Assistant Director, Spiritual Life and Intercultural Education - Campus Life (Fixed-Term for 3 Years)

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UAE Nationals are encouraged to apply

New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) seeks to appoint an Assistant Director of Spiritual Life & Intercultural Education (SLICE), reporting to the Assistant Dean of Students and Director, Intercultural Education & Spiritual Life

This position assists the Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Spiritual Life & Intercultural Education (SLICE) in developing and supporting intercultural, inclusion, diversity, belonging and equity (IDBE), and religious/spiritual initiatives as they relate to the overall well-being of the NYUAD community. The Assistant Director will collaborate within Campus Life, the Office of Inclusion and Equity, students, other divisions, and the broader Abu Dhabi community to further institutional IDBE alignment. The Assistant Director will play an integral role in co-creating and implementing a vision of an inclusive, empowered and resilient campus environment that supports a diverse community of students, faculty and staff.

The Assistant Director will support the Director in a variety of capacities, including but not limited to: the creation and implementation of: signature initiatives; assessment and reporting; on-campus programming informed by developmental theory; embedding principles of conflict resolution in IDBE and intercultural work; expanding spiritual life programming; facilitating workshops and training programs for students, staff, and faculty; coaching and mentoring students and Student Interest Groups; and providing administrative support to the Director/ CL 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. Collaborate with other offices in Campus Life and the Office of Inclusion and Equity on initiatives that further institutional IDBE alignment. Co-facilitate/facilitate workshops, trainings and dialogue programs which reflect a broad expertise across matters of student development
  • Coach and 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 worship, SIG advisors, and intercultural organizations, and other NYUAD departments
  • Perform special assignments and projects assigned by the Assistant Dean of Students and Director of SLICE
  • Other divisional and institutional responsibilities that align with Campus Life strategic goals

Required Education:

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

Required Experience: 

  • 3-5 years’ experience working within higher education/ student affairs or related experience; experience working in intercultural/ multicultural affairs an advantage
  • Experience creating experiential training and other initiatives to build capacity that is based on a solid understanding of psychosocial development, conflict resolution, IDBE and spirituality
  • Demonstrated commitment to understanding the intersection of gender, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, religion/spirituality, and other significant aspects of individual or cultural identity
  • Experience with diverse populations and comfort in handling situations involving intercultural conflict and intercultural skill development
  • Experience and proficiency in facilitating intergroup dialogue and strong facilitation skills (especially community conflict resolution, interfaith dialogue, restorative justice circles, etc)
  • Demonstrated knowledge of research and literature in the areas of intercultural education, mindfulness and spirituality, diversity, IDBE and intergroup dialogue
  • 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. 
  • Willingness to be self-reflective, introspective and committed to growth and learning. 
  • Demonstrated skills for managing conflict.
  • Skilled collaborator with abilities in cultivating and maintaining effective and inclusive working relationships with colleagues and stakeholders
  • Excellent presentation, written and oral communication skills in English.
  • Ability to think strategically, prioritize and handle multiple projects on tight deadlines, organized work habits, consistent accuracy, and attentiveness to detail.
  • Ability and willingness to work some evening/weekend hours. 
  • 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.