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Assistant Director of Residential Education, Residential Life

Fashion Institute of Technology
New York, New York, United States
Closing date
3 Mar 2023

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Job Description:

Reporting to the Associate Director of Residential Life, the Assistant Director of Residential Education is a full-time, twelve-month, live-in professional staff position responsible for providing leadership of a residential area of campus. This includes the coordination and implementation of student learning, professional and paraprofessional staff supervision, and student conduct and crisis response. The Assistant Directors are also instrumental in contributing to the success of Residential Life and the FIT Division of Student Success through department-wide and campus activities including move in/out, student leadership retreats, summer housing, departmental committees, assessment, and more. Responsibilities and areas of oversight are subject to change based on the needs of the department and the campus community.

Responsibilities & Essential Functions:
  • Participate in the development and implementation of an intentional residential education program for either the 27th Street or 31st Street community including the creation and execution of student learning outcomes, lesson plans, assessment, and community development
  • Supervise, develop and train professional Residential Life staff, including direct supervision of Residential Education Coordinators
  • Supervise, develop and train a full time Office Manager for respective area
  • Advise student leaders in the Residence Hall Association (RHA), including providing guidance, feedback, and professional development
  • Facilitate staff development, foster staff unity and teamwork, motivate staff and empower them to promote student learning and development
  • Take part in a 24/7 on-call duty rotation and oversee the implementation of duty and crisis response protocols
  • Manage student conduct and crisis response processes within the residence halls. This includes assisting staff with student concerns, crisis and emergencies, serving as a resource for students and staff, and facilitating referrals as appropriate
  • Facilitate the student conduct process utilizing the department's restorative approach
  • Serve as a point of contact for students, staff, and family members, providing information and maintaining appropriate communication with a wide variety of constituents
  • Chair/Co-chair a departmental committee and provide leadership to an assigned area
  • Work to advance the College, Division of Student Success, and Residential Life's strategic plan and goals through participation in goal setting, program implementation, committee/task force work and assessment efforts
  • Work closely with housing operations to assist with the overall management of Residential Life Housing Operation processes, including residence hall opening and closing, facilities and maintenance concerns, and housing assignments
  • Participate on College committees, selection processes and other assignments as needed.
  • Participate in departmental, divisional, and college-wide trainings and professional development workshops
  • Maintain up to date knowledge on residence life, housing, student affairs, and higher education trends, issues, and practices; recommend and implement new approaches to departmental work
  • Attend state, regional and national conferences relevant to stay current with national best practices
  • Serve as a Campus Security Authority and assist in reporting incident information as needed
  • Serve as a responsible employee for allegations regulated under Title IX

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.


Minimum Qualifications:
  • Master's degree in education, student affairs or related field required.
  • 4-6 years of full-time experience in residential life and housing, residential services, or related field.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:
  • Effective written, verbal and technological communication skills.
  • Knowledge in the areas of residential curriculum, crisis intervention, conflict mediation, student and leadership development theory, student conduct administration, restorative practices, academic support and safety and security programs.
  • Excellent supervisory, teamwork, conflict resolution, project management, and organizational skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to sustainability, equity, and social justice; experience working with a diverse student population, supporting the needs of marginalized students, and engaging students and staff on issues of diversity and social justice
  • Knowledge of FERPA, Title IX, Clery Act and other state and federal laws as they relate to residential life administration
  • Engagement in the field of student affairs and higher education with an interest and willingness to learn, implement, and share best practices and new approaches
  • Capacity to work in a 24-hour/7 day environment with the ability to quickly respond to and handle situations for the entire residential campus
  • Positive attitude and excitement toward work. Ability to take initiative, work independently, and be a strong team member. The ideal candidate must have strong communication skills and be able to exercise sound judgment. A good sense of humor and a desire to laugh often are highly valued.

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

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

Sit- Frequent; Stand-Occasional; Bend- Occasional; Walk- Frequent; Climb- Occasional; Pull- Occasional; Push- Occasional; Lift

Additional Information:

The Assistant Director of Residential Education is a full-time, live-in position.
  • Evening and weekend commitments will be required to fulfill the duties of the position
  • While serving on-call, staff members must remain within close proximity to the campus. Assistant Directors are expected to serve on call during holidays, weekends, and evenings as needed to ensure 24/7 coverage.
  • Assistant Directors are expected to make their on-campus apartment their primary residence.
  • This position is considered to be an essential personnel position for the department, and as such, Assistant Directors may be required to report to work/remain at work even if classes are cancelled, and/or the campus is working on limited operations in an emergency.

Staff in Residential Life are employees of the FIT Student Housing Corporation, a 501(c)(3) entity. Compensation and benefits are determined through the Housing Corporation governance process and are subject to change as such.

Starting Salary: $74,000 per year

Full-Time Benefits
Employee Holiday and Work Schedule

Days/Hours: M-F, 9am-5pm, in person; evenings and weekends, work schedule subject to change based on needs of the department.

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.

Application Instructions:

In order to be considered for the position, you must 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 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.

About Fashion Institute of Technology:

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 Assistant Director of Residential Education.

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.


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 70 years. Providing a blend of hands-on experience, classroom study, and liberal arts, FIT offers a wide range of outstanding programs that are affordable and 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 grants associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees, preparing students for professional success and leadership in the global marketplace.

Among our wide variety of Art and Design programs are Accessories Design, Interior Design, and Toy Design; Business and Technology majors range from Fashion Business Management to International Trade and Marketing to Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing. Our outstanding faculty offer students experiences that mirror the marketplace and give them a competitive edge.

Notable alumni designers include Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, Reem Acra, Brian Atwood, Francisco Costa, Norma Kamali, Nanette Lepore, Bibhu Mohapatra, and Ralph Rucci. Other prominent graduates include Leslie Blodgett, creator of Bare Minerals; international hotel and restaurant designer Tony Chi; Nina Garcia, creative director, Marie Claire; Edward Menicheschi, chief marketing officer, Condé Nast; and Joe Zee, editor in chief and executive creative officer, Yahoo Style.

The Museum at FIT, one of the world’s leading collections of fashion and textiles, houses more than 50,000 garments and accessories and more than 300,000 textiles and swatches.

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