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Vice President for Administration and HR
American International University

Date Posted Oct. 26, 2021
Title Vice President for Administration and HR
University American International University
Kuwait City, Kuwait
Department Management
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Vice-(President/Provost/Chancellor)
  • Human Resources
    Administration - General

Vice President for Administration and HR
American International University – Kuwait City

Classification : Executive
Reports to : President

Job Purpose:
Serve as member of the President’s Cabinet; the VP leads, plans, manages, organizes, and evaluates University administrative operations, systems, and processes including: facilities management; maintenance; security; human resources; retail management; general support services including mail and copy room; purchasing, risk management, and other related operational functions. Reporting to the President and working closely with other members of the President’s cabinet, plays a key role in the implementation of the University’s strategic initiatives, partnerships and fulfillment of the University goals.

Serve as member of the President’s executive staff, participating in discussions, decision-making and policy making
Provide highly responsible organizational and staff support to the President’s Office and Board of Trustees particularly as it relates to administrative issues
Support the implementation of the campus master plan, space utilization studies and environmental analysis, deferred maintenance and sustainability initiatives
Ensure institutional effectiveness in the leadership and formulation of strategic and operational goals in reporting departments
Manage the divisional budget, assist with identification and prioritization of equipment needs and purchases for assigned program areas; monitors expenditures
Oversee auxiliary services and plant operations including construction and renovation projects
Provide active leadership to division functions and on-going supervision and evaluation to all divisional staff
Provide direction of workload and task assignments for all divisional offices to ensure successful and timely completion of all work
Develop and maintain policy and procedure manuals related divisional programs and services; ensure that all departments also create and maintain these manuals
Work closely with the IT Department for successful implementation and use of the institutional information system software throughout the division
Evaluate and oversee the University’s risk management services
Represent the University to all appropriate internal, governmental and professional organizations
Keep abreast of developments in higher education fields related to assigned functions
Other duties as assigned

Reporting Departments:
Human Resources
Facilities Management
Retail Management
Support Services (Mail and Copy Rooms)
Administrative Assistant  

Must possess skills to be able to explain and demonstrate the essential functions of the position; demonstrated knowledge and experiences within all facets of Administration
Ability to communicate ideas and information clearly and effectively at all levels within the University in English; must possess effective presentation skills
Ability to meet deadlines and handle multiple complex projects
Ability to manage complex divisional budgets accurately
Demonstrated ability to use sound judgement in decision-making and problem solving
Must be capable of maintaining confidentiality of work-related information and materials
Demonstrated experiences in the administrative services, facilities, HR, and marketing areas
Demonstrated ability to plan, prioritize, and problem-solve broad strategic initiatives
Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a diverse group of professionals, students and parents, community members and constituencies
Ability to lead, inspire, supervise and evaluate staff in an effort to meet institution and division goals and objectives
Demonstrated competency and experiences in the application and implementation of technology in a University environment
Demonstrated proficiency in the use of standard software applications
Knowledge and/or experiences in the usage social media in higher education
Ability to work occasional evening and weekends and travel as required

Experience and Education:
Bachelor’s degree required from an accredited institution in administration or related field required; master’s degree preferred
At least 5 – 8 years of progressively responsible leadership experiences in higher education in administration, particularly areas related to the scope of the position
Background in the application of technology for administrative processes as well as for supporting teaching and learning
Experiences in the implementation and management of capital projects

About American International University:
AIU is a new institution of higher education in Kuwait with the first student cohort admitted in fall 2019. It is a private, co-educational institution offering undergraduate degrees based on the American model of higher education. Through its educational programs, the University serves the intellectual, cultural, and personal growth of all members of its community. AIU’s offers degree programs in Engineering, Architecture and Design, and Business Administration where the language of instruction is English.

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How to apply:

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Contact Information

    American International University
    Saad Al Abdullah - East of Naseem Block 3
    Kuwait City
  • +965 2225 2500


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