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SACNAS Conference 2014

Southern California HERC Coordinator, Jesse Hurtado speaks with a participant at the 2014 SACNAS National Conference.

The Central HERC Office funded an exhibit booth again this year at the annual Society for the Advancement of Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) National Conference. The conference was held October 16-18 in Los Angeles, California and the booth was staffed by Southern California HERC Director, Jennifer Park, and Coordinator, Jesse Hurtado.

The conference theme was “Creativity, Vision, & Drive: Toward Full Representation in STEM." Over 3,800 attendees participated in four days of scientific research presentations, professional development, networking, exhibits, culture, and community. The SACNAS National Conference is one of the largest annual gatherings of minority scientists in the country and a great opportunity for HERC to reach minority scientists that are seeking higher education faculty and staff careers.

PeopleAdmin, the leading provider of on-demand talent management solutions for higher education, announced the availability of its TalentIndex™ Benchmark Report. For the first time, PeopleAdmin reveals comprehensive analysis of hiring data compiled from millions of records courtesy of its 700+ higher education customers. This actionable information on hiring trends is available to higher education for developing better internal benchmarks to drive more effective recruiting strategies.

PeopleAdmin’s TalentIndex is benchmarked recruiting data analyzed in an anonymous way across their entire customer base to look at normalized trends in hiring data to uncover the time-to-fill for different position types (staff & faculty); the subsequent impact on costs to the university when positons aren’t filled; and serves to suggest that institutions could explore efficiencies in creating, approving and advertising job openings. It’s the only report of its kind available for the higher education market.

The strategic benefits of the report were confirmed when it made its debut at this year’s CUPA-HR’s (College & University Professional Association for Human Resource) annual conference in San Antonio, TX on September 30th.

Troy Winskowicz, VP of Product Management for PeopleAdmin led the session covering valuable analytics on the current state of recruiting in higher education in an effort to help institutions reduce their time-to-fill and to help them build larger and more diverse applicant pools.

“We created the TalentIndex in the hope that higher education institutions could align this data to their own perceptions or challenges in order to help them become more effective in their recruiting efforts. We believe that education fundamentally changes the world for the better. We believe that the people are what make the difference, and that hiring, engaging and facilitating the success of better talent makes the institution’s mission more attainable and more impactful”, Winskowicz said. “We hope that this annual benchmarking report will offer our higher education community the opportunity to compare their numbers to these benchmarks and insights, and potentially look to either improve upon or confirm their current strategies.”

Troy was joined by Brian Dickens, Associate VP & CHRO for Texas Southern University to provide input on what that data could reveal from a strategic perspective for his institution and for the institutions represented by the audience. “The TalentIndex is a great report of useful information to inform the future direction higher education human resources,” Dickens said. "This report finally captures trend data that helps us make more informed decisions on our current recruitment efforts and expenses; data that is hard to acquire in the Higher Ed industry.” Dickens said.

To obtain a complimentary copy of the TalentIndex report, please visit

For colleges and universities, attracting and retaining top job candidates often depends on also finding a position for the so-called “trailing” spouse or partner. More than a third of university faculty members nationally have a spouse or partner who also works in academia. Another 36 percent have a partner employed outside of higher education.

The Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC), which helps dual-career couples find jobs within commutable distances, recently expanded its services to allow a limited number of corporations, industries and other non-higher education institutions to join as associate members. Priority is given to companies with similar goals of recruiting and retaining top talent, and that offer job opportunities in disciplines requiring specialized training and advanced degrees

The Ohio, Western Pennsylvania, West Virginia HERC announced Cleveland Clinic as the first associate member of a regional HERC.

“The Cleveland Clinic is clearly committed to recruiting and retaining high-quality, diverse candidates, which is a primary goal of HERC nationwide,” said Joseph Vitale, Jr., interim vice president for human resources at Kent State University and chair of the OH/Western Pa/WV HERC Membership Committee.

Comprised of 33 colleges and universities in Ohio, Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia, and hosted at Case Western Reserve University, HERC provides a cooperative job-posting service that helps dual-career couples find positions in academia and institutions to land top candidates.

The network mainly serves dual-career couples in higher education, but also offers information about other professional career opportunities.

