Assistant Director, Spiritual Life & InterCultural Education - Campus Life (Fixed-Term for 3 Years)

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Posting Date
September 23, 2019

Position Summary

UAE Nationals are encouraged to apply

New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) seeks to appoint an Assistant Director, Spiritual Life & InterCultural Education, reporting into the Director, Spiritual Life & InterCultural Education (SLICE).

This position assists the Director of SLICE in developing and supporting intercultural and religious/spiritual initiatives as they relate to the overall wellbeing of the NYUAD community.  The Assistant Director should be prepared to work across departments at the university, including Global Education, Human Resources, and with relevant Student Interest Groups.  They may also liaise with critical stakeholders in the Abu Dhabi community.

The Assistant Director will support the Director in a variety of capacities, including but not limited to: supporting the creation and implementation of signature initiatives; assessment and reporting (both internal and external); the creation, implementation, and assessment of on-campus programming informed by developmental theory; aligning projects to demonstrate the office’s philosophy and the theoretical underpinnings to which the work is tethered; co-facilitating/ facilitating workshops and training programs for students, staff, and faculty; mentoring students and Student Interest Groups; and providing administrative support to the Director/ Campus Life division when needed.  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.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Creating and implementing programming and training for students, Student Interest Groups (SIGs), staff and faculty. Co-facilitate/facilitate workshops and training programs which reflect a broad expertise across matters of student development. Facilitate the Sustained Dialogue program.
  • 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 worships, SIG advisors, and intercultural organizations, and other NYUAD departments
  • Perform special assignments and projects assigned by the Director of Spiritual Life & InterCultural Education

Required Education:

  • Master’s Degree in Higher Education/ Student Affairs, Developmental Psychology, Counseling, Religion/Divinity or other relevant content area

Required Experience:

  • 4-5 years’ experience working within higher education/ student affairs; experience working in intercultural/ multicultural affairs an advantage
  • Experience creating trainings and other initiatives based on a solid understanding of psychosocial development, and a demonstrated commitment to understanding the intersection of gender, race, economic status, religion, and other significant aspects of individual or cultural identity
  • Experience working with a diverse population
  • Experience and proficiency in facilitating dialogue (especially interfaith dialogue, restorative justice, or community conflict resolution
  • 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.  A capacity to work collegially and collaboratively.
  • Ability and willingness to work some evening/weekend hours
  • Excellent presentation, written and oral communication skills in English
  • An ability to prioritize and to handle multiple projects on tight deadlines, organized work habits, consistent accuracy, and attentiveness to detail
  • Strong technology skills

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.