Associate Dean of Students

NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) seeks an innovative, student-centered, and thoughtful leader to join the NYUAD community as Associate Dean of Students. 



NYUAD is pioneering a new model of higher education for a global world, dedicated at once to excellence in teaching and research and to advancing cooperation and progress on humanity’s shared challenges. It offers an outstanding liberal arts and sciences education to students from around the world, with a distinctive focus on intercultural understanding and leadership.


The idea for NYU Abu Dhabi was conceived in March 2006, with the goal of creating a world-class American liberal arts and research institution in the United Arab Emirates to offer an unparalleled educational opportunity that would attract the brightest students and academics from the Emirates and around the world. NYUAD was established in partnership with NYU and the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and founded upon the following core understandings: the value of a liberal arts education; the benefits a research university to the society that sustains it; the value and necessity of interaction with new ideas and people who are different; and a commitment to educating students who are true citizens of the world.


The first educational offering at NYUAD began in July 2008 with the inception of the Sheikh Mohamad bin Zayed Scholars Program. This annual eight-month enrichment and leadership development program—which continues today—is for top undergraduate students enrolled in the UAE’s three federal universities. That same year, the NYUAD Institute hosted its inaugural public event to launch its series of scholarly and public programs that offer a platform for intellectual discourse in the capital. To date, the Institute has hosted more than 600 lectures, conferences, screenings and workshops.

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About NYU

Founded in 1831 with a mission to be a center of higher learning that would be open to all, regardless of national origin, religious beliefs, or social background, New York University is today the largest private university in the United States and a leader in global education. From a student body of 158 during NYU's very first semester, enrollment has grown to more than 52,000 students at five major centers in Manhattan, Brooklyn and at sites in Abu Dhabi, Shanghai, and ten global study locations located on six continents. Today, students come from every state in the union and from 133 foreign countries. NYU’s alumni community is nearly 470,000 strong and spans a global network of 183 foreign countries in addition to the United States.


NYU is characterized by its commitment to academic excellence, entrepreneurial spirit, and creative innovation. Its schools and colleges encompass the arts and sciences, law, medicine, business, dentistry, education, nursing, performing and fine arts, public administration, engineering, social work, and continuing and professional studies. Its renowned faculty includes recipients of Nobel, Pulitzer, and Abel Prizes; Academy, Grammy, and Tony Awards; National Medals for Science and the Arts; and the MacArthur Fellowship, among many others. Thriving beyond borders and across academic disciplines, NYU has emerged as one of the most networked and extensive worldwide platforms for learning, teaching, researching, building knowledge, and inventing new ways to meet humanity’s challenges.


Centered in the heart of New York’s historic Greenwich Village neighborhood with locations throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn, NYU takes its name and spirit from one of the most diverse and dynamic cities in the world. It has also established itself as the first global network university, with liberal arts campuses in Abu Dhabi and Shanghai, and other sites for study and research in Accra, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Florence, London, Madrid, Paris, Prague, Sydney, Tel Aviv, and Washington DC. Great cities are engines of creativity, and through its presence in the world’s idea capitals, NYU offers an educational experience of unparalleled richness and breadth.


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The Opportunity

Reporting to the Dean of Students, the next Associate Dean of Students will have a demonstrated ability and ongoing desire to become actively engaged in this diverse and dynamic community and will be committed to inclusiveness, global citizenship, and student success.


The Associate Dean will 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. S/he will be well-versed in all aspects of Campus Life and be able to represent the department and set a positive example as a member of the Senior Leadership Team and with other campus stakeholders, including internal committees, meetings, reporting and communications.


In addition, the ideal candidate will possess many of the following qualifications, capabilities and experiences:

  • Experience in strategic planning, effective communication, budget management, and stakeholder management
  • Experience working with a highly diverse, uniquely international student body and commitment to diversity and inclusion, with an awareness of cultural context and local sensitivities
  • Experience and proficiency in advising students and student groups, and developing structures for student support and engagement
  • Experience and proficiency in the planning, coordination and implementation of projects and programs
  • Ability to interact and communicate with individuals at all levels
  • Ability to conceptualize, plan, and oversee execution of projects and initiatives in a complex, multi-stakeholder environment
  • An ability to prioritize and to handle multiple projects on tight deadlines, organized work habits, consistent accuracy, and attentiveness to detail


NYU Abu Dhabi has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this search. Please submit applications, expressions of interest, and nominations to Amy Sugin and Andy Evans here.


NYU is committed to equality and is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage inquiries from candidates who will enrich and contribute to the cultural and ethnic diversity of our University.


New York University does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, creed, color, religion, marital status, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, veteran status, national origin, or disability status in employment, or in our education programs.