Human Resources Partner

Website University of Southern Maine

If you are an HR professional with demonstrated experience or interest in employee relations, diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, customer service, and workforce management with a strong operations skillset, this position may be of interest to you!

The University of Southern Maine is seeking to fill the position of Human Resources Partner (HRP)to support our Academic Affairs division, including part-time faculty, under the direction of the Vice President for Human Resources, and in partnership with the Provost, Deans and Directors in the division. The HR Partner will collaborate with the USM Human Resources team and HR Centers across the University of Maine System to deliver effective HR solutions that align with and support the University’s and division’s goals. Furthermore, the HR Partner provides HR generalist support to faculty and staff in the Academic Affairs division.

The HR Partner will assist employees, managers, and supervisors work through employee relations issues with coaching and corrective action procedures, especially pertaining to progressive discipline, skill development, and contract and policy interpretation. The HRP must have the interest and ability to work in a fast-paced, unionized environment and manage multiple projects at a time. They must have the capacity to consistently meet deadlines while demonstrating a positive attitude that supports employee engagement. The HRP should be a team player who takes the initiative to make improvements and accomplish work while collaborating well in a team environment and matrixed organization.

This is a full-time position with a starting annual salary up to $58,000 commensurate with experience. This position will be based primarily on the Portland Campus. The University of Southern Maine provides a highly competitive benefits package that includes: Paid Time Off (Holidays, Vacation, & Sick), Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Life Insurance, Short and Long Term Disability Insurance, Tuition Waiver Program for Employee & Dependents, a 403(b) Retirement Plan, and more.

The University of Southern Maine is a deeply personal, welcoming campus community. With a highly engaged student-centered learning environment, USM is a steward of higher education, helping drive the economic, cultural, and civic life in the communities where our campuses are located. We are committed to providing expanded access to high-quality education that elevates economic opportunity and contributes significantly to the vitality of a diverse society.

With the recent completion of the McGoldrick Center for Career and Student Success, and the upcoming Center for the Arts, it’s an exciting time to be a part of USM’s campus transformation and a community that truly believes in its service promise to be Student Focused Every Day.

The University of Southern Maine is committed to developing a diverse faculty, staff, and student body. It embraces an inclusive campus community that values the expression of differences in ways that promote excellence in teaching, learning, personal development, and institutional success. Our Office of Equity, Inclusion and Community Impact supports the University of Southern Maine’s DEIA and Community Impact focused departments, committees, groups, projects, training, and events. USM encourages women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and people from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds to apply.

We live our USM Service Promise, Student Focused Every Day. We are looking for a team member who understands that promise and supports our values: Respect & Care, Integrity, Equity and Responsiveness.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in related discipline and 3+ years of HR experience.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with external and internal contacts, including presentation and facilitation skills.
  • Exercises good judgment, diplomacy, and perceptual objectivity to make decisions effectively and appropriately.
  • Aptitude to define problems, identify trends, collect data, and establish facts to draw valid conclusions.
  • Experience working both independently and collaboratively to implement solutions.
  • Experience building productive relationships with internal and external constituencies.
  • Solid understanding of strategic HR in the context of policy, process, organizational culture, laws/regulations, collective bargaining agreements and/or personnel policies, and practical realities.

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