Job Details

Unity College
  • Position Number: 1695103
  • Location: Unity, ME
  • Position Type: hrhe_category

Location: Unity, ME

Category: Professional
Posted: Nov 1, 2019

Job Description:
About Unity College:

The Unity College mission:

Through the framework of sustainability science, Unity College provides a liberal arts education that emphasizes the environment and natural resources. Through experiential and collaborative learning, our graduates emerge as responsible citizens, environmental stewards, and visionary 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 learners from all backgrounds across the U.S. and the world. To be responsive to the rapidly changing needs of students and society, Unity College adopted an Enterprise Model as its operational structure in 2017. This structure created distinct Sustainable Education Business Units (SEBUs) that function independently with dedicated leadership, and an Enterprise Administration that provides centralized oversight and shared services support.

Unity College currently has three SEBUs - Distance Education, Flagship, and Sustainable Ventures. Because of this structure, we can be more proactive in addressing the needs of our current and future audiences, including learners, clients, and partners.

Unity College: Flagship

Our Flagship SEBU is the main campus in Unity, Maine, offering our students a traditional residential college experience with 16-degree programs that use active, hands-on learning while providing an immersive experience. 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 and forward-thinking faculty provide our students with an exceptional, high-quality education, enabling them to drive real change and make a mark on the world.

Unity College: Distance Education

Our Distance Education SEBU extends the reach of a Unity College education to non-traditional students by offering fully accredited bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, and non-degree credits online. The faculty in this SEBU are leading experts in their professional fields. Learners use their everyday environment as their laboratory and incorporate their classes into their daily lives, making this education ideal for working professionals seeking to advance their careers and become the change makers the world needs while still honoring their commitments, wherever they are.

Unity College: Sustainable Ventures

The Sustainable Ventures SEBU is the newest of the SEBUs and while it is still evolving, each venture is a real-life revenue-generating manifestation of the academic curriculum. This SEBU simultaneously builds our brand, diversifies revenue alternatives, fuels economic development, and provides a variety of hands-on learning/credit opportunities for students that are not funded primarily by Unity College tuition. Current ventures include: Sky Lodge, McKay Farm & Research Station, the Campus Store, and Conference and Event Services.

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

We are America's Environmental College.

Job Description:

Unity College is accepting applications for a Director of Human Resources (DHR). This is a middle management position that will work with the Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) and senior leadership to establish human resource strategy for Unity College; execute HR strategy on behalf of the President; manage all aspects and the budget for the Human Resources office; and administer human resources policies and practices for staff and faculty. The DHR provides advice and support to the CHRO and 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 CHRO, 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. Within the framework of functional leadership, the DHR supports and is supported by other senior level leaders and works with all constituencies to realize the Unity College Mission and Strategic Plan. The DHR reports to the Chief Human Resources Officer.


The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor's degree; Master's preferred PLUS:

  • 3 - 5 years related experience

  • Certification in Human Resources Management (SHRM-CP/SCP) preferred

  • 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 privacy

  • Display political savvy as it relates to building and promoting relationships. Ability to manage and explain rationale for change. 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.

Additional Information:

This is a full-time, calendar year position.

Unity College offers good benefits to include medical, dental, vision, short term disability, long term disability, life insurance, 5 weeks of PTO and 15 holidays PLUS 6% match on our 403b retirement plan.

Application Instructions:

Unity College seeks to attract employees who share a commitment to the environment and to human diversity, and who have an interest in helping students develop an understanding of the richness and complexity of individuals and society.

Interested and qualified candidates should go to to complete an application and submit a cover letter, CV and points of contacts for three references. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. We look forward to hearing from you!

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