The American University of Kurdistan

Development Officer

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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.


​The Office of Advancement plays a crucial role in securing resources for the University’s advancement and raising awareness of AUK’s academic services, achievements, and plans. We establish partnerships with philanthropists and donors to secure funding for key University initiatives. Our primary focus is serving the AUK community by securing financial resources to facilitate their studies, work, and research. We fundraise for student scholarships and financial aid, faculty development, capital expansion projects, manage alumni relations, and raise funds for the University’s endowment.​

Position Summary

​The Development Officer is responsible for providing support to the Office of Advancement in fundraising efforts. The successful candidate will contribute to securing philanthropic income for the University and ensure effective and timely support for fundraising activities from various sources. This role requires an organized and proactive individual with excellent attention to detail and timing. ​

Key Responsibilities

  • Coordinate/manage fundraising drives aimed at securing philanthropic income for the University.
  • Contribute substantially to the implementation of the annual giving program.
  • Build up relations with existing and new corporate and individual donors to sustain and expand the relationship for the future, and attract new donors.
  • Conduct prospect research using online search tools to identify new giving opportunities, including profiling prospective individual donors.
  • Assist with the production and implementation of appeal campaigns, sponsorships requests, and other fundraising communications and activities.
  • Attend networking events to increase professional network, refine relationship management skills, and enhance Cedars outreach and capacity
  • Utilize the CRM system to record and archive work processes and contacts on an ongoing basis.
  • Maintain effective working relationships with University units, including Finance, Communications, Student Affairs, Admission/Registration, and IT.
  • Uphold donor confidentiality and maintain confidentiality of information and projects undertaken by the Office of Advancement.
  • Stay updated with the latest trends and practices in philanthropy and advancement, engaging in self-learning and professional development.
  • Contribute to the success of the Office of Advancement by performing other related duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Qualifications & experience


  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to interact effectively with diverse stakeholders.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English.
  • Advanced knowledge of MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).
  • Ability to work independently and complete assignments within provided time constraints.
  • Collaborative mindset, working closely with colleagues to achieve shared goals.
  • Knowledge of CRM programs (preferred).

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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