Assistant Dean, Residential Education and Community Standards - Campus Life (Fixed-Term for 3 Years)

Posting Number 2021-7831
Posted Date 4 months ago(3/21/2021 10:46 AM)
Campus Life
NYU Abu Dhabi (AD00001)
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Student Services/Athletics

Position Summary

UAE Nationals are encouraged to apply


New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) seeks to appoint an Assistant Dean, Residential Education and Community Standards reporting to the Associate Dean of Students.

Assistant Dean, Residential Education and Community Standards will be responsible for providing senior level leadership, strategic planning, and implementation of the department of Residential Education's community development programs and housing operations that support an undergraduate residential college structure for 1600+ students that cultivates students' learning and interpersonal growth. In addition, the Assistant Dean will assume leadership of the student conduct and Community Standards process and work closely with the Associate Dean, NYUAD’s Student Conduct Committee, and the Office of Community Standards in New York to identify synergies between residential life and community standards and create a deeper and more holistic sense among students about what it means to live together in community. 

The Assistant Dean will oversee a professional staff of nine which includes Assistant Directors, Program Manager, Residential College Directors, Residential College Operations Managers, Faculty Fellows in Residence, and 60+ student leaders including Resident Assistants, UAE Cultural Advisors, and Residential Education Interns who are committed to empowering students by creating valuable programs and opportunities to engage with peers, staff, and faculty within our purposefully designed residential colleges on NYUAD’s campus and beyond. The Assistant Dean will also serve as chair and provide leadership to NYUAD’s student conduct committee, made up primarily of colleagues from within the Division of Campus Life and also some members of the faculty and academic staff. 

The Assistant Dean will work to develop a vision of the department of Residential Education that positions it as a platform of access to the residential experience for other departments within and beyond Campus Life and that helps to integrate key student services and resources more holistically into the residential experience. Finally, the Assistant Dean will work with other Assistant and Associate Deans within the division of Campus Life to provide advising outreach and on-going support to individual students when necessary. 

The Assistant Dean is also a member of the Campus Life Senior Leadership Team and works closely with key stakeholders at NYUAD and colleagues at NYU New York and Shanghai. This role requires frequent evening and weekend activities throughout the academic year, including serving in a senior, on-call rotation capacity each for a period of time each semester. This position has the option to live on-campus though it is not required.


About NYUAD & Campus Life:

New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) is a central part of NYU's global network, marked by a uniquely international student population (100+ nationalities); a rigorous, liberal arts and science academic program; and a location at the crossroads of the Arab world. We are a highly diverse community that shapes and examines issues of common humanity through multicultural perspectives; recognizes that the breadth of an education here extends far beyond the classroom and the campus; sees students themselves as educators; and recognizes that true engagement with the breadth of our diversity requires curiosity, humility, and engagement with contrasting views and values.

NYUAD's Division of Campus Life brings together multiple functional areas within student affairs – including cultural engagement, spiritual life, student involvement, community outreach, career development, athletics, residential education, fitness, student conduct, health and wellness, accessibility services, and more – to provide students with the structure, resources, and support to maximize their educational experience and reach their full potential. The Division of Campus Life plays a crucial role in shaping the out-of-classroom experience for a highly diverse (the vast majority of students from outside the region) residential population of 1600+ undergraduate students.

Key Responsibilities:

Leadership, Management, and Supervision

  • Develop the vision, oversee the implementation for Residential Education, and serve on the departmental senior leadership team
  • Work closely with Campus Life Deans and colleagues to represent and advocate for Residential Education staff and students; share updates, serve as a resource, conceptualize student engagement opportunities, and collaborate with key stakeholders to support the missions of Campus Life and NYUAD
  • Supervise and oversee performance reviews of 3 staff members: 2 Assistant Directors, 1 Program Manager, and lead a residential college team of 4 Residential College Directors and 2 Residential College Operations Managers. Guide staff meetings, professional development, and training initiatives, and advocate for leadership opportunities within and outside of the department. Engage and support Faculty Fellows in Residence and 60+ student leaders within the Res Ed. Supervise the Gap Housing Residential College Directors (winter and summer)
  • Serve as chair and provide leadership to NYUAD’s student conduct committee, made up primarily of colleagues from within the Division of Campus Life and also some members of the faculty and academic staff

