The American University of Kurdistan

Coordinator/Manager of Career Services

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Job Overview

Our Mission

Founded in 2014 as a non-profit institution of higher learning by Masrour Barzani, the American University of Kurdistan is dedicated to preparing future generations of leaders through curricular and co-curricular excellence in an American-style education focusing on transformative knowledge, innovative research, ethical community service, respect for inclusion and diversity, global connectedness, and life-long learning, all aiming to ensure economic, environmental, social and political advancement- regionally, nationally and globally.

Our Vision

The American University of Kurdistan will be recognized as a premier institution in the Middle East and beyond by cultivating academic excellence, fostering creativity, and engaging in highest caliber of applied research.


We are here for you!
Empowered through culture of inclusivity, The American University of Kurdistan (AUK) strives to maintain our student-centered philosophy while working to support the ever-changing needs of students. AUK will be focused on attaining high employability rates among its alumni as well as on their professional well-being.

The Career Center is fully dedicated to helping students just like you who want to land the ideal job, internship or graduate/professional school opportunity. Get information, guidance, inspiration and connections that will enable you to step up and stand out. Career Services will provide the following services.

  • Build your resume or CV and develop interview skills
  • Explore career options and find directions
  • Find an internship or work placement
  • Attend career fairs and events
  • Get insights into starting your own business.

Position Summary

The Coordinator/Manager leads, supervises, and coordinates career and professional development services, including individual career coaching, career and education research, job search advising, and resume and interview critiques. Develops and maintains relationships with students, employers, faculty, staff, and public and private sector partners. The Coordinator/Manager reports to the Director of Student Affairs. Rank will be commensurate with experience.

Key Responsibilities

  • ​With the Director of Student Affairs, drafts the vision, strategic plan, and goals for Career Services.
  • Design employability skills training and workshops for students and alumni to improve their workforce readiness.
  • Establish resources for students’ and alumni’s career exploration, planning, and professional development.
  • Provide one-on-one career counseling to students and alumni.
  • Take the lead in the planning and implementation of institution-level career fairs and networking events.
  • Work with the Colleges on the planning and implementation of college-level events related to workforce development and placement.
  • Support employer development initiatives to include assisting with on-site visits and tours, networking and promotional activities, and involvement with appropriate professional associations.
  • Conduct research and assessments of the workforce marketplace in Kurdistan and Iraq continuously.
  • Follow alumni of AUK and their success in the workforce with the aim of data collection and continuous improvement in Career Services’ programming.
  • Perform other duties as may be required or assigned.

Qualifications & experience

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in psychology, business, student affairs, counseling, or related field.
  • Three years of professional experience in a career center/academic advising in an educational institution or human resources.
  • Knowledge of the Kurdistan and Iraq employment sectors.
  • Ability to network with the public and private sectors with the intent of identifying employment opportunities for AUK graduates.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in psychology, business, student affairs, counseling, or related field.
  • Experience working in a higher educational institution.
  • Experience in employer engagement.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Excellent oral, written, and presentation communication and interpersonal skills in English (Kurdish and Arabic preferred).
  • Excellent Microsoft Office skills (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.)
  • Ability to analyze and interpret data to write reports.
  • Public relations skills.
  • Planning and organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Proven leadership skills and proactive approach to problem-solving.
  • Ability to exhibit a professional demeanor.

Diversity Statement

It is the policy of the American University of Kurdistan to provide an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, genetic information, and any other characteristic protected by applicable laws. The University promotes diversity and inclusion in the workplace and makes recruiting decisions exclusively based on qualifications, merit, and current work needs. This policy applies to all hiring, recruiting, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, remuneration, benefits, and training procedures within our Institution.​

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