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Job Opportunity: Learning Team Lead / Head of Programs

Learning Team Lead / Head of Programs Digital Society School (0,8 fte / 32h)

Are you passionate about driving (digital) innovation and shaping the future of society via the development, organisation and execution of transformative learning experiences? Are you a hands-on and authentic leader with skin in the game, who can feel the pain and joy together with the team? Are you unafraid to do the work as well as set the vision? Do you have a broad network of thought leaders and makers in the Netherlands? This unique position combines leadership, strategic vision, and project management within the exciting realm of digital transformation.

Where else than at DSS …

  • you can engage with a diverse team of 15 experts dedicated to digital transformation and innovation;
  • you have the opportunity to lead the sales process from client engagement to deal closure, ensuring your impact is truly end-to-end;
  • you can be responsible for driving innovation, helping clients swiftly navigate the ever-evolving digital landscape.

Here’s how you will make a difference


  • Team Leadership & Strategy (Learning Team Lead)
  • Foster a shared purpose and space for learning within the team.
  • Take the lead in disseminating and continuously improving our Digital Society School Playbook;
  • Co-create Design Challenges with partners, and clients and centres of expertise;
  • Onboard 40-50 international trainees into our programme per semester;
  • Build strategic partnerships for our leadership programme;
  • Empower team collaboration through project management and coordination;
  • Ensure continuous improvement of processes and products;
  • Mentor individual team members, prioritize team initiatives, and represent in management meetings;
  • Disseminate knowledge and foster collaboration across the wider DSS;
  • Align educational methodologies and vision with the educationalists of the Faculty of Digital Media and Creative Industries.
  • Oversee and share responsibilities for DSS’s main products: 1. Trainee program (DTIP), 2. Leadership programme (TLP) and 3. Project challenges (Partner projects).

Project Management of semester challenges

  • Ensure connection and communication between the learning programmes to protect processes and outcomes.
  • Develop partnerships and engage stakeholders from industry and society.
  • Lead the learning team to deliver, monitor, and track semester challenges.
  • Support the team to recruit trainees, transformation owners, and partners for semester challenges.
  • Coach trainee teams and transformation leaders on how to deliver semester partner challenges effectively.
  • Collaborate in developing lifelong learning programmes offered by DSS.

Your other perks

  • The choice to work full-time, part-time or in the evenings. This is ideal if you want to combine this job with, for example, a job in (the world of) business.
  • A gross monthly salary between € 4.234,28 to € 5.936,77 (Hay profile Projectmanager 4 and Salary Scale 11 of the higher education collective labour agreement), with a full-time appointment and depends on education and experience.
  • A year-end allowance of 8.3% and a holiday allowance of 8% of your gross annual salary.
  • 428 holiday hours per year with a 40-hour working week.
  • Entitlement to various types of leave, such as (un)paid parental leave, care leave, adoption and foster care leave and various other arrangements.
  • A travel allowance for your commute, an NS-Business Card, your own AUAS bicycle or a tax incentive to purchase your own bicycle. If you are unable to use personal or public transport to travel to work, e.g. because of a disability, we will look at other possibilities together.
  • Plenty of development opportunities, via our own AUAS Academy and the online courses of Good Habitz.
  • Discounts on various facilities, such as books, cultural courses, soft- and hardware and a number of insurances.
  • A strong focus on your job satisfaction, work-life balance and vitality.  For example, you can participate in various sports activities for AUAS staff or via the USC sport centre. You can also visit our (career) coaches and use various online tools to benefit your mental health.
  • A good pension scheme via the ABP pension fund.
  • A laptop and smartphone on loan. A monthly internet allowance of €50 net.
  • Last but not least: a chance to work in a dynamic and pleasant environment with wonderful colleagues. You and your colleagues can also get together outside work, in one of our communities such as HvAPride, HvA Alumni, HvA United, JongHvA and FEM IT.

What you bring to the table

Required skills:

  • Multidisciplinary background spanning sciences, technology, arts, and humanities.
  • Academic education and relevant experience in organising autonomous teams and projects.
  • Ability to scout opportunities, bring in partners, formalise agreements, and monitor project success.
  • Strong communication skills in both English and Dutch.
  • Experience in designing learning experiences and developing courses.

Nice to Have:

  • Background in innovation, service/UX design, and/or customer research;
  • Consultancy or agency setting experience;
  • Experience working with governmental or public institutions;
  • Experience in Life sciences & Health, Energy Transition, or Fashion Technology.

Become our new Head of Programmes / Learning team lead

  • Upload your CV and letter of motivation via the application button above and including 31st of May 2024. We will get back to you within two weeks, so keep an eye on your inbox.
  • Would you like to know more about the position before you apply? Jeroen van Wijck, Operations Director, can tell you all about it. Reach him through
  • For more information about the application procedure, you can send an email to
  • This vacancy has been published simultaneously internally and externally. In the event of equivalent suitability, internal candidates will be given preference over external candidates;
  • We apply the AUAS Job Application Code to this vacancy’s recruitment and selection process.
  • No (recruitment) agencies, please.

Creating tomorrow at the Digital Society School (DSS)

DSS is a thriving international and multidisciplinary community dedicated to shaping the future of society through digital innovation. Our educational approach revolves around project education, where young professionals collaborate with partners from the industry, public & semi-public to tackle real-world challenges.

About the Learning Team at DSS

The learning team at DSS designs and delivers learning experiences. At the core are the 7-10 transformation challenges per semester. During each semester, trainees, transformation leaders, and partners undergo interdependent learning experiences coordinated and overseen by the learning team that consists of learning experience experts, producers and coordinators.

Talent as our foundation, diversity as our strength

Can you imagine how dynamic that enormous diversity of personalities, backgrounds and perspectives is? Important too, because we believe that it is precisely thanks to that diversity that we perform better as an employer and a university of applied sciences of and for the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area.  We aim to see Amsterdam’s diversity reflected in our workforce. And to be an organisation where every employee and student feels welcome, valued and at home. So whoever you are: you are most welcome!