Careers

THNK is an entrepreneurial start-up.

We are fun-loving, innovative, intelligent individuals with amazing networks all over the globe. We hire the best people, providing them with freedom and responsibility, helping them to grow themselves. This means that we try to create a caring environment where people help and support each other and demand the best at the same time.

THNK Homes around the world offer the opportunity to gain experience in a fast-growing start-up, collaborate with the very best in creative leadership and innovation, and have a lot of fun.

Current Vacancies

Head of Global Community Engagement

Are you a relationship builder at your core? A networker, connector, and natural communicator? Are you aware of the challenges facing today’s most audacious leaders? Do you thrive in a role where you have to think strategically and act entrepreneurially? Then you might be THNK’s next Head of Global Community Engagement.

THNK has a grand mission: to develop and support creative leaders around the world with the purpose to resolve large societal challenges. Our programs are the gateway into our growing community of THNKers, the THNK alumni. The role of the Head of Global Community Engagement is to support THNKers to continue growing as leaders after their first THNK program ends and to achieve and celebrate individual and collective impact.  

Responsibilities

  • Manage and coordinate all communication with community e.g. creating and sending community newsletters, managing online community forums, conduct community surveys and manage the database.
  • Develop tools, and guidelines to support and promote the growth community-led events and workshops
  • Be the curator and project lead of FSTVL, THNK’s annual 3-day community event, including inviting inspiring guest speakers and facilitators, managing the FSTVL budget and supporting team of internal staff and external suppliers
  • Coordinate the release of new tools and resources online that will help community members continue their development
  • Work together closely with the admission team to continually ensure the quality of community referrals to programs e.g. by creating and implementing an ambassador program or referral programs
  • Have your finger on the pulse of the community—continually monitor and analyze health, satisfaction, dynamics, and engagement of the membership base
  • Take initiative and ownership—always be on the look-out of new ideas to empower and support the community to create connections, value and (social) impact, as well as building ongoing, permanent relationships

Who we are looking for

  • Thrive in a setting that is fluid, fast-moving and growing
  • At least 5+ years of relevant work experience in community building, communications and project management
  • Implementer, who can envision a strategy as well as follow through and put it into action
  • Connector, who enjoys building relationships, helping people and solving problems
  • Digitally savvy—expertise in connecting people across platforms and locations and thorough knowledge of how networking platforms work
  • Deep understanding of the field THNK is operating in; can represent the community to external parties
  • Outstanding communication skills—highly proficient in written and spoken English
  • Active listener—able to filter through the noise and understand the needs of the community
  • Experience working in an international environment

If this sounds like you, please email hr@thnk.org with your CV and a short cover letter in PDF format. Note that this role is full-time, in-person role based out of THNK’s HQ in Amsterdam, NL. The deadline to apply is: Thursday, January 10th, 2019 at 11:59pm CET.

Accounting & Project Administration Intern

Are you a student looking to gain practical experience in finance and accounting? Are you interested in working with an international team in a purpose-driven organization? Join us as an Accounting & Project Administration Intern and receive training in the in the accounting principles specific to the business and get hands-on experience in understanding of how financial control works in practice.

The internship, preferably for 6 months, will give you valuable practical knowledge of our accounting system and project management administration. You will gain insights into:

  • Account Payables (invoices from suppliers and contractors)
  • Process invoices – understand the full cycle of accounts payable, get approval of invoices & expenses from budget holders, code & enter purchase invoices in the accounting system (Symsys), organize and file invoices and supporting documentation
  • Preparing expense reports
  • Helping with financial control and purchase orders
  • Managing finance mail inbox
  • Communicating with suppliers and contractors
  • Accounts Receivable (invoices we send to clients) – preparing billing that goes to clients and monitor aging reports, timely receipt of payments and follow-up on outstanding amounts
  • Budgeting & Project management – understanding and entering budget sheets in the accounting system & managing our cloud content management and file sharing system (Box)
  • Bank Statement Reconciliations
  • Petty cash & credit card administration & reconciliations
  • Ad-hoc reports, project allocations, accruals, intercompany transactions

Who we are looking for

  • Student in Accounting, Finance Management, Business Administration
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and Dutch
  • Strong analytic ability and technical competencies is a plus
  • Independent self-starter attitude with the ability to take responsibility for your own projects and to take initiative
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Office (especially Excel)
  • Proactive and eager to learn and share

What we offer

  • A paid internship at a fast-growing, entrepreneurial, socially responsible, creative and fun organization
  • An international working environment and inspiring program participants
  • Daily, healthy lunch
  • Minimum of 4 days a week for a period of 6 months

If this sounds like you, please email hr@thnk.org with your resume and a short cover letter in PDF format. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but the sooner you apply, the better. Join the team!

