October 27, 2003
Recruitment consortium launches first northern
California web site for jobs in higher education
By Scott Rappaport
The search for a job in higher education at Bay Area universities, community
colleges, and professional schools is now a lot less labor intensive
due to the development of a new web site.
|Chancellor M.R.C. Greenwood,
HERC director Nancy Aebersold, and San Jose State professor Andre
Willis at a press conference to announce the launch of the first
higher education job web site in northern California.
Nancy Aebersold is the director of the Higher Education Recruitment
Consortium, a group of 18 Bay Area campuses founded in 2000 by UCSC.
Photo: Scott Rappaport
The Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC)a group of
18 Bay Area campuses founded in 2000 by UC Santa Cruzhas just
announced the launch of www.bayareaherc.org,
the first higher education job web site in northern California.
The site is designed for a wide variety of job seekers to have access
to thousands of Bay Area higher education jobs--all in one place.
This represents a tremendous advance for people seeking a career
in higher education, noted HERC director Nancy Aebersold. Before
the HERC site was established, job seekers needed to contact 18 different
job sites at individual campuses to stay abreast of employment opportunities.
Job seekers have free access to the HERC web site and all of its features,
including the myjobs area that automatically sends e-mail
to potential applicants when jobs are posted that meet their profile.
The site is supported by participating campuses that pay annual membership
fees as members of the consortium.
At a press conference held on October 21 at UCSC Extension in Cupertino,
Chancellor M.R.C. Greenwood and Campus Provost/Executive Vice Chancellor
John B. Simpson joined speakers from Stanford University, San Jose State
University, and Foothill-De Anza Community College District to celebrate
the new web site and the diversity of HERC membership.
HERCs member campuses cover the entire spectrum of higher education,
including the University of California, California State University,
California Community Colleges, private universities, and professional
schools. The consortium draws its members from institutions ranging
from Sonoma County to Monterey, and east to Merced. The participants
work together to share resources, technology, networking, and outreach
programs in order to effectively recruit and retain qualified and diverse
Higher Education represents a significant economic force in the Bay
Area. HERC member campuses have a combined overall budget estimated
at more than $7 billion with over 20,000 faculty employees and 50,000
staff, administrative, and executive employees. Over the next five years,
HERC campuses will hire an estimated 20,000 new employees. In 10 years,
that number is expected to double to between 40,000 and 50,000 new employees.
Aebersold noted that higher education is a microcosm of the overall
Many job seekers may not be aware that higher education offers
opportunities for employment in a wide variety of career fields,
she said. In addition to faculty and research positions that are
typically associated with higher education, there are also positions
for lawyers, nurses, mechanics, engineers, web developers, accountants,
psychologists, animal care specialists, medical assistants, and many
others that can now all be found at one centralized web location.
Aebersold added that HERC also specializes in helping spouses and partners
of faculty and staff find jobs in the Bay Area, where dual incomes are
often a necessity in order to afford the high cost of living.
For more information about HERC, contact director Nancy Aebersold at
(831) 459-3891, or via e-mail.
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