American University of Iraq - Baghdad

Director of American Spaces

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Why the American University of Iraq – Baghdad?

Opening its doors in January of 2021, the new American University of Iraq – Baghdad (AUIB) began as a dream of influential individuals in Iraqi and the United States business, industry and government who want to see a world-class institution of higher learning established in the city, reminiscent of the days when Baghdad was an educational mecca and flourishing capital of the Muslim world.  With a great library, palatial college buildings and student centers, state-of-the-art classrooms, laboratories, and athletic facilities, AUIB will be a beautiful campus attracting students, faculty, and staff from throughout the world.  We invite you to join us in this exciting new venture.

This position will report directly to the President 

About American Spaces

American Spaces promote critical thinking and thoughtful discussion of issues important to the U.S. relationship with the host country and U.S. global interests. They do this in keeping with the U.S. commitment to a core tenet of democracy: upholding a citizen’s right to free access to information. American Spaces counteract negative perceptions and disinformation about the United States, and they offer opportunities to build bridges of mutual respect and understanding between the host country and the people of the United States. American Spaces should not only be tools of the embassy’s public affairs section but should serve as platforms for the entire mission to use for public engagement in support of the broad range of U.S. relationships, interests, and activities in the host country. 

The Director of American Spaces

The role of the Director includes, but is not limited to, the following five mandates:

  1. Provide accurate, compelling, timely and audience-appropriate information about the United States – its history, culture, society, values, and foreign policies.
  2. Facilitate English language learning through access to English language speakers, resources, computers, and internet access.
  3. Promote higher education study in the United States by providing international students with accurate, comprehensive, and current guidance on applying to U.S. colleges and universities.
  4. Foster people-to-people connections, increase understanding and build respect with host country audiences through cultural programs.
  5. Support continuing engagement with U.S. government exchange program alumni, connecting them to local audiences through alumni programs in which credible, local voices can share firsthand information about the United States and American values.

Additionally, the Director undertakes other activities as assigned by the University President and serves as a premier relationship builder, who promotes and enhances the University’s activities and relationship with the general public and with select audiences.

Main activities include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  1. Establish, curate, and maintain friendly and active connections between AUIB and diplomatic missions and NOGs in Iraq 
  2. Develop and maintain relationships with U.S. Embassy Baghdad stakeholders and teams and advise on diplomatic expectations and protocols
  3. Ensure operation of American Spaces programs (internal and external) and facility
  4. Engage AUIB and U.S. Department of State American Spaces/American Corner strategic objectives in all aspects outreach and programming l 
  5. Develop and maintain network of strategic and beneficial partnerships within Iraq’s diplomatic community and stakeholders with external stakeholders such as NGOs, diplomatic missions, industry and/or commercial partnerships, public organizations, etc.
  6. Provide outreach and programs to the public which support AUIB’s strategic priority to engage the community and the nation
  7. Serve as community education liaison, and guide information and resource management strategy. 
  8. Work closely with AUIB Security representatives and BWE to coordinate diplomatic and/or VIP visits; serve as AUIB representative on the Overseas Security Advisory Council’s (OSAC) Baghdad chapter
  9. Via the Director’s efforts, the American Spaces program provides a publicly visible outreach to the community that illustrates AUIB engagement and citizen support; it also provides soft skills and leadership development, English language development, and cultural outreach to AUIB’s internal community of faculty, staff, and students.
  10. Via the Director’s efforts, the American Spaces   program provides needed national development programs to the public such as economic diversification, the democratic process, elections and voting, entrepreneurship support, etc. and supports national programs in coordination with the Ministry of Youth & Sports.
  11. Coordinates all diplomatic visits with the President’s Office and Events Manager, and escorts all diplomatic visitors and dignitaries at events, meetings, etc. when appropriate
  12. Represents the Office of the President in his/her absence when appropriate
  13. Other duties as assigned

Application Procedure: 

Applications should include:

  • Cover Letter.
  • Updated Curriculum Vitae.
  • Copies of Passport Data information page.
  • References (contact details) for up to three individuals who are familiar with your work.
  • Copies of all formal academic degrees and certificates.
  • Copies of your Transcripts.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Confidential review of materials and screening of candidates will begin immediately. 

Please apply through AUIB website OR send your application and supporting documents to the following email address:  

If an applicant has any relatives working at AUIB this must be disclosed in writing in the cover letter.

If you have not heard back from us after 3 weeks, it means that your application was not successful.

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Director of American Spaces
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