Job: Associate Dean for Main Library

0/16/15 –  Associate Dean for Main Library
American University in Cairo, Egypt

Sarah P’s comments:  Cairo is a vibrant, crazy, old yet new city.  American Universities do tend to be more established and reputable than some of the new start-up campuses. However I would do some careful research as Egypt is in a particularly vulnerable position at the moment. Many long-term expat residents have left and AUC currently has 72 positions listed which is a sobering statistic.

Founded in 1919, AUC moved to a new 270-acre state-of-the-art campus in New Cairo in 2008. The University also operates in its historic downtown facilities, offering cultural events, graduate classes, and continuing education. Student housing is available in New Cairo. Among the premier universities in the region, AUC is Middle States accredited; its Engineering programs are accredited by ABET, its Chemistry program is accredited by the Canadian Society for Chemistry, and the School of Business is accredited by AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS. The AUC Libraries contain the largest English-language research collection in the region and are an active and integral part of the University’s pursuit of excellence in all academic and scholarly programs. AUC is an English-medium institution; eighty-five percent of the students are Egyptian and the rest include students from nearly ninety countries, principally from the Middle East, Africa and North America. Faculty salary and rank are based on qualifications and professional experience. According to AUC policies and procedures, all faculty are entitled to generous benefits.

Job Description:

The American University in Cairo Libraries and Learning Technologies (LLT) seeks a dynamic person with proven leadership and management qualities to motivate and maintain the Main Library’s drive to excellence. The AUC Library holds the largest English-language collection in Egypt and serves the AUC and local community.

The Associate Dean for the Main Library’s responsibilities are twofold: 1) to play a leadership and supervisory role in assuring excellence in the public service and information literacy aspects of the Main Library including the ongoing evolution of these and 2) to build on excellence in education, collections and research in order to enhance sustainability of the Libraries through attracting funding, endowments, donations in kind and grant opportunities.

Working closely with and reporting to the Dean of Libraries and Learning Technologies, the Associate Dean for the Main Library will direct a public service tea, consisting of the directors and managers of that area in order to define strategic needs, set priorities, initiate action plans, develop policies, budgets and resource bases in view of promoting excellence in collections and services.

The Associate Dean will work closely and collaboratively with the leadership of the Rare Books and Special Collections Library and the Center of Excellence for the Middle East and Arab Cultures in the planning of events, publications and other marketing tools in view of attracting funding and opportunities to collaborate nationally and globally.

The holder of the position will also be collaborating with the Advancement and Communication leadership and team, the Associate Provost for Strategic Initiatives, Vice Provost for Research and Office of Sponsored Programs.


The candidate must have an MA degree with a proven record of achievement in progressively responsible administrative positions in libraries; excellent communication skills, experience in collaboration and international events and exhibits both national and global, proven record of attracting funding and donations in kind, proven record of the ability to think strategically while planning, organizing, coordinating and directing multiple activities with varied deadlines in support of a complex agenda. Excellent command of both Arabic and English is required.

Additional Information:

This is a faculty position at the rank of instructor.

Preferred starting date is February 15, 2016. Full description and requirements of the position are at

Application Instructions:

All applicants must submit the following documents online:

a) a current CV; b) a letter of interest; c) a completed Personnel Information Form; d) at least three reference letters from referees familiar with your professional background sent directly to


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