Associate Dean of Students - Student Affairs (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 Associate Dean of Students reporting to the Dean of Students for NYUAD.

The Associate Dean of Students oversees a dynamic portfolio focused on student engagement and leadership development including: Residential Education, Student Conduct, Student Activities, Leadership Programs, First Year Onboarding, Class Year Experience (including Senior Year Programming), Team-Based Student Competitions, and Student Conferences. Key initiatives include the development, management, and strategic direction for an integrated residential college community system, student accountability and conduct, first-year orientation, and a suite of leadership development programming including 60+ student interest groups, trainings/workshops, and signature annual conferences, and team-based student participation in international debate competitions, Model United Nations, etc. Additionally, this role partners closely with academic affairs, the health center, intercultural education, and student success functions to ensure a robust system of advising resources that addresses the full range of student support needs.

This portfolio recognizes the many ways in which outside-the-classroom learning is intertwined with the residential experience, so the Associate Dean will play a vital leadership role in defining the priorities, integration, and collaboration across this portfolio and across the Division of Student Affairs.  

The Associate Dean is a senior member of the Student Affairs Leadership Team and works closely with the Dean of Students to develop, lead, and implement a set of coordinated programs and resources that enable students to reach their full potential and develop meaningful co-curricular skills. Further, the Associate Dean is a strategic advisor and representative for the Division on a wide range of student experience, community development, and relationship management – including working with student leaders, institutional and government partners, and professional resources to enrich the NYU Abu Dhabi community through programs, initiatives, policies, and resources that contribute towards Campus Life’s mission to “cultivate belonging, catalyze development, and foster engagement.”

As a leader and manager, the Associate Dean oversees resource management, strategic planning, budget and fiscal affairs, and facility matters related to the portfolio, and partners closely with the Dean of Students to ensure proper planning and management of institutional resources to meet the needs of students and the community. This role is a key partner with Global Education, Public Safety, Risk & Compliance, Facilities and Operations, and NYU’s Global Programs to ensure that student experiences in residential life, student activities, and first-year programming is strategically aligned with NYU’s values and priorities for student experience. 

The Associate Dean will be prepared to represent the Dean and/or Student Affairs Division across departments at the university, including Global Education, Public Affairs, Admissions, and Human Resources, and with relevant academic programs and student groups. This role will also liaise with critical stakeholders in the UAE community, especially those at partner universities and professional organizations, and support efforts to build student affairs knowledge and networks across the community.  This role will be well-versed in all aspects of student affairs and be able to represent the department as a member of the Senior Leadership Team and with other campus stakeholders, including internal committees, meetings, reporting and communications.

The Associate Dean will recruit, supervise, evaluate, manage and lead staff, using sound management and supervisory practices. This role is responsible for the support, development, and mentorship of staff within the Student Life portfolio and as a mentor / role model for other student affairs staff.

The Associate Dean will ensure accurate assessment and reporting -- for both internal and external stakeholders -- of key student programs and initiatives, including the annual report and budget; oversees all hiring and staff development across Student Life; works with Legal Counsel on questions and requests related to student affairs work; consults and coordinates with Public Affairs on social media, campaigns and strategic planning; and partner closely with Graduate Programs to ensure relevant programs and resources are in-place.

The Associate Dean provides general and personal advising support to a designated cohort of students; proactively offers counsel and support for student groups and leaders; is a Dean On-Call with rotating on-call responsibilities that involve the management and/or coordination of student-related crises with relevant stakeholders at the university; is an active contributor to and participant in recruiting and new student on-boarding events; and actively connects faculty and community members to the work of student affairs. 

The Associate Dean is an active contributor to university and division-wide programs, including admissions events, new student orientation, student leadership training, athletic programs, and more. This role requires frequent evening and weekend activities throughout the academic year. 

Key Responsibilities:

Supervision and Oversight of Functional Areas

  • Provide strategic and operational oversight for multiple functional areas/departments within Student Affairs, including Student Activities, First Year Experience, Senior Year Programs, Residential Education, and Student Conduct. Provide mentorship and support to departmental directors in the management and development of their staff, programs, services, and operations. Identify areas of collaboration and/or integration between teams, and serve as a resource for staff in these areas. Identify opportunities for professional and personal growth for staff. 
  • Programs will include specific strategies and mechanisms to connect students to the Abu Dhabi and UAE community, encourage student self-reflection through engagement and dialogue, help students draw connections between their experiences outside of the classroom and the types of questions and theoretical lessons often encountered through the academic curriculum. 
  • Develop a comprehensive assessment of programs to ensure alignment with the mission statement as the institution continues to evolve. Coordinate divisional assessment initiatives and ensure departmental representation in annual and monthly reports.
  • Recruit, onboard, supervise, evaluate, manage and lead staff, using sound management and supervisory practices. Provide strategic counsel to the Dean of Students regarding personnel matters in these functional areas/departments. 
  • Provide strategic direction and oversight over fiscal operations for multiple functional areas/departments within Student Affairs. Partner with the Dean of Students Office to plan and execute long-term budgeting and financial planning for Student Affairs. Exercise thoughtful management of Division funds and resources in close coordination with department directors. 

