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Assistant Dean, Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology

Fashion Institute of Technology
New York, New York, United States
Closing date
1 May 2024

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Job Description:

The Assistant Dean serves as the second-ranked leader of the college, providing support in the academic and administrative duties of the Office of the Dean. The Dean's office oversees the work of nine chair people, seven assistant chairs, 15 staff, 230 faculty, and approximately 5600 students.

The Assistant Dean provides critical strategic leadership and concierge-quality support on a range of operational duties and strategic initiatives. The Assistant Dean will lead the Baker School in its processes for, and maintaining accreditation with, national and international accrediting organizations. Reporting to the Dean of the Baker School, the Assistant Dean will work both independently and collaboratively to ensure efficient and effective performance within the Baker School related to strategic planning and implementation, curricular and programmatic assessment and management, and support and development of scholarship and academic excellence.

Responsibilities & Essential Functions:

  • Provide leadership and oversight of all accreditation activities for the Baker School.
  • Deploy, maintain, and refine - in collaboration with Department Chairs and faculty - the Baker School's assessment plan for both programmatic and curricular assessment, ensuring alignment with the Baker School strategic plan, the FIT Strategic Plan, and compliance with accreditation standards and college requirements.
  • Collaborate with relevant stakeholders - administration, faculty, staff, students, alumni, industry, and other college personnel - to capture data required for writing Quality Assurance and Reaffirmation of Accreditation reports.
  • Lead the preparation and submission of Baker School reports as required by accreditors, agencies, SUNY, and FIT officials.
  • Synthesize and disseminate accreditation and assessment materials to leadership, stakeholders, and constituents to ensure continuous and transparent exchange of information.
  • Manage the setup, launch, and analysis of the Exit Survey and Assessment setup, launch, and report distribution each semester; support - in collaboration with Department Chairs, faculty, and the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness - analysis of results and related action items based on performance.

Scholarship & Academic Excellence
  • Support Department Chairs and faculty in the planning and approval process for course-level curriculum changes as well as new program development.
  • Support the Dean in refining the operational processes, development of recommendations, and submission of reports to the Office of Academic Affairs for full-time faculty Tenure and Promotion and part-time faculty Certificates of Continuous Employment cases.
  • Provide research and writing support - in collaboration with the Office of Grants and Sponsored Programs - to full-time faculty for seeking, applying to, and administering grants.
  • Provide resources and support to students on a broad range of issues; addressing concerns and questions brought forward by students, faculty, and other stakeholders. Maintain timely, detailed, and accurate records for cases and other information about students.
  • Support a Visiting Scholars program - in collaboration with Department Chairs and faculty - to host academic experts from peer and aspirational academic institutions for collaborative research projects with B&T faculty and students.
  • Support logistics and management of internal and external competitions, contests, and scholarships that are managed by the Baker School's Dean's Office and all Baker School academic departments.
  • Manage the development and approval of gift and donor documentation, in coordination with appropriate personnel.
  • Work with Dean and other personnel in Academic Affairs to establish interdisciplinary and interprofessional linkages across the Baker School and FIT, and externally to FIT to further the Baker School mission, strategic and accreditation plans.
  • Serve as lead Academic Advisor and mentor for the Baker Scholars program in collaboration with Faculty Advisors.

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, educational research, leadership studies, or a related academic discipline.
  • Prior academic administrative experience (a minimum of five years), including three years of work experience in assessment, accreditation, or related activities.
  • Knowledge of major trends in higher education, especially as related to faculty success, teaching innovation, and learning outcomes assessment.
  • Experience collecting, analyzing, and reporting on data with statistical programs (such as SPSS, SAS, statistical analysis tools within Excel, etc.).
  • Experience with planning and implementing complex projects involving multiple constituents, workflow analysis, and process improvement.
  • Teaching and/or administrative experience in higher education.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Doctorate in education, educational research, or a related academic discipline.
  • Experience with the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), and/or similar accrediting agencies.
  • Experience administering the award of scholarships, grants, and similar.
  • A record of publishing research and/or successful grant writing.
  • Experience in an academic research environment.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:
  • Ability to analyze diverse sources of data to utilize resources effectively, improve quality, and drive decision-making to support process improvements.
  • Strong skill sets in software including Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PPT), Google Suite (Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Docs, Sheets, Forms, etc.), and survey software and database systems.
  • Interest and aptitude to learn proprietary and legacy digital systems (e.g., Course Leaf, Brightspace, Brio/Banner, Bitech, etc.)
  • Ability to use technology to create administrative efficiencies and an interest in staying technically current and mastering new software or college online systems.
  • Proven ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with students, faculty, staff, and community through skillful interpersonal communication, conflict resolution, and organizational management.
  • Professional demeanor with a positive disposition and problem-solving capabilities.

Additional Information:

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.


Starting Salary: $130,000 - $135,000 per year; commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Work Schedule

Days/Hours: M-F, 9am-5pm, 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, Dental and Vision Plans
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Commuter Benefit Plan
  • Paid Time Off (Vacation, Personal, Sick and Holidays)
  • Summer Fridays

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 Chief Diversity 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 occasionally lifting 10 lbs. or less.

Application Instructions:

In order to be considered for the position, you must submit the following documents online:
  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Unofficial Transcript
  • A minimum of three professional references, including names, titles, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail contact information.

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

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: .

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 an Assistant Dean.


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