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Assistant Vice President for Student Success and Dean of Students

Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City, New York
$160,000.00 per year; commensurate with experience and qualifications.
Posted Date
Jul 6, 2022

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Administrative, Academic Affairs, Academic Administration, Executive
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Full Time
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The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), an internationally renowned college of art and design, business and technology of the State University of New York, invites nominations and applications for the position of Assistant Vice President for Student Success and Dean of Students.


Through a strong partnership between Enrollment Management and Student Success, Academic Affairs, and the broader FIT community, the AVP/ Dean develops, implements and supports programs and services that result in an excellent student experience. Reporting to the Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Success, the AVP/Dean has responsibility for all student development functions including Athletics and Recreation, Counseling, Disability Support Services, Educational Opportunity Programs, Health Services, Residential Life, and Student Life. In addition, the AVP/Dean supports the Vice President in the overall management of the Division and provides leadership for projects significant to the campus, including student engagement programming, community standards, student crisis response and behavioral intervention, diversity and inclusion initiatives, veterans programming, and planning and assessment.

Essential Functions: 

  • Cultivates an environment of collaboration, inclusiveness, and respect where each student can develop and grow to their fullest potential.
  • Responsible for the leadership and development of comprehensive, innovative student development programs and services that results in high rates of student retention.
  • Supports student clubs and organizations that are effective, vibrant, and integral to the student experience. 
  • Promotes a a vibrant residential living environment that includes excellent health and wellness services.
  • Leads the FIT-ABLE program to provide supplemental support to students with disabilities.
  • Oversees Educational Opportunity Programs to ensure first generation college student success.
  • Collaborates with academic deans, vice presidents, and student organizations to address student concerns, campus safety, non-academic disciplinary issues, and campus life on a daily basis.
  • Works with faculty, staff, and students to provide a comprehensive learning environment that fosters intellectual, psychological, social, leadership, and recreational development for a diverse student population with a focus on retention strategies that are tailored to FIT's 2+2 model.
  • Reviews, develops, and implements policies consistent with institutional needs, professional guidelines, and related statutes.
  • Plans, develops, and manages departmental budgets, staff planning, and assessment of the effectiveness of the student experience.
  • Provides leadership for the development, implementation, and evaluation of student life policies such as student conduct, student residences, and alcohol and drug use. Oversees the annual development and production of the Student Rights & Responsibilities Policy Manual and other student-related documents.


The Assistant Vice President will have a minimum of a Master's Degree in an appropriate academic discipline and at least 7 years of relevant experience in a higher education management/leadership role leading a multi-function unit. 

The successful candidate will have a successful record of management, budgeting, planning, and developing student programming, demonstrated experience in student affairs, thorough knowledge of current practices and theories in effective student affairs/development, outstanding writing and presentation skills, ability to make sound decisions, excellent analytical and problem-solving skills, ability to effectively handle multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment, and most importantly, a strong commitment to student advocacy, quality service, inclusiveness, collaboration, and ensuring an optimal student experience.


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


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


Sit- Constant; Stand-Occasional; Bend- Occasional; Walk- Occasional; Climb- N/A; Pull- N/A; Push- N/A; Lift<10 lbs. - Occasional; Lift 10-20 lbs. - Occasional; 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. 

Salary: Commensurate with experience and qualifications

Full-Time Benefits
Employee Holiday and Work Schedule
4-Day Summer Workweek

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 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

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

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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