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The Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC) is a national, nonprofit consortium working to advance equity and excellence in the higher education workforce. We serve over 700 higher education institutions, hospitals, labs, and affiliated employers united by a shared commitment to cultivating a talented workforce as diverse as the people we serve.
We believe an inclusive higher education workforce depends on systemic change best achieved through institutional collaboration, the development of innovative tools that can be shared and leveraged, and an engaged network of individuals committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion.
As a HERC member, you will join a national community dedicated to advancing inclusive excellence. Institutions can join the HERC network with an annual membership in one of our regional chapters or by starting a new chapter in your region. Once your institution becomes a HERC member, you and your colleagues can establish individual HERConnect portal accounts, post on the HERC job board, and review qualified candidates' resumes and CVs. You'll receive cutting-edge recruitment and training resources to support your human resources, faculty affairs, and diversity offices.
Harnessing our collective power, we reduce the costs of national recruitment advertising, outreach, and training while fostering regional collaboration between institutions and addressing local recruitment and retention challenges.
HERC will help your institution:
Join an online community of practice with thousands of other higher education professionals. Share research and resources on advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Reach talented and diverse candidates through HERC’s job board, direct OFCCP-compliant outreach at diversity and disciplinary conferences and job fairs, and targeted advertising campaigns.
Create inclusive workplaces through online and in-person staff training, sharing best practices at regional meetings and accessing HERC’s diversity and inclusion toolkits.
Assist dual career couples through HERC’s regional network of members, online dual career job search tools on our website, and printed materials for employee recruitment packets.
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"This is a great electronic vehicle for connecting active and passive candidates with career opportunities not only for themselves but for their spouses/partners. The email notifications are a very proactive way to bring opportunities to candidates without them having to re-visit the site, the site visits them with the information they choose."
"HERC is a critical aspect of our institution’s recruitment and retention strategy. With HERC membership, the University of Houston, Downtown is reaching a highly educated and diverse talent pool for our jobs and contributing to OFCCP compliance. We have also benefited from HERC partnerships with vendors that offer significant savings on products and services. Regional member meetings allow us to share ideas, trends, and best practices with colleagues at institutions in the region. HERC membership is a great investment that returns a high yield in dividends."
“HERC is an essential part of Harvard’s diversity recruitment strategy and commitment to helping dual-career couples. As a result of HERC we’ve recruited several outstanding new faculty and staff members and saved thousands through HERC member discounts.”
“The diversity of our students, faculty, and staff lies at the heart of Yale University’s mission. HERC supports our efforts to recruit and retain outstanding and diverse faculty and staff through information sharing, resources, networking, and outreach programs. That’s why Yale is a proud HERC member.”
“University of Richmond holds diversity as an institutional value and HERC ensures that our jobs reach an extremely diverse talent pool through the HERC jobs websites.”
“Outreach to diverse candidates during recruiting is essential. HERC has partnerships with organizations whose constituents are women, minorities, GLBT, and disabled. Our campus knows that by posting jobs on the HERC website we are reaching an extremely diverse talent pool.”
"Holy Cross made two faculty hires from HERC during our first year of membership.”
“HERC membership offers the University of Wisconsin River Falls online recruitment advertising, help for our dual-career couples, professional development meetings and webinars, and member discounts. All of these benefits are included in very affordable annual membership dues.”
“Harvard belongs to HERC for many important reasons. It facilitates member collaboration and its powerful job search website is an invaluable dual-career tool for the spouses and partners of our faculty and senior administrator candidates.”
“Washington University is a HERC member because it facilitates meaningful conversations between fellow higher education institutions. The opportunity to discuss challenges and share best practices with like minds allows our organization to draw upon the experiences of an entire region, and in turn to approach recruitment from a uniquely informed perspective.”
Sharon EwlesStaffing Manager, Mott Community College
"Becoming a member of HERC was one of the best recruitment-related decisions our institution has made. The benefits are enormous and, most surprising, the membership costs less than a standard display ad. By posting on HERC’s website and utilizing the fantastic features of One Click, we have streamlined our process, eliminated the need for an advertising agency and have taken advantage of discounts offered by several sources. In addition, the free webinars, networking opportunities and professional support offered by HERC are priceless."
Erik SmetanaManager: Recruitment, Compensation & Org. Development, University of Missouri-St. Louis
"The relationships I have been able to develop through the HERC allowed for a very quick turnaround in regards to collecting best practices information from other schools that enabled our HR department to go into a negotiation much better prepared."
Linda PipitoneDirector of Human Resources, Fontbonne University
"Because of HERC, we were able to hire a well-qualified young man for an assessment position at Fontbonne University in our College of Global Business and Professional Studies. Certain positions, such as this, in higher education are tougher to fill, but the HERC makes us visible to excellent candidates from our region and throughout the country. It is money well spent!"
