Assistant Director, Spiritual Life - Student Affairs (Fixed-Term for 3 Years)

Posting Number 2022-9878
Posted Date 2 months ago(3/29/2022 10:41 AM)
Intercultural Education & Spiritual 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 Director, Spiritual Life reporting to the Assistant Dean of Students, Director, Intercultural Education & Spiritual Life.


This position assists the Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Spiritual Life & Intercultural Education (SLICE) in developing and supporting inclusive spirituality and faith based initiatives and capacity building as it relates to the overall well-being of the NYUAD community. The Assistant Director will collaborate within Student Affairs, the Office of Inclusion and Equity, Office of Student Success and Well Being, students, other divisions, and build partnerships with faith based leaders in the broader Abu Dhabi community. The Assistant Director will play an integral role in co-creating and implementing a vision of an inclusive, self-aware and resilient campus environment that supports a diverse community of students, faculty and staff.


The Assistant Director will bring a depth of understanding of religious and faith based spirituality, as well as spirituality, mindfulness and meaning making outside of faith traditions. The role will identify divisional opportunities for engagement in spirituality and mindfulness frameworks and skills, identify any gaps in faith-based and non-denominational spiritual well being support, and work to procure opportunities to fill those gaps. This role will center on building capacity for both students and Student Affairs staff in paradigms of meaning, purpose and centeredness, utilizing spiritual wisdom from Eastern and Western traditions of religion and spirituality. The role will also serve as a meeting point for IDBE efforts; including focusing on mindful activism that allows social justice efforts to be undertaken with resilience and centeredness. The Assistant director will counsel students on matters pertaining to faith and spirituality. The Assistant Director will support the Director in a variety of capacities, including but not limited to: the creation and implementation of: spirituality and mindfulness retreats and programs; developing a framework for spiritually oriented coaching and mentoring; assessment and reporting; on-campus programming informed by transpersonal psychology, mindfulness theories and faith traditions; facilitating workshops and training programs for students, staff, and faculty; and providing administrative support to the Director and/or division when needed.


Interfaith development rests upon the belief that people of different faiths and worldviews can seek common ground through compassionate learning and listening. The friendships which evolve from dialogues and partnerships across faiths can create a powerful holding environment for students to make meaning of their world in relationship with others. The role will envision and actualize inclusive environments celebrating the differences and the uniqueness of diverse religious and spiritual traditions; establish positive and collaborative working relationships with related campus and community leaders and develop an interfaith students leadership council to intersect with the Abu Dhabi community to do cross-cultural and interfaith bridge building.


As with all SLICE team members, it is critical that the Assistant Director maintain professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops, reviewing professional publications, establishing personal networks, and participating in professional societies.



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 Student Affairs Division brings together multiple functional areas within student affairs – including cultural engagement, spiritual life, student involvement, community outreach, career development, athletics, residential education, student conduct, health and well-being, 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 Student Affairs 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 2000+ undergraduate students. 


Key Responsibilities:

  • Creating and implementing programming and training for students, student leaders, Student Interest Groups (SIGs), staff and faculty. Collaborate with other offices in Student Affairs. Co-facilitate/facilitate workshops, retreats, trainings and dialogue programs which reflect an expertise on spirituality, faith and mindfulness.
  • Coach and mentor students and Student Interest Groups. 
  • Under the direction of the Director (and in collaboration with other NYUAD colleagues), the Assistant Director will maintain assessment efforts to gauge success of departmental efforts, benchmark against best practices, etc.
  • Serve as a source of information to students (including Student Interest Groups), staff, and faculty on SLICE policies and programming. Attend internal meetings as a representative of the Office. Resolve routine and non-routine problems, and consult with supervisors or others, as needed, on more complex issues. 
  • Support the Director in the development of relationships with relevant internal and external stakeholders, including churches, mosques and other houses of worship, SIG advisors, and other NYUAD departments.
  • Perform special assignments and projects assigned by the Assistant Dean of Students and Director of SLICE.
  • Other divisional and institutional responsibilities that align with Student Affairs strategic goals


Required Education:

  • Master’s Degree in Religious Studies/Divinity, Comparative Religion, Developmental Psychology, Transpersonal Psychology, Counseling or other relevant content area required


Required Experience: 

  • 3-5 years experience working within higher education/student affairs or related experience; experience working in intercultural/ multicultural affairs an advantage
  • Knowledge of different religious traditions, including an awareness of Eastern and Western wisdom traditions
  • Experience creating experiential training and other initiatives on spirituality and mindfulness
  • Demonstrated commitment to understanding the intersection of gender, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, religion/spirituality, and other significant aspects of individual or cultural identity
  • Experience and proficiency in facilitating intergroup dialogue and strong facilitation skills
  • Demonstrated knowledge of research and literature in the areas of mindfulness and spirituality
  • Experience and proficiency in advising students and student groups
  • Experience and proficiency in the planning, coordination, implementation, and assessment of projects and programs
  • Experience in strategic planning and budget management
  • Good judgment, discretion, independence and initiative
  • Willingness to be self-reflective, introspective and committed to growth and learning
  • Commitment to a contemplative or meditative practice
  • Demonstrated skills for managing conflict
  • Skilled collaborator with abilities in cultivating and maintaining effective and inclusive working relationships with colleagues and stakeholders
  • Excellent presentation, written and oral communication skills in English
  • Ability to think strategically, prioritize and handle multiple projects on tight deadlines, organized work habits, consistent accuracy, and attentiveness to detail
  • Ability and willingness to work some evening/weekend hours.
  • Strong technology skills


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