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Counsel in the Office of the General Counsel and Secretary of the College

Company name
Fashion Institute of Technology

New York City, NY, United States

Employment Type

Legal, Compliance, Education

Posted on
Mar 25, 2020

Valid Through
Jul 08, 2020


Counsel in the Office of the General Counsel and Secretary of the College




Office of General Counsel


New York, NY


Mar 25, 2020


Open Until Filled




About Fashion Institute of Technology:

The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), an internationally renowned college of art and design, business and technology, part of the State University of New York (SUNY) located in Chelsea New York City, invites applications for Counsel in the Office of the General Counsel and Secretary of the College

Job Description:

Reporting directly to the General Counsel and Secretary of the College and working as part of the Office of the General Counsel (OGC) staff, the Counsel will assist in providing general legal services on behalf of the College to all of the College's constituencies, including senior administrators, faculty and staff. Primary responsibilities will include supporting the General Counsel in servicing client matters in a full array of practice areas impacting on a higher education institution such as, but not limited to, academic and student affairs, sponsored research, international programs, governance, college policies, human resources, purchasing, real estate, construction, intellectual property, and management of litigation matters all while ensuring compliance by the College with applicable laws and regulations at the local, state and federal levels as well as adhering to all applicable guidelines required of the College as a community college within the State University of New York (SUNY) system.

Specific Duties:

Working directly with the relevant administrators and faculty, draft, review and negotiate vendor agreements, license agreements, inter-institutional agreements both domestic and international, sponsored research agreements, location agreements, and numerous other contracts. Prepare deeds of gift and other supporting documentation for gifts to the College and serve as liaison with outside counsel in both litigation and non-litigation matters.

Field a wide range of legal inquiries from departments college-wide and auxiliary organizations.

Prepare documentation necessary to implement program initiatives, such as collaboration agreements, student waivers and releases, consents, documentation for museum and library special collections transactions and publications, and agreements for student contests and projects promoted by fashion and related industry sponsors.

Collaborate with and advise Office of Policy and Compliance on legal issues, including legal implications of policy development and revisions and compliance initiatives under federal, state, and local laws as well as compliance with international laws, such as the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Act.

Oversee timely and appropriate responses on behalf of the College to requests for records and other information as required including, but not limited to, under the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL), the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and subpoenas.

Conduct legal research and analysis and draft legal memoranda on diverse subject matters.

Keep current on developments in law and regulation at the federal, state and local level pertaining to higher education institutions.

Draft communications and reports on behalf of the OGC.

Represent the OGC at specified administrative meetings, legislative hearings and intercollegiate meetings of college and university counsel and administrators.

Such other related duties as may arise from time to time in support of the efforts of the OGC and the College.


Member in good standing of the New York State Bar.

Minimum of eight years of legal experience, including preferred experience in a higher education institution.

High level of proficiency in transactional work and preferred experience with public procurement.

Litigation experience deemed a strong plus.

Preferred experience in compliance policies, procedures and implementation.

Flexibility and ability to handle multiple projects, both large and small, concurrently.

Ability to work effectively and efficiently in a high-pressured environment.

Ability to respond quickly and appropriately to emergency situations and to meet deadlines.

Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and to take initiative when appropriate.

Ability to communicate, work cooperatively and interact comfortably with a diverse community and 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.

Additional Information:

Salary will be dependent on experience

FIT has generous benefits for full time employees

Application Instructions:

In order to be considered for the position, you must submit the following documents online:

* Resume

* Cover letter

Please note that due to the high volume of applications we receive, we are unable to contact each applicant individually regarding their application status.

For more information about FIT, please visit FIT's website 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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