President in Abuja, Nigeria

Minimum Qualification
Required Experience
10 - 15 years
Employment Type
Full Time
Male or Female

Job Description

Qualification and Experience:

A successful candidate for the presidency of AUST must have impeccable ethics, an extensive record of academic leadership accomplishments with at least fifteen years experience as a full professor. He/She must also have a proven management track record of at least five years at a senior level in academe (as dean, provost or head of department with major responsibilities). The selected candidate must demonstrate the capacity to lead a start up organization such as the AUST. He/She must have a terminal academic degree, as well as a record of excellence in teaching, research, including many peer-reviewed publications in acknowledged academic journals and service activities at a university. A successful candidate must have an appreciation for instructional and information technologies, an understanding of national and international trends, issues, and demographics affecting the university. He/She must also have experience dealing with education regulatory authorities and working in a multicultural environment. The successful candidate must have the ability to balance academic and administrative issues and to inspire students to innovate in science using their African context and heritage.


Responsibilities of the Position 

1.Providing overall vision and direction

The president works with a wide range of internal and external constituencies in providing leadership for the university; protects and furthers the excellence of the campus, and promotes the university’s image and reputation as a premier pan-African research and education institution nationally, regionally and internationally.The president fosters and builds upon the strengths of the university and provides leadership to guide its future course; He/she leads the university community in establishing a clear, unified vision for the university; supports and encourages diversity throughout the university community.

2.Managing the University’s operations

The president is responsible for the administration, fiscal management and compliance with applicable policies, laws, rules, regulations, and contracts, grants, and donor restrictions; consistent with and subject to the policies defined by the Board of Directors, he/she recruits, builds, and retains a professional executive team to achieve prudent and effective management of the university’s resources and in collaboration with the executive team, establishes a control environment focused on achieving the university’s vision while promoting strong business acumen, integrity, and accountability.

3.External outreach and fundraising

The President represents the University in external outreach to promote partnerships with various stakeholders including educational institutions, governments, development agencies, private sector entities, and foundations. His/her primary responsibilities are to increase institutional resources and support, including donations, from public and private institutions, and forge closer ties with education institutions to promote academic excellence.

4.Managing academic affairs

The President works with his/her faculty in developing academic priorities and programs; works with the faculty to enhance the quality, and delivery of teaching, scholarship, and service; manages the overall teaching and research programs.

5.Reporting to the Board

The president of the University is accountable for carrying out the policies and programs established by the Board of Directors and for bringing recommendations to the attention of the board to keep it fully informed in meeting its policy-making responsibilities; he/she needs to engage the board in the formulation and implementation of strategic and budget plans to advance the university’s mission and goals, and respond timely to all queries made by members of the Board.

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