UAE Nationals are encouraged to apply
New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) seeks to appoint an Associate Director for Accessibility and Cultural Understanding reporting to the Director of Campus Life Initiatives and Assistant Dean of Students.
The Associate Director for Accessibility and Cultural Understanding will work on the creation and implementation of primarily one-to-one and also group coaching resources designed to foster the personal, social and intellectual development of students and to cultivate a sense of belonging and connection to NYUAD and the division of Student Affairs. The Associate Director will focus on the needs of NYUAD’s uniquely international student body, but will maintain a focus toward the specific needs of students who are UAE nationals and residents.
The Associate Director’s portfolio will include one-to-one coaching for students, specifically UAE nationals and residents, working also with small groups as needed. The Associate Director will advise the Domestic Students Advisory Board and work actively with the student government and other student interest groups. Coaching will focus on the development of specific skills and competencies such as resiliency, time-management, goal setting, navigating the college classroom, identifying and addressing specific barriers that students who have grown up in the UAE may experience in learning and cultivating healthy relationships that lead to success in college and beyond. This role will also involve liaising with parents and families as needed to support students’ success and integration in university.
The Associate Director will support the accessibility and equity initiatives and conversations around campus and more specifically to the Student Affair division. This staff member will work with various campus stakeholders to help facilitate approved accommodation from the Moses Center and support the Assistant Dean in developing and executing a divisional strategy to support Students of Determination. The Associate Director will also lead developmental opportunities in the division to help build capacity to better support Students of Determination.
The Associate Director will provide guidance on external engagement with educational institutions in the UAE, and also facilitate a better understanding of local context in shaping programming within the division. The Associate Director will also serve as an active contributor for divisional cross-functional teams, and also participate in signature programs, including admissions events, new student orientation, student leadership training and more. This role may require regular evening and/or weekend activities throughout the academic year.
CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: January 26, 2022
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.
The mission of NYUAD’s Division of Student Affairs is to collaborate with students to find individual and collective meaning in their personal, intellectual, professional, and social lives. We cultivate belonging within a uniquely intercultural community; foster lifelong development for a complex world; and catalyze meaningful engagement with the United Arab Emirates.
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 judgment. 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.