Associate Director - Office of Community Values and Conflict Transformation - Student Affairs (Fixed-Term for 3 Years)

Job Number
2021-9276

Position Summary

UAE Nationals are encouraged to apply

New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) seeks to appoint an Associate Director for Community Values and Conflict Transformation reporting to the Dean of Students.

The Associate Director will launch and develop the Office for Community Values and Conflict Transformation (CVCT), in close collaboration and under the shared supervision of the Dean of Students and the Assistant Dean for Spiritual Life, Intercultural Education and Conflict Transformation. The essential responsibilities of CVCT align in two broader areas – manage and strengthen the formal student conduct process at NYUAD and, importantly, to develop alternatives for addressing community harm and conflict between specific parties using restorative practices.

The Associate Director will manage communications, inquiries, administrative requests related to the student conduct and alternative dispute resolution processes and will adjudicate individual conduct cases utilizing a holistic and restorative lens. In addition, the Associate Director will supervise and lead the student conduct team, whose membership includes primarily colleagues from other areas of  the division of Student Affairs, who are trained and prepared by the Associate Director to participate in hearings of individual student conduct cases and, at times, leading the adjudication process for minor infractions and/or infractions related to student activities. Importantly, the Associate Director will position the student conduct process within a larger vision of shared community values, which are at the heart of all of our student conduct policies.

The Associate Director will work closely with the Assistant Dean for Spiritual Life, Intercultural Education and Conflict Transformation to develop an alternative dispute resolution program for managing harm and conflict. This will include developing and supervising a roster of inhouse conflict mediators and facilitators as well as providing training, coaching, & technical support to students in facilitation of restorative practices, including Restorative Conferences, Restorative Conversations, Community Building Circles, Peer Circles, Entry/Re-Entry Circles, and Peacemaking Circle.  The Associate Director will work with Student Affairs leadership, leaders from the student body, and other colleagues to set the larger vision for the office and help to mold NYUAD’s culture around difference, disagreement and conflict. 

In addition to strengthening and developing new platforms for responding to conflict, the Associate Director will proactively and collaboratively imbed conflict competence throughout the landscape of student leadership training such as for Student Interest Groups (SIGs), Student Government, Residential Advisors, etc. The Associate Director will also  foster opportunities to strengthen the conflict competence of staff within the Student Affairs division. 

The Associate Director will serve as a member of the divisional Title IX/Sexual Misconduct Resources team and will collaborate with the Health Promotions and liaise with NYU’s Global Title IX Office in New York to provide support and resources to students around Title IX regulations and NYU policies related to sexual misconduct. The Associate Director will also support other divisional functional areas within the division of Student Affairs as appropriate, including admissions events, new student orientation, student leadership trainings, athletic programs, and more. This role may require regular evening and/or weekend activities throughout the academic year.

Student Affairs Leader Profile 

We look for inclusive leaders that nurture collaboration and pursue diversity in people, thought and perspective. They model candor, transparency, vulnerability, and good judgement. They are willing to receive feedback, accept ambiguity, take risks, acknowledge mistakes, and engage in conflict constructively. We want culture setters and strategic thinkers, who actively seek to align processes and programs with our values and institutional context. We seek those who are able to empower, inspire and motivate others to do and to be their best. Cultural humility undergirds our work, so our leaders need to be able to engage in the process of self-reflection and self-critique to both learn about others and to examine their own beliefs and cultural identities. 

About NYUAD & Student Affairs

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; 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; recognizes that the breadth of an education here extends far beyond the classroom and the campus; sees students themselves as educators; and recognizes that true engagement with the breadth of our diversity requires curiosity, humility, and engagement with contrasting views and values.

NYUAD's Division of Student Affairs focuses on the out-of-classroom student experience, cultivating belonging, catalyzing development, and fostering engagement for a campus community of 1800+ students. The division brings together multiple functional areas – including cultural engagement, spiritual life, student engagement, community outreach, career development, athletics, residential education, health, wellness and more – to provide students with the structure, resources, and support to maximize their educational experience and reach their full potential. 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Oversee the launch of the Office for Community Values and Conflict Transformation. Develop a vision and strategy in collaboration with key colleagues and establish a timeline for growth of the office. Build relevant new resources and strengthen existing ones
  • Strengthen and manage the formal student conduct process at NYUAD, including building new conduct procedures for student organizations. The Associate Director will manage communications, inquiries and administrative requests related to the student conduct and alternative processes. Process and adjudicate individual conduct cases. The Associate Director will supervise and lead the student conduct committee, whose membership includes primarily colleagues from other areas of  the division of Student Affairs, who are trained and prepared to participate in hearings of individual student conduct cases and, at times, leading the adjudication process for minor infractions
  • Develop a platform of alternatives for managing community harm and conflict between specific parties using restorative practices. The Associate Director will work closely with the Assistant Dean for Spiritual Life, Intercultural Education and Conflict Transformation to develop, supervise and lead a group of student affairs colleagues and student leaders trained to facilitate conflict between individual students. The Associate Director will work with Student Affairs leadership, leaders from the student body, and other colleagues to help set the larger vision for the office and help to mold NYUAD’s culture around difference and conflict
  • The Associate Director will liaise with NYU’s Title IX Office to provide support to students with questions about Title IX regulations and NYU policies related to sexual misconduct. The Associate Director will also serve as an active contributor to University and Student Affairs Division-wide programs, including admissions events, new student orientation, student leadership trainings, athletic programs, and more. This role may require regular evening and/or weekend activities throughout the academic year
  • The Associate Director will also serve as an active contributor to University and Student Affairs Division-wide programs, including admissions events, new student orientation, student leadership trainings, athletic programs, and more. This role may require regular evening and/or weekend activities throughout the academic year

Required Education:

  • Master’s Degree in Higher Education, Conflict Resolution, Student Affairs, Counseling, Social Work, or related fields

Preferred Education:

  • Doctorate in Higher Education, Conflict Resolution, Student Affairs, Counseling, Social Work, or related fields

Required Experience: 

  • Minimum of 8+ years working in higher education or related experience
  • Experience in mediation and reconciliation processes between parties in conflict
  • Experience developing and delivering experiential training to build capacity in conflict transformation and restorative practices
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, necessary for cultivating relationships and trust with students and colleagues
  • Good judgment, discretion, independence and initiative. A capacity to work collegially and collaboratively in a university environment. 
  • Willingness to be self-reflective, introspective and committed to growth and learning 
  • Demonstrated skills for managing conflict
  • An ability to 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
  • Excellent presentation, written and oral communication skills in English
  • Collaborative spirit and ability to build partnerships/relationships with many people to achieve their goals

Preferred Experience:  

  • Lived or work experience in Middle East/North Africa (MENA) and/or South Asia region.
  • Previous experience with restorative practices 
  • Previous experience with student conduct. 
  • Self-sufficiency regarding technology and its uses.
  • Ability to make presentations in front of small – large groups.
  • Arabic language skills 

Other Information
About NYUAD

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.