“We are delighted that the Cleveland Clinic has become the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium’s (HERC’s) first associate member,” said Nancy Aebersold, executive director of HERC Central. “Establishing this partnership within the Ohio/Western Pennsylvania/West Virginia HERC with such a prominent employer will provide a tremendous added benefit to dual-career couples seeking employment opportunities in the region.” 

 Visit the Ohio, Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia HERC website at:

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Academic Keys, founded by senior faculty and administrators, provides an online recruitment tool with access to high caliber candidates. Learn about member discounts with AcademicKeys here.


1. If you had one word to describe you’re your company is all about, what is it?
“Serve-qual-sults”. It’s a made up word combining service, quality and results. That’s what Academic Keys is known for.

2. What makes your service stand out in the higher education recruitment and retention field?
Our proprietary database of nearly 1 million registered candidates ranging from adjuncts to senior administrators is by far our number one asset enabling us to reach thousands of prospective candidates and referrals immediately. Plus we offer competitive rates and exemplary service.

3. What is the tool or resource you provide to clients that wins you the most accolades?
High quality candidates. At the end of the day institutions need great faculty and administrators. That’s what we deliver.

4. What is a trend you see in your field that affects higher education recruitment?
Institutions have fewer resources and more competition attracting top talent. They need to cast a wide net to attract a diverse pool of candidates. Shrinking budgets make that increasingly difficult. Academic Keys addresses this by offering enhanced searches at competitive rates.

5. Does your company have any new initiatives or products that would be of interest to HERC members?
We have an exciting initiative offering 3 levels of executive search services starting at  $9750. Clients choose the level of service that fits their needs and budget.
Traditional executive search firms are costly but the need for excellent candidates is as strong as ever.

6. Why is partnering with HERC important to your company?
Academic Keys is aligned with the core beliefs of HERCs:

  1. Partnering and collaboration provide the greatest opportunities. They are key to success in business and higher education.
  2. Academic Keys was founded by administrators to provide an organized, efficient recruitment tool with access to the highest caliber candidates.
  3. We believe in inclusion, equity, and diversity understanding the vital role they play in new and differing methods and approaches.  Our extensive, database reaches nearly 1 million diverse candidates across 50 states and 180 countries.

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WBB+McCormack is HERC's newest Trustee Level Partner.  WBB+McCormack is a joint venture between two minority-owned boutique search firms with its main offices in New York and California. 
Learn about member discounts with WBB+McCormack here.
1. If you had one word to describe what your company is all about, what is it? 


2. What makes your service stand out in the higher education recruitment and retention field?

A. A track record of completing searches at a range of private and public institutions.
B. Two-Year Candidate replacement guarantee – WBB+McCormack’s Two-Year Candidate replacement guarantee would apply to all professionals brought on board -- the longest guarantee in the search industry and our assurance of long-term performance and retention.  Should anyone hired by a HERC member institution be terminated for cause within two years from the date of hire, WBB + McCormack guarantee to replace the incumbent with a candidate of equivalent background and experience, should a HERC member wish, at no additional placement fee.
C. The Head of WBB+McCormack’s Higher Education Practice has over 20+ years experience in higher education including 11 years as a University Trustee.

3. What is the tool or resource you provide to clients that wins you the most accolades?

WBB + McCormack’s client management and project management methodologies and practices yield the most accolades.  

4. What is a trend you see in your field that affects higher education recruitment?

Creating an entrepreneurial model within the competitive higher education landscape to enhance quality student enrollment and increase student success.

5. Does your company have any new initiatives or products that would be of interest to HERC members?

Beyond traditional retained search, WBB+McCormack offers to its clients strategic pipelining, at times referred to as Project Access, a proprietary human capital management tool, which establishes relationships with diverse Centers-of-Influence; achieves diverse hires (women, people of color, LGBT and military service members (active and veterans), while simultaneously developing an inclusive pipeline of people assets for leadership succession and longer-term hiring needs. Further, Project Access will enable HERC members to brand themselves as a “talent magnet” for an emerging diverse demographic.

6. Why is partnering with HERC important to your company?

A HERC partnership with WBB+McCormack is important as it demonstrates a commitment to diversify the workforce within higher education to reflect the evolving representation of diverse students.   



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