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Vice President of Total Rewards


 The University of Maine System (UMS) is seeking applications for a Vice President, Total Rewards. The VP, Total Rewards is a new role within The University of Maine System and is responsible for leading comprehensive strategy for Total Rewards in support of UMS objectives and in alignment with our goal of attracting and retaining top talent. Reporting to the Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO), this role will design compelling and equitable compensation programs and manage benefits policies and practices, insurance programs, retirement plans, HRIS platforms, annual planning, people & compensation analytics, wellness programs for employees (policy-covered and union-represented) systemwide and serve as a leader in this critical area by providing education, strategic direction, and planning. This role will work collaboratively with members of our Human Resources team and other appropriate stakeholders to maintain the competitive advantage of UMS’s Total Rewards programs and manage a talented team of compensation, HRIS, and benefits professionals. This is an opportunity to develop and align a progressive, systemwide Total Rewards strategic framework that strengthens the University’s position in higher education by supporting a diverse and dynamic employee population. The work location for this position is on the Orono campus of the University of Maine.

 Based on the qualifications and experience of the successful applicant, the annual salary range is $135,000 - $145,000 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.

 Essential Duties:

  • Lead efforts to regularly analyze market competitiveness and cost-effectiveness of our benefits and compensation plans.
  • Develop creative ways to incentivize our employee population towards wellness and preventative care.
  • Partner with system executive teams, campus and labor teams, and HR teams to proactively identify opportunities, drive initiatives and use an innovative approach to ensure our rewards and practices are competitive, cost effective and in compliance with legal and regulatory requirements.
  • Design, develop, and deploy education for leaders and employees about the system’s compensation philosophy, programs, and practices.
  • Build and lead highly functioning teams, both within their reporting structure and those outside of their direct report, who partner with system leadership, campus leadership, HR leadership and staff within HR to create the total rewards of compensation and benefits strategies, programs, and services.
  • Collaborate with CHRO and Finance and other appropriate stakeholders on incentives, annual performance targets and budget.
  • Serve as a key advisor and collaborator to the Labor Relations team during times of bargaining and contract negotiation.
  • Continuously evaluate strategically, at least annually, the effectiveness of UMS’ total rewards programs to ensure alignment with our business and talent strategies and quickly monitor market trends to make recommendations for changes.
  • Ensure and validate regulatory compliance of programs including retirement health, welfare, wellness, base pay, vendor contracts, incentives, and other rewards programs.
  • Work closely with HRIS in the development of effective technology that enables leaders and reporting systems for Total Rewards reporting and analytic capabilities.
  • Oversight of the management of the benefits vendor relationships, benefits contracts, and bid negotiation.
  • Manage, coach, and develop staff members within the Employee Benefits Center, Payroll, HRIS, and Compensation teams.

Review of applications begins immediately. For full consideration materials must be submitted by August 12, 2022.

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.

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

Required Qualifications:

  • BA or BS in Business, HR or related field
  • 10+ years in a similarly related field leading teams and demonstrating progressive knowledge and experience in Compensation and Benefits.
  • 5+ years designing and implementing system level Total Rewards programs
  • 5+ years of formal leadership experience
  • Demonstrated experience in continuous improvement processes, initiatives and lean activities to improve organizational effectiveness

To apply to this position, please visit:

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).

Job Information

  • Job ID: 64510683
  • Location:
    Farmington, Maine, United States
  • Company Name For Job: University of Maine System
  • Position Title: Vice President of Total Rewards
  • Industry: Education / Teaching / Administration
  • Job Function: Administrative
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Min Education: BA/BS/Undergraduate
  • Min Experience: Over 10 Years

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