Full-Time Faculty Fashion Merchandising Management
Fashion Institute of Technology - New York, NY

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The ideal candidate will be a business and creative driven professional with fashion experience in merchandising, buying, planning, product development, retail management and a strong knowledge of emerging trends in the field. The candidate will be an integral part of implementing strategic goals for the interactive concepts and practical usage.

will include advising and mentoring students interested in the discipline and building partnerships in the global fashion industry. In addition to having unquestioned professional ability, the candidate should demonstrate interest or experience in teaching or instruction and academic scholarship; the ability to develop innovative curriculum, actively participate in departmental and college-wide committee work, display a commitment for the fashion industry, and possess a desire to convey this excitement to the students. This exciting opportunity is ideal for an accomplished professional executive who possesses a command of the discipline and a vision for the future.

Successful candidates will excel in the following areas:

• Demonstrates an awareness of global issues and understanding of international connections to the impact on fashion merchandising management and the fashion industry.
• Shows global industry experience with sustainable merchandising concept development and practices.
• The ability to share knowledge about current global fashion industry practices and future projections as related to the business of fashion merchandising management.
• Demonstrates the ability to work collaboratively locally and globally with colleagues regardless of location or background.
• Shows appreciation for cultural diversity and has a positive approach to cultural differences.
• Demonstrates awareness and sensitivity to all racial, ethnic, religious, and social groups, and incorporates this understanding into teaching learning experiences.

Learning Enrichment
• Demonstrates the ability to inspire interest, curiosity, creativity, and love of learning in students.
• The use of a variety of instructional delivery methods that foster critical thinking and creative problem solving;
• The capacity to incorporate interdisciplinary learning into the Fashion Merchandising Management curriculum.
• The vision to advance the department’s revitalization of its AAS, BS, and international programs.
• Demonstrate responsiveness to industry changes and practices including technology, with the ability to incorporate those changes into a progressive curriculum.
• Demonstrates the ability to support different student learning styles

• Demonstrates and utilizes basic Microsoft Office Suite including Excel, Word, and PowerPoint technologies.
• Possess industry specific technological skills relating to software programs including but not limited to Adobe Creative Suite, buying and planning software (JDA preferred), and Gerber Web PDM.
• Commitment to updating technological skills and knowledge.
• Demonstrates ability to communicate through technology and utilize college course management system and FIT portal.

• Highly active participant in the fashion industry with a demonstrated knowledge of fashion merchandising concepts including: buying, planning, marketing, team building, omni-channel merchandising, supply chain management, licensing/branding, product development.
• Active engagement in the profession in both scholarly and vocational activities.
• Demonstrates willingness to share industry contacts and opportunities to help achieve department and college initiatives.
• The ability to effectively speak on behalf of the department and/or college with industry supporters.
• Creates and maintains 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.
• Maintains positive, helpful, supportive respectful, collegial, and teamwork-oriented relationships with other faculty and professionals throughout the college.
Instructional Design
• Designs and delivers coursework that links learning objectives across disciplines and reflects how work is performed in the fashion industry.
• Balances both theory and practical application of knowledge, to include building skills that are necessary to be successful in the fashion industry.
• Balances both theory and practical application of knowledge, to include building skills that are necessary to be successful in a fashion industry or related profession.
• Creates experiences that require collaborative exercises, real work problem-solving, and a skills-based approach to learning.
• Uses instructional variety in order to accommodate students of different learning styles, abilities, demographics or diversity.
• Maintains connections to fashion industry that allows integration of professional practices with classroom learning.

• Bachelor’s degree and minimum of seven (7) years as an executive in the fashion industry.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills.
• Experience teaching at the undergraduate level.

Master’s degree strongly preferred. Preference will be given to candidates who possess several or all of the above listed qualifications.

Additional Information:
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, national origin, gender, religion, ethnic background, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, 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

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