Vice President of Human Resources

University of Maine System
Farmington, Maine
Salary is complemented by a comprehensive benefits package which includes medical, dental, retiremen
Posted Date
Jul 15, 2022

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Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Human Resources Administration
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Vice President of Human Resources



The University of Maine System (UMS) is seeking applications for a Vice President of Human Resources (VPHR). UMS is looking for an experienced and dynamic individual with a proven track record of success in senior leadership roles within the human resources field. This position is responsible for HR support for the University of Maine (recently designated as an R1 university by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education; the highest tier a doctoral research university can achieve) and its regional campus, the University of Maine at Machias (UMM). This role reports to the Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) and has a dotted line and strong working relationship with the President of University of Maine and UMM. The VPHR has responsibility for planning, developing, and implementing initiatives and strategies that support both campus and system-wide goals. The VPHR will provide comprehensive support to leadership, faculty, and staff and work collaboratively with other senior leaders and appropriate stakeholders across all areas of human resources management. The VPHR will work to prioritize the University’s strategic goals while also focusing on key areas such as diversity, equity, and inclusion, employee retention, and talent management.  

The work location is at the University of Maine in Orono.

 Based on the qualifications and experience of the successful applicant, the annual salary range is commensurate with experience plus a 10% employer contribution to the UMS retirement plan. Additional benefits include medical, dental, vision, and tuition waiver programs for employees and dependents. The UMS is a recipient of the Wellness Councils of America’s Well Workplace Award and offers a wellness program.

 Review of applications begins immediately. For full consideration materials must be submitted by August 12, 2022.

Established in 1968, the University of Maine System (UMS) unites six distinctive public universities, comprising 10 campuses and numerous centers, in the common purpose of providing quality higher education while delivering on its traditional tripartite mission of teaching, research, and public service. A comprehensive public institution of higher education, UMS serves more than 30,000 students annually and is supported by the efforts of more than 2,000 full-time and part-time faculty, more than 3,000 regular full-time and part-time staff, and a complement of part-time temporary (adjunct) faculty. Reaching more than 500,000 people annually through educational and cultural offerings, the University of Maine System also benefits from more than two-thirds of its alumni population residing within the state; more than 123,000 individuals. The System consists of six universities: The University of Maine (UMaine), including its regional campus the University of Maine at Machias (UMM); the University of Maine at Augusta (UMA); the University of Maine at Farmington (UMF); the University of Maine at Fort Kent (UMFK), the University of Maine at Presque Isle (UMPI); and the University of Southern Maine (USM).  The System also includes the University of Maine School of Law and the University of Maine Graduate and Professional Center.  

 University of Maine

 The University of Maine, founded in Orono in 1865, is the state's land grant and sea grant university. As the state’s only public research university, UMaine has a statewide mission of teaching, research and economic development, and community service. UMaine is among the most comprehensive higher education institutions in the Northeast with nearly 100 majors and academic programs. It attracts students from Maine and 49 other states, and more than 60 countries. It currently enrolls more than 11,400 undergraduate and graduate students who can directly participate in research, working with world-class scholars. UMaine offers more than 100 degree programs through which students can earn graduate certificates, master's, doctoral or professional science master's degrees. The university promotes environmental stewardship, with substantial efforts campuswide aimed at conserving energy, recycling and adhering to green building standards in new construction.

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Required Qualifications:

  • A minimum of fifteen (15) years of progressively responsible experience in human resources management with at least 7 years in a supervisory/managerial role successfully leading and directing staff and/or teams including organizing, prioritizing, scheduling work assignments, providing constructive feedback and recognizing contributions. Fifteen years (15) of leadership (including senior or executive level) experience in an organization with strong HR practices and a proven track record of developing talent, achieving results and building a high-performance culture may be substituted for direct HR experience. Demonstrated knowledge of human resources in context of policy, process, organizational culture, laws/regulations, collective bargaining agreements, and practical realities; aptitude and skill to describe options for top management in a clear and concise manner. Demonstrated appreciation for diversity, equity, and inclusion. Ability to communicate effectively with external and internal contacts. Exercise good judgment, diplomacy, and perceptual objectivity to effectively and appropriately make decisions. Aptitude to define problems, identify trends, collect data, and establish facts to draw valid conclusions. Experience working both independently and collaboratively with staff, faculty, and various levels of the organization to identify and implement strategic human resources solutions. Previous experience leveraging a wide array of technologies, such as HRIS and distance communication tools. Experience building productive relationships with internal and external constituencies. Effective presentation and facilitation skills.

 Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree. SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP certification. HR experience in a higher education setting or similarly complex multi-unit organization. Experience helping to guide organization change efforts.

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The successful applicant is subject to appropriate background screening.

The University of Maine System is an EEO/AA employer, and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The following office has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Office of Equal Opportunity, University of Maine, 101 North Stevens Hall, Orono, ME  04469 207-581-1226.  TTY 711 (Maine Relay System).

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