“Witnessing how all the energy I put into CSA-EUR bears its fruits and how my vision comes to fruition is a truly wonderful experience that I would not have been able to produce anywhere else. Being President greatly contributed to my strategic, interpersonal and time-management skills and showed me how enrichening it can be to work on your mission and vision.”
DescriptionThe President leads, represents and is end-responsible for the overall growth of CSA-EUR. This means you are able to lead a group of people and motivate them to perform well. Furthermore you are able to maintain a helicopter view of what is going on in the association and find structure and direction, especially during hectic and stressful periods. At both formal and informal events you are ready to approach, and to be approached, by members, companies, and partners. It is therefore essential to have the best interpersonal skills. Additionally, you set and apply a (long-term) strategy for a sustainable growth of CSA-EUR, while juggling between different interests of different stakeholders. All together, you are an all-rounder who knows the optimal strategy, utlizes the potential of the association, and takes the end responsibility for a healthy performance of CSA-EUR.
- Leading the association
- Representing CSA-EUR to members and partners
- Setting strategy for the sustainable growth of CSA-EUR
- Maintaining and strengthening the relationship with EUR
- Leading the Study Trip Committee
- Taking overall responsibility
“This board year has been a great opportunity for me to challenge myself personally and professionally. The variety of responsibilities forced me to think outside of the box and taught me how to face uncertainties. Working closely with my fellow board members and leading two committees to achieve the same goals was a rewarding and fun experience that I will never forget.”
DescriptionAs the secretary, your main responsibility is to maintain the relationship with all members and other stakeholders of CSA-EUR. The satisfaction and well-being of the members is your number one priority. You will work closely with the board and assist them where needed to achieve this. The secretary is also responsible to keep everyone updated about the upcoming events and news regarding the association through monthly mailings. Additionally, you will write the minutes of the weekly board meetings and the General Members Assembly. Next to this, you are responsible for organizing culture-related events for the general members. It is your task to bring people together in a fun way while learning more about cultures. Another task of the secretary is to keep the Alumni network alive by attracting them to our alumni-dedicated events. All in all, the diverse responsibilities you have as a secretary makes your role very multifaceted and dynamic.
- Assist the board members
- Keep contact with all members of CSA-EUR
- Contact person for different stakeholders
- Supporting the alumni network
- Taking care of the monthly mailings
- Writing minutes of board meetings and General Member Assemblies
- Leading the Cultural Events Committee & Alumni Committee
“ This board year was like a whirlwind. It was a busy, but inspiring year. As treasurer you have to make sure that all the financials check out, this means checking, administering and approving the budget plans and the cash flow of all the events. There were a lot of hurdles that I had to learn how to overcome, from complaints from all sides to sudden cancellations to clashing deadlines. Still, with a lot of late evening bonding, no moment of boredom and new stories to tell to my kids, this year will be one of the fondest years to look back at in the future.”
DescriptionAs the Treasurer of the CSA-EUR board, it is crucial for you to create a healthy financial environment inside the association. In general, you are responsible for budget allocation, transactions administration and overall financial situation. You are not only in contact with your fellow board members but also with each committee regarding their financial issues. During this year, you need to make sure the whole association is running and growing on the right track. It is also essential for you to make decisions in difficult situations. Besides, you will develop your personal skills during this wonderful year with your board members! Are you up for this challenge?
- Guarantee a healthy financial situation
- Create a general budget overview and update it when needed
- Financial administrations and policy
- Communication between committees regarding their financial situations
- Leading the Education Committee
- Monitor the CSA-EUR WeChat Page
Commissioner of External Affairs (Vice-President)
“This board year has been truly amazing. As the External of CSA-EUR, I had the pleasure to expand my professional network by meeting ambitious students, inspiring professionals, and impressive companies. Throughout the year, I was challenged to further develop myself both personally and professionally. On a day-to-day basis, I had to work closely with my fellow board members while setting strategies and solve problems. Together with my career events committee, we managed to organize a successful China in Focus Career Days which has been absolutely rewarding.”