Student Affairs Leadership Team 

  • As a member of the Student Affairs Leadership Team, work closely with Division leadership to develop a well-coordinated set of services, programs, and initiatives that advance NYUAD’s broader educational mission and reflect core commitments to Inclusion, Diversity, Belonging, and Equity (IDBE).  
  • Proactively provide mentorship, support, and leadership for Division staff to enhance staff learning, development, and collaboration including participating/leading professional development activities that reflect key competencies in student affairs. 
  • Provide strategic counsel to the AVC/DOS and other divisional leaders to improve student programs, staff development, and operational capabilities. Actively participate in division-wide strategic planning and reporting efforts, including implementation of assessment and evaluation practices to develop valid and reliable instruments for measuring student learning, satisfaction, and engagement. 
  • Identify and cultivate opportunities for Campus Life to advance its mission in strategic and/or innovative ways, through community partnerships, collaboration with NYU New York and/or NYU Shanghai, and/or integration of emerging trends in student affairs.   

Student Advising & Outreach 

  • Provide guidance and advising support to students and student groups, serve as a resource to faculty on student issues, and serve as an advisor to a cohort of first-year students. Work with individual students on personal concerns, offer guidance and referrals to other resources, monitor/follow-up with students to ensure that needs are fully addressed. Partner with Student Affairs leadership to review and improve student outreach, advising, and support structures to best meet developmental and identity/community needs of students. 
  • Work closely with students, SIGs and advisory groups to promote student activities and events, and collaborate with other Student Affairs departments to ensure a robust array of recreational, educational, and co-curricular options. Actively seek to stay informed about student interests, concerns, and aspirations to appropriately advocate for individual students and the student body. Engage with other stakeholders across NYU to connect students with relevant resources and opportunities. Remain a visible and engaged member of the NYUAD community, supporting student events & initiatives across the year. Respond to campus climate issues and collaborate with the Student Affairs Leadership Team for equity and inclusion concerns in the student body.  
  • Join a team of deans in academic advising for students who are struggling academically. Communicate regularly with academic affairs, the Dean of Students office, and other areas across campus to support students.

Strategic Initiatives and Projects

  • Work on Campus Life-wide initiatives at the discretion of the AVC/DOS, including participating in university committees, contributing to the creation of Student Affairs publications and communications, taking a leadership role in the planning and implementation of Division-hosted conferences, and sharing responsibility for the development of policies as a member of the Dean's senior staff. Staff major campus events and programs, such as Commencement and Marhaba student orientation.
  • Develop collaborative relationships with faculty, staff, and other departments to provide additional learning opportunities and partnerships that enhance the student experience. Represent the Student Affairs Division and the AVC/DOS in community events (on and off campus) and proactively build relationships/partnerships that advance student affairs work at NYU Abu Dhabi. 

Student Leader Recruitment and Onboarding

  • Overseeing the team that manages the recruitment, hiring, and training of 100+ student leaders working across multiple areas such as residential assistants, first year dialogue facilitators etc. Ensure alignment with leadership development competencies across the division and explore opportunities for joint training. 

Emergency Response, Crisis, and On-Call Responsibilities

  • 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 Student Affairs on-call rotation, providing oversight for emergency situations and guidance for other staff who are assisting.  In collaboration with Student Affairs leadership, refine and review crisis management protocols and plans. Identify further opportunities to ensure staff have appropriate training and knowledge to support students.     
  • Serve as a conduct/judicial officer, providing thoughtful and developmentally appropriate review and application of student conduct policies. 


New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) is a central part of NYU’s global network, marked by a uniquely international student population (100+ nationalities); a rigorous, liberal arts and science academic program in the gulf. We are a highly diverse community that shapes and examines issues of common humanity through multicultural perspectives; recognizes that the breadth of an education here extends far beyond the classroom and the campus; sees students themselves as educators; and recognizes that meaningful engagement with the breadth of our diversity requires curiosity, humility, and engagement with contrasting views and values.

NYUAD’s Student Affairs Division brings together multiple functional areas within student affairs – including cultural engagement, spiritual life, student activities, new student onboarding and class year programming, community outreach, career development, athletics, residential education, fitness, student conduct, health and wellness, accessibility services, and more – to provide students with the structure, resources, and support to maximize their educational experience and reach their full potential. The Division of Student Affairs plays a crucial role in shaping the out-of-classroom experience for a highly diverse -- with the vast majority of students being from outside the region -- residential population of 1800+ undergraduate students. The Division is led by the Associate Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs and Dean of Students, who maintains strategic oversight of Student Affairs programs, services, and engagements. 

Required Education:

  • Master's degree in Education/Student Affairs, Social Work, Counseling, or related field

Preferred Education:

  • PhD in related field  

Required Experience: 

  • 7+ years of progressively responsible senior administrative experience in an academic environment, higher education/student affairs, or equivalent combination. Must include experience with developing academic programs and administering student services
  • Demonstrated excellence in leadership and managerial skills and the capacity to supervise, coach, and lead Student Affairs staff
  • Experience working with a highly diverse student body and commitment to diversity and inclusion
  • Experience and proficiency in advising students and student groups
  • Experience and proficiency in the planning, coordination and implementation of projects and programs
  • Experience in strategic planning, assessment, and budget management.
  • Knowledge and experience in equity and inclusion, cultural competence, and conflict management
  • Ability to work collaboratively with faculty, students, administrators and external partners and stakeholders
  • Ability to appreciate and incorporate diverse learning styles, educational backgrounds, and communication styles
  • Ability to interact and communicate with individuals at all levels
  • Excellent listening skills to accurately understand others and provide effective feedback
  • Good judgment, discretion, independence and initiative. A capacity to work collegially and collaboratively
  • 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
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office

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.