Director, Scontras Center for Labor and Community Education
Job Posted: 2 January 2023
Company: University of Southern Maine
Closing Date: 26 January 2023
Location: Portland, ME


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Reporting to our Dean of College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, the Director will first help to develop, and then lead, the Scontras Center as a new, cutting-edge labor and community education/extension service.  The Center will have a staff of four full-time staff by the end of 2023, including the Director, a Teaching Fellow, a Community Outreach Organizer, and an Administrative Specialist. The Scontras Center will offer labor education workshops, courses, certificate programs, trainings, symposia, and conferences that strengthen the community at work, facilitate workplace democracy and organization, and address inequalities of power and wealth in the wider society.  The Center’s mission is to serve both existing members and leaders of unions and labor organizations and the broad Maine working class, including low-income workers and Maine’s thriving immigrant communities. The Center seeks to serve as a popular education and training hub for workers to develop the knowledge, skills and organizing capacity to be full participants in democracy and the economy. The Director will oversee its administration and activities, build strong stakeholder relationships, and ensure its success based on best national practices of labor education/extension.  In addition, the Director will build bridges with the USM community, working with staff, stakeholders, Board of Visitors, and a Curriculum/Programming committee to fulfill the Scontras Center’s mission, goals, and activities. 

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. 

For a full job description to learn more about the essential duties and responsibilities click here

This is a full-time position with an annual salary up to $75,000.  The primary office is located on our Portland Campus with expectation of work/service on Gorham and Lewiston/Auburn Campuses. 

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.

The University of Maine System provides a highly competitive benefits package that includes: holidays, vacation and sick time; health, dental, and vision insurance; life insurance; short and long term disability insurance; a tuition waiver program for employee and eligible dependents; a 403(b) retirement plan; and more.  Click on our Benefits Information Summary to learn more. 

  • A Master’s Degree in the social sciences, labor relations, or a related discipline is required, with substantial experience in labor education or a related field. 
  • Minimum 3 years of relevant experience.
  • Ability to travel throughout Maine and to provide own transportation (fully insured vehicle), provide proof of a valid driver’s license, and compliance with Maine law regarding vehicle insurance.

Employees in the University of Maine System are required to comply with UMS COVID protocols which currently include, but are limited to, being vaccinated, obtaining a qualified vaccination exemption, and/or participating in regular COVID testing.  For more information, please visit Together for Maine.

To apply please click on "APPLY FOR POSITION" at the bottom of this page or visit USM Jobs.

You will create an applicant profile, complete an application, and upload a cover letter and resume/curriculum vitae.  Finalist candidates will be asked to provide a list of names and contact information for references. 

In your cover letter please address your commitment to equity and excellence in your own work, how it has contributed to inquiry and belonging, and how it would inform your leadership role at the University of Southern Maine.  This could also include active engagement with employee resource groups/affinity groups and community involvement.

We will examine candidate packages on an ongoing basis as they are submitted.

All required materials must be submitted by January 26, 2023.

We are not able to consider applicants who require Visa sponsorship support.

Appropriate background screening will be conducted for the successful candidate.

The University of Southern Maine 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.