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Director of Student Life

Fashion Institute of Technology
New York, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Sep 21, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Counsellor Education, Education Administration & Leadership
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
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 a full-time tenure-track non-classroom faculty position serving as the Director of Student Life. 

The Fashion Institute of Technology, a part of the State University of New York, has been a leader in career education in art, design, business, and technology for nearly 70 years. With a curriculum that provides a singular blend of hands-on, practical experience, classroom study, and a firm grounding in the liberal arts, FIT offers a wide range of outstanding programs that are relevant to today's rapidly changing industries. Internationally renowned, FIT draws on its New York City location to provide a vibrant, creative community in which to learn. The college offers more than 45 majors and grants AAS, BFA, BS, MA, MFA, and MPS degrees, preparing students for professional success and leadership in the global marketplace.

With close ties to industry, FIT draws faculty from the city's art, business, and design elite, and from the rich academic community of the region. The college continually seeks creative faculty members who are passionate about their field and demonstrate exceptional professional capability in the core competencies of instruction design, learning enrichment, globalism, and use of technology, as well as mastery of established and emerging industry practices.



Job Description:

  • Lead and develop of a comprehensive student life program that enhances the intellectual development of students; fosters student leadership development and engagement in campus life; promotes a strong sense of community and an appreciation for diversity; and reflects the broad range of students' interests and needs        
  • Lead and develop of a comprehensive student life program that enhances the intellectual development of students; fosters student leadership development and engagement in campus life; promotes a strong sense of community and an appreciation for diversity; and reflects the broad range of students' interests and needs.
  • Supervise all Student Life functions and be responsible for the services, programs, policies, staff and budget of the department of Student Life (including faculty/staff members as well as student workers).  Student Life programs/functions include: student government/clubs and organizations, coordination of new student orientation, assistance with Commencement planning and implementation, Student Leadership programs, Parent/Family weekend, Commencement, and other student development programmatic initiatives.
  • Implement and evaluate programming designed to foster student learning and development and promote student engagement and satisfaction while ensuring that programs reflect institutional goals and priorities.
  • Oversee the department in designing and implementing educational, social, cultural, physical, and mental health co-curricular programs and assist student organizations and clubs in planning, implementing, and assessing programming and events for those purposes.
  • Develop and implement long and short-term plans and activities; oversee the development and coordination of calendars and event schedules.
  • Serve as a resource to individual students and student organizations by providing guidance, support, problem solving and mediation for issues pertaining to student activities.
  • Provide and demonstrate leadership, guidance and mentorship for the FIT Student Government (SGA) student clubs and their academic advisors, including serving as FITSA Advisor. Provide leadership development training for students and student clubs; oversee student club activities, events, and budgets; recommend policies related to the development and management of student clubs; allocate space to student clubs and organizations; and provide training and support for student organization advisors. Approve monitor and ensure fiscal accountability for student activities and student organizations' budgets.
  • Other duties as assigned. 



  • Master's degree in student personnel administration/counseling or closely related field required.
  • Five to seven years of current and appropriate related experience in leadership development, program planning, co-curricular activities, advising student government, and a commitment to developing partnerships with academic areas to create educational experiences outside of the classroom required.
  • Demonstrated knowledge, experience and abilities in the following areas: supervision of staff, student development, leadership training, policy formation, risk management, program development and assessment techniques for measuring effectiveness of co-curricular programs involving a diverse student population. Demonstrated strength in budgetary/fiscal management. Ability to utilize computer web site and internet resources in student life area. A demonstrated commitment of fostering diversity and multi-cultural understanding on an urban college campus. Strong interpersonal skills as well as a demonstrated ability to work as part of a team and to interact effectively with students, faculty members and administrators. 


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




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




Additional Information:

Work Schedule subject to change based on needs of the department.

FIT is undertaking a national search for the Director of Student Life and welcomes applications and nominations for this Non-Classroom Faculty position. Final salary and appointment rank will be based on the education level and cumulative experience of the candidate. FIT has a generous benefits package including health insurance, vacation, and holiday schedule.  Applications for the position will be considered until the position is filled.  

This is an in-person position.

Full Time Benefits


Application Instructions:

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

* Resume
* Cover letter 
*  A list of three (3) professional 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.

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

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.

*If applying from a website outside of please visit



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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