Assistant Director of Student Affairs

Afghanistan (AF)
Feb 12, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Department:                    Student Affairs

Reports to:                       Director of Student Affairs

The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF) seeks an Assistant Director of Student Affairs to assist in the daily operations of the Office of Student Affairs. The anticipated start date would be April 1, 2018.

AUAF, which is located in Kabul and funded in substantial part by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is entering a new phase of its development with a rapidly increasing enrollment.  We offer both a challenging and rewarding environment for faculty and staff. Current enrollment figures are approximately 1,000 students. The Office of Student Affairs is an integral part of the university’s plans to provide student support services equivalent to those found in American colleges and universities but reflecting the special needs and circumstances of a unique Afghan student body.

The Assistant Director of Student Affairs is responsible for advising primarily first-year students in the undergraduate program (UG), teaching a maximum of three first year seminar courses each semester (and summer as needed), and managing the AUAF residence halls. Currently, there are two residence halls with approximately 150 students with plans to increase occupancy to 250 students in the next two years.  The Assistant Director is an important collaborator in the facilitation of the vision of the Director and University within the department.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Serve as an academic advisor for freshmen students.
  • Teach a maximum of three sections of first year seminar courses each semester.
  • Oversee curriculum planning for the UNV 100 and other first year seminar courses
  • Develop and implement a student leadership development program
  • Assist in the creation and facilitation of departmental assessment of programs, fiscal spending, and activities.
  • Maintain accurate student records for advising, grading and attendance, and submitting grade reports within the established deadlines.
  • Oversee the operations of residence halls and oversee a staff of approximately four Residence Hall Coordinators and seven Resident Assistants
  • Create, communicate, interpret, and enforce Residence Life and Student Handbook policies in the residence halls.
  • Facilitate all hiring and training of Residence Hall Coordinators and Resident Assistants
  • Create and promote an environment which supports student growth and development.
  • Develop programs to build a sense of community and engagement within the residence halls.
  • Coordinate residence life activities with other relevant departments such as Facilities, Finance, Procurement, and Communication departments.
  • Assist the Director of Student Affairs in developing policies, updating Student Handbook, and developing the office strategic plans and reports.
  • Develop and implement crisis management planning within the residence hall
  • Demonstrate a professional attitude, philosophy, and commitment which promotes student growth and learning.
  • Assist with student activities, graduation and event planning, and new student orientation.
  • Perform additional related duties as assigned by the Director of Student Affairs.
  • Serve as Acting Director in the absence of the Director

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Personal Characteristics:

  • Knowledge of policies and procedures of an academic environment.
  • Knowledge of theories and best practices of student development.
  • Excellent command of the English language.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Knowledge of residence hall management, staff supervision, and crisis management.
  • Direct experience working within an American system of higher education.
  • Ability and knowledge in maintaining a high degree of professionalism.
  • Ability to operate a personal computer including Microsoft Office programs.

Desired Qualifications:

  • A Master’s degree in Student Affairs, Higher Education, or a closely related field.
  • 2-5 years of experience working in a college or university environment.
  • Experience in housing and residence life within a university environment.
  • Understanding of college student development theory.
  • Experience working in an Islamic country and/or a developing nation.
  • Teaching experience.
  • Work experience with international and ESL students.
  • Experience in a diverse, multi-cultural working environment.

Application Process:

Any interested persons must apply by sending the following information. Any applications that do not contain all 3 items listed will not be considered for the position:

Cover Letter, Resume and list of 3 Professional References (this list must contain the names, job titles, phone numbers and email addresses as well as how you know each person).

Applications will be screened as soon as they are received. We are aggressively looking to fill these very important positions as soon as we find the appropriate candidates. *Only qualified applicants will be contacted to set up formal interviews.

The complete application packet should be submitted in MS Word or PDF format to: no later than March 20, 2018. Please include Assistant Director of Student Affairs in the subject line of the email.