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 Senior
Advisor to the President for Executive Communications.
The Senior Advisor to the President for Executive Communications
will serve as an integral member of the staff of the President of
FIT. The incumbent must be an artful writer and skilled strategic
communicator who can translate complicated concepts into clear,
compelling language for delivery by the president. They will
conceive, create, and edit a high volume of executive-level
speeches, blogs, columns, articles, presentations, correspondence,
and related communications in a clear and consistent voice to many
diverse constituencies. They will serve as the President's Office
liaison on collaborative writing projects with other offices in the
College and ensure the accurate, appropriate, and prompt flow of
information to and from the President's office in support of
recurring and special projects.
The Senior Advisor reports to and supports a highly visible and
strongly engaged President, fulfilling a key role in ensuring the
intentional and effective communication of the President's vision,
priorities, interests, perspective, and style. They are
attuned to the College's context and those of the various
communities that FIT engages with and serves.
Responsibilities and Essential Functions:
- Prepares compelling speeches, blogs, columns, presentations,
correspondence, and other written communications of the highest
quality for the FIT President.
- Tailors each communication for maximum audience appeal and
impact, conducting research on audience expectations, event agenda,
topics or remarks of other speakers, and physical space and
- Provides counsel and feedback to the president on style and
delivery of remarks.
- Performs content research and develops detailed speech outlines
for executive approval.
- Ensures all executive communications projects are delivered on
- Debriefs with the president and/or senior staff and
communications leadership following each presentation in order to
achieve continuous improvement.
- Coordinates efforts to enhance the overall quality of all
- Synergizes written communications with the overall messaging
strategy for the president and FIT, utilizing internal and external
communication platforms to articulate goals and initiatives in a
clear manner, reaching as wide an audience as possible.
- Works with other senior staff and university communications as
requested with crafting messages for complex communication
- Maintains current knowledge of peer institutions, current
events, industry issues and trends, policy proposals, and changes
in legislation in order to incorporate relevant information into
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
- Bachelor's degree required.
- 7-10 years of professional experience in the field of
communications, speechwriting, journalism, or publishing.
- Experience as a high-level speechwriter
- Institutional knowledge of higher education, and preferably
some knowledge of the creative industries i.e. fashion, design,
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Ability to write well-researched, well-organized, and
- Strong writing, editing, oral communication, and interpersonal
- Project management skills, including the ability to meet
deadlines and manage multiple concurrent projects in a fast-paced
- Mastery of speechwriting and presentations.
Please note, all offers of employment are contingent upon
successful completion of the background check process.
The salary range for this role is $80,000- $100,000 per year,
commensurate with experience and qualifications.
Days/Hours: M-F, 9am- 5pm, this is a remote-friendly
position; may require occasional on-campus presence as
The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) provides
comprehensive employee benefit programs designed to help keep our
faculty and staff and their families healthy, safe, happy, and
productive. Our programs also include a variety of components to
help our employees improve the quality and balance of their work
and family lives, and to help them prepare for their futures.
- Retirement Plans
- Health Care Plan and Dental Plan
- Employee Assistance Program
- Flexible Spending Account
- Commuter Benefit Plan
- FIT Tuition Exemption Program
- Paid Time Off (Vacation, Personal, Sick and
- 4-day Summer Workweek
For a full list of FIT benefits, visit our benefits webpage.
Pay Equity by State Employers
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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
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Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) 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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
This position will be required to constantly read and
comprehend, occasionally perform calculations, constantly verbally
communicate, frequently analyze, and constantly write. The working
conditions for this position will be on campus, primarily in an
office environment. The physical requirement for this position will
require occasional sitting, constant standing, occasional bending,
frequent walking, and occasional lifting 10 lbs. or less.
In order to be considered for the position, you must submit the
following documents online:
- Cover Letter
- Unofficial Transcript
- A list of three references with telephone numbers and email
Returning Applicants - Login to your FITNYC Careers
Account to check your submitted application materials.
Review of applications will begin immediately until the position
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.
Additional information about the Fashion Institute of Technology
can be found at: http://www.fitnyc.edu.