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College Readiness and Success Instructor and Graduate School Advisor

New York University Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Jun 12, 2024

NYU Abu Dhabi is pioneering a new model of higher education for a global world, dedicated to excellence in teaching and research and to advancing cooperation and progress on humanity?s shared challenges. Drawing on the strengths of the NYU global network, it offers an outstanding liberal arts and sciences education to students from the United Arab Emirates, the United States, and around the world, with a distinctive focus on intercultural understanding and leadership. It supports innovative research and graduate education programs that push forward the frontiers of knowledge and respond in powerful and interdisciplinary ways to vital global and local challenges.


The Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Community Programs administers three programs for NYU Abu Dhabi: The Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Scholars Program, The NYU Abu Dhabi Summer Academy, and The Arab Film Studio Young Filmmakers Workshop.

The Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Scholars Program offers a select cohort of talented university students access to specially designed courses, lectures, leadership experiences, networking, and graduate school counseling. We admit scholars from among the most outstanding students at the three federal UAE universities: Higher Colleges of Technology, the United Arab Emirates University, and Zayed University. The Scholars Program has been developed in close consultation with His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Her Highness Sheikha Mariam bint Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE federal universities, and New York University Abu Dhabi.

The NYU Abu Dhabi Summer Academy is an 18-month university preparation program designed to enhance the academic profiles of highly motivated Emirati high school students. The program features intensive instruction in Leadership and Public Speaking, Critical Thinking and Writing, Mathematical Reasoning for the Sciences, College Readiness and Success, and IELTS Preparation over the course of two summers and an intervening academic year.

The Arab Film Studio Young Filmmakers Workshop, a collaboration between Image Nation Abu Dhabi and NYU Abu Dhabi, is a three-week program for Emirati high school students that enables and enhances filmmaking skills. Participants from across the UAE are exposed to the teachings and experience of leading industry professionals. From screenwriting, and directing to camera and post-production, the three weeks come to a close with a screening of a collection of short films that are written and directed by the participants.

Job Summary
The Instructor will be responsible for managing all academic aspects related to teaching the College Readiness and Success (CRS) course within the Summer Academy. This includes but is not limited to curriculum development, lesson planning, delivering instruction, grading assessments, providing constructive feedback, and holding regular office hours for Summer Academy students.

Moreover, the role extends beyond classroom instruction to encompass serving as a dedicated advisor for Summer Academy students. This entails offering guidance on university selection, navigating degree requirements, and devising academic plans tailored to individual student needs to ensure their success in pursuing university degrees.

Furthermore, the Instructor will also provide comprehensive support and advising for graduate school aspirations among SMSP scholars, assisting them in navigating the complexities of graduate school applications, program selection, and academic planning to foster their future academic and professional success.

Principal Responsibilities
The job’s activities in terms that enable someone who knows nothing about the job to understand what is done in each activity.

Summer Academy
  • Teach the CRS course to Summer Academy students - sections are determined each summer in accordance to the number of selected students.
  • Work within the existing CRS curriculum and contribute to its ongoing development to effectively prepare Summer Academy students for (1) applying to top-ranked colleges and universities worldwide and (2) cultivating the essential skills required for success at the college and university level. This involves aligning instructional content with educational standards, integrating innovative teaching strategies, and continuously assessing and refining the curriculum to ensure its relevance and effectiveness in meeting the evolving needs of students.
  • Collaborate closely with other Summer Academy instructors to ensure seamless delivery of the CRS curriculum, fostering a cohesive learning experience for students. This involves coordinating lesson plans, sharing resources, and exchanging best practices to maintain consistency and coherence across instructional sessions. Additionally, engage in regular communication and collaboration meetings to address any challenges, adapt teaching strategies as needed, and enhance the overall effectiveness of the curriculum delivery.
  • Provide students with ongoing and regular feedback (oral and written) during the course.
  • Assist in supervising students during co-curricular activities and trips.
  • During the academic year, this role transitions to that of a dedicated advisor for Summer Academy students, providing personalized guidance and support as they navigate the university selection and application process. This includes assisting students in researching and selecting suitable universities, advising on application requirements and deadlines, offering feedback on application materials such as essays and resumes, and providing general guidance on admissions procedures. Additionally, the advisor offers support in exploring scholarship opportunities, preparing for interviews, and making informed decisions about their educational future.
  • Collaborate closely and coordinate efforts with fellow instructors within the team to ensure the effective delivery of comprehensive support for all students. This entails sharing insights, resources, and strategies to address student needs, fostering a cohesive and supportive learning environment. Additionally, engage in regular communication and collaboration meetings to assess student progress, identify areas for improvement, and collectively develop and implement targeted interventions to enhance student success. By working collaboratively, we can ensure that each student receives the necessary support to thrive academically and personally during their time in the Summer Academy.
  • Design and consistently update worksheets aimed at tracking and monitoring the progress of counseling students. These worksheets should encompass relevant information such as academic achievements, career aspirations, personal goals, and any challenges or concerns they may encounter. Regularly review and revise these worksheets to reflect students' evolving needs and progress throughout their counseling journey
  • Provide comprehensive guidance on graduate school pursuits for SMSP scholars, including assisting them in researching and identifying suitable programs, preparing strong applications, navigating standardized testing requirements, developing effective application strategies, exploring funding opportunities, preparing for interviews, making informed decisions about program selection, and offering ongoing support throughout the transition to graduate studies. This guidance aims to empower scholars to pursue their academic and professional aspirations with confidence and success.
  • Collaborate closely and coordinate efforts with fellow instructors within the team to ensure the effective delivery of comprehensive support for all students. This includes preparation of recommendation letters and any other required application materials. By working together, we can ensure that students receive the necessary support to navigate the application process successfully and achieve their academic and career goals.
  • Identify potential opportunities for funding and scholarships available to students, including researching external grants, scholarships, and financial aid programs. Collaborate with relevant departments and organizations to stay updated on available opportunities and assist students in navigating the application process. Provide guidance on eligibility criteria, application requirements, deadlines, and any additional steps necessary to secure funding.
  • Design and consistently update worksheets aimed at tracking and monitoring the progress of counseling students. These worksheets should encompass relevant information such as academic achievements, career aspirations, personal goals, and any challenges or concerns they may encounter. Regularly review and revise these worksheets to reflect students' evolving needs and progress throughout their counseling journey.
  • Assist with and actively participate in programming for the international trip, including but not limited to supervising students during travel.
  • Serve as a Teaching Assistant in one of the courses when required and directed by the Senior Director
  • Collaborate closely with fellow team members to ensure the Alumni Dashboards remain accurate and up-to-date.
  • Be available to individual students and groups in need of assistance, as well as to other instructors undertaking cross-curricular or collaborative projects.
  • Participate in faculty meetings by providing detailed feedback on student progress.
  • Attend and provide assistance as needed with co-curricular events and activities throughout the year, which will entail leading small groups of students on excursions and trips, or supporting the operations of the program as needed.
  • Provide support to the general programing and events preparations within the department.
  • Provide operational support for SMSP, SA, and YFMW recruitment and selections processes

