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Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC)

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About the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC)

HERC is a non-profit membership organization consisting of over 600 colleges, universities, hospitals, research labs, government agencies and related non-and for-profit organizations.  HERC offers the largest database of higher education and related jobs in the world. Its central coordinating office and fourteen regional offices work collaboratively on HERC-wide initiatives.  The Tides Center is the National HERC office fiscal sponsor providing 501c3 non-profit status as well as legal, governance, HR, and administrative support.  HERC advances member institutions' ability to recruit and retain the most diverse and talented workforce and to assist dual-career couples.  For more information about HERC visit http://hercjobs.org.

Alliance Activities

ODEP and HERC agree to work together to carry out the following activities: 

Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy Kathy Martinez and Higher Education Recruitment Consortiums' Mid-Atlantic Director Paula Alfone
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy Kathy Martinez and Higher Education Recruitment Consortiums' Mid-Atlantic Director Paula Alfone

ODEP Assistant Secretary Kathy Martinez, and Paula Alfone, HERC Director, sign the Alliance agreement.

  • Share expertise and disseminate information on hiring, advancing, and retaining workers with disabilities, including veterans with disabilities in positions in higher education.
  • Promote and disseminate information on ODEP resources to HERC member universities, and others. ODEP resources include, but are not limited to, the Job Accommodation Network (JAN), the Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN), the Workforce Recruitment Program and promising practices/policies to increase disability inclusion in HERC member universities. And likewise utilize such ODEP resources to share the job opportunities available through HERC to workers with disabilities, including veterans with disabilities.
  • Develop and publicize resources on the value of hiring and retaining talented workers with disabilities including veterans with disabilities in higher education.  Such resources include, but are not limited to, educational materials, success stories, and case studies developed collaboratively or by individual parties.
  • Identify issues of specific concern to higher education employers to which the Alliance should direct particular attention and resources, and determine how best to communicate relevant information to this constituency.
  • Speak, exhibit, and/or appear at mutually agreed upon ODEP and HERC events.
  • As appropriate, convene and/or participate in stakeholder meetings focused on forging innovative strategies for recruiting, hiring, retaining and promoting candidates with disabilities.
  • Provide technical assistance to employers and employees regarding replicable disability employment strategies, policies and effective practices.
  • Participate in meetings and/or discussions with representatives from other ODEP Alliances to exchange information on various disability employment issues that are being addressed and to explore opportunities for additional collaborative activities.
  • Carry out other activities, as mutually agreed upon, that promote the hiring, advancement, and retention of individuals with disabilities in higher education.
  • Build awareness and increase use of the Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) as a pipeline for university recruiters and other human resource professionals.

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