Assistant Dean of Students & Senior Director, Career Development Center - Campus Life

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Posting Date
August 8, 2019

Position Summary

UAE Nationals are encouraged to apply

New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) seeks to appoint an Assistant Dean of Students and Senior Director of the Career Development Center, reporting to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Dean of Students.

NYUAD is a central part of NYU’s global network, marked by a uniquely international student population; 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, and are committed to a policy of equal treatment and opportunity regardless of identity for all faculty, staff and students.

NYUAD’s Division of Campus Life brings together multiple functional areas within student affairs to provide students with the structure, resources, and support to maximize their educational experience and reach their full potential. The Division of Campus Life plays a crucial role in shaping the out-of-classroom experience for a highly diverse (120+ nationalities) residential population of 1600+ undergraduate students.

The Senior Director will provide strategic direction and management of the Career Development Center, which includes three separate functions that serve both undergraduate and graduate /postdoctoral students: (a) pre-professional advising, (b) global award advising, and (c) career exploration and education. S/he will direct an array of innovative programs and services to serve the university’s diverse student population’s unique career interests and connect them with opportunities to help them move forward with their next steps. S/he will also liaise with NYU Shanghai and NYU’s Wasserman Center for Career Development in New York City.

The Senior Director and her/his staff advises and mentors students, engages faculty and staff in collaborative and supportive efforts related to career development for students, and creates and implements programs, services and online resources to facilitate and enhance student/alumni career development on and off campus and, through effective use of the internet and inter-university collaborations around the world. S/he stays current on national and international trends, and ensures that national and international opportunities are promoted, educating students, faculty and staff on industry and market trends as necessary.

The Senior Director consults with academic deans and faculty colleagues to demonstrate skill development that takes place in the classroom, lab, and studio environments and solicits input in shaping co-curricular efforts that help students and graduates secure research assistantships, internships, and employment. S/he also consults and works closely with colleagues in a variety of campus offices including Human Resources, Government and Industry Relations, Community Outreach, Global Education, Campus Life, Residential Education, etc. to coordinate outreach efforts and to enhance skills development opportunities in student leadership and employment activities.

As Assistant Dean of Students, this role will oversee a suite of programs, events, and communications related to the senior class with particular attention to guiding students through their transition to post-university life. S/he oversees the Program Manager (Dean of Students Office) in the planning, coordination, delivery, and assessment of initiatives for graduating seniors, and partners closely with Alumni Relations, University Events, and other key stakeholders to ensure a seamless transition experience for graduating students. 

As Assistant Dean of Students, this role will lead efforts across the Campus Life Division related to staff professional development and industry engagement, including oversight of funding for staff learning and development and working with Campus Life colleagues to identify, plan, and execute presentations / marketing opportunities at relevant conferences / events. S/he will serve as a resource for Campus Life colleagues related to professional development opportunities, and will work closely with each department in Campus Life to support training and development needs are being met.

As a member of the Associate Vice Chancellor’s senior leadership team, this role participates in strategic planning and policy development for Campus Life, and develops solutions and strategies that meet a variety of institutional interests and needs. This includes serving as a conduct hearing officer, on-call responsibilities for crisis management & emergency response, outreach to student leadership groups (i.e. Student Government, RA’s, student workers, etc), and support for NYU students from New York and Shanghai who are studying in Abu Dhabi along with graduate and postdoctoral students.

This role is an active contributor to University and Division-wide programs, including admissions events, new student orientation, student leadership trainings, athletic programs, and more.  This role requires frequent evening and weekend activities throughout the academic year, including serving in a senior, on-call rotation capacity each month.

The title of Associate Dean of Students may be considered for candidates with additional experience and/or expertise.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop the CDC’s short- and long-term goals, oversee day-to-day operations, and assess programs and services in terms of metrics including costs and benefits, student and external engagement, cost effectiveness, etc
  • Oversee CDC’s budgetary and personal resources, including ensuring that the CDC is using both effectively and advocating for additional support, when warranted. Oversee CDC staff, including hiring, supervision, evaluation, and mentorship; make effective performance-based recommendations for hiring, promotion, salary adjustments and other changes of status. Liaise with NYU’s Wasserman Center for Career Development
  • Oversee advising services and the development and implementation of various career education-related events and activities (campus-based, industry-based, fairs, seminars, presentations, workshops, alumni networking events, etc) to serve both undergraduates and graduate / postdoctoral students
  • Provide strategic and operational oversight over senior year programming across the Campus Life Division, including workshops / activities to help graduating students “off board” to post-collegiate life, Ma’a Salama (“senior week”) events, and student engagement with University Commencement. Partner with Alumni Relations, University Events, and other key stakeholders to oversee an integrated suite of communications, events, and engagement activities related to the senior year experience. Supervise the Program Manager (Dean of Students Office) and provide support / mentorship in the planning, delivery, and assessment of senior year programming
  • Manage the Division of Campus Life’s staff development resources, which includes the management and distribution of the division’s professional development funding allocation, and facilitation of the new staff cohort/orientation program. Serve as the Associate Vice Chancellor’s representative / liaison on matters of staff development and recruitment activities related to Campus Life (i.e. career fairs, conferences, etc)
  • Contribute to Division-wide initiatives through service on committees and working groups, serving as a student conduct officer, advising students / student groups on relevant initiatives, and collaborating with other units across the University to support the overall student experience
  • Partner with colleagues from different departments to provide crisis management support and identify appropriate interventions for students at risk. Serve as a senior member of the Campus Life on-call rotation, providing oversight for emergency situations and guidance for other staff who are assisting

Required Education:

  • Master’s degree in counseling, higher education, or closely related field

Preferred Education:

  • Terminal degree, ideally an Ed.D. or Ph.D

Required Experience:

  • Minimum of 5 years of progressive leadership experience in career development, counseling, student affairs, human resources or an equivalent combination of education and experience required
  • Experience developing and administering programs, seminars and events, and experience producing training and educational materials related to career development required
  • Experience successfully serving and mentoring a diverse population required
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English
  • High level of proficiency with standard computer software, and capacity to learn new programs
  • Strong service-oriented demeanor, exercising discretion where needed. Website content management, publication design, database maintenance, and/or presentation software expertise strongly preferred
  • Ability to prioritize and adapt in a fast-changing environment, demonstrating initiative and dependability
  • Comfortable with public speaking

Preferred Experience:

  • Management experience in a university career center.
  • Experience working with diverse, multicultural constituencies
  • International work experience 
  • Ability to work as a leader in developing graduate career programs in collaboration with professional colleagues
  • Understanding of career development issues affecting graduate students, and the ability to identify and analyze employment trends impacting them
  • Knowledge of local, national, and international job markets
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills in order to speak effectively and credibly to a wide range of audiences
  • Familiarity with career assessment instruments

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.