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Director, Career Development & Co-Director, Ratcliffe Center for Creative Entrepreneurship

Maryland Institute College of Art
Baltimore, Maryland

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Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the nation. The college focuses on cultivating a new generation of artists capable of seamlessly integrating innovation, entrepreneurship, and creative citizenship with contemporary approaches to art, design, and media. Located in Baltimore, MICA is proud of its community connections and contributions to the local creative economy. As a leader in art education, MICA has produced nationally and internationally recognized professional artists, designers, and educators who work across the country and around the globe.

The Joseph Meyerhoff Center for Career Development empowers and educates MICA students and alumni to create purposeful sustainable careers as entrepreneurs, artists, designers, and educators through a collaborative, innovative, experiential, and research-based approach. MICA recently created the Ratcliffe Center for Creative Entrepreneurship, delivering on MICA’s educational mission to empower students to forge creative and purposeful lives and careers. Building on MICA’s dedicated commitment to helping creatives develop innovative, socially-conscious businesses, the Ratcliffe Center addresses the evolving needs of students and alumni in the new creative economy. Its activities reflect a comprehensive range of strategies, including curricular, co-curricular and experiential programming, and competition and entrepreneurship showcases. Business skills and 21st-century entrepreneurship training will be embedded into MICA’s curriculum.

Reporting to the associate dean for student integrated learning, the director provides leadership and strategic vision for the nationally recognized Joseph Meyerhoff Center for Career Development (JMCCD) and The Ratcliffe Center for Creative Entrepreneurship (RCCE), establishing the overall vision for professional development at MICA. In addition to providing direct service to students and alumni, the director manages a highly collaborative team of nine staff members and serves as the primary advocate for the priorities of the centers with constituents. The director collaborates with the faculty co-director of the RCCE to ensure synergy between professional practice curriculum and meaningful co-curricular engagements. In addition, the director partners broadly with senior staff and academic leadership, faculty members, alumni, parents, employers, and other constituencies regarding the importance of professional development experiences for artists, designers, and educators. Additionally, the director creatively navigates the diverse and complex professional development needs of forty distinct majors, programs, and concentrations.

Minimum qualifications include a master's degree in a related field, e.g., Student Affairs, Arts Administration, Business Administration, Art Education, Art or Design, and progressive professional experience in career services, teaching, advising, student affairs, entrepreneurship, or arts administration enterprises. The successful candidate will have a comprehensive knowledge of the professional environment and competencies for fine and commercial artists/designers and related fields and an understanding of the issues surrounding integration of academic and career preparation. Further, candidates must have demonstrated experience with the supervision of professional and support staff; the management of fiscal budget development and oversight, strategic planning, assessment, and program development; and strong relationship development and an ability to build strategic partnerships with internal and external constituencies. The next director will have exceptional speaking and writing skills, the ability to communicate to various constituents, and an active commitment to equity in all forms, including creating and maintaining positive working relationships with people of diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

Review of applications will begin February 18, 2022 and 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 Anne-Marie Kenney at [email protected]. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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MICA is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of the college to apply recruiting, hiring, promotion, compensation, and professional development and disciplinary practices without regard to race, religion, color, age, gender identity or expression, national origin, citizenship, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, disability, or any other legally protected status. Further, our college provides reasonable accommodation to persons with mental or physical disabilities.

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