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Assistant Director, Employee & Labor Relations

Fashion Institute of Technology
New York, New York, United States
Closing date
6 May 2023

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Job Description:

The Assistant Director, Employee & Labor Relations will support the Director, Employee and Labor Relations in facilitating resolution of employee and labor relations matters, preparation for collective bargaining negotiations, preparation and organization of materials for arbitrations, grievances, and labor hearings.

The Assistant Director, Employee & Labor Relations in conducting investigations relative to employee-related complaints and disciplinary actions. This position will also assist in ensuring compliance with the provisions of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) and college policies and procedures.

Essential Functions:

Labor Relations
  • Work in collaboration with the Director on interpreting and applying including CBA requirements and memoranda of understanding.
  • Plan, organize, and conduct research in preparation for negotiations, grievances, arbitration, and other related proceedings. Responsible for recording formal meeting minutes.
  • Prepare clear and succinct reports, correspondence, and investigation documents.
  • Provide guidance to managers on College processes and contract administration as required by the CBA.

Employment & Legal Compliance
  • Support Director in ensuring the institution is compliant with related federal, state, and local regulations as applicable.
  • Serve as liaison to the Policy Action Group (PAG) to support the Director with the development, implementation, and compliance with employment-related college policies and procedures.

Employee Relations
  • Plan, organize and conduct interviews and gather information regarding employee relations matters including but not limited to disciplinary matters, work performance issues, work complaints. Analyze situations and recommend the most appropriate action(s) for resolution.
  • Review requests for accommodations under Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and make recommendations based on requirements.
  • Review requests for reevaluation of bargaining and non-bargaining positions in accordance with CBA procedures and in collaboration with the Union; perform job analysis including review of knowledge skills and abilities and job requirements, determine appropriate placement and make recommendations to the Director.

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:
  • Bachelor's degree in higher education, business, human resources or related field required.
  • A minimum of five years experience in HR, LR or related unit in a unionized environment.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Ability to develop and maintain relationships in order to establish trust, credibility as a perception of a neutral partner.
  • General principles, practices, and trends of labor-management relations, public administration, human resources, higher education or business administration.
  • Understanding of relevant labor laws, including federal, state and local labor employment and wage and hours laws.
  • Research and data collection techniques; communication techniques for gathering, evaluating, and transmitting information.
  • Effectively communicate in writing and verbally to others.
  • Handle stressful and/or sensitive situations with tact and diplomacy.
  • Capable of working independently as well as performing as a collaborative team member.
  • Ability to successfully interpret and apply collective bargaining agreement language.
  • Maintain a high degree of discretion and confidentiality.
  • Strong computer skills including Microsoft Office products; specifically Word, Excel and Database applications as well as HRIS and web-based software solutions.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master's Degree in Labor/Employee Relations, Human Resources, Higher Education Administration or related degree.
  • Additional training and certification in employment law.
  • Experience in compensation (job analysis and salary administration).


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


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


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

Additional Information:

Days/Hours: M-F, 9am-5pm, in person; work schedule subject to change based on needs of the department.
Salary Range Transparency: $115,000.00 - $120,000.00 per year

Full-Time Benefits
Employee Holiday and Work Schedule
Remote Pilot Program

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 applications for an Assistant Director, Employee & Labor Relations in the Office of Human Resources.

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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