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The Costume Society of America is the leading organization of its kind and boasts a membership involved in all aspects of costume-related work. Our Job Board is an ideal way for your organization to reach qualified candidates including dress historians, academics, writers, conservators, curators, costume designers, costumers, fashion designers, clothing dealers, textile specialists and more.

Date posted to CSA website:  August 26, 2013
Position:  YouTube Channel Administrator
Term:  2 year
Start date:  Immediately

Description:  CSA seeks a tech-savvy individual to manage the CSA YouTube Channel and the development of videotaped content. As YouTube Channel Administrator, you will ensure that our channel professionally represents CSA. You will be working closely with the VP of Technology and Social Media Chairperson to help create and post new videos that highlight the best of CSA. This is a great position for someone interested and well-versed in social media and video.

Responsibilities:  As YouTube Channel Administrator you will promote the CSA YouTube Channel, assist in the development of unique video content, maintain current and fresh video offerings, and moderate the channel by responding to viewer queries and comments.

Reports to:  VP of Technology
To apply, contact:  Katherine Hill Winters, Social Media Chair

Date posted: January 4, 2017, updated January 6, 2017

Employer: Columbia College Chicago

Job Title: Chair, Fashion Studies

Job Description: Columbia College Chicago’s Fashion Studies Department seeks a Chair who is a forward-thinking, motivating team-leader with a deep network of fashion industry creatives and professionals. This transformational leader should be capable of guiding productive curricular, administrative, and operational processes in an environment of exciting institutional change. The successful candidate will have an appetite for complexity and aptitude for cultivating the dynamic opportunity of a faculty, staff and student body with very diverse expertise, viewpoints and professional approaches.

The department is composed of approximately 10 full-time faculty, 35 part-time faculty, and 6 staff. It currently offers a Fashion Design BA and BFA, and a Fashion Business BA and Minor totaling 600 enrolled students.

The Chair will be responsible for oversight of the development and delivery of the curriculum, setting departmental goals, mentoring faculty toward promotion and tenure, and developing and managing budgets to ensure each program’s sustainability in alignment with the College’s Strategic Plan The Chair will report to the Dean of Fine & Performing Arts and will collaborate with other chairs and with college administrators.

The department is particularly interested in candidates with a vision for developing sustainable, future-focused fashion programs based upon a deep understanding of the broader discipline of fashion studies and practices as well as a nuanced understanding of the challenges facing higher education in the 21st century. The ideal candidate should have experience mentoring research initiatives, as well as developing national and international partnerships with academic and professional institutions. The position is an opportunity to lead in the context of a dynamic arts and media institution, which is in the second year of implementing an ambitious strategic plan, and in so doing contribute to the evolving articulation of the discipline of Fashion in 21st century liberal arts Education.

This is a non-union position.

Columbia College Chicago is an EEO Employer. Qualified candidates of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.


  • Master’s degree or higher in a program-relevant content area (merchandising, fashion design, consumer studies, or closely related discipline).
  • Administrative experience with a proven track record of strong leadership skills and team-building.
  • Rank of Associate Professor in a fashion or related program, preferably complemented with professional experience in the field. Comparable exceptional professional experience may be considered for rank, inquire upon application.
  • Distinguished scholarly, creative, and/or professional endeavor in the field.
  • Demonstrated ability to engage and foster a diverse learning environment for students, faculty, and staff and to help shape curriculum reflective of a culturally diverse global environment that considers issues of race, class, gender, and all of their intersecting realities.

Application Materials: Letter of Interest, CV, List of 5 References

Deadline: Review of applications begins January 31, 2017 and continues until the position is filled

For more information and to apply: To view the complete job description and apply, please visit:

Date posted: December 20, 2016

Employer: Syracuse University School of Design, College of Visual and Performing Arts

Job Title: Tenure Track Assistant Professor/Professor of Practice in Fashion Design

Job Description: We are seeking two energetic and innovative designer/educators who can bring new perspectives to an already well-established culture of learning. New faculty will be instrumental in working with the current team developing new curriculum strategies for the program as it moves forward and expands its focus on the national and international fashion education. Successful candidates will work in a team-oriented environment with practicing, experienced and dedicated educators with numerous opportunities for university, regional, international and multi-disciplinary collaborations.

Qualifications: Tenure-track Assistant Professor: Faculty must be committed to teaching and engaging in research scholarship or creative activity. Service to the program, School, College and University is expected, as is interaction with the professional fashion design community. Candidates should be accomplished in professional practice; have a minimum of three to five years of successful university-level (undergraduate or graduate, up to 3:3 load) teaching and who have a record of exploration and innovation. Qualifications: Terminal degree in Fashion, Design or related discipline (Ph.D., MFA, or equivalent). The preferred candidate will have at least one degree in fashion and professional and/or academic experience in teaching fashion or a related field.

Professor of Practice: Faculty must be committed to teaching and engaging in research scholarship or creative activity to inform their teaching. Candidates should demonstrate success in professional practice; have a minimum of three years successful university-level (undergraduate or graduate, up to 4:4 load) teaching and who have a record of exploration and innovation. Qualifications: Terminal degree in Fashion, Design or related discipline (MFA, or equivalent experience). The preferred candidate will have at least one degree in fashion and professional and/or academic experience in teaching fashion or a related field, and industry and/or business experience and connections.

