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Vision, Mission, Programs & History


To promote equity and excellence in higher education recruitment worldwide.


HERC advances the ability of member institutions to recruit and retain the most diverse and talented workforce and to assist dual-career couples.


HERC’s mission is accomplished through the following:

  • Comprehensive regional and national higher education jobs websites
  • Member collaboration on facilitating dual-career employment and state-of-the art dual-career search technology
  • Partnerships with associations, societies, and publications that serve women and minorities
  • National advertising campaigns to promote the HERC websites
  • Conference attendance to reach out to women and minority jobseekers with a special emphasis on STEM professionals
  • Professional development opportunities for members, including regional member conferences and webinars
  • HERC member discounts with key higher education vendors


The Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC) was founded in the spring of 2000 by colleges and universities in Northern California that sought ways to collaborate on addressing dual-career and employment outreach challenges at their campuses. HERC was established as a member governed non-profit, 501(c)3 organization.

Based on HERC's success, since then, HERC’s have developed in 17 additional regions, representing over 700 institutions throughout the United States. A central coordinating office was established in 2007.

Elizabeth Ancarana
“Harvard belongs to HERC for many important reasons. It facilitates member collaboration and its powerful job search website is an invaluable dual-career tool for the spouses and partners of our faculty and senior administrator candidates.”

- Elizabeth Ancarana, Assistant Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity at Harvard University

Organizational Membership

Join the foremost community of human resources, diversity, and faculty development leaders who collaborate to recruit the most diverse and talented workforce.


Title: How does HERC contribute to diversity, equity, and inclusion?
Mary Harvey, Associate Provost for Program Development, University of Chicago
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