Scholarship Officer | The American University of Iraq Sulaimani

Scholarship Officer

Located between beautiful mountain ranges in the safe and dynamic Kurdistan region of Northern Iraq, the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (“AUIS”) is an ambitious, independent, nonprofit, liberal arts university that has no owners or shareholders and operates solely for the public benefit. AUIS promotes high-quality instruction, critical thinking, diversity, and tolerance, in order to secure long-term economic prosperity and social cohesion in Iraq and beyond. 
We wish to strengthen our team and seek an experienced, motivated, collegial, and culturally sensitive Scholarship Officer (“SO”) who is fascinated by the opportunity to make a difference in a demanding but exciting educational environment. The Scholarship Officer is the primary contact between student scholarship recipients and the University. The position reports to the Vice President, Academic Affairs (VPAA), with strong working relationships with the Vice President, Advancement (VPA) and other University Offices.
Primary responsibilities include:
  • As a member of the University Scholarship Committee, assist in identifying potential scholarship recipients and in awarding scholarships.
  • With assistance from the Registrar’s Office, prepare and administer student contracts for scholarship recipients.
  • Collect data and maintain records on scholarship recipients for reporting and assessment.
  • Assist scholarship recipients with questions about the requirements and other terms of their scholarships.
  • Assist the VPAA Office and other academic departments with processes designed to increase retention of scholarship recipients. 
  • Assist the VPAA Office, Advancement department, and other University Offices in answering donor and governmental questions about scholarship recipients, preparing reports on scholarships, and in preparing proposals for new scholarships.
  • Periodically evaluate the University's scholarship programs to identify areas for improvement and growth. 
  • Identify potential scholarship donors and other funding opportunities.
  • Stay current with trends, best practices, and regulations related to student scholarships.
  • Coordinate with the Advancement team to create awareness of the scholarship programs among potential donors, prospective recipients and the broader community.
  • Assume other duties as assigned by the VPAA. 
The ideal candidate exhibits the following characteristics:
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English, Kurdish (Sorani), and preferably Arabic, and strong interpersonal skills, required to interact effectively with a broad spectrum of constituencies including students, donors, community leaders, nonprofit/education representatives, University and Foundation board members, faculty and staff.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Ability to complete multiple assignments within provided time constraints with minimal supervision.
  • Cross-cultural sensitivity, for example obtained from living in more than one country.
  • Self-starter who works well independently, but who also thrives in a team environment, sharing ideas and working collaboratively.
  • Commitment to the AUIS mission and an enthusiasm for a student-centered, interdisciplinary education in a liberal-arts environment that promotes critical thinking, diversity, and tolerance.
  • A minimum of three years of quality work experience in English-speaking higher education.
The University:
AUIS is located in the UNESCO-designated City of Literature Sulaimani, the secure cultural capital of the Kurdish region in Iraq. Founded in 2007 for the public benefit of all Iraq, AUIS is an independent, nonprofit, coeducational, English-speaking liberal arts university. The AUIS campus has 50 classrooms, high-tech computer labs, an expansive library, auditoriums, dining facilities, and sports facilities. Our 1,300 students are taught in English by faculty members from approximately 20 different countries; more than 30% of the full-time faculty are from the United States and more than 30% are from Iraq. The University’s acclaimed preparatory program is the only such program in Iraq to have earned U.S. accreditation (CEA). AUIS graduates have continued their studies at leading universities in the United States and Europe. In addition to the University of Arizona, our collaboration partners include Stanford University, Princeton University, and TIEC, a consortium of top-ranked public universities in Texas. More information is available at
The compensation package is competitive and based on the requirements of the position and the applicant’s experience and other qualifications.
Applications are accepted until the position is filled. The successful candidate will begin employment in the Fall 2021 semester (or Spring 2021 if preferred).
Applicants should submit the following documents via email, with “Scholarship Officer” in the subject line, to [email protected]:
  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
Shortlisted applicants will be asked to provide contact information for three references.
No telephone calls please. While we thank all applicants for their interest, only those under consideration will be contacted for an interview. AUIS is an Affirmative Action / Equal Employment Opportunity employer and believes that diversity is essential to education.