Senior Director, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Community Programs

Job Number
Posting Date
September 9, 2019

Position Summary

New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) seeks to appoint a Senior Director, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Community Programs, reporting to the Executive Director of the program.

Under the general direction of the Executive Director, the Senior Director of the NYUAD Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Community Programs is based in Abu Dhabi and oversees the day-to-day academic and administrative functions of the department. The Community Programs currently provide academic, leadership, and cross-cultural development opportunities to members of the local community ranging in level from high school to graduate/professional school. They are critical to the continuing success of the NYU Abu Dhabi enterprise in bestowing benefits to residents of the region that enhance their chances for success in prestigious and rigorous academic and professional endeavors.

Key Responsibilities:Under the general direction of and in coordination with the Executive Director of the NYUAD Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed (SMBZ) Community Programs, the Senior Director is responsible for overseeing the delivery of the following:

  • The Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Scholars Program (SMSP), a leadership development program at NYUAD for university students enrolled at the federal institutions of higher education throughout the UAE
  • The NYUAD Summer Academy, a college-preparatory program for Abu Dhabi-based Emirati high school students
  • The Young Filmmakers Workshop, an Image Nation-sponsored summer course at NYUAD for Emirati high school students

The Senior Director is responsible for day-to-day decision-making and will represent the Executive Director at numerous Abu Dhabi-based events and meetings. The individual will work most closely with the Executive Director (primarily located in New York), numerous NYU Abu Dhabi professionals and high profile institutions in the region.

As institutional commitment to community offerings increases, this department will grow its current programming and, thus, there will be a need for strategic planning, teamwork, and implementation skills. Oversight of these programs includes:

  • Recruitment, hiring, and onboarding processes for all full- and part-time administrative and academic staff
  • Recruitment and admissions processes for students
  • Ensuring excellent academic delivery, and student and alumni affairs offerings for admitted students and their families
  • Preparing all reports and budgets affiliated with the programs
  • Liaising with relevant internal and external constituencies to ensure satisfaction and compliance

Required Education:

  • Master’s Degree

Preferred Education:

  • Doctoral Degree in the Social Sciences or Humanities

Required Experience:

  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple priorities concurrently in a deadline-driven environment while maintaining a high level of professionalism and attention to detail
  • Excellent analytical, problem-solving, collaborative, leadership, strategic, and organizational skills
  • Ability to build performance measurement tools and use the data collected to improve program effectiveness and efficiency
  • Exceptional verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills, including the ability to work with diverse cultures and populations, ability to build a strong working team, and the ability to speak confidently and effectively at recruitment events and information sessions in front of large audiences
  • Excellent judgment, tact, diplomacy, discretion, and the ability to maintain confidences
  • Ability to be creative and flexible in response to fast-changing and complex work situations
  • Supervisory experience in an academic environment
  • Budget management
  • Advising and/or counseling experience with high school and/or university students
  • Teaching and/or tutoring experience with high school and/or university students
  • Significant management experience

Preferred Experience:

  • Competence with online learning technologies and distance education
  • Experience leading and taking responsibility for student groups traveling abroad
  • Experience working closely with colleagues located in different time zones and with varying work hours
  • Familiarity with the Gulf region/Middle East

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.