Feb 27, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Company Description:

The American University in Cairo (AUC) is seeking a strategic and innovative academic leader to serve as its Provost. The Provost is the chief academic officer of AUC and a member of AUC's executive cabinet. He/she is responsible for leading the University's faculty and academic units through multiple collaborative efforts to fulfill the University's mission. The Provost reports to the President and serves as Acting President when the President is out of the country. Vice and associate provosts, and deans report to the Provost.

Founded in 1919, AUC is a leading English-language, American-accredited institution of higher education and center of intellectual, social and cultural life in the Arab world. Its community of students, parents, faculty, staff, trustees, alumni and other generous sponsors represent more than 60 countries. The University stands at the crossroads of world cultures and acts as a vibrant forum for reasoned argument, spirited debate and understanding across a diversity of languages and human experiences.

The University offers 36 undergraduate, 44 master's and two PhD programs rooted in a liberal arts education that encourages students to think critically and find creative solutions to conflicts and challenges facing both the region and the world. AUC embraces a globally recognized professional community and offers an English-based education that meets the needs of the dynamic Egyptian and broader regional economies.

The University's educational assets include the largest English-language academic library collection in Egypt, three modern theaters and 16 cross-disciplinary research centers. The University's modern, 260-acre New Cairo campus constitutes a visionary investment in the future of Cairo, Egypt and the region - a state-of-the-art facility for advanced research, innovative teaching, lifelong learning and civic engagement.

Chartered and accredited in the United States and Egypt, The American University in Cairo is an independent, not-for-profit, equal-opportunity institution.

Job Description:

Key areas of the AUC Provost's responsibilities include the following:


Successful candidate should be an experienced visionary, who can lead strategic planning processes to develop the University's academic programs and enhance students' success. He/she should be an advocate for academic innovation that meets emerging market demands. The Provost plays an essential role in supporting faculty development in scholarship, research, and pedagogical initiatives.


The Provost is responsible for the academic quality, strategic evaluation and assessment of curricula, student learning, academic administrative policies, as well as all academic and professional programs. He/she is responsible to ensure the compliance of AUC as a whole and in each of its academic and professional schools, departments and programs, with relevant legal and accreditation agency requirements.


The Provost stimulates and nurtures dynamic partnerships among members of the internal University community and with external constituencies.


The Provost oversees and monitors the budget and fund allocation of the reporting units, including salaries. He/she manages the fiscal resources and space allocation that supports instruction. He/she supports faculty and administration efforts to create new revenues and to sustain existing sources of outside support.


The Provost mobilizes, guides and collaborates with all University constituencies to build, foster and support an inclusive and diverse campus environment for staff, faculty and students. He/she sets an example and enhances the culture of professional and personal ethics.


Key Attributes of Successful Candidate

Successful candidate will possess an earned doctorate or equivalent degree, a record of scholarship and teaching, commensurate with the appointment equivalent to the rank of professor at AUC. He/she will be able to demonstrate significant and progressively responsible experience in academic administration of an accredited higher education institution.

The successful candidate is likely to also possess the following specific attributes:

  • Substantial experience at a student-centered, co-educational liberal arts university.
  • Familiarity and experience with accreditation and assessment processes and procedures.
  • Robust knowledge and understanding of current issues and challenges facing international higher education, including the importance of leveraging technology.
  • Outstanding academic leadership and management skills, including the ability to articulate a vision, develop a strategic plan, promote innovation, and build effective teams.
  • Exemplary interpersonal skills in building partnerships and promoting collaboration.
  • Proven budget experience and ability to manage resources effectively.
  • Ability to develop new and creative ways to attract, support, and retain high-quality, diverse student body, faculty and academic staff within a collaborative governing structure.

Additional Information:

AUC welcomes inquiries, nominations and applications. Review of applications will begin in mid March 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. For the fullest consideration, the applicant's submissions should be received no later than end of March 2017. Expected start date is September 2017 unless otherwise negotiated.

Application Instructions:

Candidates are expected to provide a curriculum vitae, a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in this advertisement, a description of his/her vision, and contact information for five references. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. Submissions should be sent to the following link:

Inquires and nominations should be addressed to Professor Ehab Abdel-Rahman, chair of the search committee at

AUC is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age or disability in the administration of its employment practices.