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Head of Special Collections & FIT Archive, Library

Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City, New York (US)
$69,475- $102,388 per year with step increments after one year of service and annually thereafter.
Date posted
Mar 26, 2024

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Administrative
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

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 Head of Special Collections & FIT Archive.

The FIT Library cultivates user-centered physical and virtual spaces that support and strengthen academic and creative pursuits. Our library creates a foundation for lifelong learning by teaching research and critical thinking skills that students carry beyond the classroom into careers. We build, organize, and preserve materials that support our curriculum, enhance our unique collections, and document the college's history. We investigate, assess and implement innovative services and programs that measurably facilitate and enrich the learning experience.



The Head of Special Collections and FIT Archives (SPARC) promotes the services provided by the unit and its collections and oversees policy and unit operations. This position leads collection and program development to ensure college history is well-represented, oversees collection care, preservation, security, and manages the staff assigned to the unit. Library faculty serve and participate in library-wide, team-driven, and working group meetings, library governance and campus-wide initiatives and committees.

Responsibilities & Essential Functions:

Ideation and Tactical Planning - Responsible for developing a deep understanding and appreciation of FIT's collections. Engage in forward-looking and synergistic opportunities and partnerships that advance the College's mission.

Instruction and Outreach - Champion the role and value of FIT's special collections, fashion and related industries history, especially that of New York City, and impact of primary resources in relation to digital humanities.

Collection Stewardship and Project Planning - Provide broad direction and oversight for breadth and scope of special collection development, acquisition, maintenance, and preservation for the FIT Library's special collections and college archive. 

Archives Management - Administer, preserve and provide access to the college's historical and operational records and related archival materials to support the research needs of departments campus wide.

Unit Management - Coach, develop and guide staff to provide the highest standards of special collections service delivery. Direct, advise, and train staff to support the development and delivery of innovative, responsive services.

Library Liaison Program - Serve as the point of contact for assigned subject areas and academic department liaisons, provide information and library services referrals. 
Participate in the Library Liaison program by promoting services and resources with a special focus on digital initiatives; cultivate relationships and foster connections with classroom faculty.

Professional Engagement - Maintain active membership in and affiliation with local, regional, and national professional organizations and currency in the field; participate in professional development activities and maintain currency in professional competencies.

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. For detailed tasks and work instructions, click here.



Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in library, information, or archival sciences from an ALA-accredited institution, or an equivalent advanced degree required.
  • Five (5) years work experience in archives, manuscripts or special collections.
  • Five (5) years of progressive leadership experience, supervising staff in special collections or archives.



Please note all offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of the background check process.


Starting Salary: $69,475- $102,388 per year with step increments after one year of service and annually thereafter.

The final starting salary and appointment rank will be based on education level and cumulative experience; UCE-FIT Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) Salary Schedules pg. 72.

Instructor: $59,673- $69,524
Assistant Professor: $69,475- $102,388
Associate Professor: $81,317- $122,427
Professor: $99,159- $149,217

Work Schedule

Days/Hours: M-F, 30 hour work week, in person; work schedule subject to change based on needs of the department.


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 Holidays) 
  • 4-day Summer Workweek
  • Qualifying Employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program

For a full list of FIT benefits, visit our benefits webpage.

Pay Equity by State Employers

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

Visa Sponsorship 

Fashion Institute of Technology is not able to provide visa sponsorship for this position.

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,   

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Requirements

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 considered for this position, please submit the following documents online:

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

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

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

Please note that due to the volume of applications, we will not be able to contact each applicant individually.

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