The Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC) is a collection of individual regional consortia and a central coordinating office. Each regional consortium is composed of colleges and universities and other institutions that share HERCs mission to promote excellence and diversity in higher education recruitment and retention and assist dual-career couples in the academy.
Member institutions benefit through:
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:
Each regional HERC is governed by an Advisory Board or Steering Committee representing its member institutions. The Advisory Board or Steering Committee is responsible for providing direction to the regional HERC, ensuring that its operations meet the objectives and interests of participant institutions, approving the budget, recommending policies and procedures, and making final decisions on policies and operational procedures. The regional HERC Director is responsible for making programming recommendations based on members’ needs, planning and executing all regional HERC programming and activities, and financial management of the regional HERC budget. The regional HERC Director reports to the regional HERC Advisory Board or Steering Committee and by extension to all the region’s member institutions.
Each regional HERC is autonomous within the parameters of the HERC-wide affiliation agreement with the Central HERC office. The Central HERC is governed by an Advisory Board that consists of all the regional HERC Directors and one additional representative from every regional HERC and is a project of the Tides Center, a 501(c)3 fiscal sponsor of projects worldwide.
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 and unlimited participants to take advantage of HERC webinars and discounts.
In a tiered structure, dues typically fall within the $2,000 - $7,000 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.
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.
If HERC helps with the recruitment of even a single employee, a member institution’s investment has been realized many times over.
Visit the Regional HERC page to find out if there is a HERC in your area. Email the Regional HERC Director who will send you a packet of informational materials specific to that HERC and schedule a time to discuss any questions. An invoice for the membership fee will be sent to you and the regional Director will begin the process of integrating your institution into the consortium, establish your presence on the regional HERC website, and demonstrate how to post your jobs.
If there is no HERC in your region, visit the Form a HERC Page for information about how to start a HERC in your region and how to contact the HERC Executive Director for additional information.
There are currently 19 HERCs within the United States representing over 700 member institutions. Please visit the Regional HERC page to find out where they are.
Take a look at where the current regional HERCs are located below.