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Key Steps to Filling a Salaried (Professional) Position Vacancy - Search Committee

Search Committees may be formed to assist a hiring administrator/supervisor in the selection of a finalist or finalists for hourly paid positions. The adminsitrator/supervisor will give the committe general guidance in the job related criteria and the timeframe to complete the process.

A diverse search committee can be an important factor in identifying and attracting a wide range of talented candidates.  Hiring administrators are encouraged to include women and minorities on search committees.  Departments and constituent groups that work with or are served by the position can be good places to solicit search committee members or to gather job-related scenario based questions for applicants. The Associate Director or Director of Equal Opportunity will contact the search committee chair to arrange for a meeting to discuss affirmative action and discrimination issues.

Role and Purpose for the Search Committee and its Members:

Human Resources supports the department through the screening process as workloads permit. Assistance can include things such as collaborating on the initial screening of applicants, and assisting the search committee with determining the organization and structure of the interview process, and with communicating to the applicants.

Tips for Making Your Search Committee Efficient and Effective:

Guidelines and Process Summary

The following is a list of materials and information to be used in screening, reviewing, and interviewing candidates for your vacancy.

After a Finalist is Identified:

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Contact Information

Office of Human Resources
5717 Corbett Hall
Orono, ME 04469
Phone: (207)581-1581E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
A Member of the University of Maine System