The American University of Kurdistan

Fundraising Communications Writer

Job Overview

Job Title:                     Content Writer

Institution:                 The American University of Kurdistan

Location:                    Duhok, Kurdistan Region, Iraq

Job Type:                    Full-Time

Posting Date:             2/3/2023

Closing Date:              Open until filled

Salary:                        Competitive and Commensurate with experience


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.


About the Role


The Content Writer is responsible for researching and writing high-quality content for Academic and Administrative related topics. The Content Writer creates stories about AUK Community and projects at AUK that demonstrate the University’s positive impact on the lives of its faculty, students, graduates and the local community. The Content Writer is also responsible for generating ideas for new content types and proofreading articles before publication.




  • Work with the President to conceptualize a narrative that fits the institutional mission and vision.
  • Identify high-value stories, collect and verify data and write compelling narratives for a variety of stakeholder groups.
  • Create high-quality content for dissemination across multiple electronic and print media.
  • Contribute to the monthly newsletter, the annual report, the website, and different types of publications.
  • Work with the graphic designer to produce online and print publications in their final form, ready for dissemination and distribution.
  • Develop a writing style guide for use across all units.
  • Other related duties and responsibilities, as assigned.


Qualifications and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • 3-5 years of business writing experience, preferably in non-profit fundraising.
  • Creative thinker with Excellent English speaking and writing skills.
  • Able to produce a range of eye-catching content that engages different audiences, whether online or in print.
  • Excellent interpersonal, diplomatic and advocacy skills, with the ability to communicate complex issues succinctly across a variety of formats to a wide range of audiences.
  • Able to interact with a broad spectrum of stakeholders including VIPs, board members, faculty, staff, students and alumni.
  • Advanced skills in searching the internet for information.
  • Advanced knowledge of MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).
  • Organized and systematic, able to juggle overlapping priorities to meet multiple deadlines.
  • A team player. Able to build effective working relationships and trust with colleagues at the Office of Advancement and the wider University community.
  • Experience in the higher education sector is preferred.



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, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, and any other characteristic protected by applicable laws. The University promotes diversity and inclusion in the workplace and makes recruiting decisions exclusively on the basis of 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.

Application Process:

The search committee will immediately begin reviewing applications and continue until an appointment is made for interviews. Applications must be emailed to [email protected] with the position’s name in the “subject” field. To ensure full consideration, applications must include a letter of interest, analysis of qualifications, curriculum vitae that includes e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers. If you encounter any issues with the Application process, please email the previously listed email address.

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