Job Opening

Programme Curator

You are responsible for our on- and offline programmes and research projects, further strengthening our thought leadership proposition, developing knowledge exchange, and facilitating a networking-based community. You enrich our expertise in the sector and present our insights to a growing ecosystem of stakeholders. As Programme Curator, you will be organising and co-moderating conversations, making you an ambassador for the organisation to our entire community. The Class specialises in three distinctive (yet connected) value propositions: co-learning, co-leading, and conference. As a lead of programme curation and execution, you stimulate dialogue by identifying the most urgent, relevant, and important agendas for our industry and convening inspiring contributors from and beyond the sector to engage in thoughtful discussion and debate.

The Basics

  • Full-time position (40 hours per week)
  • Based in The Netherlands (Amsterdam region)
  • Initial 1 year contract with prospect for renewal
  • Start date: as soon as possible
  • International work environment
  • Regular travel

The Class Foundation

As higher education increasingly globalises, the way in which universities, cities, and countries attract and retain talent is also evolving. Our foundation is Europe’s largest aggregators of key players in student housing, higher education, and urban development. Our curated community of operators, investors, suppliers, and policy-makers is a growing network with a shared mission to identify the challenges and opportunities that will shape student living in the decades to come. Primarily, we act as a knowledge platform, initiating research projects, publications, and hybrid events focused on the state of student living.  

The Class Foundation was founded by Frank Uffen in 2011 and has evolved into a dynamic platform run by a young international team. You will report to the Director of Operations and be part of a team specialised in marcom, production and business development.  

It is our goal to professionalize student living in Europe by driving operators to be more sustainable, affordable, and accessible to both domestic and international students. We plan for 3 annual research reports on student well-being and market dynamics. We organise regional events and an annual flagship conference in various cities across Europe. During those events, we raise awareness on current issues in the sector, potential areas for collaboration, and best practices. In 2022, The Class Foundation will return to hosting in-person events, with an action-packed agenda running from Spring until Autumn.

  • The Class Conference: our annual flagship event, which we will hold in a hybrid format from Madrid in November 2022 [more info]
  • The Best in Class Awards: our annual celebration of the movers and shakers within our industry [more info]
  • Trend Report & Research projects: publications highlighting key issues impacting our sector and trends that pave the way for the future of student living [more info]
  • Regional European Forums – The State of Student Living: a series of interactive, hybrid events hosted across Europe to explore our Collective Agenda for Change [more info]

We are a team of program, marketing, research, design, and production specialists – some full-time, some freelance.

Job Description

Key priorities – Collaborate, Cooperate, Coordinate, Connect and Communicate

  • Develop and execute event content strategy through research, with a strong focus on the identified topics that are current and relevant across various European markets and communities (strategy and coordination)
  • Define key messages and write the narratives for upcoming events (written content curation)
  • Identify, invite, and manage speakers (speaker & stakeholder management)
  • Translate each event into pre, during, and post-communications content and support the execution (project management and coordination)
  • Host and co-moderate some of our events to investigate further and dig deeper into the potential impact and implications of the identified topics (interpersonal skills)

Job Requirements

To be a successful candidate for this challenging yet exciting position, you will have expertise in alternative real-estate investment, city/urban development, Higher education and a true passion for growing with others. You thrive on fast-paced business development and have an outgoing personality.  

You take pride in being highly organised, engaging as a self-motivating team player, a great networker and storyteller, with the ability to seize commercial opportunities and respond to the needs and wants of different stakeholders

  • 4+ years of proven experience in leading programmes, events, building networks, project management, or similar experience within a relevant sector (higher education, student accommodation, government, real estate etc)  
  • Proven capability to quickly translate knowledge into actions; including experience with industry foresights and leadership development, quantitative and qualitive research, project and stakeholder management  
  • Natural and passionate writer, preferably with master level education or equivalent. Affinity with the alternative asset, student housing, co-living and other blended living typologies and urban regeneration is a must  
  • A start-up can-do mentality and capability to manage multiple projects/events spontaneously and simultaneously  
  • Fluency in English (written and spoken); fluency in Dutch (or other European languages) is a plus but not essential
How to apply?

Could you be the next Programme Curator for The Class Foundation? Then make sure to submit your CV and cover letter to by no later than midnight Sunday 16th January 2022.  

Our team will review your application and get back to you if you are successful in reaching the next stage. If your application is shortlisted, we will invite you for a virtual interview. We look forward to hearing more about you!

In case you have questions, shoot us an email.