About NYU Abu Dhabi
NYU Abu Dhabi is the first comprehensive liberal arts and research campus in the Middle East to be operated abroad by a major American research university. Times Higher Education ranks NYU among the top 30 universities in the world, making NYU Abu Dhabi the highest-ranked university in the UAE and MENA region. NYU Abu Dhabi has integrated a highly selective undergraduate curriculum across the disciplines with a world center for advanced research and scholarship. The university enables its students in the sciences, engineering, social sciences, humanities, and arts to succeed in an increasingly interdependent world and advance cooperation and progress on humanity’s shared challenges. NYU Abu Dhabi’s high-achieving students have come from over 120 countries and speak over 100 languages. Together, NYU's campuses in New York, Abu Dhabi, and Shanghai form the backbone of a unique global university, giving faculty, academic staff and students opportunities to experience varied learning environments and immersion in other cultures at one or more of the numerous study-abroad sites NYU maintains on six continents.

NYUAD is committed to building and strengthening a university-wide culture of inclusion, diversity, belonging and equity (IDBE), which is fundamental to the University’s commitment to excellence. Visit our website for more information on NYUAD’s commitment to IDBE and how these values are fundamental to our mission.

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 admissions, and other global honors. Graduate education is an area of growth for the University; the current graduate student population of over 100 students is expected to expand in the next decade as doctoral programs are developed.

Working for NYUAD
At NYUAD, we recognize that Abu Dhabi is more than where you work; it’s your home. In order for faculty and staff to thrive, we offer a comprehensive benefits package. This starts with a generous relocation allowance; educational assistance for your dependents; access to health and wellness services; and more. NYUAD is committed to faculty and staff success throughout the academic trajectory, providing support for ambitious and world-class research projects and innovative, interactive teaching approaches. Support for dual-career families is a priority. Visit our website for more information on benefits for you and your dependents.


Qu alifications must support the essential functions and serve as the primary criteria for selecting candidates.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensing, or Training
  • Advanced degree (Master’s or PhD) in counseling, psychology education, or a related subject
Preferred Education, Certifications, Licensing, or Training
  • High-school or college-level experience with university application support
Required Work and Related Experience
  • Experience as an instructor, teaching assistant, tutor, or mentor
  • Experience in assessing academic writing and critical thinking
  • Demonstrated ability to provide feedback in a constructive manner
  • Experience supervising high school and/or university students in a co-curricular setting (i.e. school or after school program)
Preferred Work and Related Experience
  • Demonstrated interest in cross-cultural education and enthusiasm for teaching
  • Familiarity with online and face-to-face instruction
Application Instructions

Applicants must submit a cover letter and curriculum vitae in PDF format. For instructions and information on how to apply, please visit our website at . For more information about the program, please visit: .

For questions about this position, please email .

Join NYU Abu Dhabi, an exceptional place for exceptional people.

NYUAD values diversity, inclusion, belonging, and equity; such principles are fundamental to the university's commitment to excellence. NYUAD is an equal-opportunity employer. We particularly welcome applications from members of traditionally underrepresented groups, women, and UAE nationals. Multidisciplinary research and exceptional teaching in a highly diverse and inclusive campus community are hallmarks of the University’s mission.


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