Job Description:

Reporting directly to the General Counsel and Secretary of the College and working as part of the Office of General Counsel (“OGC”) staff, the Associate General Counsel will assist in providing general legal services on behalf of the college to all of the college’s constituencies including, but not limited to, its board of trustees, senior administrators, faculty, and staff, offer legal support on a highly diverse range of issues that impact on higher education institutions, and represent the college in vendor negotiations and other legal transactions. While the focus of this position will be transactional law, the Associate General Counsel will be called upon to provide legal support in the full array of areas handled by the OGC such as, but not limited to, civil litigation and Title IX matters, government compliance, student affairs, international programs, governance, human resources, labor relations, purchasing, technology contracts, real estate, and intellectual property issues.

Essential Functions:

  • Working directly with the relevant senior and/or mid-level administrators, draft, review, and revise purchasing agreements, license agreements, inter-institutional agreements both domestic and international, entertainment agreements, and diverse vendor contracts.
  • Address directly or oversee the representation of outside counsel in the resolution of disputes confronting the college.
  • Field a wide range of legal inquiries from departments college wide and auxiliary organizations.
  • Prepare documentation necessary to implement program initiatives such as MOU’s (both domestic and international), inter-institution collaborations, scholarships, grants, student waivers and permissions, documentation for museum exhibitions, library acquisitions and loans, and agreements for industry sponsored student contests.
  • Oversee the timely and appropriate responses to requests for records and other information for the college including, but not limited to, Freedom of Information Law {FOIL) and Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FER PA) requests to the college.
  • Conduct legal research and analysis and draft legal memoranda.
  • Draft correspondence and reports on behalf of the OGC.
  • Represent the OGC at various administrative meetings, legislative hearings and intercollegiate meetings of college and university counsel.
  • Such other related duties as may arise from time to time in support of the efforts of the OGC and the college.

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:

  • Juris Doctorate and license to practice in New York State.
  • Minimum of seven (7) to ten (10) years’ experience in transactional legal work and contracts.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • Flexibility and ability to handle multiple projects, both large and small, simultaneously.
  • Ability to work effectively and efficiently in a high-pressured environment.
  • Ability to respond quickly to emergency situations and meet time deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative when appropriate as well as to work cooperatively with the legal team and with colleagues throughout the college administration.
  • Ability to communicate and interact comfortably with a diverse community and members of multiple constituencies including senior administrators, staff, faculty, students, trustees, external
    professionals, and vendors.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills.
  • Highest level of research and analytical skills.
  • Sound judgment and high degree of integrity and discretion.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Legal support of higher education institution attained either in a law firm and/or in-house.


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


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


Sit- Constant; Stand- Frequent; Bend- N/A; Walk- Frequent; 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: $185,000.00 – $200,000.00 per year

Full-Time Benefits
Employee Holiday and Work Schedule

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 submitted application material.

Please note that due to the anticipated volume of applications, we are unable to contact each applicant about his or her application status.

For more information about us, please visit FIT’s website at: .

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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, [email protected] .

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 Associate General Counsel.

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.


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