DescriptionAs the Commissioner of External Affairs of CSA-EUR, you are representing the association in the corporate and academic world. You will work closely with the Board, your Career Events committee members and the external parties: thereby enhancing your team playing skills in a leadership role. Your tasks can be mainly split into three parts. First of all, you are the money-maker of the association. The success of your events is strongly correlated with the acquisition revenue you acquire. Next to this, you are responsible for the China in Focus Career Days and all other career events, ranging from organizing workshops to in-house days. You will need to maintain and expand the network with large multinational companies as well as smaller start-ups. On top of this, as the Vice-President, you are also setting the strategic goals of CSA-EUR and implementing them together with the President and the rest of the board. Creating win-win situations, building long-term relationships and negotiating contracts are top priorities of this challenging and rewarding role.
- Co-developing the long-term strategy and growth policy.
- Creating and implementing the acquisition strategy.
- Build and maintain long-term relationships with external parties: ranging from big corporate partners to smaller start-ups to restaurant partners.
- Organizing the biggest Chinese-Dutch recruitment event: China in Focus Career Days.
- Arranging workshops and in-house days provided by companies.
- Leading the Career Events Committee.
Commissioner of Internal Affairs
“You might see this position as the most informal position within the Board. The social characteristic is very strong and your presence, communication and enthusiasm is of crucial importance within this role. Needless to say, as a social butterfly you will definitely fly to great lengths in this position. Contrastingly to your presence, your work will be mostly behind the scenes. However, do not be fooled as the internal foundation that you lay will contribute greatly to external successes.”
DescriptionIn order to make an organization thrive externally, it has to be internally healthy. To maintain and improve the quality of the family-like relationship within CSA-EUR are important attributes to attain a healthy organization. As the largest cultural student association at Erasmus University Rotterdam, CSA-EUR still manages to maintain a family-like feeling amongst its active members, which is a unique and distinctive characteristic of this organization. As Commissioner of Internal Affairs, it is your duty to manage all internal-related activities, such as team buildings, to attain the goal of building a group of enthusiastic, motivated and eager active members. You will act as confidential advisor to all active members and you are the first point of contact in case of internal conflict. Furthermore, you will be in charge of the recruitment of Active and Board members. This entails making a recruitment plan and scheduling interviews. As head of Internal Events Committee, you will form a developmental program for active members to let them grow and find their interests through various internal events while simultaneously letting the members interact and get to know each other better. As head of Social Events Committee, you are responsible for creating events mainly focused for general members and people outside the organization to get to know CSA-EUR better through informal events, parties and other activities.
- Maintain a healthy internal culture
- Administer the personal involvement and social development of Active Members
- Act as confidential advisor for Active Members
- Enforce internal laws and policies
- Oversee the recruitment process of board and Active Members
- Facilitate communication between Active Members and the Board.
- Leading the Internal Events Committee and Social Events Committee
Marketing & IT Officer
“This board year has been a great learning experience for me. As the Marketing & IT Officer, I am responsible for the public appearance of CSA-EUR on our website, social media channels as well as offline presence. This is definitely no easy task, as you will have many projects going on at the same time which all require your attention. But in the end it's very satisfying to see your ideas come to life.”
DescriptionThe Marketing & IT Officer is responsible for the brand perception of CSA-EUR and the goal main is to increase brand awareness through various promotion channels. The duties of a Marketing & IT Officer can be quite diverse, where event promotion is just one element of the job. For the Marketing part, you are in charge of developing and formulating a solid marketing plan/ strategy for CSA-EUR where you plan the direction of all marketing activities. In addition, you are also head of the Marketing Committee, and you have to ensure that all promotional activities for the other committees are executed smoothly. For the IT part, you will be responsible for managing and potentially making additions to the whole IT infrastructure that all the board members and active members will be relying on. That includes but is not limited to: server (website, events system, registration system, membership management system), G Suite (mail, drive). Other key responsibilities include identifying target markets and how to best reach them, the research on external opportunities and the measurement of success, the process of collecting and analysing data (e.g. website analytics), which you can use to think of ways to make your strategy more effective.
- Leadership potential; ability to lead and motivate a team
- Being able to keep overview but also giving attention to details
- Creative approach
- Adobe skills are preferred (Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign)
- Know the basics of WordPress or willing to learn
- Proactive and initiative-taking attitude
- Excellent communication, organizational and planning skills