Assistant Director, Student Well-Being - 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 Assistant Director, Student Well-Being reporting to the Director of Student Success and Well-Being.

The Assistant Director of Student Well-Being will build a program that enables students and staff to improve their knowledge of the multiple dimensions of holistic well-being. Under the supervision of the Director of Student Success & Well-Being, The Assistant Director will identify divisional opportunities for holistic mental, social, and emotional well-being engagement and identify any gaps in holistic well-being support, and work to procure opportunities to fill those gaps. This role will center on building capacity for both students and student affairs staff to equip constituents with a tool-kit for managing low-level mental health issues and crafting an individualized path for their personal growth and development. 

This position will partner with different constituencies to better articulate a divisional strategy for holistic well-being and organize events and initiatives that enhance student wellbeing by both directing to existing opportunities and complementing these opportunities by procuring or building new global initiatives. The Assistant Director will actively collaborate with colleagues in other departments such as Student Success and Well-Being, the Student Health Center, Residential Education, Class Year Experience, Athletics, Spiritual Life and Intercultural Education, and Community Outreach to create programs and training that complement the work being done in these areas, and embedding well-being strategy into existing initiatives in the division. The Assistant Director will also teach 4-5 health and physical education courses per academic year, and work with student leaders on one on one coaching and mentorship. 

Under the supervision of the Director, The Assistant Director will build a co-curricular program that will introduce students and Student Affairs staff to foundational skills in emotional regulation and resilient self-management, using diverse therapeutic modalities and approaches, aimed at fostering a culture of reflection, compassionate self-awareness, and interdependence within the student community. The Assistant Director will also develop a training and development program for student leaders who will design a wellbeing plan using a system of interventions for the student community.  

The Assistant Director will partner with other areas of the university to support the operations, planning, and coordination of Student Success and Well-Being programs, including collaboration with finance, operations, and risk management. This role will determine the necessary reporting and assessment tools that track progress for students individually and more broadly within the community. 

The Assistant Director is an active contributor to divisional functional teams and institutional events including admissions events, new student orientation, student leadership training, and more. This role requires regular evening and weekend activities throughout the academic year.


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 Student Affairs Division brings together multiple functional areas within student affairs – including cultural engagement, spiritual life, student involvement, community outreach, career development, athletics, residential education, student conduct, health and well-being, 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 (the vast majority of students from outside the region) residential population of 2000+ undergraduate students. 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Strategy: Support the development of a divisional strategy to embed holistic student wellbeing into across student experience through various cross-departmental platforms, under the supervision of the Director and in collaboration with other departments. Create platforms of external skillbuilding workshops and certification programs for staff and students from a range of diverse therapeutic modalities and approaches. Run 4-5 health and physical education courses per year
  • Training and Development: In line with the divisional strategy, identify and execute capacity building opportunities amongst Student Affairs staff and student leaders for skillbuilding relating to holistic mental, social, and emotional wellbeing. Train and mentor a designated team of student leaders who will work towards shifting campus culture in positive ways across the academic year. Support training and capacity building opportunities for student leaders across the division
  • Programming and Operations: Work closely with the Director to manage operational functions, such as budget tracking and team development events. Mentor student leaders and student assistants. Work with team members on data collection, tracking, and reporting
  • Divisional Responsibilities: Support the Student Success and Well-Being team with programming and training, and collaborate with other departments to embed well-being programming across the division. Assist with Student Affairs divisional functional teams and various divisional projects/events

Required Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in counseling, mental health, social work, psychology or related field

Required Experience: 

  • Experience working corporate wellness  
  • Experience with coaching 
  • Experience in Eastern and Western understandings of psychology and human development
  • Experience facilitating wellness training and experiential workshops
  • Experience working with a diverse population
  • Experience and proficiency in the planning, coordination and implementation of projects and programs
  • Good judgment, discretion, independence and initiative. A capacity to work collegially and collaboratively in a startup setting
  • Commitment to a personal meditation and/or contemplative practice
  • 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

Preferred Education:

  • Masters in counseling, social work, psychology, positive psychology or related field
  • Certifications in CBT, NLP, DBT, coaching, nutrition, meditation
  • Experience with diverse wellbeing modalities and approaches (e.g. mindfulness, yoga, body work, reiki, ayurveda, traditional chinese medicine, hypnotherapy etc.)

Preferred Experience:

  • Experience working with college-age students (18-24) in a teaching, advising, coaching, or mentoring capacity
  • Experience with leading various wellness and fitness classes
  • Experience and familiarity with wellness resources in the UAE and/or Middle East
  • Experience with marketing, social media, and/or design

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.