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Full-Time Faculty Position in Fashion Business Mgmt- Retail Math, School of Business and Technology

Fashion Institute of Technology
New York, New York, United States
Closing date
24 Feb 2023

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Teaching & Education
Full Time

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Job Description:

The School of Business and Technology seeks a full-time faculty member in Fashion Business Management. The successful candidate will have strong business, quantitative and analytical skills with the ability to teach courses in fashion business practices, retail math, planning, fashion business digital technology and data analytics.

Successful candidates are motivated professionals with proven leadership in the fashion industry; hold a master's degree or will be in the process of obtaining a master's degree in a related field to the fashion industry with 7+ years of professional experience. Successful candidates will demonstrate interest in academic scholarship and a desire to participate in department and college-wide committee work, and, most importantly, display a passion for teaching and mentoring students interested in the discipline, and cultivating and fostering partnerships within the global fashion industry. The preferred candidate will have college-level experience in teaching and/ or corporate training, international/ global experience, strong advanced technology skills with the ability to develop and deliver innovative and engaging curriculum.

Superior oral and written communication skills and computer literacy in business and classroom applications required.


Specific Competencies :
Successful candidates will excel in the following areas:

  • Demonstrate an awareness of global issues and understanding of international connections and the impact on fashion business management and the fashion industry.
  • Demonstrate industry experience with sustainable merchandising concept development and practices.
  • Demonstrate the ability to share knowledge about current global fashion industry practices and future projections as related to the business of fashion business management.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively, locally, and globally with colleagues regardless of location or background.
  • Demonstrate awareness and sensitivity to all racial, ethnic, religious, and social groups, as well as gender identities, and incorporate this understanding into teaching-learning experiences.

Instructional Design
  • Create and deliver coursework that links learning objectives across disciplines and reflects how work is performed in the fashion industry.
  • Balance both theory and practical application of knowledge, to include building skills that are necessary to be successful in the fashion industry or related professions.
  • Create experiences that require collaborative exercises, real work problem-solving, and a skills-based approach to learning.
  • Utilize varying pedagogy in order to accommodate students of different learning styles, abilities, demographics, or diversity.
  • Maintain connections to the fashion industry that allow integration of professional practices with classroom learning.

Learning Enrichment
  • Demonstrate the ability to inspire interest, curiosity, creativity, and love of learning in students.
  • Demonstrate the use of various instructional delivery methods that foster critical thinking and creative problem-solving.
  • Demonstrate the capacity to incorporate interdisciplinary learning into the Fashion Business Management curriculum.
  • Possess the vision to advance the department's revitalization of its AAS, BS, and international programs.
  • Demonstrate responsiveness to industry changes and practices including technology and sustainability, with the ability to incorporate those changes into a progressive curriculum.

  • Demonstrate active participation in the fashion industry with knowledge of fashion business concepts including buying, planning, marketing, team building, multi-channel merchandising, supply chain management, licensing/branding, and product development.
  • Engage in industry-related and scholarly research projects which can inform and enhance the discipline.
  • Demonstrate willingness to share industry contacts and opportunities to help achieve department and college initiatives.
  • Demonstrate the ability to speak effectively on behalf of the department and/or college with industry supporters.
  • Create and maintain a network of alumni and industry experts who can be called upon as resources for course and curriculum development, guest speakers, internships, and placement opportunities for students.
  • Maintain positive, helpful, supportive, respectful, collegial, and teamwork-oriented relationships with other faculty and professionals throughout the college.

  • Demonstrate proficiency of Microsoft Office Suite including Excel, Word, and PowerPoint, and other related technologies.
  • Possess industry-specific technological skills relating to software programs including but not limited to buying and planning software, First Insight, and data analytics technology.
  • Demonstrate commitment to maintaining currency in technological skills and knowledge.
  • Demonstrate ability to communicate through technology and utilization of the college course management system and campus portal.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Candidates must have a MBA or Master's degree in a field related to the fashion industry or in the process of obtaining a master's degree in a field related.
  • Seven years of professional experience in the fashion industry.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite specifically Microsoft Excel.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • College-level teaching or instruction experience.
  • Global expertise in the fashion industries; quantitative and analytical skills, retail math, planning, fashion business digital technology and data analytics.


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 any combination of the classroom, lab, and/or office space. Certain roles may be required to handle machinery and chemicals. The physical requirement for this position will require occasional sitting, constant standing, occasional bending, frequent walking, and occasionally lifting 10 lbs. or less.

Additional Information:

This faculty position will begin Fall 2023. Review of applications will commence August 2022, and continue until the position is filled. The salary and appointment rank will be based on education level and cumulative experience. Please note a background check is required for appointment to this position.

Link to FIT Benefits for Full-Time Faculty

Collective Bargaining Salary Schedules (page 72) ; Successor Agreement (page 6)
Hiring Salary: $69,475 per year; per CBA, the salary and appointment rank will be based on education level and cumulative experience.

Application Instructions:

For consideration, please provide:
  • Letter of interest clearly indicating your qualifications for the position
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Teaching Philosophy Statement
  • A minimum of three professional references, including names, titles, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail contact information.

Please note that due to the volume of applications, we will not be able to contact each applicant individually. Additional information about the Fashion Institute of Technology can be found at: .

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

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

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 College reserves the right to select one or more candidates after having been duly reviewed and presented to the President in conformance with the provisions of Article 15 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

About Fashion Institute of Technology:

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 faculty position in the Fashion Business Management Department of the Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology.

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 over 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.

The Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology educates students for management and leadership roles within the fashion and related creative industries. Our curriculum integrates a deep appreciation of how markets, business environments, advanced business technology and competition can be managed in a global context. The Baker School provides a professional faculty and business climate that enables students to be immediately valuable contributors to their industries.

The Baker School of Business and Technology collaborates with the School of Art and Design, and the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, whose courses help students to better understand themselves, others, and their place in an increasingly complex world. The Baker School creates curricular and educational experiences that help hone general skills and behaviors that employers increasingly demand: critical thinking and problem solving skills, a strong sense of professional and ethical responsibility, social skills, the ability to work productively in teams, and good oral and written communications skills.

The vision of the School is to be the most academically recognized school of excellence where students come to learn about the business of the core industries that we serve-the creative, fashion and design industries-and where industry, government and associations see creative alliances for the development of ideas, solution innovation, future thinking, and problem solving.

Seven of the ten Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology undergraduate programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

The Fashion Business Management (FBM) department prepares students for professional excellence in the global business of fashion merchandising, sales, marketing, product development, retail, business analytics, and retail and wholesale management. The Fashion Business Management program is enhanced by its extensive network of resources in New York City, strengthening the program's experiential learning focus. Students are taught by professionals who have all served in various key positions in the fashion industry, affording students the opportunity to learn from major global fashion companies.

The Fashion Business Management program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).


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