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Job Opening: Vice President for Academic Affairs

Vice President for Academic Affairs – The Maryland Independent College and University Association (MICUA), a non-profit association which has as its mission the representation, coordination, and impassioned advocacy on behalf of independent higher education in Maryland, is seeking an experienced individual to assist in providing academic policy leadership as well as directing and facilitating the collection and analysis of research and other information.  

The successful candidate must have the ability to manage a diversity of internal and external constituencies, effective public-speaking skills, the capacity for hard work in an intense and challenging environment, and an understanding and appreciation of the nature of independent higher education and the issues important to academe. In addition to academic policy leadership and the direction and facilitation of research collection and analysis, the Vice President is responsible for: assisting with the capital grants process; assisting with state and federal government relations and lobbying activities; advocating for financial aid for independent students; representing MICUA on various state and national policy forums; and coordinating other projects and initiatives as assigned by the President.

A graduate degree in a related discipline or juris doctor is required. At least 5 years of experience effectively navigating the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC), advocating before Congress and/or the Maryland General Assembly, and managing academic policies that are important to the independent higher education sector is preferred. A candidate is expected to exhibit a proven history of competence in management; progressive experience with academic policy development; positive social relationships and interactions with colleagues, supervisors, and other stakeholders; a willingness to challenge and attempt to exceed expectations; and strong written and oral communication skills.

The position is salaried between $100,000 and $150,000 and offers a full range of benefits, including health, dental, vision, long-term disability, and life insurance. MICUA does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, marital status, pregnancy, disability, religion, or age in recruitment, admission and access to, or employment with the organization.

Please email a resume and a letter of interest that includes three professional references to: Ashley Swift, Manager of Business Operations, at aswift@micua.org. Candidates may also submit letter(s) of recommendation for consideration. The position remains open until filled; however, letters of interest must be received by January 18, 2021, to guarantee full consideration.

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