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 Foundation 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: www.ohwpawvherc.org