teach myself here.

My job as the education coordinator taught me a lot about the (often complicated) structure of a big organization as the VU, and of course about the educational structure in general. It also made me aware that, especially in big organizations like the VU, it’s really important to have a good sustainability policy, and, in order to accomplish things it comes in handy to have a network around you of likeminded people, organizations and stakeholders. Since it takes some effort and patience to implement real changes within such a big organization, it’s really satisfying when you do take a big step or make a real change. Maybe one of the most important things I learned here is to work within a team and try to work on a creating a sustainable university together; both by brainstorming with each other about solutions, but also by having the freedom to make decisions yourself and have the space to fail and learn from there.

Are you the next Education Coordinator?
As the Education coordinator it might come in handy to have knowledge about the educational system of the VU, and you should be passionate about sustainability and education in general. You’ll regularly have meetings with professors and other staff from the VU so experience with meetings and lobbying also would be a pre. However the good thing about working for the GO is that you really get the change here to develop this kind off skills and get the space to work on projects you yourself feel passionate about.

Some of my tasks:
– Setting up an education program about sustainability for primary schools and teach children of sixth grade from the Geert Groote School together with Green Office Members.
– Brainstorm about options to implement the topic sustainability in the education curriculum of the VU
– Keep track of the current educational options that offer sustainability-topics within the VU
– Work together with team education to organize monthly lectures about sustainability

As the Education coordinator you are/have:
– Knowledge about the education system of the VU and eager to integrate sustainability into it
– Broad knowledge about sustainability and passionate to learn more within this field
– Creative and flexible
– Not afraid to approach organizations, stakeholders, VU-staff
– Fluently in English and good understanding of Dutch

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Are you passionate about sustainability and do you think that more research should carried out in this field? Would you like to be in close contact with the newest sustainability research conducted on campus? Then the Research Portfolio might be the right fit for you!

As the Research Portfolio Coordinator you would spend your time connecting students to real-life sustainability cases for their research topics in the Living Lab project. You will be able to change the academic environment at the VU by working on the second edition of the Science for Sustainability Journal. And also, you will play a vital role in mapping out the research that has already been done at the university on green topics. All of this will increase the transparency of research at the VU and stimulate a move to a more sustainable university. Furthermore, apart from forming part of the Green Office coordinators team, you will also be leading your very own team, Team Research. This is an enthusiastic team with whom you will be able to conduct research into sustainability at the university and in Amsterdam.

Your daily tasks will consist of meeting with potential partners for the Living Lab project, gathering topics for courses, guiding thesis students, coordinating the logistics of the journal and overseeing Team Research.  As we have an international team it is important to have an advanced understanding of English.

Read about Rosa’s experiences as the Research Coordinator

Name: Rosa de Rijk
Age: 23
Study: MA Environment and Resource Management
Coordinator since: January 2017
Previous experience: Reporter for Checks&Balances magazine.

Why GO.VU?
In my previous hometown, Groningen, I came across the Green Office there and was very excited to join it. However, I had almost graduated and was planning to move to Amsterdam. Once I began studying at the VU I looked around to see if they also had a Green Office. To my delight they had an even bigger one! Wanting to be involved in the running of the GO, I applied for portfolio coordinator.  

My experiences
Working as the research portfolio coordinator I have immersed myself into the world of sustainability research at the VU. I came to learn a lot about facilitating research and how hard and at the same time important it can be to find the right persons for the portfolio projects. Furthermore, it has been a delight to work in a team. I have learned to cooperate, and also have been  inspired a lot by the ideas and work attitude of my fellow team members.  Also, my  portfolio has the privilege to be working with an amazing and always motivated team of volunteers. My personal favorite project of the portfolio was setting up the Science for Sustainability Journal. However, as the portfolio has more tasks than just setting up the journal, I have also learned to divide my attention over all of its different aspects.

