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Director of Human Resources

Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City, New York
$125,000.00 - $135,000.00 per year
Posted Date
Jul 6, 2022

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Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Human Resources Administration, Executive, Executive Directors
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Full Time
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The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), part of the State University of New York and an internationally renowned college of art, design, business and technology with a strong emphasis on liberal arts, invites nominations and applications for a Director of Human Resources.


In partnership with the Vice President of the Office of Human Resource Management and Labor Relations, the Director of Employee & Labor Relations, and the Director of Benefits, the Director of Human Resources leads the development, design, operation, communication, and delivery of the employee experience on campus. Responsible for strategic leadership in the planning, development, and execution of HR goals and objectives with a focus on HR systems (HRIS) and talent (acquisition, onboarding, compensation, development, engagement, and succession planning).

Essential Functions:

Strategic HR
Overall leadership, vision, and oversight for the design and development of the HR operational strategy at the college.  A specific focus is to initiate, prioritize, and oversee the strategic direction of critical business processing systems for HR including applicant tracking system, employment and compensation, performance management, leave, attendance, automated workflows for onboarding, offboarding, and the HR Solution Center:

  • Provide leadership and administrative management related to design, development, operation, and ongoing evaluation of talent management, compensation, HRIS, and compliance.
  • Participate in short- and long-range planning as it affects personnel and recommends organizational designs to facilitate the achievement of HR and institutional objectives.
  • Lead the HR Process Improvement Team and HR Data Team, a group of HR staff and management that meets regularly to improve the quality and efficiency of HR processes.
  • Act as a system, process, and data expert. Oversees employee and position data reporting, including but not limited to ICCB, IPEDS, ACA, and other regulatory reports, as well as ad hoc requests for employee data by management.
  • Facilitate resolution of system issues to keep critical HR operations running smoothly; maintains data integrity; oversees system upgrade projects in coordination with Information Technology.

Talent Management & The Employee Experience

  • Strategic leadership of the employment life cycle including recruitment, hiring, onboarding, classification/compensation programs, performance management, professional development, and succession planning.
  • Lead the Human Resources Operations team in meeting the highest standards of customer service and leverage their knowledge of best practices to ensure a positive employee experience at FIT.
  • Contribute to the development of a culture where employees are engaged and perform at their highest capacity to support the overall mission of the college.
  • Responsible for administering the compensation provisions of the collective bargaining agreement as well as non-bargaining confidential, administrative, and executive plans. Oversees the operations related to compensation processing from the HR side (payroll reports to Finance). Conducts research regarding salary comparables to ensure competitive plans, completes nationwide surveys, and makes individual salary recommendations. 
  • Partner to conduct a comprehensive needs analysis related to college-wide staff/administration development in order to build and implement an integrated Center for Professional Development including succession planning.
  • Develop positive relationships across the college community in order to understand, respond and ensure delivery of excellent client service resulting in an exceptional employee experience.
  • Support the HR team in resolving employment-related issues, as needed, through counseling employees and supervisors about sensitive and confidential issues related to employment and compensation and other related HR concerns.
  • Maintain knowledge of trends, best practices, regulatory changes, and new technologies in human resources administration.
  • Maintain compliance with federal, state, and local employment laws and regulations, and recommended best practices. Reviews college policies and practices to ensure legal compliance. Establish, communicate, and interpret HR policies and procedures, and ensure consistent application.

The preceding description is not designed to be a complete list of all duties and responsibilities required of the position; other duties may be assigned consistent with the classification of the position.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Human Resources, Business Administration or related field plus 7-10 years experience in Human Resource Management.
  • 3-5 years in a leadership role in the administration of the employee life cycle including employment, compensation, evaluation, training & development.
  • Demonstrated commitment to achieving cultural diversity and equal opportunity in employment.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • A steward of ethical behavior who actively supports a diverse, inclusive, and welcoming workplace culture.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead, inspire and produce a positive employee experience.
  • Ability to raise issues proactively, timely, and in a positive and thoughtful manner in order to effectively reach mutually beneficial solutions.
  • Passionate about people and their contributions, development, and well-being.
  • Inclusive leader and ability to interact with a diverse community of stakeholders at all levels in a professional manner.
  • Experience and ability to develop others through coaching, feedback, and professional development.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong analytical and strategic thinking skills. Ability to analyze complex, sometimes ambiguous information and acquire data from multiple sources when solving problems.
  • Extensive knowledge and experience applying technology solutions involving HR Information Systems (ERP), Human Capital Management Systems including applicant tracking, onboarding, and performance management.
  • Ability to extract, analyze, and use HR data in order to develop strategy and inform HR goals and objectives. Experience collecting metrics and producing various employment reports.
  • Acts as a proactive leader, assumes duties not specifically listed here or other duties as assigned.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in Human Resources or related field preferred.
  • Experience in higher education and/or public sector experience in a unionized environment.
  • Experience in continuous process improvement, project management, and change management.


Read Comprehend- Frequent; Perform Calculations- Frequent; Communicate Orally- Frequent; Reason & Analyze- Frequent; Write- Frequent


The position is on campus, primarily in an office environment.


Sit- Frequent; Stand-Occasional; Bend- Occasional; Walk- Occasional; Climb- N/A; Pull- N/A; Push- N/A; Lift<10 lbs. - N/A; Lift 10-20 lbs. - N/A; Lift over 50 lbs.- N/A; Reach- N/A


Days/Hours: M-F, 9am-5pm, in person; work schedule subject to change based on needs of the department. 
Direct Reports: Two (2); Indirect Reports: Four (4)
Salary Range Transparency: $125,000.00 - $135,000.00 per year

Full-Time Benefits
Employee Holiday and Work Schedule
4-Day Summer Workweek
Remote Pilot Program (Work from home 1 day a week)

Review of applications will begin immediately until the position is filled.

Successful completion of a background check is required for appointment to this position once an offer has been made.


In order to be considered for the position, you must submit the following documents online:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • A list of three references with telephone numbers and email addresses

Returning Applicants - Login to your FITNYC Careers Account to check your submitted application material.

Please note that due to the high volume of applications we receive, we are unable to contact each applicant individually regarding his or her application status.

For more information about FIT, please visit FIT's website at:

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor's Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at

EEO/ Affirmative Action Statement

FIT is firmly committed to creating an environment that will attract and retain people of diverse racial and cultural backgrounds. By providing a learning and working environment that encourages, utilizes, respects, and appreciates the full expression of every individual's ability, the FIT community fosters its mission and grows because of its rich, pluralistic experience. FIT is committed to prohibiting discrimination, whether based on race, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender identity, religion, ethnic background, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military service status, genetic information, pregnancy, familial status, citizenship status (except as required to comply with law), or any other criterion prohibited by applicable federal, state, or local laws. FIT is committed to providing equal opportunity in employment, including the opportunity for upward mobility for all qualified individuals.  Applications from minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged.  Inquiries regarding FIT's non-discrimination policies may be directed to the Affirmative Action Officer/Title IX Coordinator, 212.217.3360,

The Fashion Institute of Technology is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and is strongly and actively committed to diversity within the community.

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