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Director of Labor and Employee Relations

University of Maine System
Maine, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Dec 3, 2021

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When you think about what gets you up and excited for work in the morning, do you think you have found it yet?

The challenges and opportunities of this last unprecedented year have allowed many people to ask that very question and seek out what matters most to them. Whether it’s that you love complex problem solving, or creating meaningful relationships that help you leverage your work, or you are excited by the thought of being continuously challenged to think creatively to deliver outcomes that meet the needs of our students, our employees, and the institution, our Director of Labor and Employee Relations position has it all.

Here’s why our positions at the University of Maine System are so competitive:


A mission and vision that is easy to get excited about and remain inspired by.

A robust and generous total rewards plan which meets the needs of our employees throughout their employment and into their retirement years.

A vibrant and dynamic work environment. Who doesn’t want to be surrounded by thousands of active learners every day?

If you think that you would like to learn more about how you can find your place at the University of Maine System, please read on and apply today for full consideration. We want to learn more about what drives you and your vision for your next career. 

About the Director of Labor and Employee Relations vacancy:  

The Director of Labor and Employee Relations in partnership with University Leadership serves as the principal leader on all labor and employee relations matters and activities. The Director helps shape our collective bargaining strategy and serves as a critical influencer in developing and driving university-wide promotion and adoption of best practices in employee and labor relations policies and programs. The Director ensures that all labor and employee relations matters and activities are conducted in a manner that is consistent with the efficient implementation of a single Human Resource Service Delivery Model, supports Human Resources strategies and advances the University System’s campuses in their operational and academic strategic objectives.


The successful candidate can work either at the University of Maine in Orono or at the University of Maine at Augusta campus. Based on the qualifications and experience of the successful applicant, the annual salary range will be 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.


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.


University of Maine at Augusta:
Founded in 1965, the University of Maine at Augusta transforms the lives of students of every age and background across the State of Maine and beyond through access to high-quality distance and on-site education, excellence in student support, civic engagement, and professional and liberal arts programs. UMA is the third largest public university in Maine. A leader in distance education, UMA has a statewide presence with two campuses in Augusta and Bangor, eight UMA Centers from Saco to Houlton, and 32 course receive sites across Maine. Flexible modalities, with classes onsite, online, through video conference, Interactive Television, and at UMA Centers allow its students to take classes, while keeping work and family commitments. While UMA has a traditional-aged cohort, two-thirds of its students are over 25 years old. Over 50% of UMA’s students are first generation and 72% are Pell Grant eligible. These students are motivated to make a positive change in their lives by pursuing a college degree. With its multiple locations and long-term expertise in online and distance learning, UMA is generally considered the university of choice for Mainers of all ages who want to attend college without uprooting their lives.


For information about the University of Maine System's COVID-19 response and guidelines for employees, please visit:



  • Master’s degree in appropriate field or equivalent experience.
  • Progressively responsible experience in labor relations in a higher education environment with faculty collective bargaining.
  • Experience in contract negotiation, contract administration, and grievance administration.
  • Advanced knowledge of labor relations, labor and employment law, and labor relations issues in higher education.
  • Demonstrated skills in effective oral and written communication.
  • Demonstrated skills in problem solving and conflict resolution.
  • Broad human resources experience.



  • Experience in facilitated collective bargaining and/or conflict resolution techniques.
  • Experience as chief negotiator.
  • Solid knowledge of compensation theory and wage and salary administration.


Incomplete application materials cannot be considered.


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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