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New job source established for people in academic, research occupations
Job service tailored for needs of dual job searchers

Nov. 7, 2007

Job hunters and their partners interested in finding faculty, research, and executive and staff positions at Chicago area universities and research, medical and cultural institutions, can now look to one source for the information they need, the Greater Chicago Higher Education Recruitment Consortium.

“HERC came about to meet a particular problem faced by institutions that recruit nationally: more and more, successful recruiting depends on two partners finding academic, staff or research jobs before they will relocate,” said Mary Harvey, Associate Provost at the University of Chicago and an organizer of the consortium. “Research suggests that finding appropriate employment for spouses and partners is even more critical when hiring women and minorities.”

Northwestern University, the University of Illinois at Chicago, Argonne National Laboratory and the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory are the other co-founders of this 22-member organization, which also includes the Field Museum and Loyola University. The website (http://www.gcherc.org) was officially launched Wednesday, Oct. 31.

The first Higher Education Recruitment Consortium was developed in 2000 in Northern California to collaboratively address the challenges of academic recruitment and retention in colleges and universities. Since then, six others have been established and two more are being planned.

The job search engines provide options to help people narrow their search, allowing them to select job openings by institution or location, and the dates for which a job search is designated active. Besides assisting dual-career searches, the website will send e-mail alerts with job openings that apply to a job seeker’s user profile. The services are free to users.

The website also provides links to areas of interest to those relocating to the Chicago area, including schools, transportation, and sports and cultural activities. Academic and other departments conducting searches can direct candidates and their accompanying spouses or partners to the website to find helpful information to make informed decisions about relocations.

In addition to visiting the website, people can receive more information about the Greater Chicago HERC by calling (773) 834-5440.

Here are the list of HERC members:

Sponsoring members for Greater Chicago HERC are: The University of Chicago, Northwestern University, The University of Illinois at Chicago, The Argonne National Laboratory, and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.

Charter members for the organzation are: American Academy of Art, Aurora University, Benedictine University, Chicago State University, City Colleges of Chicago, College of DuPage, Columbia College of Chicago, DePaul University, Elmhurst College, The Field Museum, Harper College, Illinois Institute of Technology, Lake Forest Graduate School of Management, Loyola University, Midwestern University, North Central University, and Roosevelt University.

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