University Counsellor

UWC Maastricht

UWC Maastricht UWCM welcomed its first National Committee students in September 2010 as the 12th member of the United World College movement.  UWCM is a completely integrated, multicultural school for students of different educational and socio-economic backgrounds aged 3-18 which operates within the Dutch public educational system and is subsidized by the Dutch government.  The integrated school was formed to serve both the needs of the international community of Maastricht, and to provide an education for those students chosen through the UWC National Committee system from throughout the world to study and live as residential students at UWCM. Today UWCM hosts over 850 students from more than 100 countries, 180 of whom are residential and live on campus.

For the academic year 2017-2018 we are seeking to appoint a well-qualified, enthusiastic and dedicated fulltimeUniversity Counsellor

UWC History The first UWC, the United World College of the Atlantic (UWC AC), was the brainchild of a group of idealists - the German educationalist Kurt Hahn and a number of veterans of the Second World War – in response to the misery and carnage they had witnessed and the rising tensions of the Cold War and the nuclear arms race.  They committed to waging a war for Peace by bringing together young people at a formative period in their lives from different nations, races, cultures, religions, political systems and social classes and to educate them in an environment of mutual understanding and mutual respect.

A central aspect of this approach was and is to open people’s eyes to the power of community and selfless service to others.

As the years have passed, others around the world - attracted to this simple yet powerful idea that education can be a force for peace and a sustainable future – have lent their support to allow for expansion and growth.

Our vacancy The new hire will join an established UWC Counsellor and a joint Universities/Admissions Administration Assistant and will be cooperatively responsible for the tasks of the university counselling department. This fulltime position will require a flexible working schedule according to the seasonal peak times of the department – including over the school holidays.

Responsibilities and Tasks

  • To provide IBDP1&2 students guidance, information and advocacy as they navigate their way through the university application process worldwide.
  • To ensure that students feel well-informed, supported and empowered to identify appropriate universities that are a good match and present themselves to those universities in a manner that highlights their strengths.
  • To write the majority of testimonials and work from draft testimonials written by tutors to ensure strong references for all students.
  • To manage the production of subject teacher letters of recommendation.
  • To inform students and staff about university systems worldwide.
  • To support students in their transition from MYP5 to DP1 with preliminary university information and guidance on IBDP subject selection in conjunction with the IB Coordinator, Head of Year and Director of Studies.
  • To keep students and parents informed of relevant deadlines and support students throughout the varied application processes for multiple university destinations.
  • To co-host visits from 70+ universities throughout the school year.
  • To arrange for outside speakers to present on various university application topics.
  • To   represent   UWC   Maastricht   to   universities   and   colleges   across   the   world   via   electronic communication, conferences, and counsellor fly-in programmes.
  • To maintain on-going relationships with university admissions representatives to better advocate for our students and UWC Maastricht regarding admissions decisions, wait lists, conditional offers, financial aid awards, etc. and with other UWC university counsellors.

The successful profile & qualifications


Pursuing the UWC mission requires also from our staff members a commitment to the following values: International and cultural understanding, celebration of difference, personal responsibility and integrity, mutual responsibility and respect, compassion and service, respect for the environment, a sense of idealism, personal challenge, action and personal example.

It should be noted that the school is a dynamic and high energy environment: the satisfaction is high – but so are the demands on time and engagement.

Education degree

At least a Bachelor degree.

Professional competencies

The successful candidate demonstrates the following competencies on a professional proficiency level:

  • Demonstrated ability to engage with students and to engender enthusiasm for learning.
  •  Student centered approach and clear empathy and understanding of adolescents' development and needs.
  • Flexibility and a collaborative style are essential.
  • Interpersonal (communication) skills.
  • Valuing diversity, in a multicultural setting.
  • Managing professional relationships.
  • Team spirit, Creativity.
  • Planning, Organizing, Action oriented.
  • Organizational agility, Dealing with ambiguity.
  • A proactive approach and initiative.
  • Understanding of the cyclical nature of various university application processes and necessity of getting the work done.
  •  Computer literacy.
  •  Fluent English Level: reading, writing, speaking; a professional command of the English language, minimum CEFR level B2.

Professional experience

Experience as a University Counsellor or success in a similar (fast-paced) environment is a pre-requisite.

Remuneration / Terms of Employment

  • Contract-of-Employment under Dutch law: the initial contract is for 24 months (Academic years 2017-2018 and 2018-2019) with the intention of renewal.
  • Full time position: 1.0 FTE: 40 hours per week / flexible working schedule.
  • School pension plan via the ABP Retirement/Pension scheme.
  • Location: UWC Maastricht, the Netherlands.
  • School Closure Holidays (the position will ask to work also partly during holidays).
  •  To be able to work in Education in the Netherlands, a (‘foreign’) staff member must be able to successfully apply for a residence/work permit in the Netherlands; a Dutch-VOG (certificate of good conduct). UWCM will assist in processing the application for a residency/work permit and VOG.
  • Academic year 2017-2018: Monday 21 August 2017, is first day for new non-teaching staff. Further information can be found on our website via ‘Working with us’.

Information  If you would like to know more about this challenging position, please contact our HR team via / via +31(0)43 2410 410 or check our website

Your application You can express your interest by sending per e-mail, your CV (linked to the described successful profile & qualifications) and a comprehensive motivation, to our HR Team. Further information can be found on our website via ‘Working with us’. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed as soon as possible either in Maastricht or as appropriate. The position will be advertised until filled.