Program Manager

Do you love to organize and make sure everything runs smoothly and according to plan? Do you enjoy to bring structure and work with different teams in the organization? Do you have an affinity for purpose-driven people and organizations?  Then you might just be who we’re looking for to be THNK’s new Program Manager!

As Program Manager, you play an important role in the preparation and delivery of THNK’s programs – with a strong emphasis on the behind the scenes logistics and planning. You work closely with the Dean and faculty and play a crucial role in supporting them in the design, preparation, and delivery of the program towards a brilliant experience for our participants.

Accountabilities

  • Work with the Dean and faculty to jointly prepare the delivery and flow of program modules
  • Create a module planning and preparation timeline, brief faculty & manage deadlines
  • Manage scheduling and activities of faculty, coach and external speakers
  • Manage off-site event planning and logistics
  • Create schedules and run sheets – keep these up-to-date throughout the module
  • Research, plan and organize specific module elements
  • Brief and communicate with third parties for specific program elements.
  • Organize logistics, equipment, and supplies, set up rooms for sessions (with the Facility Manager)
  • Codify learnings from programs in collaboration with faculty
  • Collect participant feedback and prepare evaluation reports
  • Act as the first point of contact for participants; manage the online class channel on Slack – onboarding participants; uploading material, communicating with participants, etc
  • Work closely together with admission, community, marketing and other teams at THNK to ensure a seamless experience for participants

Competencies

  • Thrive in a setting that is fluid and fast-moving and where you relish to bring necessary structure
  • Enjoy helping people and solving problems
  • Play nicely with others and can be assertive when needed
  • Detail-oriented, structured professional and efficient
  • At least 2-3 years’ experience in a Project Management role
  • Not afraid to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty
  • Highly proficient in written and spoken English
  • Experience working in an international context
  • Service-orientated, great communicator with excellent interpersonal skills
  • Resourceful and self-directed
  • A keen interest in creativity and innovation education and processes
  • During program days flexibility in working hours is an advantage
If this sounds like you, please email hr@thnk.org with your resume and a short cover letter in PDF format. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but the sooner you apply, the better. Join the team!

THNK In-Company Service Line Director

THNK is a social enterprise with a mission to develop and support creative leaders to resolve large societal challenges.  To this end, we bring together experienced social entrepreneurs, commercial entrepreneurs, public servants and corporate leaders from across the world to work on creativity, innovation, entrepreneurship, leadership and gender, and inclusiveness.

One of THNK’s core activities is the design and delivery of Custom Programs to pre-eminent corporate clients that are shaping their industries, such as Johnson & Johnson, Naspers, Booking.com and the Port of Rotterdam.  We also work on innovation and leadership topics with academic institutions such as Stanford University, the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley and ShanghaiTech.

THNK’s Custom Program approach is fresh and different; as Forbes Magazine writes, “A combination of unexpected, deep collaboration and learning-by-doing amid real life problem-solving makes the anti-classroom of THNK stand out … This highly disruptive introspective approach is buoyed by the belief that change must first happen on a personal level before it can be successfully implemented within teams, organizations, business, and society”.

Hallmarks of THNK Custom Programs include:

  • Focus on corporate clients that are credible in their efforts to pursue a positive impact on people and planet in addition to profit
  • Drive for results and, more concretely, tangible participant learning and business impact
  • Multi-disciplinary approach, drawing from several schools of thought, including design-thinking, leadership, entrepreneurship, systems thinking and critical thinking
  • Truly experiential learning, that prioritizes participant energy, engagement and connection to daily reality rather than lecture, theory and knowledge transfer

The team responsible for these Custom Program clients is led by Natasha Bonnevalle, Mark Vernooij and Rajiv Ball, each of whom has over 15 years of experience in serving leading global companies at Board level on topics relating to creativity, innovation, entrepreneurship, leadership, gender and inclusiveness.

As a result of continued growth in THNK’s Custom Program activities, we are looking for outstanding individuals who subscribe to the mission of THNK and are eager to join our team in the role of Service Line Director.

A Service Line Director is responsible for leading or co-leading a THNK Custom Program service line. Our Custom Program Services Lines address client needs in Innovation, Leadership Development, and Gender and Inclusiveness and:

  • Address topics of Board level relevance
  • Aspire to have a transformational impact on participants, their wider organization and society more generally
  • Are typically a multi-month journey with a minimum program price of EUR 100K per program

Service Line Director activities are responsible to:

  • Develop innovative, world-class content and delivery formats that truly shift participant mindsets and behaviors, in conjunction with other THNK Service Line Directors
  • Identify and build new corporate clients
  • Help clients to articulate and structure their (learning/enterprise) needs with a clear eye on transformational program impact
  • Maintain independence to tell a client if THNK is not the best partner for their needs
  • Prepare proposals and lead efforts in pitching these proposals successfully to clients
  • Accountability for overall delivery of the program with operational responsibility for design and delivery lying with the Program Director, Program Manager and Faculty
  • Work with the THNK Finance Director to manage the program to budget, including all the invoicing and legal/procurement paper work that accompanies a program

