Residential College Director - Residential Education (Fixed Term 3 Year Contract)

Posting Number 2021-7871
Posted Date 1 month ago(4/6/2021 7:05 PM)
Residential Education
NYU Abu Dhabi (AD00001)
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Business/Professional Administrative

Position Summary

New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) seeks to appoint a Residential College Director, reporting to the Assistant Director of Residential Education.


The Residential College Director (RCD) directs all aspects of the community development programs and services for an assigned Residential College. The RCD directly supervises a student-staff of 12-24 Resident Assistants (RAs). As a member of the residential college leadership team, this live-in position manages the day-to-day community engagement initiatives in an effort to foster a sense of community to enrich the students’ university experience. The RCD serves as a student conduct hearing officer, collaborates with the Faculty Fellow in Residence, serves on departmental committees, and oversees administrative aspects of the residential college. The RCD also participates in the recruitment, selection, and training processes of the RAs. The RCD is a member of the on-call duty rotation team and has some evening and weekend responsibilities.


Key Responsibilities:

Resident Assistant Supervision

  • Conduct weekly staff meetings with the Resident Assistants to discuss trends in the residential college community, provide necessary departmental/institutional updates, review program initiatives, facilitate continued learning and development, and recognize staff contributions
  • Facilitate one on one meetings with Resident Assistants on a bi-weekly basis
  • Assess the development and skills of the Resident Assistants while providing individualized opportunities to challenge and support their development as student leaders
  • Provide ongoing feedback and conduct mid-year and end of year performance evaluations
  • Facilitate and communicate disciplinary action processes for Resident Assistants who fail to meet expectations.
  • Participate in the recruitment and selection process for the Resident Assistants including, but not limited to, hosting information sessions, scoring applications, facilitating group interviews, and conducting individual interviews
  • Coordinate the Resident Assistant office hours and ensure appropriate office staffing and completion of administrative tasks     

Community Development

  • Collaborate with Faculty Fellow in Residence to develop community specific programs and initiatives
  • Support the Resident Assistants, Faculty Fellow in Residence, and Residential Education team by attending a variety of programs throughout the year
  • Role model and lead several community development programs and initiatives with Residential College Operations Manager (RCOM) for assigned community
  • Provide guidance for the Resident Assistants to think strategically in planning and developing intentional programs which foster student engagement and promote learning in the community; align with the departmental goals and outcomes
  • Oversee the residential college’s programming curriculum including defining monthly Resident Assistant expectations, reviewing program proposals and evaluations, providing feedback, and tracking the program requirements
  • Establish and maintain a rapport with other staff members in the residential college community including, but not limited to RCOM, Public Safety, and
  • Facilities and Housekeeping staff to maintain a living and learning environment 

Residential College Administration

  • Manage and control residential college expenditures for the Resident Assistants and Faculty Fellow in Residence, including the oversight of programming budgets, petty cash, purchasing card, and financial records
  • Author and circulate regular communication to the residential college community
  • Utilize and possess an understanding of StarRez and other IT processes
  • In conjunction with the RCOM, communicate and explain community standards and university procedures and regulations to residents and residential college
  • Serve as a student conduct hearing officer to help hold students accountable for their actions and educate them on the expectations of positive community living
  • Maintain student conduct records through effective use of the Advocate software; document and submit comprehensive incident reports
  • Meet with students found in possible violation of university and/or residential college policies; correspond effectively with students through appointments and sanctioning process as needed
  • Provide assessment and recommendations to enhance university services
  • Para-professional Counselor
  • Develop informal mentoring and counseling relationships with students
  • Serve as a resource for students through the engagement of critical conversations when addressing student behavior and providing necessary referrals to assist students in making educated decisions
  • Provide advice and support to students with personal or interpersonal problems and refer students, as necessary, to other offices and resources at NYUAD
  • Participate in the 24/7 rotating “on call’ system, responding to student incidents, or crises such as such as medical, mental health, and facilities emergencies
  • Responsible for the University’s initial response to student incidents on weekends, holidays, and after business hours in the residential college, including university closures and transition periods throughout the academic year
  • Provide appropriate post-crisis follow-up necessary to re-normalize the student’s life through advice, information, and referral and support

Organizations, Committees, Special Initiatives, & Task Force Member

  • Serve on Residential Education departmental committees
  • Attend all departmental and Campus Life training sessions, as required. This may include facilitating training or sharing best practices for your Resident Assistant team and members of the larger Residential Education team
  • Act as residential college liaison to assigned Campus Life department
  • Connect with other university offices such as Public Safety, Facilities, and Health & Wellness, and make referrals when deemed appropriate
  • Maintain partnerships with other university offices and departments to identify collaboration opportunities, inform students of relevant information, and offer/solicit support for community efforts
  • Represent the department as a member of university wide committees as well as participate in staff development opportunities offered by other campus offices
  • The RCD is encouraged to maintain involvement at the regional, national, and international level within professional development organizations, as well as attend local, regional, and national conferences. They will keep up-to-date on current Student Affairs literature

**This role requires the individual to live in campus provided accommodation**


Required Education:

  • Bachelor’s Degree

Preferred Education:

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

Required Experience:

  • Demonstrated effective administrative and managerial experience in Residential Halls/Colleges including staff training, counseling/advising, and programming for college students
  • 2 years related experience within a residential education program (including program development and implementation, facility management, and staff supervision) or equivalent combination
  • Display exceptional customer service skills; maintain and exercise sound judgment and discretion in handling confidential information
  • Demonstrate cultural sensitivity and work effectively with multiple diverse populations. Experience and commitment to working with an international community is essential
  • An appreciation for the relationship between the academic and residence life programs at a private liberal arts institution
  • Experience in program development, personal counseling/crisis intervention, and prior involvement with Resident Assistants are crucial. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with a variety of individuals
  • Must be highly motivated, energetic, and ready to assume the responsibility for a comprehensive program; must be imaginative and creative; able to promote and motivate high enthusiasm for residence life program

Additional Information

NYU Abu Dhabi is a degree-granting research university with a fully integrated liberal arts and science undergraduate program in the Arts, Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, and Engineering. NYU Abu Dhabi, NYU New York, and NYU Shanghai, form the backbone of NYU’s global network university, an interconnected network of portal campuses and academic centers across six continents that enable seamless international mobility of students and faculty in their pursuit of academic and scholarly activity. This global university represents a transformative shift in higher education, one in which the intellectual and creative endeavors of academia are shaped and examined through an international and multicultural perspective. As a major intellectual hub at the crossroads of the Arab world, NYUAD serves as a center for scholarly thought, advanced research, knowledge creation, and sharing, through its academic, research, and creative activities.



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


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