Applications for the board of 2023-2024 are now open! Read more on how to apply below.
For more information please contact Secretary@sib-groningen.nl
What is a Board year?
A Board year is a unique opportunity that does not only guarantee a year full of wonderful moments and priceless experiences, but also provides you with excellent extracurricular experience which you cannot obtain anywhere else.
As a Board member of the SIB, you will be in charge of the Association; you will work in close co-operation with your fellow Board members in order to assure that the organisation keeps functioning the way it does; you will work together with committees, Project Groups and Disputen to organise many great and interesting activities; you will have close contact with the biggest names within the academic world, high government officials and big business companies; and finally, you will be in contact with the all the members of the SIB. In other words, you will have a unique set of responsibilities. One moment, you will be in contact with a minister or ambassador, and the next, you will be organising a smashing theme party.
A Board position is something that will help you for the rest of your life and forms a unique learning experience next to your studies. It will teach you to think and to work independently, to work effectively with other people and to cope with large responsibilities. The SIB Board is one of Groningen’s most professional and efficient boards and will therefore provide you with learning opportunities that you are unable to acquire elsewhere.
A Board year is a job with a twist. Full-time Board members work approximately 40 hours a week in the office and part-time Board members work approximately 20 hours a week. This does not include the Monday evening events or the occasional Thursday’s but those activities never feel like work as a Board member. There is no other way to enjoy all the events the SIB has to offer in one year, besides by doing a Board year.
Positions in the Board
PRESIDENT – FULL-TIME
As President you are the face of the Association. You work closely with the whole Board and are responsible for overseeing their tasks, as well as motivating, guiding and helping them with scheduling. Furthermore, the President prepares and chairs the weekly Board meetings, the General Members’ Assemblies and the policy weekends, where the Board devises and writes new policies for the Association. Additionally, the President is a member of the Board of SIB-Nederland.
SECRETARY – PART-TIME
As Secretary you are responsible for the membership administration as well as keeping track of the incoming and outgoing post and e-mails. It is your task to type the minutes of the General Members’ Assemblies and Members’ Meetings and to write the weekly newsletter. The Secretary is also a member of the Board of VVV-SIB, our Alumni association, and initiates events to raise money for our charity.
TREASURER – FULL-TIME
The Treasurer has the financial authority and carries the final responsibility for the financial situation of the association. As Treasurer it would be your Job to make budgets and keeping them updated. Furthermore, your tasks are to calculate and withdraw the money from members every month, as well as accounting. The task of the Treasurer is presumably the most important and responsible one within the Board. This is also why the Treasurer is the only person with his own Assistance Committee, which is the Audit Committee.
COMMISSIONER OF INTERNAL COMMUNICATION – PART-TIME
The main task of the Commissioner for Internal Communication is to stay in contact with the committees, Disputen, Project Groups, and the members in general. As CommInternal you will be in charge of the committee interviews, as well as the organisation of social events like the Running Dinner and the Active Members’ Day. Furthermore, you prepare and chair the Members’ Meetings, the meetings with the Disputen and Committee Presidents. Next to that, the CommInternal initiates new policies for SIB.
COMMISSIONER OF INTELLECTUAL ACTIVITIES – PART-TIME
The main responsibility of the Commissioner for Intellectual Activities is to organise the Intellectual Activities of the SIB. That means that as CommIntellectual you research topics, email possible speakers. Additionally, you will be in contact with the many external parties that we cooperate with. You will also keep a general overview of all activities and assist the Commissioner of Internal Communication in the organisation of social activities.
COMMISSIONER OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS – PART-TIME
The Commissioner for External Affairs is responsible for raising money for the association in the form of acquisition and fundraising. As CommExternal you are also responsible for finding and maintaining proper contacts with locations and external partners, this includes formal communication, but also informal communications with other student associations. For example, the CommExternal is responsible for organising our Constitution Drinks. Moreover, they oversee the writing and signing of contracts.
COMMISSIONER OF PR – PART-TIME
The Commissioner of PR is responsible for keeping the SIB website, the Facebook page and other social media like Instagram and LinkedIn updated. Furthermore as CommPR you will be able to show your creativity by designing our banners, posters and other promotional material in order to attract new members and draw audiences to the intellectual activities.
Part-time vs. Full time
Full-time Board members are expected to work from Monday to Friday during office hours and to attend all activities organised by the Board. These activities include the Monday night lectures and drinks, parties, Thursday night social or intellectual activities as well as the trips. However, it would still be possible for you to acquire a maximum of 15 ECTS next to your Board year. The positions of President and Treasurer are the only two full-time positions, however, two part-time positions can also be combined to create a full-time position in the Board.
Part-time Board members spend at least three days a week at the office and attend most activities organised by the Board. By fulfilling a part-time position you will have the ability to acquire between 20 to 40 ECTS alongside your Board year.
If you have any other questions, do not hesitate to reach out to any one of the Board Members. We are always available to grab a cup of coffee and have a chat. Everything you share with us will be kept confidential.
You can reach us through:
Saoirse: firstname.lastname@example.org or +353 83 877 0389
Martijn: email@example.com or +31 6 31 27 96 54
Hanna: firstname.lastname@example.org or +31 6 11 77 30 61
Anni: email@example.com or +45 23 92 90 32
Eef: firstname.lastname@example.org or +31 6 36 41 99 74
How to apply
Application is very easy! You can send your CV and motivation letter to Hanna by emailing her at email@example.com. The deadline is April 7th. All applications are confidential and will be deleted following the election of the Candidate Board.
Your motivation letter should include a little bit about yourself, your motivations for doing a Board year, the position(s) you are applying for and why you are specifically applying for said position(s). You are always welcome to apply for multiple positions in one application
After closing applications on April 7th, the Board will be in contact to schedule interviews. These interviews will take place in April and May and will be held at the office.
Preferred Candidate Board Announcement Party
After the applicants are interviewed a Preferred Candidate Board will be formed. These Preferred Candidates will be announced in May to the Association during the Preferred Candidate Board Announcement Party.
The Preferred Candidate Board will only become the Candidate Board following the Election at the GMA. This election will take place at the GMA in June and all members will have the opportunity to vote on the proposed Board of 2023-2024.
In June and August you will spend time in the office shadowing the Board and you’ll start learning your tasks. You’ll also be planning your own Introduction Period and be involved in the organization of the KEI-week, so you can start your Board year off prepared as can be.