Are you the next Research coordinator?
As the Research coordinator you need to be passionate about research and have a drive to take sustainability research at the VU to the next level. Furthermore, strong organization and administrative skills are required, as is the ability to network and communicate effectively. Also, you’ll be working with external and internal partners of the VU and all of them will have different backgrounds in the field. Be open minded and don’t hesitate to enlarge your knowledge when necessary. The job contains both administrative work as meeting, negotiating and networking. A great thing about working at the Green Office is that there is a lot of room for personal development.

The main focuses of the Research Portfolio Coordinator:

– Updating the inventory on research at the VU

– Publishing the second edition of the Science for Sustainability Journal

– Collecting cases for the Living Lab and building a network of teachers and students to work on the cases.

– Guiding students that are performing research on sustainability

As the Research coordinator you have:

– A deep interest in sustainability and research

– Good communication and networking skills

– Strong organizational skills

– A desire to be a team player

– A creative and flexible outlook on work

– A good understanding of both English and Dutch

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Do you ever walk on campus thinking ‘why’?  Do you usually approach problems thinking ‘why not’? Then the Green Office VU is looking for you!

The main goal of the two Campus Coordinators is to provide structural changes towards a sustainable VU campus. As the External Campus Coordinator you are responsible for maintaining the contact with the entrepreneurs on campus and to think about ways to improve entrepreneurship in terms of sustainability. Therefore, your main tasks will include regular meetings with the entrepreneurs at the campus, working on campaigns to create awareness about sustainability and guiding Team Marketing. Since most of the communication with the partners will be in Dutch, it is not only important to speak English, but also to speak Dutch or at least have a proper understanding of it. Furthermore, as an External Campus Coordinator you have/are:

  • Passionate about sustainability and the environment;
  • Available for 20 hours a week for a period of 1 year, starting July ‘17;
  • Able to work independently with a pro-active attitude;
  • Good communication skills;
  • Knowledge about the organizational structure of the VU;
  • Good strategic thinking and negotiation skills;

If you don’t comply to all these skills, that’s not a problem. The Green Office is also a place to develop these.


Read about Michelle’s experiences as the External Campus Coordinator

Name: Michelle Geraerts
Age: 21
Study: Psychology
Coordinator since: January 2017
Previous experience: Course coordinator visual and performance arts at De Bildung Academie

Why GO.VU?
Last year I was following courses about nudging and decision-making, which I really liked. I was almost completing my bachelor and was looking for an internship. I wanted to work for an organization where I would have the opportunity to make the world a better place. When I saw the Green Office VU I immediately thought it would be the right place to do the things I like and learn even more about the things I’m interested in.

My experiences
My job at the Green Office VU made me dive into the world of meetings and negotiations with and between different stakeholders at the VU, often thinking from a commercial perspective. In order to be able to implement sustainability you need to think from their perspective to have all stakeholders on board, supporting your cause and believing in the importance of sustainability. Especially in a large institution like the VU it takes a lot of patience and perseverance before you can make a real change. But the changes you make with the projects from the Campus portfolio are structural, so the sustainable impact will last for years which makes it definitely worth your while! The skills you acquire along the way are extremely valuable if you want to work in project management and organizational change later in your life. Think about: networking skills, negotiation and project management skills. And above all, you’ll get the chance to get to know an organization like the VU from the inside out and make a substantial change to its sustainability policy for the future!

Are you the next Campus coordinator?
As the External Campus coordinator you’ll be working with external and internal partners of the VU and all of them will have different backgrounds in the field. Be open minded and don’t hesitate to enlarge your knowledge when necessary. The job contains both administrative work as a lot of meeting, negotiating and networking. A great thing about working at the Green Office is that everyone gets her/his own space to discover what you like to do and focus on that.

Some of my tasks:

– Creating a network with the different partners at the VU;

– Running projects focused on implementing sustainability within the VU campus;

– Leading Team Marketing

– Working together with the entrepreneurs to implement sustainability;


As the Campus coordinator you are/have:

– Profound knowledge of different aspects of sustainability

– Strong negotiator

– Creativity and flexibility

– Good network skills

– Structured and organized

– Being a real team player (this will be necessary to work in the GO.VU team, but you will also work together with the facility managers of the VU).

