Job Posting

University of Maine at Presque Isle
Posted on 8/10/2022

Director of Human Resources

University of Maine at Presque Isle


Presque Isle, ME

CEBS Designation



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 these last few unprecedented years 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, 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 Human Resources 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.

The University of Maine System (“UMS”) Human Resources team is seeking an experienced, innovative, and customer experience-focused HR professional for a leadership position at the University of Maine at Presque Isle (“UMPI”). The HR leader is responsible for addressing the University system, campus, and department needs with effective HR strategies. The position collaborates with HR subject matter experts to develop and implement HR solutions that support relevant strategic goals and provides comprehensive HR generalist support to faculty and staff. The position serves as a primary consultant to leaders in maximizing results using sound HR practices, providing reliable direction and counsel on HR-related issues and/or services while ensuring consistency and compliance with policies and regulatory requirements. This incumbent will have a reporting relationship with both the Chief Human Resources Officer as well as the campus President and serve as a member of the UMS HR leadership team. We are a large and interconnected team of hard-working individuals. Come share your talents with our employees!

Be a part of making our Human Resources efforts a success! Here is what you can expect:
• Collaboration with assigned campus leadership and System partners to focus on results and outcomes of business strategies.
• Opportunities to provide education, training, and development support for managers and employees. Support managers in assigned areas, identify opportunities to improve and recommend alternative solutions.
• A thirst for in-depth analysis and cross-functional solutions to support the organization, including the areas of customer experience (internal and external), people management, advocacy, conflict management, community relations, transparency, responsiveness, mentorship, employee engagement, and teamwork.
• An environment that is rich in coaching and mentoring methods that support a culture that is anticipatory, and supportive and that enables managers to provide constructive and timely coaching and performance feedback plus recognition.

Here is how you will do it:

Positive attitude and flexibility focused on customer experience: Approach your work with a spirit of “yes;” strike a positive tone; push work forward through obstacles and adapt quickly as things change. Look for the bright spots, even in difficult times.

Dedication to the HR team: Your work is integral to the team’s effectiveness. Look for ways to collaborate and support your direct reports and colleagues as you can.

Professionalism and pride in your work: Your work product should be polished, precise, and personal. Consistently manage deadlines and ask for help when you need it. Celebrate your successes and the successes of those around you.

Lean Mindset: Approach your work and the work you collaborate on with a spirit of efficiency.

The starting salary will be based on the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate. Extraordinary benefits include medical, dental, vision, wellness programs, tuition waiver / discount programs for employees and dependents, and more benefits. The retirement program provides a 10% employer contribution. 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 September 9, 2022. The job posting will remain active until both positions are filled.

University of Maine at Presque Isle:
For more than a century, the University of Maine at Presque Isle has been helping students find their path to great professional careers, providing its 1,100 traditional and non-traditional students from all areas of the state, country, and world with life-changing opportunities in a caring, small-university environment. UMPI combines liberal arts and selected professional programs and serves as a cultural and educational resource for the entire region. The campus sits on 150 acres surrounded by the rolling hills and potato fields of northern Maine and strives to be the region’s premier learning institution while helping to stimulate cultural and economic development in Aroostook County and the State of Maine. The University serves as an educational and cultural center for the area and its facilities are utilized for lectures, programs, concerts, dance performances, exhibits, and plays that benefit the entire region.

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Knowledge, Skills, and Qualifications

• A minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience in human resources management with at least 5 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.
• Demonstrated knowledge of human resources in the 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.
• Ability to communicate effectively with external and internal contacts.
• Experience exercising good judgment, diplomacy, and perceptual objectivity to effectively and appropriately make decisions.
• Demonstrated 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.

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

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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, Room 101 Boudreau Hall, Orono, ME 04469, 207-581-1226. TTY 711 (Maine Relay System).

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