Assistant Director, University Policy Program - Office of Legal and Compliance (Fixed Term for 3 Years)

Job Number
2022-11196

Position Summary

UAE Nationals are encouraged to apply

New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) seeks to appoint an Assistant Director, University Policy Program, reporting to the Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief Counsel for Legal and Compliance.

The Assistant Director, University Policy Program has overall responsibility for the University’s policy management program, performing an extensive range of complex and sensitive work assignments through the creation and development of policies, compliance monitoring, interpretation, application of, and training on, policies surrounding a broad range of matters common to higher education. Responsibilities include but are not limited to policy development, policy reviews, and providing advice on all NYUAD policies and NYU policies that are applicable to NYUAD. The role is facilitative and has challenging and meaningful work, immediate impact, University-wide contributions, change partnering, and leadership delivery. The role requires a combination of focus and flexibility and must be a highly resourceful individual with strong emotional intelligence, self-motivation, and integrity that acts with absolute confidentiality, where appropriate, with strong communication and analytical skills.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Establish and maintain a strategic framework for policy formulation and review
  • Serve as the advocate for the NYUAD’s policy development process
  • Work with business owners to ensure appropriate awareness and communication strategies that will optimize understanding, buy-in and compliance
  • Oversee benchmarking and qualitative audits to ensure that NYUAD has an approved master list of applicable NYU and NYUAD policies, procedures and guidelines that are active and current and to be developed, and a plan to draft and update (or cause to be drafted and updated) the content of all NYUAD policies, according to a prioritized schedule
  • Serves as an NYUAD representative on internal and joint committees and working groups assigned to review, oversee the drafting and revision of NYUAD (and NYU) policies, procedures and guidelines
  • Be the custodian of approved NYUAD policies, procedures and guidelines
  • Develop and ensure compliance with appropriate templates and approval workflows for policies, procedures and guidelines
  • Oversee the editing of university policies, procedures and other policy documents
  • Work with content specialists to ensure that policy content is unambiguous, legally compliant and comprehensively written in a language which is easily understandable and sensitive to a multi-cultural context
  • Ensure all NYUAD policies are consistent and in alignment with one another
  • Coordinate the advancement of policies through the policy development and approval process in cooperation with policy owners
  • Assess the technology in place to facilitate policy administration and makes recommendations for any changes in technology
  • Oversee the administration of NYUAD’s policy management system
  • Provide expert counsel to the University leadership and departments to ensure understanding, consistent interpretation, application and compliance with NYUAD, NYU policies and procedures and guidelines, and U.S. and UAE laws and regulations
  • Provide advice and recommendations to the Chief Counsel on policy development and interpretation misalignment
  • Provide presentations, briefings (written and verbally) and training workshops to key target audiences, including, but not limited to senior leadership and university department administrators on policy development, policy review processes, and the policy management system
  • Actively engage in Legal and Compliance staff activities, including weekly staff meetings, strategic planning activities, as well as quarterly staff planning sessions
  • May be assigned overflow duties and responsibilities in the Legal and Compliance offices as the needs arise such as, without limitation, litigation support, participating in compliance investigations, and legal research

Required Education:

  • Undergraduate degree in policy management, public policy, public administration, organizational development, business administration or similar discipline from an accredited university

Preferred Education:

  • Master’s degree in a policy-related field or a law degree from an accredited university
  • Certificate in policy management, or willingness to obtain such certificate within 12 months

Required Experience:

  • Minimum 7 years’ relevant policy experience
  • Enthusiastic customer service orientation
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, high volume environment
  • Demonstrated ability to work remotely with limited day-to-day direct supervision
  • Cultural competency and eagerness to learn
  • Knowledge of current issues and practices in policy development and management
  • Excellent research, analytical skills and creative problem-solving skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work effective, collegially with a wide variety of diverse stakeholders, including senior leadership and business experts
  • Ability to work independently and with teams, committees, and working groups
  • Benchmarking skills, to include data collection, surveying, and data analysis
  • Excellent time management skills with the ability to manage multiple work assignment simultaneously and to determine priorities without frequent guidance
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team of compliance and legal professionals
  • Ability to negotiate successfully with individuals of differing points of view to achieve desired outcomes
  • Highly ethical, and the ability to handle complex sensitive and confidential information with discretion
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to distill complicated technical and policy issues and resolve misalignment of multiple documents
  • Ability to communicate verbally and in writing clearly, succinctly, and persuasively and draft high-quality written materials in a large range of formats and under tight deadlines
  • Ability to quickly learn and navigate complex organizational structures
  • Ability to distill and interpret U.S. and UAE laws, applicable to higher education and
  • Familiarity with using and/or ability to learn to use a wide variety of systems and software, including but not limited to Microsoft suite, Zoom, Dropbox, Google Drive/Suite, SurveyMonkey, and policy platforms such as PolicyTech

Preferred Experience:

  • Experience working in a university
  • Experience as in-house counsel (lawyer) or in a law firm advising in-house counsel
  • Experience with PolicyTech or similar policy management IT systems
  • Experience as a manager

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.