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Chief Administrative Business Officer

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UAE Nationals are encouraged to apply.

New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) seeks to appoint a Chief Administrative Business Officer (CABO).

The CABO at NYU Abu Dhabi is a senior leadership role overseeing and managing NYUAD s financial operations and strategy, procurement and payables, risk mitigation, audit, human resources, campus services, campus safety, facilities and construction management and information technology services. Reporting to the NYUAD Vice Chancellor and jointly accountable to the NYU Executive Vice President and other key executives in New York, the CABO serves as the primary liaison between the Abu Dhabi Campus and New York University with regard to financial and operational matters. Additionally, the CABO acts as a liaison between NYUAD and its UAE government funding partner.

The position involves accountability to the Vice Chancellor for strategic initiatives and general administrative operations, the NYU Executive Vice President for operational improvements, and the NYU Chief Financial Officer for finance and budget management/compliance. The CABO ensures NYUAD s administrative policies, procedures, systems and resources appropriately support academic priorities.

The CABO plays a pivotal role in fostering collaboration, ensuring compliance, and advocating for NYUAD's interests with government funding partners.

Detailed information on key CABO responsibilities, skills, and competencies is available upon request.

Please do not apply via this portal.  This search is being managed externally by Korn Ferry, applications, including a current CV and letter explaining interest and relevant experience should be sent to the following address exclusively:

All communications will be held in strict confidence.

Key Responsibilities:


  • Objectively assess NYUAD s goals in alignment with overall NYU University financial goals. Providing stewardship and review of all expenditures. Promoting a sound fiscal climate and encouraging responsible stewardship and fiscally prudent utilization of University resources

  • Facilitate effective working relationships and governance, ensure compliance with fiscal policies and procedures, University fiscal policies and accounting procedures, maintain open channels of communication with NYU CFO, NYUAD s government partner and implement all relevant policies regarding fiscal operations.

  • Lead the budget development process with NYUAD s government partner, by collaborating with relevant offices to develop and review budgetary plans, incorporating automation and effective controls

  • Advise the NYUAD Vice Chancellor on financial goal progress, preparing reports and recommendations

  • Ensure NYUAD complies with all financial responsibilities outlined in the Management Agreement

Operational/Administrative Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with the NYUAD Vice Chancellor and NYU VP for Human Resources to develop NYUAD s HR Strategy for talent retention and optimal planning and allocation of workforce, ensuring compliance with applicable UAE & US labor regulations

  • Consult with NYU VP for Information Technology to optimize service levels and resource allocation, advocating for necessary technological resources

  • Engage with NYUAD s government partners to explain and advocate for NYUAD s administrative strategies

  • Serve as a member of NYUAD s senior management team, contributing to short and long-term strategic planning

  • Oversee administrative operations, including Budget and Financial Planning, Treasury, Controller, Logistics, Travel Services, Supply Chain, Human Resource Planning, Information Technology, etc

  • Foster a culture of efficient results and customer-oriented services

Required Education:

  • Master's degree in Finance, Business or Public Administration (or a related field) or equivalent experience.

Required Experience and Capabilities:

  • Minimum 15 years of progressively responsible experience in finance, business management, budget, fiscal compliance, with at least 10 years at the senior management level or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required

  • Experience working in the region is highly valued

  • Experience in higher education or an organization of similar characteristics with an understanding of the attendant organizational dynamics is highly valued

  • Possess in-depth knowledge of finance and business operations including experience managing various business functions such as human resources, facilities, information technology and operations

  • Experience supervising, developing, and overseeing the implementation of policies and practices in an academic and/or nonprofit environment

  • Strong financial skills, analytical, planning, and conceptual abilities, along with sharp problem-solving skills, and excellent written and verbal communication skills are required

  • Able to effectively manage competing priorities, work well under pressure, and have excellent leadership, project management, and change management skills.

  • Proven ability to communicate clearly and effectively

  • Proven ability to analyze complex business issues, and identify effective strategic and operational solutions are required

  • Powerful influencing, collaborating, and consulting skills

  • Demonstrate strong technical skills in finance and related systems

  • Facilitate a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds

Please do not apply via this portal.  This search is being managed externally by Korn Ferry, applications, including a current CV and letter explaining interest and relevant experience should be sent to the following address exclusively:


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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