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Executive Director, Social Justice Center/President's Office

Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City, New York
Commensurate with experience and qualifications.
Posted Date
Jul 6, 2022

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Administrative, Academic Affairs, Academic Administration, Executive, Executive Directors
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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 applications for an Executive Director, Social Justice Center.


Reporting to the President, this role will oversee the Social Justice Center (SJC) and manage the various aspects of programming for the initiative.  The position will have a combination of management, goal setting and project execution duties.  In consultation with the President, this individual will develop strategic plans for building the pipeline for SJC scholars which will include - creating recruitment strategies for pre-college students, overseeing mentoring activities for SJC college interns, developing program and community building activities for SJC participants, and forming partnerships with educational and cultural entities. Simultaneously, establish working relationships with our industry partners to support current BIPOC employees by developing mentor protocols, opportunities to obtain graduate level certificate credentials and benchmarking to measure progress in professional advancement.

  • In collaboration with the president's vision for the SJC, develop goals and programs for the lifecycle of the project - from pre-college recruitment to mentorship and analytics for industry partners
  • Identify partnerships and programs that will provide opportunities for recruitment, career development and creative resources
  • Manage communications and outreach and craft messaging in conjunction with college external relations - this includes developing regular publications and web-based assets that are public-facing
  • Represent the SJC and the college in this endeavor and speak publically on the progress and needs of the organization
  • This is the key role to drive the growth of all levels of the SJC and create the infrastructure to ensure a sustainable program going forward
  • Other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree and at least 3 years at a senior leadership level in a corporate, government or university setting - or similar experience. Project management and responsibility for external relations. Managing outreach coordination with varied and diverse organizations.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree and prior experience with multifaceted organizations and an understanding of the need for diversity, equity and inclusion.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Strong project management and ability to sequence activities and adhere to deadlines to ensure programming success 
  • Oversee financial reporting and expenditures
  • Oversee an external-facing unit within a university setting
  • Able to take on a spokesperson role for the SJC when needed, lead meetings and bring together internal and external constituencies around programming.
  • Proficient in managing multi-person department as well as monthly reports to varied industry partners and the president
  • Work with the fundraising and networking aspect of the SJC and deliver multimedia based resources for use in that work
  • Experience using MS Office- in particular Word, PowerPoint and Excel - as well as Google Docs, Google Drive and Google Calendar


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




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


Full-Time Salaried, 35 hour work week; This is an in-person position.

Full-Time Benefits
Employee Holiday and Work Schedule

4-Day Summer Workweek

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


In order to be considered for this position, you must apply online and attach the following documents;

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

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

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

Please note that due to the anticipated volume of applications, we are unable to contact each applicant about his or her application status.

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

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,

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