The Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC) is a coalition of 700+ colleges, universities, hospitals, research labs, government agencies, and related organizations committed to diversifying the higher education workforce. HERC provides resources, networking, and outreach programs to enhance member efforts to attract, hire, and retain diverse and qualified faculty, staff, and administrators. HERC also works with job seekers, particularly those who are historically underrepresented in the academic workforce, to find, transition into, and advance in, higher education careers.
MISSION: HERC is a nonprofit consortium of colleges, universities, and related groups committed to advancing inclusion, equity, and diversity in the higher education workforce. VISION: Inclusive higher education workplace where people from all perspectives and backgrounds can thrive. We believe that inclusive, equitable hiring and retention practices are not only the right thing to do, but essential to achieving the academic missions of HERC's member institutions. Educating people of all backgrounds, beliefs, and cultures takes a diverse academic workforce.
Member benefits include:
Joining is easy, complete the Prospective Member form and our support team will put you in contact with a regional director.
HERC is a non-profit organization and strives to maintain the lowest membership fees possible to make it affordable for every institution of higher education and related organization in the region to participate. Each regional HERC sets its own annual membership fees which are based on a tiered fee structure tied to student enrollment figures. Dues cover the regional HERC’s core budget and share of the Central HERC office budget, enabling HERC to invest in mission-driven activities.
HERC keeps it simple and membership is all inclusive. Your dues payment covers every membership benefit available through HERC, including unlimited postings on the jobs websites, and entitles institutional representatives to attend member conferences, toolkits and unlimited participants to take advantage of HERC webinars and discounts.
In a tiered structure, dues typically fall within the $2,000 - $10,000 per year range depending on the number and type of campuses participating in your regional HERC, however some regions set dues above and below this range.
One way your membership can provide savings is through employee recruitment efforts. Member institutions often split the cost between the Human Resources and Faculty Affairs offices. The annual investment in HERC is modest considering the cost of unsuccessful recruitments. The average cost of hiring a new faculty member is $96,000 (Source: Harvard University’s Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education, (COACHE)). The average cost of hiring a new employee of any type during the 2018 recruiting season was $6,110 (Source: National Association of College and University Employers (NACE)).
Any accredited institution of higher education may join an existing HERC in their region. HERC’s members include accredited higher education institutions including community colleges, public and private four-year colleges and master’s and doctorate granting universities, medical schools and teaching hospitals, research institutes and laboratories, and non-profit institutions such as museums and other scientific and cultural organizations that have a stake in higher education. Some regional HERCs allow P-12, and corporate associate members to be part of the HERC community.
When an institution joins HERC, all employees of that institution are considered HERC members and can take advantage of all that HERC offers.
If your organization does not fall within one of our HERC regions, we can still help with your recruiting efforts. Check out our job posting package program to take advantage of HERC's outreach efforts. If your organization is interested in learning more about how to form a HERC in your region please contact us for next steps.
When an organization joins HERC, all employees of that institution are considered HERC members and can take advantage of all that HERC offers.
Your organization's HERC membership can benefit Chief HR Officers, Diversity Officers, Vice Provosts, Faculty Affairs, Search Committee Chairs, Search Committee Members, Department Chairs, Deans, Dual Career Directors and accompanying staff to access all HERC resources.
The most current research shows that the majority of faculty members have employed partners. Providing employment opportunities to spouses and partners of employees or prospective employees that are within a commutable distance removes a significant barrier to employment and retention. Campuses aren’t recruiting individuals anymore, we are recruiting families.
HERC's dual-career tools include comprehensive job boards searchable within and across regions, online resources for dual-career couples, and regional campus networks to assist with partner employment. Proactively addressing dual-career concerns is a significant indicator of an institution’s commitment to being a family-friendly employer.
Recent research has shown that 72% of faculty members have employed partners. (Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research, L. Schiebinger, A. Henderson, S. Gilmartin, Dual-career Academic Couples: What Universities Need to Know Stanford: 2008).
Other key findings of the study include:
Yes. Yes. And, yes. When you belong to HERC your institution is able to post an unlimited number of jobs on your regional HERC website and the national HERC job board. Your jobs cross-post to multiple sites, check out our OFCCP page to learn more. You also have free access to HERC’s CV/resume database. Membership is for your entire institution and entitles several institutional representatives to attend member conferences and unlimited participants to take advantage of HERC webinars and discounts. Learn more about what roles at your institutions will benefit from HERC. HERC keeps it simple and membership is all inclusive.