Residential College Director – Residential Education (Fixed-Term for 3 Years)

Job Number
Posting Date
March 8, 2018

About the Position

Position Summary

UAE Nationals are encouraged to apply

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, and recognize staff contributions
  • Facilitate one on one meetings with Resident Assistants on a biweekly basis to assess the development and skills of the Resident Assistants while providing individualized opportunities to challenge and support their development as student leaders
  • 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
  • Lead several community development programs and initiatives within the Residential College
  • Supervise the residential college’s programming curriculum including defining monthly Resident Assistant expectations, reviewing program proposals and evaluations, providing feedback and tracking the program requirements

Residential College Administration

  • Manage and control residential college expenditures for the Resident Assistants, Faculty Fellow in Residence, and Hall Council members, including the oversight of programming budgets, petty cash and financial records
  • Serve as the Residential College’s primary student conduct officer to help hold students accountable for their actions and educating them on the expectations of positive community living

Para-professional Counselor

  • Develop informal mentoring and counseling relationships with students; provide appropriate post crisis follow up necessary to re-normalize the student’s life through advice, information, referral and support
  • 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 rotating “on call’ system, responding to student incidents, emergencies, or crises such as such as medical, mental health and facilities emergencies

Residential Hall Council Advisor

  • Create and execute hall council recruitment strategy, elections and post-election retreats to establish norms and identify outcomes for the semester
  • Advise Hall Council, develop leadership skills, and facilitate weekly one on ones with the Executive Board staff
  • Oversee Hall Council budget, accounts, co-sponsorships and expenditures
  • Supervise RA Liaison(s) to Hall Council to create expectations and function/purpose for their relationship with Hall Council Members

Organizations, Committees, Special Initiatives, & Task Force Member

  • Facilitate training Resident Assistant team, hall council members, and Residential Education team
  • Connect with other university offices such as Public Safety, Facilities and Health & Wellness issues, 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

Education Requirements

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

Experience Requirements

  • Candidates should have demonstrated effective administrative and managerial experience in Residential Halls/Colleges including staff training, counseling/advising, and programming for college students
  • Minimum of 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 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.