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About Northern California HERC


To promote equity and excellence in higher education recruitment in Northern California.


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


  • Attract the most talented and diverse candidates to our member institutions.
  • Advance the efforts of member institutions to assist dual-career couples.
  • Promote Northern California higher education as an employment sector of choice.
  • Ensure our members remain on the cutting edge of best recruitment and retention practices.

NorCal HERC was established in 2000 as a collaborative response of colleges and universities in Northern California to the many challenges of academic recruitment and retention.  NorCal HERC’s core values are excellence and diversity in Northern California’s higher education workforce and the promotion of work/life balance through assistance to dual career couples.

Who We Are

NorCal HERC is composed of a diverse group of public and private colleges and universities in Northern California that include research universities, doctoral and master’s institutions, affiliated medical schools and teaching hospitals, four-year colleges, and community colleges. Visit the NorCal HERC Employers  page for details about our member institutions.

Member representatives include institutional leaders, academic and faculty affairs professionals, human resources managers and administrators, diversity officers, dual career consultants, and work-life personnel.

NorCal HERC is governed by an Advisory Board drawn from its member institutions and administered by the NorCal HERC Coordinator.

Marcia  Hoffman
"Becoming involved with the HERC gave HR a platform to really connect with our Provost and Deans in exploring best practices for attracting and retaining the best faculty and staff, far beyond supporting the online recruitment process. It is really useful to be able to direct prospective candidates to the resources on the HERC sites, and tap into the many resources available there, especially those for dual career couples. Yet, what I value most in being a member of our HERC is developing relationships and sharing ideas with others in the field who have a similar mission."

- Marcia K. Hoffman, Executive Director of Human Resources, Bucknell University

Featured Member Institutions

NorCal HERC Member Directory