The American University of Kurdistan

Manager/Director of Student Affairs

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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.


As AUK grows and adapts, so does the engagement and development of our student life.

While we expand our department and respond to the needs of our student body, we recognize the value in implementing a philosophy of holistic success. While acknowledging that university is primarily a place of learning and an academic journey, we believe that a student’s success story happens in conjunction with everything else outside the classroom – building skill within the workforce, mental health support, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities, community service, and a community support system.

Every AUK student has a talent that is unique to their skills and passions, and AUK’s Student Life platform is the place where they will find opportunities to build and expand on these skills, in order to one day make a meaningful impact on the Kurdish community and beyond.

Student Life opportunities include:

  • Club initiation and leadership
  • Club membership
  • Independent student events
  • Student Government
  • Life at AUK’s Student Residence Hall

Position Summary


The American University of Kurdistan (AUK) invites applications for the position of Manager/Director of Student Affairs, seeking individuals capable of providing exceptional leadership and management. This pivotal role, reporting directly to AUK’s President, requires the cultivation of an inclusive, student-focused campus environment where values of community, civility, respect, and active participation are paramount. Collaborating with students, staff, faculty, and other university divisions is essential to achieving AUK’s objectives for academic excellence, student engagement, and enhancing the first-year experience.



The Manager/Director oversees Psychological Counseling, Disability Support Services, and Career Services, ensuring comprehensive student support. Responsibilities include managing software for student interventions and engagement, enhancing awareness of resources, and maintaining high-quality extracurricular programs. Additionally, the Manager/Director provides guidance to the Student Government, recruits and trains staff, oversees residence life and aligns objectives with the institutional strategic plan. Integral to the role are budget management, resource planning, and the enforcement of codes of conduct, all of which contribute to fostering a supportive and successful student experience at AUK.


Key Responsibilities

  • Work with the Director of Enrollment Management and other key areas at AUK on retention initiatives and various programs aimed at maximizing the academic success of students (e.g. identify and develop new initiatives for student orientation, first-year student programs, probation workshops, campus engagement and culture-building).
  • Oversee Psychological Counseling and Disability Support Services.
  • Oversee Career Services and student workshops aiming to improve their career preparedness.
  • Oversee the management of software to facilitate student interventions, encourage engagement, and collect data to identify gaps and improve student success rates.
  • Increase visibility and student awareness of all available resources, helping students to take a proactive responsibility for their own educational objectives.
  • Ensure that all extra-curricular programs and events meet high standards of excellence and quality regarding enhancing culture, civic engagement, and recreation.
  • Serve as a coach to Student Government to help develop the Cabinet’s leadership and management skills.
  • Recruit, train and develop Student Affairs staff, ensuring high levels of operational efficiency, effectiveness and accountability.
  • Manage residence life programming.
  • Develop and implement objectives for the unit as defined by the institutional strategic plan.
  • Develop and manage the budget for the unit and partner with the President on long-range resource planning, ensuring strategic, cost-effective, and results-driven use of resources.
  • Promote and enforce the Student Code of Conduct and Code of Ethics.
  • ​Develop and implement assessment mechanisms.
  • Perform other duties, responsibilities, or special projects as assigned by the President​


Qualifications & experience

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree, preferably in an education-related field.
  • Previous and/or current professional experience in higher education (3 years minimum preferred).
  • A working knowledge of student life or other comparable experience in an educational environment (international preferred).
  • Strong working knowledge and understanding of professional codes of ethics and best practices for Student Affairs professionals.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the values of access, inclusion and diversity in education.
  • Experience in budget creation and management.
  • Excellent English interpersonal, public speaking and writing skills.
  • Proven organizational skills with strong attention to detail.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in managing programs in residence life.
  • Proficiency in assessment processes.
  • Proficiency in Kurdish and Arabic.



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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