Lucas WallDual Career Specialist, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
"The HERC website has been a tremendous resource in my work with jobseekers. The site is very easy to use, and with positions at colleges and universities becoming ever more attractive in this economy, it allows me to encourage job seekers to look at multiple institutions. Without it, my clients would be working hard yet finding fewer opportunities."
Marcia K. HoffmanExecutive Director of Human Resources, Bucknell University
"Becoming involved with the HERC gave HR a platform to really connect with our Provost and Deans in exploring best practices for attracting and retaining the best faculty and staff, far beyond supporting the online recruitment process. It is really useful to be able to direct prospective candidates to the resources on the HERC sites, and tap into the many resources available there, especially those for dual career couples. Yet, what I value most in being a member of our HERC is developing relationships and sharing ideas with others in the field who have a similar mission."
John KendziorDirector, Advanced Leadership Initiative, Harvard University
"Harvard University has been a supporter of HERC since its creation. To date we have measured the organization's effectiveness for us, and our membership has definitely returned more to the University when compared to our annual investment. In less than one year, Harvard saved nearly $35,000 in advertising discounts. In addition to recruiting some strong talent, we have collaborated with colleagues from peer institutions on a number of activities, including diversity-based forums, vendor negotiations, and membership meetings. HERC has also helped accompanying spouses and partners of faculty and administrators with their recruitment needs."
Amy Diamond BarnesExecutive Director of Human Resources, Washington & Lee University
"HERC is a must if your institution cares about dual-career couples, diversity, employment outreach, and learning cutting-edge recruitment and retention strategies."
Jean R. SoderlundProfessor of History and Deputy Provost for Faculty Affairs, Lehigh University
"We have gained tremendous value from participating in HERC. The HERC website is a key facet of our dual-career program and has greatly simplified posting open faculty and staff positions. Equally valuable has been the opportunity to network with colleagues in Provost's Offices and Human Relations across the region to share insights on innovation and success in recruiting and diversity initiatives."
Nancy RoddyHuman Resources Management Analyst, National Science Foundation
"We have received an impressive response from our jobs posted on the HERC website, and the return on investment has clearly been better than our paid advertising."
Pat JonesDr. Nancy Chang Professor of Biology, School of Humanities & Sciences, Stanford University
"Dual academic career issues continue to be an increasing challenge in faculty hiring. The NorCal HERC web site is an important resource for us – dual-career jobs found through HERC have been key in our ability to recruit several faculty."
Lubna MianDirector of Faculty Development and Equity Office of the Provost, University of Pennsylvania
"Our institution has a strong interest in broadening the pool of applicants for any given position, and in the recruitment of dual-career couples. The notion that one might be able to search easily for all the faculty jobs in a region advances important institutional goals. The ease, convenience, and transparency of the HERC website all make a lot of sense."
Meg LucasHR Generalist/Staffing, The College of St. Scholastica
"HERC has increased my efficiency in posting positions. With One Click I can easily post to a variety of sites and know that I am reaching a broad and diverse audience. The webinars and member meetings address topics that are meaningful and timely such as recruiting diverse candidates and social media. HERC is a great investment!"
Leigh Settlemoir DzwikAssistant President for Academic Human Resources, Oakland University
"Being a member of HERC expresses the institutional value of collaboration with other higher education institutions and shows candidates that we are willing to reach out to the whole person as a hire, not just for the position itself."
Susan MorinHuman Resources Manager, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Colleges of the Fenway
"Since becoming a member of HERC, in October 2006, the Colleges of the Fenway consortium has enjoyed the many benefits of this organization. HERC has provided us with a valuable recruitment tool enabling the six schools in the consortium to post all of our open positions on its website. It has also been useful in conducting faculty searches and we have hired many candidates who have seen our postings on the HERC website. Also valuable has been the opportunity to network and collaborate with over fifty institutions of higher learning on such critical issues as diversity and advertising. The annual diversity roundtable provides the opportunity to brainstorm ideas and address challenges we all face in the ever-changing work environment."
Marla StuckEmployment Manager, Washtenaw Community College
"We are delighted with our HERC membership. We have seen increased numbers of applications for our positions, but more importantly, the quality of our applicants has also increased. I believe this is due to the increased national exposure for our positions. On the staff side, the website is attracting talented professionals with a specific interest in higher education. The networking and sharing of best practices among our member institutions is also invaluable."
Daphne SmithStaffing Manager, DePaul University
"HERC is an integral part of our core recruitment strategy and serves as repository of resources and information on higher education issues. This membership and partnership is invaluable to DePaul University HR Staffing Department. "