Executive Director for Undergraduate Recruitment, Admissions and Financial Aid

New York University Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi (AE)

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New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) seeks to appoint an Executive Director for Undergraduate Recruitment, Admissions and Financial Aid reporting jointly to the Vice President, Global Recruitment, Admissions and Financial Aid and the Senior Associate Vice Chancellor and Senior Vice Provost for Strategy and Planning for NYUAD.

In this crucial role, you will have the opportunity to shape one of the most innovative universities in the world and make a lasting impact on the lives of students.

The Executive Director will be a strategic and innovative leader who will oversee all aspects of a highly selective and global admissions process, from recruitment to enrollment. Working as a partner to NYU and as a senior leader within NYUAD they will be responsible for developing and executing a comprehensive admissions strategy that supports the University s mission and enrollment goals. They will build relationships of trust with internal and external constituents, while leading and managing a team of 15 staff, overseeing third party relationships, the admissions budget, and providing strategic reports on admissions trends and activities.

An excellent communicator, effective manager and experienced in highly selective admissions, they will build and maintain relationships with local and global stakeholders demonstrating high-level influencing skills and diplomatic acuity. Committed to diversity and inclusion, the ideal candidate will require a detailed and nuanced understanding of global recruitment and be experienced in operating across multiple educational and cultural contexts.

The University is now inviting applications and nominations for the post of Executive Director for Undergraduate Recruitment, Admissions and Financial Aid. An executive search exercise is being undertaken by Perrett Laver to assist the Selection Committee.

Perrett Laver may be contacted for informal enquiries and questions at Isaac.CM@perrettlaver.com or +44 (0)20 3928 7357. Closing date for applications is Monday 27th March.

Electronic submission is strongly encouraged via Perrett Laver's portal.

Further details can be provided by Perrett Laver.

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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.


NYU's agreement with the Emirate of Abu Dhabi to create NYU Abu Dhabi is the outcome of a shared understanding of the essential roles and challenges of higher education in the 21st century: a common belief in the value of a liberal arts education, concurrence on the benefits a research university brings to the society that sustains it, a conviction that interaction with new ideas and people who are different is valuable and necessary, and a commitment to educating students who are true citizens of the world. As the first comprehensive liberal arts and science campus in the Middle East to be operated abroad by a major American research university, NYU Abu Dhabi has been built on the following principles:

  • NYU Abu Dhabi is a research university with a fully integrated liberal arts and science college. It draws students from around the world, and prepares them for the challenges and opportunities of our interconnected world.
  • NYU Abu Dhabi equips students for leadership in all arenas of human endeavor. It fosters curiosity, creativity, and critical reflection. At NYUAD, students extend themselves and the frontiers of knowledge.
  • The residential life of students is central to the University's academic mission. Learning takes place across the campus, not only in classrooms, but also in residential houses, through participation in clubs and sports, during informal campus gatherings, and being engaged with the wider community.
  • NYU Abu Dhabi stimulates advanced research. The NYUAD Institute is a major research center. Research is integral to the undergraduate experience at NYU Abu Dhabi, and it will also drive the University's graduate programs.
  • NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU New York form the backbone of a fully connected global network university. As one of the two major hubs in the global network, NYUAD creates a unique capacity for faculty and students to access the assets of the entire university system.
  • NYU Abu Dhabi advances the city of Abu Dhabi as a magnetic center of ideas and human talent.


NYU Abu Dhabi consists of a highly selective liberal arts and sciences college and a world center for advanced research and scholarship — integrated with each other and connected through technology to NYU New York.

Together, NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU New York form the backbone of a unique global network university that equips students for leadership in all arenas of human endeavor by fostering curiosity, creativity, and critical reflection.

NYU Abu Dhabi is a central component of Abu Dhabi's vision of becoming a leading world idea capital. For its first four years, the University is located in the heart of downtown Abu Dhabi. In 2014, it will move to its permanent home on Saadiyat Island, where it will be joined by neighbors including the Guggenheim, the Louvre, the Zayed National Museum, and a world-class performing arts center.

In working for NYU Abu Dhabi, you will help to build the world's first truly global university and research institute. The University's faculty and staff come from around the world, and the first class of students, who arrived in the fall of 2010, is one of the most geographically diverse student bodies on the planet. To date, NYU Abu Dhabi's staff alone is comprised of individuals from more than 30 different countries. For NYU Abu Dhabi, creating a culture of inclusion contributes not only to our success, but also to the richness of the talented staff that we can attract. When you join us as an employee, we look forward to learning more about your culture and seeing things from your unique viewpoint.

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