Senior Director, Leadership Initiatives Program

Posting Number 2021-9240
Posted Date 2 months ago(12/6/2021 9:05 PM)
Location : Location
US-NY-New York
Leadership Initiatives
Student Affairs (WS1705)
Compensation Grade
Band 54
Academic Program Support

Position Summary

The NYU Leadership Initiative has developed a vision to reframe its work as a center for changemakers, deepening its longstanding commitment to working with students who are committed to leading change in their careers and communities and launching a new social impact careers hub in partnership with the Wasserman Center for Career Development. The new Senior Director will be responsible for taking this initial vision and developing it into a strategic plan that aligns with the Division of Student Affairs’ strategic priorities. Reporting to the Senior Associate Vice President, Student Affairs, the incumbent will lead the strategy and execution of leadership and scholarship development programs for students at NYU Washington Square with a particular focus on students who seek to be changemakers in their careers and communities and with attention to ensuring access and equity in all related opportunities. They will collaborate with partners across Student Affairs to support the design and delivery of early college programming that fosters students’ sense of purpose and direction and develops a diverse pipeline of advanced students pursuing post-graduate fellowships and social impact career opportunities. They will oversee the Initiative’s Office of Global Awards, and in partnership with the Wasserman Center for Career Development, they will lead the creation and oversight of a new social impact careers hub within the Leadership Initiative. The incumbent will build thought leadership that contributes to key university and field-wide conversations related to student development, positioning NYU as a leader among peer universities, accrediting institutions and student affairs and higher education professional associations; and they will oversee strategy, design and management of university partnerships and work closely with key partners across NYU’s global network to inform, support, and align their related efforts to create a cohesive university-wide strategy for leadership and scholarship development. The incumbent will provide oversight to operational management of the Initiative as a whole as well as its programs and services. They will hire, supervise, and develop a diverse and inclusive team of direct reports responsible for global awards advising, social impact career development,leadership programs, co-curricular and academic partnerships, communications, and operations. The incumbent represents Leadership Initiatives throughout New York University and with external constituents, including key clients, partner institutions and the media.


NYU's Global Programs & University Life organization is committed to being a welcoming campus community that reflects and enacts the values of inclusion, diversity, belonging, equity and accessibility that inform academic excellence. Employees in this organization are expected to contribute to diverse, equitable, inclusive and accessible learning and working environments for our students, staff, and faculty.


Required Education:
Master's Degree in Higher Education Administration or relevant field.

Preferred Education:
Doctoral Degree

Required Experience:
7+ years of progressively responsible professional experience in student or leadership development, or equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience developing a strategic vision, leading a team, and managing to objectives. Deep knowledge of human development, education, and/or leadership development. Must have extensive experience creating strong relationships across a complex organization.

Preferred Experience:
Mastery of leadership theory, as well as the application of leadership theory to practical experiences in multiple sectors and environments. Experience creating leadership programs for diverse audiences, including undergraduate and graduate students, as well as professionals. Experience in scholar development, teaching, and advising students.

Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:
Superior strategic planning skills. Proven ability to implement and evaluate programs. Proven ability to execute an established strategy and tactical goals, objectives and assessment criteria. Operational skills required including budgeting and financial reporting. Excellent interpersonal, networking, leadership, and project management skills. Strong collaboration skills. Ability to build relationships, promote collegiality and build consensus. Political savvy. Exceptional written and verbal communication skills, including superb presentation skills.

Additional Information

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