UAE Nationals are encouraged to apply
New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) seeks to appoint an Associate Director for Community Values and Conflict Transformation reporting to the Dean of Students.
The Associate Director will launch and develop the Office for Community Values and Conflict Transformation (CVCT), in close collaboration and under the shared supervision of the Dean of Students and the Assistant Dean for Spiritual Life, Intercultural Education and Conflict Transformation. The essential responsibilities of CVCT align in two broader areas – manage and strengthen the formal student conduct process at NYUAD and, importantly, to develop alternatives for addressing community harm and conflict between specific parties using restorative practices.
The Associate Director will manage communications, inquiries, administrative requests related to the student conduct and alternative dispute resolution processes and will adjudicate individual conduct cases utilizing a holistic and restorative lens. In addition, the Associate Director will supervise and lead the student conduct team, whose membership includes primarily colleagues from other areas of the division of Student Affairs, who are trained and prepared by the Associate Director to participate in hearings of individual student conduct cases and, at times, leading the adjudication process for minor infractions and/or infractions related to student activities. Importantly, the Associate Director will position the student conduct process within a larger vision of shared community values, which are at the heart of all of our student conduct policies.
The Associate Director will work closely with the Assistant Dean for Spiritual Life, Intercultural Education and Conflict Transformation to develop an alternative dispute resolution program for managing harm and conflict. This will include developing and supervising a roster of inhouse conflict mediators and facilitators as well as providing training, coaching, & technical support to students in facilitation of restorative practices, including Restorative Conferences, Restorative Conversations, Community Building Circles, Peer Circles, Entry/Re-Entry Circles, and Peacemaking Circle. The Associate Director will work with Student Affairs leadership, leaders from the student body, and other colleagues to set the larger vision for the office and help to mold NYUAD’s culture around difference, disagreement and conflict.
In addition to strengthening and developing new platforms for responding to conflict, the Associate Director will proactively and collaboratively imbed conflict competence throughout the landscape of student leadership training such as for Student Interest Groups (SIGs), Student Government, Residential Advisors, etc. The Associate Director will also foster opportunities to strengthen the conflict competence of staff within the Student Affairs division.
The Associate Director will serve as a member of the divisional Title IX/Sexual Misconduct Resources team and will collaborate with the Health Promotions and liaise with NYU’s Global Title IX Office in New York to provide support and resources to students around Title IX regulations and NYU policies related to sexual misconduct. The Associate Director will also support other divisional functional areas within the division of Student Affairs as appropriate, including admissions events, new student orientation, student leadership trainings, athletic programs, and more. This role may require regular evening and/or weekend activities throughout the academic year.
Student Affairs Leader Profile
We look for inclusive leaders that nurture collaboration and pursue diversity in people, thought and perspective. They model candor, transparency, vulnerability, and good judgement. They are willing to receive feedback, accept ambiguity, take risks, acknowledge mistakes, and engage in conflict constructively. We want culture setters and strategic thinkers, who actively seek to align processes and programs with our values and institutional context. We seek those who are able to empower, inspire and motivate others to do and to be their best. Cultural humility undergirds our work, so our leaders need to be able to engage in the process of self-reflection and self-critique to both learn about others and to examine their own beliefs and cultural identities.
About NYUAD & Student Affairs
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 Student Affairs focuses on the out-of-classroom student experience, cultivating belonging, catalyzing development, and fostering engagement for a campus community of 1800+ students. The division brings together multiple functional areas – including cultural engagement, spiritual life, student engagement, community outreach, career development, athletics, residential education, health, wellness and more – to provide students with the structure, resources, and support to maximize their educational experience and reach their full potential.