Community Development and Student Engagement

  • Engage a diverse residential student population in a safe, healthy, and engaging living environment by developing a comprehensive and inclusive community development program and curriculum
  • Ensure integration and collaboration with other Campus Life departments and catalyze student development, a sense of belonging, and engagement within and outside the classroom
  • Curate a comprehensive Faculty Fellow in Residence program to bridge the academic and residential student experiences by providing social, intellectual, and culturally engaging living-learning communities in the residential colleges
  • Facilitate training and monthly meetings between the Faculty Fellows in Residence and the Residential College staff, and collaborate with Academic HR, the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Academic Development, Dean of Students Office to define and conduct the recruitment selection processes. Collaborate with NYUAD Housing and Facilities teams to assist with FFIR onboarding and accommodations
  • Develop a vision of the department of Residential Education that positions it as a platform of access to the residential experience for other departments within and beyond Campus Life and that helps to integrate key student services and resources more holistically into the residential experience

Housing Operations and Campus Partnerships

  • Serve as a member of the student housing operations team, overseeing housing assignment processes, inventory needs, and occupancy information for 4 residential college communities
  • Identify student needs and collaborate with campus partners to facilitate consistent housing transition processes throughout the academic year that promote respectful living conditions to support student engagement and learning
  • Work closely with Student Government through the Residential Education Advisory Board (RE-AD) to solicit student feedback in enhancing the residential experience and sharing timelines and updates related to housing processes and transitions at NYUAD

Strategic Planning

  • Implement strategic plans related to assigned duties, student engagement, and the mission and goals of the department, division, and institution
  • Serve as a Residential Education recruitment committee member, strategize with the Associate Dean about headcount, and communicate with Human Resources about staffing needs, compensation, and benefits
  • Think innovatively about cultivating Life on the Highline and within the UAE community through residential student leadership opportunities, community development initiatives, and the implementation of a community development curriculum
  • Forecast and manage resource allocation and budget for Residential Education
  • Lead communication and procedures to formulate departmental priorities, budget requirements, objectives, initiatives, and submit applicable documentation to the division and government partners
  • Student Support
  • Work alongside the six other assistant or associate deans in Campus Life to provide one-on-one support and mentorship to individual students in an advising capacity as needed
  • Gain familiarity with the wide range of resources on at NYUAD and within the Global network as well as the fundamentals of the NYUAD curriculum


Required Education:

  • Master's Degree required in higher education administration, counseling, or college student personnel

Preferred Education:

  • A doctorate in Higher Education, counseling or related field


Required Experience: 

  • Minimum of ten years of professional experience of managerial and leadership experience in college or university student housing and/or residential life with increasing responsibilities in the areas of student development, administration, supervision, budget development, and facilities management
  • Must have the ability to delegate authority, establish performance standards, assign functional responsibilities, direct, manage, monitor, and evaluate diverse professional and support staff
  •  Highly motivated professional with an excellent interpersonal, presentation, administrative, and coaching/mentoring skills and ability to work in a collaborative or independently, high paced environment; proven success at involving faculty in residence programs
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills allowing for positive interactions with all constituents
  •  Will be able to articulate a vision for the residential experience; communicate a passion for making a difference in students' lives; demonstrate resourcefulness; comprehensive problem-solving abilities; relate effectively with students and staff; and use student development theory to inform practice
  • Commitment to professional development to enhance professionalism, creativity, collaboration, and initiative for all staff
  • Ability to build, develop, train, and evaluate a strong leadership team committed to quality services, engaging communities, and collaborative relationships that impact many facets of the institution
  •  This position must be able to work days, evenings, and weekends and work within specific deadlines and critical timelines


Preferred Experience:  

  • Prior experience in an international higher education institution/organization
  • Prior experience with and an interest in small, residential, liberal arts institutions
  • Prior exposure or experience living/working in an international environment
  • Interest in and awareness of the UAE and/or Middle East region

Additional Information

The University is an equal opportunity employer committed to equity, diversity and social inclusion.


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