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Director, Social Innovation Lab Kyrgyzstan (SILK) and Assistant or Associate Professor in Urban Planning

Position Announcement

Director, Social Innovation Lab Kyrgyzstan (SILK) and Assistant or Associate Professor in Urban Planning

Full-time position to start in September 2020

The Social Science Division of the American University of Central Asia (AUCA), is looking fill a new and exciting position: Director of a new laboratory on social innovation in Central Asia. Successful applicants will also hold the position of Assistant Professor and teach courses related to Urban Planning and Design in the Liberal Arts and Sciences Department. 

Interested candidates should provide a CV, cover letter, statements of their teaching philosophy and experience conducting research, and contact information for 3 references to LAS@AUCA.KG as soon as possible. The position will remain open until filled.  Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions.

Program information: 

SILK is a joint initiative of AUCA and the Soros Foundation Kyrgyzstan.  The overall goal of SILK is to be an innovative think tank that uses academic research, empirical methods, and rapid prototyping to explore and test ideas, and propose practical, innovative, solutions in the form of research publications and policy recommendations.   The focus of the Lab will be on social change and social justice issues in Central Asia.  Examples include urban planning policies, human rights, climate justice, food security, public health, and education.

A faculty initiative, the Lab will bring together researchers at AUCA and other local educational and research institutions, students, NGOs, and donor organizations. Products and services of the Lab will include high quality publications, public events, discussion forums, recommendations for public policies, and prototype solutions.

University information: 

AUCA is an international, multi-disciplinary learning community in the American liberal arts tradition.  All courses are taught in English.  Students and faculty come from over 20 countries.  The University has a new campus in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, next to picturesque, mountainous, landscapes. Most AUCA departments offer joint degrees with Bard College in upstate New York. Faculty members have opportunities to conduct community-based research and service.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. or equivalent degree in urban planning, social sciences, design, architecture, or related fields
  • Experience with teaching and providing training, or working in related fields
  • Experience as a researcher in the social sciences
  • Familiarity with design thinking, systems dynamics, social justice, and human rights
  • Experience in grant writing and fundraising



  • This position will be split between teaching, management, and coordination of research projects
  • Setting up and managing the SILK. 
  • Building relationships with stakeholders and partners.
  • Supporting researchers’ projects; assisting with research
  • Developing ideas for securing research funding and writing successful funding proposals.
  • Teaching of two courses per semester at the master’s and undergraduate level for students in the Urban Planning and Design concentration and related disciplines
  • Student assessment, examination and course design.
  • Supervision of 1-2 master dissertations or 1-2 undergraduate theses per academic year
  • Administrative support and service to the University and the Liberal Arts and Sciences Department


  • Daniyar Karabaev, Chair, Department of Liberal Arts and Sciences, karabaev@auca.kg
  • Seth Fearey, Acting Head of SILK, fearey_s@auca.kg
  • Raushan Salimbekova, Office Manager, Liberal Arts and Sciences, LAS@auca.kg

Link to this block: https://auca.kg/ru/employee_opportunities/#b645

Executive Officer to the President of AUCA

American University of Central Asia (AUCA) seeks Executive Officer to the President of AUCA (full-time)


Job Duties:

  • The Executive Officer to the President (EOP) reports to the President of the University.
  • The EOP will assist the President in all aspects of management of the University. S/he will take initiatives with the relevant departments of the University to accomplish specific goals of the University at the discretion of the President.
  • The EOP will work with the Administrative Assistant of the President to manage communications to and from the President’s Office.
  • The EOP may be tasked on occasion with the approval of the President and her/himself to assist the VP/COO in accomplishing specific tasks for the University.
  • The EOP will be responsible for organization of meetings of the Board of Directors (3x/year) and managing preparation of materials for Board meetings and other communication with Board members.
  • The EOP represents the President’s Office on the AUCA Sustainable Development Task Force.
  • The EOP manages annual preparation of materials to global and regional university ratings organizations.
  • Represents the president by welcoming external or internal visitors, reviewing correspondence;
  • Provides a bridge for smooth communication between the President's office and internal departments; demonstrating leadership to promote credibility, trust and support with faculty.


  • Candidate should have 5-7 years of experience working professionally, preferably in a university, educational, or research institution.
  • Candidate must have undergraduate degree; graduate degree strongly preferred.
  • Candidate must speak and write Russian and English fluently; Kyrgyz language a plus.
  • Candidate should have strong quantitative and qualitative analytical skills.
  • Candidate needs very strong social and management skills as S/he will be working with all academic and administrative departments of the University as well as the Board of Trustees.
  • Candidate must have strong oral and written communications skills.
  • Candidate should be able to work independently as well as take initiative when needed.
  • Candidate must be able to inspire respect and trust in others as well as exercise good judgment, and, above all, be discrete.

Salary: Will be dependent on the experience and skills of the candidate.

Start date: As soon as possible

Search duration: Applications will be accepted until 20:00 Friday, November 6th,2020

Application materials required: CV, letter of interest, up to 3 references whom AUCA may contact about your previous experience.

Interested candidates should submit required application materials to: human_resources@auca.kg

Selected candidates will be invited for an interview.

Link to this block: https://auca.kg/ru/employee_opportunities/#b661

American University of Central Asia
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Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic 720060

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