– Fluently in English and good understanding of Dutch

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Are you all about spreading the word? Do you possess the communication skills that will take the Green Office VU to the next level? Then the Green Office VU is looking for you!

As the Online Community Coordinator you will be responsible for the online marketing of the Green Office. This means you will have to coordinate all social media channels, such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram and you will be responsible for the monthly newsletter. Your other tasks entail designing posters,  the maintenance of the website and running a team of volunteers: Team Media.  As the Online Community Coordinator you will work together closely with the other Green Office coordinators in order to promote the activities they have planned, but you will also have close contact with the communication department of the VU.

The main goals of the portfolio are to reach a bigger audience for the Green Office and to increase awareness about sustainability-related topics online. These goals can be achieved in many ways, which enables you to use your creativity. Since we have a no-printing policy you will be challenged to use creative ways to attract new people to the Green Office.

As an online community coordinator you have/are:

  • Creative
  • A team player
  • Good planning skills
  • Good communication skills
  • Passionate about sustainability and the environment
  • Available for 20 hours a week for a period of 1 year, starting July ‘17
  • Knowledge of using WordPress, Photoshop and Indesign is an asset

If you don’t comply to all these skills, that’s not a problem. The Green Office is also a place to develop skills and learn.


Read about Shanice’s experiences as the Community Online Coordinator

Name: Shanice van der Sloot
Age: 22
Study: finished B International Business Administration
Coordinator since: July 2016
Previous experience: Chairman of the Junior IBA committee in student association Aureus

Why GO.VU?
During my exchange in South Africa I got the opportunity to stay at an Ecohostel. Just being there got me inspired to think differently about my lifestyle and made me interested in sustainability. After I finished my bachelor IBA I  didn’t know which Master I wanted to do, I just knew I wanted to do something with sustainability. When I heard about the Green Office I figured becoming the Community Online Coordinator would be the perfect way for me to combine my interest for both sustainability and marketing and to learn more about both subjects.

My experiences

When I started working at the Green Office I didn’t quite know what to expect. Without knowing much about designing or about sustainability it was very challenging for me in the beginning to find my way in my portfolio. I think that was a good thing, because it challenged me to work hard and made me learn so much in the period I’ve worked here.  Since the Green Office only has been existing for 2 years it’s still a starting organization, but it is growing rapidly. My main goal was to make more people aware about the Green Office and about sustainability in general, so we could grow even faster. The no-printing policy of the GO challenged me to promote our events in different ways than handing out flyers or hanging up posters and made me develop my creative skills. Working at the GO also made me learn more about the VU as an organization and got me in touch with a great network of international students who are also interested in sustainability.

Are you the next Online Community Coordinator?
As the next Online Community Coordinator you will focus on increasing the GO audience and at the same time create more awareness about sustainability. You’ll be focused on planning all communication online and will also be responsible for designing all posters and banners. You will be in close contact with the other portfolio coordinators and will have regular meetings with the VU communication department. Next to this you will be responsible for leading Team Media, this means you’ll have close contact with the Team Chairman and will make sure the team is running smoothly. The Workload withing the Online Community Portfolio depends on the amount of events that are being organized and how much promotion is needed for these events. Important moments for the Online Community Coordinator are the Introduction week, the open days, and basically every event the GO hosts. These moments are important, because they can help gain a lot of publicity for the GO.

Some of my tasks:

– Meetings with Team Media
– Designing posters for GO activities
– Manage all social media channels
– Maintenance of the Website
– Communication with the VU communication department
– Create the monthly Newsletter


As the Online Community coordinator you are/have…

  • Creative
  • A team player
  • Good planning skills
  • Good communication skills
  • Passionate about sustainability and the environment
  • Available for 20 hours a week for a period of 1 year, starting July ‘17
  • Knowledge of using WordPress, Photoshop and Indesign is an asset
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