Cornell University, Human Centered Design

Position ID:Cornell-HCD-ASSOCDIRCFTC [#22838, WDR-00033551]
Position Title: Associate Director - Cornell Fashion and Textile Collection
Position Type:Other
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14850, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Museum Education / Museum Studies
Fashion Design
Appl Deadline:none
Position Description:    

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Cornell University
Department of Human Centered Design

The Department of Human Centered Design is seeking an Associate Director for the Cornell Fashion and Textile Collection (CF +TC).   This is a 12 month, 3 year term Lecturer position with the possibility of renewal.

The Associate Director will guide the operational planning efforts for the CF+TC and oversee facility operations,  exhibitions and access to the collection.  In addition, this individual will collaborate with faculty and students for research, teaching, and creative design work involving the CF+TC collections; curate exhibitions and advise student curators; supervise student staff; oversee CF+TC volunteers; provide guidance to graduate student Teaching and Research Assistants; contribute to efforts related to exhibitions and public engagement; assist with grant-writing; and be involved with fundraising efforts and events in collaboration with the Alumni Affairs and Development office. In consultation with the CF+TC Director, the Associate Director will perform a full range of activities to ensure the teaching, research, and exhibition mission of the collection is upheld.

In addition to collection oversight, the Associate Director will teach courses in the areas of fashion design, history, management, and related fields and conduct service on an as-needed basis, in consultation with the Department Chair.


  • Master’s Degree in museum studies, fashion/costume history, conservation, design and/or product development, or related fields
  • Minimum three years full-time experience working with fashion and textile materials in a museum/library/university study collection setting
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience in a university teaching role
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience curating fashion exhibitions
  • Experience working in teams, as well as independently, and meeting departmental goals
  • Strong subject knowledge in fashion history and preservation
  • Knowledge of conservation issues and policies
  • Experience with relevant technologies, including literacy in commonly used computer applications, database experience, and excellent keyboarding skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to balance multiple tasks/responsibilities/demands for time.
  • Ability to deal diplomatically and effectively with all constituencies
  • Willingness to work occasional evenings and/or weekends
  • Supervisory experience preferred

Applicants apply through Academic Jobs Online at and upload a cover letter, CV, diversity statement, and contact information for three references. 

As part of the university's comprehensive vaccination program, all Cornell employees are required to have and provide proof of an FDA-or WHO-authorized or approved COVID-19 primary vaccination or have obtained a university-approved disability/medical or religious exemption, regardless of their role and work location.

New hires are required to provide documentation showing primary vaccination status (that is, completion of two shots of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or one shot of the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson) before their first day of work. If a new hire's vaccination is not complete or information is not received by their start date, the first day of work will be delayed. It is possible in some cases that an offer of employment may be withdrawn.

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Further Info:
T57 Human Ecology Building (HEB)
Ithaca, NY 14853