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FAIRBORN — The ability for colleges and universities to attract and retain top job candidates often depends on also finding a position for the so-called “trailing” spouse or partner.

Representatives from 31 colleges and universities from Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia met May 16 to formally launch a new cooperative job-posting service that helps dual-career couples find positions in academia, while assisting institutions in landing the best candidates. Currently, More than a third of university faculty nationally have a spouse or partner who also works in academia.

The new tri-state regional section of the national Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC), provides dual-career couples a resource for information about job openings within a reasonable commuting distance of one another.

“Our regional HERC is a critical tool in the recruitment of highly qualified faculty and staff. It provides opportunities for us to reach more diverse pools of candidates and to address dual career issues,” said Kimberly Barrett, Ph.D., vice president for Multicultural Affairs and Community Engagement. “The information provided on the HERC website and the close collaborations with institutions in the area that result from our participation in the consortium are key to our efforts of achieving inclusive excellence by enhancing the diversity of Wright State University employees.”

HERC is a nationwide, non-profit consortium of more than 600 colleges, universities, hospitals, research labs, government agencies and other organizations that advances member institutions’ ability to recruit and retain a diverse, talented workforce and to assist dual-career couples.

Consortium institutions, which pay a membership fee based on their size, share a commitment to hiring the most diverse and talented faculty, staff and executives. The decision to accept a job frequently becomes contingent upon an offer of job search assistance and opportunities for the candidate’s accompanying partner.

Visit www.ohwpawvherc.org to learn more about HERC or contact Amanda Shaffer, director of the OH/Western PA/WV HERC, at 216.368.8874, or HERCinfo@case.edu.

Story courtesy of Wright State University.

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