My name is Jan Offermans, and for the academic year 2021/2022, I had the chance to join the SCOPE board as the Treasurer. I am responsible for all financial matters by guiding financial, accounting and budgeting decisions. Some people call it one of the most powerful student positions in Maastricht! The tasks are pretty diverse and centred on keeping the association on track. The daily operations range from bookkeeping to banking transactions, filing VAT returns, and communication with your fellow board members and all active members. In addition to that, you set the master budget for the whole association, which influences all events, trips and SCOPE operations. You will have the chance to meet all committees and allocate the budget according to what you perceive as valuable. Of course, we have clear accounting rules that guide you through keeping the associations' financials on track and help you in all decisions. During the transition period, you'll get clear guidance on applying all tools we use, but don't worry, it's not too complicated, and you'll always have someone who can answer your questions.
A typical day of the SCOPE Treasure is very flexible but usually starts at 9. You record the latest transactions and answer E-mails. Afterwards, the board gathers for board and committee meetings, and you ensure all financials are updated, and all questions are answered. The rest of the day usually involves reaching out to active members and communicating with our daughter associations. Sigma Investments, Maastricht Finance Society, Royals Cup, Maastricht Lions and VECTUM belong partly to SCOPE and record their finances through us. Therefore, I schedule meetings with the board members of those associations to ensure everything runs smoothly. Bi-annually, we disclose our financial statements at the General Member Assembly, short GMA, and you'll get the chance to present your work and guide members of the association through the financial situation (trust me, it's really rewarding!).
What should you bring?
The position does not require much prior accounting knowledge, as you will learn everything you need while applying it. Attention to detail and communication skills for meeting committees are part of your daily work, but you'll grow into that position. Some interest in those fields is a significant advantage in keeping you motivated and contribute to your learning process.
Why should you join?
The SCOPE Board Treasurer position has been one of the most insightful, teaching, and fun things I've done in my entire life. You get to meet and work with so many great people from all over the world. You develop personally and apply your prior and new knowledge right away. Moreover, you get to represent SCOPE at official gatherings and learn what it means to work in a team and guide the financial standing of one of the biggest study associations in Europe!
I am happy to answer all your questions and look forward to meeting you!