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Why the American University of Iraq—Baghdad?

Opening its doors in January 2021, the new American University of Iraq—Baghdad (AUIB) began as a dream of influential individuals in Iraqi and 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’s beautiful campus attracts 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 Dean of the College of Dentistry.

Job Description

AUIB seeks a strategic, collaborative, values-driven leader to serve as the Associate Dean of the College of Dentistry. The Associate Dean will have an ambitious vision for AUIB Dentistry that harnesses talent, creativity, and diversity. The Associate Dean will support the dean, who is the administrative and educational head of the College of Dentistry.

This Position Will Be Responsible For

  • Recruiting and retaining the college’s clinical faculty and staff in response to programmatic needs and encouraging their professional development.
  • In consultation with the chairs and directors of the concerned departments and divisions and appropriate committees, as specified in the policies, recommend to the college dean the appointment, tenure, promotion, retention, sabbatical leave, annual salary increase and retirement actions of any faculty member and administrative officer of the college.
  • Developing the clinical component of the college’s curriculum of the College.
  • Developing clinical continuing education and post-graduate programs to develop the advanced skills of practicing dentists.
  • Securing, in consultation with the Dean, the necessary accreditation and regulatory affairs associated with the profession and practice of dentistry.
  • Establishing the necessary academic quality assurance system within the college in line with those of the university as a whole leads to programmatic accreditation.
  • Overseeing, in consultation with the Dean, the appointment of academic staff and other technical and support staff of the College.
  • Representing, in the absence of the Dean, the College at meetings of the university, professional associations, governmental agencies, and other groups.
  • Developing the college’s practice and training facilities and creating an environment that facilitates research and scholarly activity.
  • Delegating duties to appropriate individuals or groups whenever indicated.
  • Additional duties and performing additional tasks, as the college dean or other suitable administrative officers of the university may specify,

Required Skills/Abilities

This position requires:

  • DDS, DMD, Ph.D., or the highest professional qualification in dentistry, and be a graduate of an accredited dental school.
  • Leadership experience in relevant academic institutions or universities for at least 10 years.
  • Evidence of academic and research innovations with a track record of scholarly and professional practice leadership in the field.
  • Demonstrated success in enhancing and advancing patient care, education, and research programs.
  • Demonstrated success in securing private, corporate, and/or governmental support to advance the college’s mission.
  • Demonstrated success in managing and leading a complex organization undergoing change.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills; the ability to listen and understand the needs of faculty, staff, and students; and the ability to build strong relationships with internal and external constituents.
  • Effective decision-making and conflict resolution skills.
  • Solid understanding of dental clinical practice, procedures, and scheduling.
  • Demonstrated accomplishments in research and scholarship.
  • Operational understanding of American university educational systems.
  • Preferred experience working and living in the Middle East.

Application Requirements for Positions at the American University of Iraq—Baghdad


To be considered for any role at the American University of Iraq—Baghdad (AUIB), applicants are required to submit the following documents:

  • Cover letter: This should detail how your skills and experience align with the specific requirements of the position you are applying for.
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae: Please provide an up-to-date resume or CV.
  • Identification: A valid national ID or passport is required for the application process.
  • Please note that applications missing any of these components will not be considered.

Shortlisted Candidates

If you are shortlisted for an interview, you will need to provide additional documentation:

  • Educational transcripts and certifications must be translated into English.
  • References: You must provide contact details for three references. These individuals should be those who have either worked with you or supervised your work.

We look forward to receiving your complete applications and appreciate your interest in joining our dynamic team at AUIB.

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