Become a Board Member
Board year at MAK Mentorship System
A board year at MAK is a unique opportunity to challenge yourself to the fullest! So, do you consider yourself proactive, enthusiastic and are you eager to learn? Are you ready for a great experience as (fulltime) board member, and do you want to boost your CV? Then apply for a board position at MAK Mentorship System!
MAK is the mentorship system of TiSEM and focusses on study support, study orientation, introduction activities and mentoring. MAK consists out of 30 enthusiastic volunteers lead by a 4 positioned full-time board. During this board year, you will be responsible for the organization of several great activities, cooperation with Tilburg University and the management of approximately thirty extremely motivated students via committees.
As a board member of MAK you carry a lot of responsibilities. MAK is a unique organization with great empowerment, since our organizational structure allows us to make decisions without the involvement of a nationwide board or other departments. The board represents MAK towards their members, the university, the advisory council, alumni and all other (student) organizations. Being a MAK board member is a big honor, but this also brings a lot of responsibilities. Together with your fellow board members, you are responsible for all activities and events organized by MAK. As a board member of MAK, you will coordinate several committees who will organize various activities. Coordinating these committees means that you will keep an eye on the progress of the committee and make sure that the quality of the activity is guaranteed. Together with your fellow board members, you are responsible for the general policy of MAK and you will cope with various issues regarding MAK. Also, the well-being of MAKkers and the general atmosphere within the group are part of the social responsibilities of being a board member at MAK. We want to emphasize on the fact that all board members carry these responsibilities, and therefore all board positions have common challenges and tasks.
It goes without saying that being a MAK board member is very rewarding. A board year offers you opportunities to develop yourself in a broad sense. You will find yourself in many challenging situations and there will be many opportunities to develop and improve various skills (i.e. presenting, personal effectiveness, discussing, stress-management, cooperating etc.). Besides, you will get to know yourself very well during a board year, which is very valuable for your future career. At MAK, a professional coach will provide workshops and have personal conversations with board members, to improve the collaboration of the board and to stimulate the personal development of board members. Furthermore, you will get insights in how to work in a big and professional environment like Tilburg University. Also, you will get to know a lot of new people which can be very valuable for your network. Besides these rewards, a board position at a professional organization forms a valuable addition on your CV. Likewise, experiences of a board year will provide you with a lot of examples of situations to use in interviews. Last but not least, doing a board year at MAK is an amazing and fun experience!
As a MAK board member, you are an employee of the Education Support Team of Tilburg School of Economics and Management (TiSEM). Therefore, you will receive a financial compensation.
As a general board member various qualities are required, which are listed below.
- You have good (non)-verbal communication skills;
- You are able to coordinate the organization of large-scale events;
- You have sufficient social skills;
- You are a team player;
- You are able to motivate your fellow board members and MAKkers;
- You are stress resistant;
- You have a structured way of working;
- You have a pro-active attitude;
- You are fully committed to serve MAK for one year.
Now you know about the general responsibilities, rewards and requirements it might be interesting to have a look at the specific board positions.
Please send an email to email@example.com for an introducing coffee to elaborate more about doing a board year at MAK.
What is the application procedure?
You have to apply via a motivation letter (English) and CV. You will have to communicate this via firstname.lastname@example.org.
DEADLINE: 20th of April
Make sure that in your application letter:
- You motivate your decision to apply for a board year;
- You motivate why you want to do a board year at MAK;
- You mention your qualities and capabilities;
- You motivate why you are suitable for a board position at MAK;
- At the end of your letter you can denote your preferences within the four board positions.
Subsequently, you will be invited for your first application interview in which your capabilities will be tested. If necessary, a second application interview will be conducted. Eventually, you will be contacted about the results of these selection processes.
If you have any questions in the meantime, you can always contact one of our current board members for more information via email@example.com or drop by at the MAK room (P0.1).
Job description: Chairman
As the Chairman of MAK, you are responsible for the internal and external communication. You are the contact person for several student associations, within TiSEM the Education Support Team, International Office, and for all volunteers at MAK, ‘MAKkers’. Furthermore, as chairman of MAK, writing policy and strategic plans is one of your main tasks. Good written and verbal skills are important. For this function, it is important that you are capable of keeping the overview, you need leadership skills, and finally, you need social skills and the capability to listen to others.
For more information about MAK and the MAKboard, please contact the current Chairman, Vince van Well (firstname.lastname@example.org), or one of the other board members. They will be happy to inform you.
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Job description: Vice-Chairman
As the Vice-Chairman of MAK, you are responsible for tasks related to our Mentoring Program (guiding TiSEM Bachelor students) and the Introduction period. This requires leadership skills, innovative skills, planning skills and stress-resistance. These skills are needed when you organize events such as the MAK Introduction Day, which takes place in the introduction period and embodies all TiSEM freshmen. Furthermore, you are responsible for the organization of several mentor-related events such as the TiSEM lunch and the TiSEM beer cantus. Besides these activities, you will help the Chairman of MAK with writing policy and deciding on the long-term strategy of the organization.
For more information about MAK and the MAKboard, please contact the current Vice-Chairman, Jeroen Lenaers (email@example.com), or one of the other board members. They will be happy to inform you. For the full job description click here.
Job description: Educational Affairs
The main tasks of the Educational Officer of MAK are related to educational support, study information and orientation activities. On the one hand, you are responsible for the organization of the tutorships and private coaching for TiSEM students. This requires an orderly way of working and eye for detail. You will also organize large scale events that require planning skills and stress resistance. These events are Student for a Day, a two day event for 500 prospective students that takes place twice a year, and the Program Introduction, which takes place in the introduction period for all TiSEM freshmen (bachelor and master). Due to this educational related portfolio, you will remain contact with numerous people within Tilburg University.
For more information about MAK and the MAKboard, please contact the current Educational Affairs, Naomi Verdult (firstname.lastname@example.org) or one of the other board members. They will be happy to inform you.
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Job description: Treasurer
As the Treasurer of MAK, you are responsible for all financial concerns of MAK. This includes determining budgets, maintaining the financial situation throughout the year and writing the annual report. This means that you are financially involved in all activities organized by MAK. As the Treasurer, you will be translating ideas and policy to budgets. Furthermore, you are responsible for the acquisition and contact with sponsors and partners. You are also responsible for all internal social activities. As the treasurer of MAK you need good negotiation skills, accuracy, and a structured and orderly way of working.
For more information about MAK and the MAKboard, please contact the current Treasurer, Jarno de Wit (email@example.com), or one of the other board members. They will be happy to inform you.
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