The College for Creative Studies (CCS) invites applications for an adjunct position in the Fashion Accessories Design (FAD) department with experience in Merchandising and Buying. This position reports to the Chair of the Fashion Accessories Design department within the Undergraduate Studies Division. The adjunct member in FAD is responsible for teaching a lecture course that meets once a week and is expected to have substantial experience in the professional practice of Merchandising and Buying. Start date: January 2019
Course Catalog Description
Effective fashion buying and merchandising are key to success in fashion retailing. An understanding of the retail business environment gives students the ability to perform more effectively as design professionals. Merchandisers can provide information on profitability and sales in order to impact the design process. The designers must learn to balance this feedback with their creative process in order to achieve corporate goals and maintain brand integrity.
Buying and merchandising is at the heart of all retail, whether having one’s own brand, or working for a large retailer. Understanding the buying and merchandising system will help the designer attract consumers. In this class, students will learn the fundamentals, including sourcing, supply chain management and budgeting. One of the most important skills is to have the ability to turn product into profit. Merchandisers work with buyers and in-house designers, managing a profitable retail strategy. This course will also cover stock management, distribution and various new formats in retailing. In addition, instruction will cover the latest approaches in supply chain management and third-party budget logistics. Students will create a buying and merchandising plan based on a real company, and present it in digital format.
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
Integrate concepts, practices, and applications to ultimately develop a buying/merchandising plan for a fashion company through the application of concepts and practices
Analyze sales data to create a successful budget and buying strateg
Identify ways to categorize product for a successful merchandising plan though study of sales history
Articulate the most effective and sustainable supply chain for specific products and designs
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE: Candidates must hold a degree (i.e., BA or equivalent).
Additional qualifications include:
Minimum of 3 years of active/current professional practice in both, merchandising and buying.
Preferably college teaching experience.
Proven track record of working well with people from diverse cultural backgrounds.
Ability to develop and nurture individual student artistic and professional abilities; and
A strong commitment to self-learning.
ABOUT CCS: The College for Creative Studies (CCS) is a nonprofit, private college authorized by the Michigan Education Department to grant Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. CCS, located in midtown Detroit, strives to provide students with the tools needed for successful careers in the dynamic and growing creative industries. CCS fosters students’ resolve to pursue excellence, act ethically, engage their responsibilities as citizens, and learn throughout their lives. With world-class faculty and unsurpassed facilities, students learn to be visual communicators who actively use art and design toward the betterment of society. The College is a major supplier of talent to numerous industries, such as transportation, film and animation, advertising and communications, consumer electronics, athletic apparel, and many more. Its graduates are exhibiting artists and teachers, design problem solvers and innovators, as well as creative leaders in business.
Founded in 1906 as the Detroit Society of Arts and Crafts, CCS plays a key role in Detroit’s cultural and educational communities. A private, fully accredited college, CCS enrolls more than 1,400 students, pursuing Master of Fine Arts degrees in Color and Materials Design, Interaction Design, Integrated Design, and Transportation Design and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Advertising Design, Art Education, Communication Design, Crafts, Entertainment Arts, Fashion Accessories Design, Fine Arts, Illustration, Interior Design, Photography, Product Design, and Transportation Design. The College also offers free art education for more than 4,000 Detroit youth annually through its Community Arts Partnerships program. In addition, the College’s Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies is a public charter middle and high school enrolling more than 800 students in a high-performance academic curriculum with a special focus on art and design.
How to Apply
Applicants are encouraged to apply immediately with priority given to those who submit materials prior October 31, 2018.
Please submit a cover letter, resume, statement of teaching philosophy), along with contact information to: firstname.lastname@example.org with “Buying Merchandising” in the subject line.
The College for Creative Studies is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.
About College for Creative Studies
College for Creative Studies is a nonprofit institution; it is one of the leading art and design colleges in the world. CCS is ranked by LinkedIn as a top three design school in the US and the best in the Midwest, based on alumni success. CCS has state-of-the-art facilities to support the complete range of creative production, from traditional art forms such as painting, glassblowing, foundry, and printmaking, to the most contemporary systems, including the latest digital imaging technology and extensive rapid prototyping output tools. The College currently enrolls more than 1,400 undergraduate and graduate students. It offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 13 majors: Advertising Copywriting, Advertising Design, Crafts, Entertainment Arts, Art Education, Fashion Accessories Design, Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Photography, Product Design, and Transportation Design. It also offers a Master of Fine Arts in four majors: Color and Materials Design, Interaction Design, Integrated Design, and Transportation Design.