Fashion Institute of Technology - Full-time Faculty Position in International Trade and Marketing

New York City, New York
Aug 30, 2017
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

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 International Trade and Marketing Department of the Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology

Job Description:

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.

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 Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology educates students for management and leadership roles within the fashion and related creative industries. Our curricular 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 both the School of Art and Design, and the School of Liberal Arts, whose courses help students to better understand themselves, others, and their place in an increasingly complex world. The Baker School co-operates to design 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.

The mission of the International Trade and Marketing program is to prepare students for management positions in international trade and global fashion and other companies. International Trade and Marketing will be known and respected worldwide as the program where students, scholars, and faculty use the latest tools and technologies to partner with industry to research, teach, and collaborate in conceptualizing and promoting innovative international trade business solutions in fashion, other creative and related fields.
The program seeks to empower its students through an inclusive and diverse community and complement scholarly lessons with the development of transferable skills, and emphasize the significance of values in professional undertakings.

The International Trade and Marketing (ITM) Department seeks a tenure-track, full-time faculty member to teach various courses in international trade for the fashion industries with particular expertise in import/export regulations, international logistics, and compliance.

The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to work collegially:

  • teaching various courses in the department, including courses on current practices in importing/exporting fashion products, logistics/transportation and freight forwarding using a variety of established teaching methods and emerging classroom technologies.
  • fostering in students, a global perspective, professionalism, and skills in communication, critical and analytical thinking, problem solving, team building, and project management;
  • scouting and developing national and global research projects in the areas of importing, exporting, and logistics of apparel and other fashion products;
  • serving as ITM's Mentoring Coordinator as well as liaison to the Career and Internship Services, which includes Internship Studies, to ensure a robust presence of fashion and related firms offering internship opportunities and in hiring ITM graduates in the fields of international marketing, trade policies, import/export regulations, fashion finance, logistics, sourcing, fashion law, fashion sustainability, social compliance, and related ITM as well as student empowerment targets; and
  • providing academic advisement to ITM majors, as needed.

Specific competencies sought as related to the position:


  • Embody the characteristics of a global-centric business, social, and academic environment.
  • Demonstrate extensive experience in and ability to work in a diverse and multicultural setting.
  • Integrate globalization as a vital part of the curriculum
  • Embrace sustainability as part of the learning process and by-product of global business undertakings.

Instructional Design

  • Design or demonstrate ability to develop course content that is simultaneously academically rigorous and applicable to industry practice.
  • Demonstrate ability to utilize a variety of assessment techniques in assessing student work.
  • Design or demonstrate ability to develop classroom and other learning experiences that foster global perspective, professionalism as well as communication, decision-making, critical thinking, problem solving analytical, team building, and project management skills in a business environment.
  • Maintain connections to the fashion business or related industries, which enables the integration of professional practice with classroom learning.

Learning Enrichment

  • Utilized a variety of instructional delivery methods in the classroom.
  • Embrace new forms of pedagogy such as online learning, blended classes, and experiential learning.
  • Encourage the development of skills in oral and written communication, quantitative and qualitative research, decision-making, and critical thinking among students.
  • Foster a global outlook, professionalism, teamwork, and project management among students.


  • Participate regularly in domestic and/or worldwide industry conferences.
  • Demonstrate active engagement in the profession and in scholarly or creative expression.
  • Demonstrate ability to maintain a network of alumni and/or industry experts who can be called upon as resources for course and curriculum development, focus groups, guest speakers, internships, mentoring, placement, and/or development promotion opportunities for students, the department, the School and the College.


  • Demonstrate competency in software applications, such as spreadsheets, databases, word processing, presentations, and/or online research skills.
  • Demonstrate application of or ability to learn emerging technologies to enhance teaching and learning.
  • Demonstrate communication or ability to learn to communicate with faculty, students, and industry partners utilizing FIT's online technologies.


Master's degree or a Bachelor's degree and U.S. Customs Broker License, in lieu of a Master's degree. Minimum of 10 years of demonstrated management level experience in the fields of importing/exporting and logistics operations for apparel/textiles and related fashion goods. Minimum of three years of successful teaching experience in undergraduate face-to-face and/or online courses at an accredited college/university.

Successful experience in preparation of import/export documents of fashion products for submission to US Customs and Border Protection, and working knowledge of International Commercial Terms (INCOTERMS), Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS), Country of Origin (COO), North American Industry Classification System (NAICS), Advance Passenger Information System (APIS), Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT), Importer Security Filing (ISF), and customs clearing strategies.

The successful candidate will be knowledgeable of the emerging issues and technologies in product safety testing regulations in the importing of fashion products. Demonstrated experience in developing and/or managing technological upgrades or integration of import/export logistics operations of apparel/textile companies. Demonstrated experience in developing and/or managing technological upgrades or integration of import/export logistics operations of apparel/textile companies. Demonstrated leadership role in an apparel/textile industry organization at the national level and a proven record of active involvement in community affairs.

The successful candidate will demonstrate evidence of the capacity to serve as ITM's Mentoring Coordinator, as well as liaison to FIT's Career and Internship Services and Internship Studies, to ensure a robust presence of fashion and related firms offering internship opportunities to students and in hiring ITM graduates in the fields of international marketing, trade policies, import/export regulations, fashion finance, logistics, sourcing, fashion law, fashion sustainability, social compliance, and ITM-related areas, to meet ITM's global internship and employment, and its student empowerment targets.

PhD preferred.

Application Instructions:

This faculty position will begin Fall 2018. Review of applications will commence in Fall 2017 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. Online applications are encouraged.
Please provide:

  • Letter of interest clearly indicating your qualifications for the position;
  •  Curriculum Vitae/Resume;
  • 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:

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,

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