Associate Vice President for Financial Aid

Maryland Institute College of Art
Baltimore, Maryland
Mar 21, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Founded in 1826, MICA is the oldest independent, continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the United States.  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 and perspective through rigorous study.  Their innovative curriculum, well-equipped campus, and world-class faculty all have a single purpose:  provide the education, experiences, and resources needed to prepare the artist and designers who will lead in the 21st century.  Located in Baltimore, Maryland, the college enrolls nearly 2,500 undergraduate, graduate and continuing studies students from 49 states and 65 countries in fine arts, design, electronic media, art education, liberal arts and professional studies degree and non-credit programs.

Reporting to the Vice President for Admission and Financial Aid, the Associate Vice President for Financial Aid will provide strategic leadership, vision, oversight and coordination of the College’s financial aid programs.  The AVP will be expected to

  • develop and execute a comprehensive financial aid strategy designed to maximize the aid resources available to MICA students while administering annual financial aid expenditures in excess of $68 million from all sources;
  • oversee all functions related to financial management, counseling, outreach, compliance, data systems and reporting;
  • manage the operation of the financial aid office and provide leadership and direction in developing, monitoring, and implementing best practices related to aid allocations and processing;
  • provide leadership, training and professional development to a team of six staff members;
  • actively engage with the office of admissions and other strategic partners in developing and implementing awarding policies and communication strategies which maximize impact in achieving MICA’s recruitment objectives, retention goals and institutional priorities;
  • create, analyze and report complex statistical data for the purpose of making data-driven decisions, assessing the effectiveness of packaging schemas in attracting and retaining students, predicting future aid utilization, and developing new models to maximize and leverage financial aid funding;
  • reconcile all disbursements with Fiscal Affairs, Student Accounts, Advancement, New and Returning Student Competition, etc.; and
  • serve as MICA’s institutional representative in professional organizations at the state and national level in order to provide leadership in the national conversation on access and affordability in higher education, in order to influence legislation and participate in the formulation of policies and programs.

A bachelor’s degree and significant documented progressive experience in all student financial aid operations and staff management will be expected of the AVP.  Additionally, the following skills will be expected

  • demonstrated comprehensive knowledge of trends in higher education and student financial aid;
  • detailed understanding of the functions of a successful financial aid office, including counseling, compliance, systems and reporting, and financial management;
  • evidence of leadership in the development and execution of innovative student financial aid strategies utilizing institutional resources as well as federal, state and private funds;
  • experience with and understanding of the use of systems and technology employed to manage and report on financial aid operations and communications;
  • demonstrated understanding of regulatory compliance matters concerning all financial aid functions, including institutional, federal, state and other outside agency requirements;
  • comprehensive and current knowledge of aid programs with demonstrated skills in interpretation and application of federal regulations and compliance issues;
  • strong analytical and problem solving knowledge and skills in research, statistical analysis, student tracking, assessment and data-based decision support;
  • commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and ability to communicate and work effectively with a diverse socio-economic population with understanding and compassion; and
  • an appreciation of the value of an art and design education.

Review of applications will begin April 21, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Nominations for this position may be emailed to Kendra E. Dane at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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MICA– Associate Vice President for Financial Aid

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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).