Director of Human Resources

Unity College

Unity, ME

ID: 7057294
Posted: May 14, 2019

Job Description

About Unity College:

We educate environmental leaders

For over fifty years, Unity College has been preparing the next generation of environmental professionals and leaders to successfully face real-world challenges. We believe that we should serve a broad range of students from all backgrounds across the U.S. and the world. To be responsive to the rapidly changing needs of students and society, Unity College has adopted an enterprise model as its institutional organization, expanding the college into two distinct units that offer both undergraduate and graduate environmental degrees: flagship campus and distance education.

Unity College Flagship campus in Maine

On our flagship campus, our liberal arts curriculum is built upon a unique framework of sustainability science the first of its kind in the nation. A distinctive approach to learning provides our students with an exceptional, high-quality education, enabling them to drive real change with leading-edge knowledge and expertise within any of our environmentally focused majors. Our unique location provides extraordinary opportunities for hands-on learning and research, and active and engaged students work together with forward-thinking faculty to make true community-based learning possible. From 225 wooded acres of farmland overlooking Unity Pond in the tranquil village of Unity, Maine, we prepare each of our students to make a mark on the world.

Distance Education: Unity College Online

Our distance education unit, started in 2016, extends the effects of a Unity College education to adult learners, and beyond the physical confines of the flagship campus. Unity College Online offers affordable, accredited bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, and non-degree credits, ideal for working professionals seeking to advance their careers, helping students become the change maker the world needs while still honoring their commitments, wherever they are.

Whoever and wherever you are, Unity College can offer an environmental education for those committed to solving the world's most pressing environmental problems.

We are America's Environmental College.

Job Description:

Unity College is seeking a Director of Human Resources! Our current Director is retiring in May of 2020 and we are beginning our search now for her replacement. We want to provide a significant overlap to ensure there is no gap in support after her retirement.

As a key member of the President's team, the Director of Human Resources (DHR) works with senior leadership tot establish human resource strategy for Unity College: executes HR strategy on behalf of the President; manages all aspects and the budget for the Human Resources office; as well as administer human resources policies and practices for staff and faculty. The DHR provides advice and support to the President in the areas of employee recruitment and employment, compensation, benefits, training and development, employee relations, job performance, personnel records, and workplace health, safety and wellness. The DHR supports in the efforts in cultivating a diverse and inclusive work environment and compliance of equal employment laws; directs human resources functions of the college in accordance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations; and develops and recommends human resource policies and procedures that support the mission and values of the college. The DHR works with the President and senior leadership to continue to transform Unity College from a college with a strong regional presence to a leading national institution of higher education. The successful DHR will provide the college with grounded creativity through proven strategy, data-based decision-making, and industry-disrupting invention.


The successful candidate will have a Bachelor's degree (Master's preferred) plus:

3 - 5 years related experience (Higher Ed experience preferred)
Certification in Human Resources Management (SHRM-CP/SCP or PHR/SPHR)
Working knowledge of federal/state/local laws and regulations related to the areas of workplace planning and employment; human resources development activities; compensation, benefits, and tax laws; employment in a nonunion environment; and workplace health, safety, security and policy.
Knowledgeable in employment laws and regulations, benefits and compensation administration, HR development, workplace health, wellness, safety and privacy.
Display political savvy as it relates to building and promoting relationships. Ability to manage and explain rationale for changes. Is a competent "technical" human resources professional who also possesses a strategic focus. Is well-organized and self-directed with the highest sense of confidentiality.
Professional, comfortable demeanor with both on and off campus parties, including vendors. Capable of providing leadership in resolving issues. Effective collaboration with multiple parties having variant needs, to resolve problems and make progress. Effective listener.
Ability to read, analyze and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or government regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from managers, parents, faculty, staff, and students.


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