Key performance indicators of a Service Line Director are:

  • Attraction of inspirational clients with meaningful work in both volume and quality.  To this end, we are looking for Service Line Directors to bring in a minimum of EUR 300K of revenue in their first year with THNK, rising to a minimum of EUR 500K in subsequent years
  • Development of programs that are truly at the cutting edge of their relevant field
  • Positive participant and business impact generated through the programs
  • Feedback from clients
  • Feedback from fellow Service Line Directors
  • Feedback from faculty and staff

A Service Line Director:

  • Is strongly aligned to THNK’s mission to develop and support creative leaders to resolve large societal challenges
  • Has senior stature and the abilty to engage Board-level executives
  • Brings deep expertise in learning program design and delivery as well as depth (meaning at least five years experience) in innovation or leadership development or diversity and inclusion topics
  • Has international work experience with a strong appreciation of diversity
  • Is resourceful, self-directed, structured and organized
  • Can balance intuitive insight with an unrelenting eye for the detail that is required to deliver world class programs
  • Is a good team player and inspirational people leader of THNK faculty and staff, able to build inclusive teams
  • Has the presence and the ability to engage a group of senior participants in a class room setting
  • Brings at least 5 plus years of consultative selling experience at Board level, with a proven track record of selling professional services projects over EUR 100K each
  • Has a network of senior executives who have worked with him/her on programs similar to those offered by THNK, and who potentially can become THNK Custom Program partners in the future

Over time, we expect Service Line Directors to have a deep understanding of all dimensions of “creative leadership” as defined by THNK, plus deep expertise in at least one topic (e.g. leadership, corporate innovation, gender and inclusiveness) and be seen as a role model for THNK’s values and way of working.

Service Line Director reward consists of several elements:

  • Achievement being the ability to realize one’s own professional aspirations in the field of transformational learning program design and delivery
  • Growth consisting of personal and professional growth, which comes from working at the cutting edge of our profession
  • Belonging which means being part of a very strongly-knit and winning team of mission-oriented professionals
  • Balance from working in an organization that is not driven primarily by financial targets, but by the impact it delivers on its external and internal stakeholders
  • Financial compensation consists of a base salary and performance related pay (the latter accounting for up to one third of total compensation) and is consistent with THNK’s status as a young social enterprise. Our Service Line Directors are not motivated primarily by financial compensation

The role can be between 50 percent and full time and is Amsterdam-based, although we are open to considering applications from exceptional candidates who are located in other geographies.

We are particularly keen to attract applications from potential Service Line Directors who increase the diversity of the current Service Line Director team.

If you are interested in applying for the role, then please send your CV and a cover letter, in particular highlighting your Board-level consultative selling experience, to Rajiv Ball (Rajiv.Ball@thnk.org).

ROLES AT THNK FOR PARTICIPANTS

For everyone who has completed the THNK Executive Leadership Program as a participant, there is a rich variety of opportunities to work with THNK.

In most cases the individual THNK participant proposes opportunities based on her own passion and purpose, expertise, and entrepreneurial vision. The opportunity typically starts with a one-on-one discussion with one of the THNK Partners (Femke BartelsRajiv Ball, Mark Vernooij or Natasha Bonnevalle) followed by submission of a presentation or letter of intent on behalf of the participant and then a period of joint exploration and scoping of the opportunity for collaboration. In this, we are particularly keen to foster long-term collaborations between THNK and former participants

 

SPECIFIC ROLES

 

FACULTY

Involved in the design and delivery of a THNK program. This includes the Executive Leadership Program and Custom Programs. Roles include those of Challenge Coordinator, Experience Designer, Master Practitioner, Forum Curator, Leadership Coach, and Endeavor Coach.

 

CREATIVE TEAM MEMBER

Asked to engage in a creation effort to develop a creative solution to a large social challenge. This could include a Challenge in the Executive Leadership Program, or a Game-Changer Custom Program, or a project to incubate a Challenge Concept.

 

CHALLENGE CONCEPT LEADER

Bringing an innovative enterprise concept resulting from a THNK Challenge from the initial idea to a further articulation, assembling an entrepreneurial team, conducting a pilot, orchestrating the right partnership model and setting up the legal and ownership structure, leading to a first income.

 

SERVICE LINE DEVELOPER

Developing a new program within the portfolio of THNK activities. This includes programs for new target groups, as well as new formats (e.g. online), new cooperation models to realize creative solutions for large social challenges (e.g. Corporate Venturing, Accelerator, Business Plan Competition).