The Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Scholars Program offers a select cohort of talented university students unique access to specially designed courses, lectures, leadership experiences, networking, and assistance with applying for graduate school opportunities and scholarships. It accepts scholars from among the most outstanding students at the national UAE universities: the Higher Colleges of Technology, United Arab Emirates University, and Zayed University. The Scholars Program has been developed in close consultation with the Abu Dhabi Education Council, national extant universities and colleges in the UAE, and New York University Abu Dhabi. The Program Goals include:

  • Academic and Leadership Development

To offer an unparalleled and rigorous educational, cross-cultural, and leadership-development experience to outstanding and gifted university students in their third or fourth years of college study in the UAE.

  • Network and Enrichment Opportunities 

To provide access to NYUAD’s global research, educational, and leadership network, to foster greater awareness of international issues and challenges, and to develop in these Scholars the capacity to shape the future.

  • Graduate Education Advising 

To counsel and help prepare exceptional candidates demonstrating the highest merit and motivation for graduate and professional study at institutions of their choice.

The NYUAD Summer Academy is an 18-month program designed to enhance the academic profiles of highly motivated Emirati high school students. Following a competitive admissions process, up to 36 program participants are selected as recipients of the Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Scholarships for Outstanding High School Students, which enables them to attend the Summer Academy. In this mixed-gender program, students are exposed to a rich cultural and rigorous academic program which enhances their ability to gain admission to and perform well at top-tier English-language universities. The program begins during the summer following the 10th year of high school and continues for the following 18 months, with two intensive summer courses of study in Abu Dhabi and possible international travel to New York, or regional travel. In addition, students participate in online study and academic refresher weekends during the academic year. The program goals include:

  • University Preparation

Instill in students the intellectual resources and skills necessary for success at top-tier, English-language universities through the 18-month curriculum.

  • Liberal Arts Education

Introduce students to the study of the humanities and to the value of a liberal arts education.

  • Cultural Awareness

Develop students' understanding of the cultural norms of Western universities.

  • Test Preparation

Prepare students to excel on the standardized tests necessary for university entry.
The Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Community Programs at New York University, Abu Dhabi, invites applications for an academic support role:  Academic Affairs Coordinator. The appointment will be for two years starting as soon as possible.

The Academic Affairs Coordinator will be responsible for coordination across these two high-level community outreach programs. This individual will have the unique opportunity to work with a dynamic team to identify and execute areas for improved academic and organizational effectiveness across both programs.

Responsibilities include:

Academic Course Support

  • Under the supervision of the Academic and Student Affairs Specialist, to serve as a Teaching Assistant in Summer Academy and SMSP as assigned by the Senior Director
  • Assist instructors in class with group work and with judging presentations, as well as other support, as necessary
  • Report any instances of student misconduct, academic performance concerns, and health issues to Summer Academy staff management
  • Participate in faculty meetings by providing detailed feedback on student progress 
  • Contribute to the overall collegial atmosphere of programs
  • Other duties as requested by the Senior Director

Academic Administrative Support:

  • Manage communications to faculty, including schedules, deadlines, etc., in coordination with the team members
  • Conduct course evaluations and compile summary data
  • Ensure the timely ordering, production, and delivery of books and course packs
  • Manage the setup of online course site platforms;  and student registration in courses, as well as troubleshooting issues as they arise
  • Coordinate the submission of grades and summary feedback on student performance
  • Ensure all classroom needs are met, including IT and AV
  • Assist the Senior Director in developing comprehensive schedules, timetables, and detailed course sheets, ensuring efficient academic operations and alignment with educational objectives of Summer Academy and SMSP

Program Delivery:

  • Support operational team for preparation and class management
  • Serve in a staff and/or chaperone capacity on international trips with students
  • Assist with the coordination and compilation of Summer Academy student applications
  • Work with the Manager of Operations and Student Advising to set up Summer Academy recruitment visits to schools
  • Work with Manager of Operations and Student Advising to proctor practice standardized tests for Summer Academy students throughout the year
  • Work with Manager of Operations and Student Advising to provide administrative support to standardized test tutors for pre- and post-test instruction and outcomes reporting.

About NYU Abu Dhabi

Established in partnership between New York University (NYU) and the emirate of Abu Dhabi, NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) has assembled over the past decade a remarkable community of scholars, students, researchers, artists, inventors, and others who have contributed to the growth of the UAE’s capital as a global hub of knowledge and culture, while establishing a new model of higher education for today’s complex world.

NYUAD is animated by inspiring, diverse faculty, students, and staff working together in an exciting and dynamic city. As an international center of excellence in teaching and research, our goal is to attract outstanding faculty who are leaders in their fields, encouraging them to create programs that draw outstanding students and providing an intellectually rich environment.

Students are drawn from among the world’s best. They are bright, intellectually passionate, and committed to building a campus environment anchored in mutual respect, understanding, and care. The NYUAD undergraduate student body has garnered an impressive record of scholarships, graduate-school appointments, and many other global honors. Graduate education is an area of growth for the university and the current graduate student population of over 100 students is expected to expand in the next decade.  

NYUAD is committed to building and strengthening a university-wide culture of inclusion, diversity, belonging, and equity (IDBE). For more information on NYUAD’s commitment to IDBE and how these values create fundamental to our mission please visit

Working for NYUAD
A world-class institution deserves world-class benefits. At NYUAD, we recognize that Abu Dhabi is more than where you work, it’s your home. In order for faculty to thrive, we offer a comprehensive benefits package to our top talent. This starts with a generous relocation allowance to ensure a smooth transition to Abu Dhabi, followed by a competitive salary, housing on campus if required; access to health and wellness services, plus more. NYUAD is committed to faculty success throughout the academic career trajectory, providing support for ambitious and world-class research projects and innovative, interactive teaching approaches. Support for dual-career families is a priority.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensing or Training:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Student Affairs, or a related discipline

Preferred Education, Certifications, Licensing or Training:

  • Master’s Degree in Education, Student Affairs, or related discipline

Required Work and Related Experience

  • Two or more years prior higher education student affairs experience
  • The ability to work with students from local high schools and the three federal universities in the UAE
  • High level of organizational/time management skills
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills in English as well as  outstanding interpersonal skills with diverse cultures and populations
  • A high level of professionalism and attention to detail
  • Enthusiasm and an energetic desire to carry out the mission the Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Community Programs
  • Excellent analytical, problem-solving and organizational skills
  • Excellent judgment, tact, diplomacy, discretion and the ability to maintain confidences
  • The ability to be creative and flexible in response to fast-changing and complex work situations
  • Excellent proficiency with MS Office and Google Suite of Tools
  • Flexibility with scheduling to allow for work on weekends and evenings, as necessary

Preferred Work and Related Experience

  • Familiarity with in person and online modes of instruction
  • Familiarity with Emirati education and culture
  • Experience teaching and supporting ESL learners, particularly teaching writing skills
  • Exceedingly well developed cultural sensitivity

Application Instructions
Candidates must submit a cover letter, and curriculum vitae outlining specifically how their experience and qualifications align with the role responsibilities and requirements (in pdf form), as well as the contact information of three referees.

For questions about this position, please email nyuad.academicrecruitment@nyu.eda

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