Maryland Institute College of Art — Vice President for People, Belonging & Culture

The Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the nation, invites inquiries, nominations and applications for the position of Vice President for People, Belonging & Culture (VPPB&C). This is a compelling opportunity for an accomplished and transformational leader to drive change at an institution known as a top producer of nationally and internationally recognized professional arts and designers. 

Founded in 1826, and located in Baltimore, Maryland, MICA has become the leader in the education of artists and designers by fostering a community of talented, creative individuals committed to redefining the boundaries of art and design, and to expanding their own vision, perspective, and impact pathway through rigorous teaching, learning, and social engagement. The innovative curriculum, well-equipped campus and world-class faculty have a single purpose: provide the education, experiences and resources needed to prepare artists and designers who will lead in the 21st century. 

The Vice President for People, Belonging & Culture is thane principal steward of the human capital at MICA, providing institutional leadership and service to establish MICA as an employer of choice and helping to enable the achievement of the institution’s strategic goals. As the chief people officer and strategist, the VPPB&C drives the implementation of policies, practices and key initiatives to further MICA’s goal of being a progressive, anti-racist campus. 

Reporting directly to the President, and alongside others on the executive team, the VPPB&C will serve as the subject matter expert for the full suite of human capital functions to include, but not limited to, staffing and training; campus talent management, including recruitment, learning & development and compensation; policy development and compliance; employee relations and engagement; community care, including wellness, safety and ADA accommodations; labor relations; HR information systems and analytics; and total rewards – delivering on the basic promise of consistent excellence and service in all areas of the People, Belonging & Culture practice.

The successful candidate will possess experience leading high-performing teams through organizational change within a complex enterprise, have a strong understanding of the academic mission and context, and possess exceptional communication and empathetic leadership skills. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution is required, and deep, progressive and significant experience across all elements of human resources including substantive, transformative and executive-level leadership. Candidates with an advanced or degree in business, law, labor relations, human resources management, or a related field are preferred.

Additional information about MICA may be found at: www.mica.edu. 

Inquiries, nominations, and applications are invited. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by May 7, 2021. 

Candidates should provide, as two separate attachments, a resume and a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the leadership profile (found at www.wittkieffer.com) using WittKieffer’s candidate portal. Nominations and inquiries can be directed to MICA’s consultants, Charlene Aguilar and Sarah Miller, at MICAVPPBC@wittkieffer.com.

Maryland Institute College of Art is committed to its policy of providing equal opportunity regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, or veteran status (disabled, Vietnam-era, or otherwise). Furthermore, the College does not tolerate any form of sex discrimination, including sexual harassment or sexual violence. This policy applies to all programs, facilities, and activities provided by Maryland Institute College of Art, including but not limited to admission, educational programs, and employment.

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