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Commitment to Dual-Career

Addressing the needs of dual-career couples is of critical importance when colleges and universities seek to recruit and retain the most outstanding and diverse faculty and administrators.

Work and family considerations, specifically dual-career concerns, influence candidates' decisions when searching for and considering a job. The decision to accept a job frequently becomes contingent upon an offer of job search assistance and opportunities for the accompanying partner.

Helping dual-career couples is a central part of HERC's mission. HERC is the only organization in the U.S. to systematically address dual-career concerns on a nationwide scale. HERC's work has been recognized by the American Council on Education, the American Association of University Professors, the American Psychological Association, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, Stanford University's Clayman Institute for Gender Research and National Public Media's "Marketplace".

Recent research shows 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).

What HERC Offers Dual-Career Jobseekers

  • Access to the most comprehensive list jobs at institutions within a commutable distance.
  • State-of-the-art dual-career search technology.
  • Comprehensive lists of article, research, and links to campuses that have dual-career programs and policies.

What HERC Offers Member Institutions

  • A referral source to the HERC website for candidates with partners.
  • Dual-career materials to include in candidate recruitment packets.
  • A member network to collaborate on dual-career appointments.
  • Conferences and webinars for member institutions on best practices for dual-career programs, policies, and practices.
John Kendzior
"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."

- John Kendzior, Director, Advanced Leadership Initiative, Harvard University

Title: What does HERC do to help dual-career jobseekers?
Elizabeth Ancarana, Assistant Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity, Harvard University
Title: What was your job like helping dual-career couples before HERC?
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