Knowledge of collection development, industry standard sewing and sewing equipment, fashion sketching, pattern development, computer generated pattern making, draping, textiles and Adobe Creative Suite strongly preferred. Experience and ongoing relationships with the fashion industry is required.

For more information and to apply: Visit JOB# 072998 and 073003. Syracuse University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to equality of opportunity and a diverse work force. Members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Deadline: 02/18/2017

Contact: Apply online at



Date posted: January 23, 2017

Employer: Peabody Essex Museum

Job Title: Nancy B. Putnam Curator of Fashion and Textiles

Job Description: The Peabody Essex Museum seeks a curatorial leader with deep experience in historical, modern and contemporary fashion and textiles and a track record of developing engaging exhibitions. The Nancy B. Putnam Curator of Fashion and Textiles will be active in fashion circles, well versed in current developments in the field, and adept at teasing out connections between fashion, creativity, and culture.

The American textile and costume holdings have historically focused on New England. Fashion, accessories, jewelry, contemporary fiber art, pictorial needlework and samplers, quilts and coverlets, interior design, domestic furnishing textiles and upholstery, military uniforms, and documentary textiles comprise these holdings, which include many aesthetically significant examples and contain extensive documentation, which lends the collection exceptional research value. The American clothing collection, which dates primarily from 1820-1930, is among the ten best in the country. The shoe collection is the largest and most important in the U.S. and of international significance.

In 2009, the museum began a concerted fashion initiative, presenting major exhibitions and collecting 20th- and 21st-century fashion in earnest through major gifts and bequests from nationally and internationally recognized collectors, most notably Iris Apfel. Recently, PEM secured the endowment for a curatorial position dedicated to fashion and textiles and established a Fashion Visiting Committee.


The new curator will play a pivotal role in shaping and implementing the museum’s forward-looking, team-based program in Fashion and Textiles. This will be accomplished primarily through innovative exhibitions, interpretation and programming, as well as through strategic enhancement of the collection and original research.
The primary responsibilities of the Curator will be to:

  • Work with the Deputy Director and PEM’s curators to establish the direction, goals, and priorities for Fashion and Textiles at the Peabody Essex Museum.
  • Organize exhibitions and secure exhibitions organized by other institutions. The focus will be exhibitions that offer fresh ways of interpreting and appreciating fashion and textiles and fostering a dialogue between historical and contemporary expressions.
  • Organize collection-based installations that integrate engaging ideas and new interpretive methods, immersive experiences, and design as part of the museum’s team-based interpretation initiative. The initial emphasis will be developing the museum’s first gallery dedicated to fashion, scheduled to open in the new wing in 2019. The curator will also serve on other appropriate interpretation teams associated with the museum’s ongoing efforts to provide leadership in the arena of museum interpretation.
  • Develop a systematic plan to strengthen PEM’s fashion and textile collection through strategic acquisitions of historical, modern and contemporary works, long-term loans, research, and conservation initiatives.
  • Enhance and expand the museum’s international network and partnerships with museums to develop and secure opportunities to exchange exhibition projects, loans, and expertise.
  • Cultivate and secure patronage for PEM’s fashion and textile initiatives and for the museum overall in collaboration with the museum’s philanthropy staff and Fashion Visiting Committee.
  • Develop programs and events in conjunction with exhibitions and in collaboration with the education staff that emphasize new ways to provide immersive experiences with fashion and textiles;
  • Serve as an advocate and representative for PEM’s mission, exhibitions, publications, research, programming, and collection, assuring that the museum’s reputation for innovation and scholarship are continually advanced. Sustain an international reputation and profile through publishing, lecturing, organizing or participating in symposia, membership in professional organizations, and other pertinent activities.

The successful candidate will:

  • Have substantial experience working with institutions with extensive collections of fashion and textiles and organizing compelling installations and exhibitions, including nationally and internationally traveling shows; experience with both historical and contemporary fashion and textiles is preferred; an established international network is highly desirable.
  • Have an advanced degree in art history or cultural studies, and a specialty in fashion and textiles (a Master’s degree is required);
  • Be an individual whose intelligence, creativity, and passion are palpable, peripatetic, generous, and infectious.
  • Be an outcome-oriented, hard worker with initiative and high energy level; a “doer” with a willingness to work hands-on;
  • Be a mission-driven individual with a commitment to PEM’s core values and transformative goals, open to experimentation and thinking “outside the box;” predisposed to juxtaposing ideas and objects in new and unexpected ways, including across disciplines and cultures, between different realms of creativity beyond the visual arts, and between the historical and contemporary;
  • Be a good listener and strategist; comfortable receiving input from many sources, and able to analyze and formulate disparate information into sound, well-organized goals, strategies, and proposals; a partner able to flexibly collaborate with people of diverse areas of expertise, experience, cultures, and personalities; and a tactful negotiator;
  • Be an individual with strong self-awareness, emotional intelligence, and a good sense of humor.

PEM recruits internationally. A good command of the English language is required.
Nominations welcome.

Application Materials: Qualified candidates should email their cover letter, résumé (Word documents preferred), salary requirement, and names of 3 references with contact information by April 3, 2017 to retained search firm: Marilyn Hoffman and Connie Rosemont, Museum Search & Reference, Apply in confidence. References will not be contacted without prior permission of the applicant. PEM is committed to diversity among its employees and encourages qualified candidates from all backgrounds to apply.

Deadline: April 3, 2017

Contact: Marilyn Hoffman/Connie Rosemont, email:

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