Assistant Director, Residential Community Development and Assessment - Residential Education

Job Number
Posting Date
February 28, 2018

About the Position

Position Summary

UAE Nationals are encouraged to apply

New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) seeks to appoint an Assistant Director, Residential Community Development and Assessment, who will report to the Director, Residential Education. 

The Assistant Director for Residential Community Development Initiatives and Assessment is a senior live-in administrator and a key member of the Residential Education leadership team.  The incumbent is primarily responsible for supervising Residential College Director(s) (RCDs), cultivating the department’s signature annual programs, designing the community development curriculum, coordinating assessment of departmental programs, and overseeing the Faculty Fellow in Residence (FFIR) Program.  The Assistant Director serves as a member of the on-call duty rotation team; has some evening and weekend responsibilities.

Key Responsibilities

Supervision and Leadership

  • Provide leadership, supervision, and oversight for designated residential colleges and staff teams, including conducting bi weekly one-on-one supervision meetings and ongoing performance feedback with the Residential College Directors along with performance reviews
  • Foster collaboration among the resident assistants, professional staff, and faculty fellows in development and delivery of high quality programs and services
  • Identify intentional opportunities for collaboration with other Campus Life Offices and external vendors to ensure the staff programs and activities enhance the learning and development of residents
  • Collaborate with Residential Education, Assistant Director for Development to provide ongoing support and training for RCDs

Signature Planning and Implementation

  • Promote community development and student engagement through Residential Education’s traditional and hallmark programs
  • Review current programs and cultivate any new innovative hallmark (s) which complement the department’s mission and enhance the residential experience
  • Provide leadership and determine the themes, logistics, activities, and implement marketing related to each hallmark event
  • Lead weekly committee meetings with Resident Assistants and professional staff to provide guidance, feedback, and ensure appropriate resource and fiscal management
  • Develop and administer tools to assess effectiveness of programs

Curriculum Design and Assessment

  • Assess program curriculum objectives to align with student development, the multicultural community needs, and attributes of each residential college population
  • Implement programmatic assessment plans for community development initiatives, and train the RAs, professional staff, and FFIRs, on particular student trends at NYUAD
  • Develop, implement, and interpret ongoing assessment for department, staff, and faculty programs
  • Lead discussions about utilizing assessment results to inform any department processes and practices

Faculty Support and Engagement

  • Serve as the liaison for the FFIRs, and provide applicable support to foster meaningful and educational interactions between faculty, staff, and residents
  • Facilitate all aspects of FFIR retreats, trainings, and planning sessions to enhance the student residential experience
  • Oversee FFIR Recruitment, and onboarding process
  • Coordinate monthly meetings with the professional staff team, RA liaisons, and FFIRs to promote assessment, best practices, and team development
  • Conduct monthly review of FFIR Programs and compile comprehensive overview for the End of Year Report

Para-professional Counselor

  • Develop informal mentoring and counseling relationships with students and provide necessary referrals to assist students in making educated decisions
  • Participate in the rotating “on call’ system, responding to student incidents 
  • Provide appropriate post crisis follow up necessary to re-normalize the student’s life

Organizations, Committees, Special Initiatives, & Task Force Member

  • Oversee Residential Education’s Hallmarks committee and co-advise the RA Council meetings with the Assistant Director for Development
  • Serve on the Campus Life divisional Committees
  • Lead applicable community development and assessment training sessions and/or workshops for the department

Education Requirements

  • Master's Degree required in higher education administration, counseling, or college student personnel
  • Candidates should have demonstrated effective administrative and managerial experience in Residential Halls/Colleges including staff training, counseling/advising and programming for college students

Experience Requirements

  • 2 years related experience within a residential education program (including program development and implementation, staff and student supervision and training) 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
  • 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 and Hall Council 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

Other 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.