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AAEOE expands services to recruit diverse, qualified workforce

February 24, 2021

Furthering a commitment to recruit a diverse and qualified pool of job candidates, NIU has expanded services to help university departments advertise open positions.

NIU has secured “job packs” with 16 prominent media vendors to advertise to a broader and more inclusive audience. The use of job packs is a cost effective and efficient way for NIU to advertise all open positions on a company’s job board for one flat rate.

In addition, media vendors scrape the university’s job board for positions and automatically advertise those positions on their respective sites. 

Not only will the new job packs reduce the time and effort it takes to get a position advertised externally, but they are also budget friendly. The advertising they provide will be offered free of charge to departments.  

Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity, and Education (AAEOE), under the umbrella of Academic, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ADEI), was intentional in selecting job pack vendors who reach broad and diverse audiences,” said Roselyn Snell, ADEI executive director, Affirmative Action officer and Americans with Disabilities Act coordinator.

“The use of job packs will help our departments cast a wide net to attract a qualified and diverse applicant pool. As an Institution, we are committed to equal opportunity and this is another demonstration of NIU’s commitment to recruiting a diverse and inclusive workforce.” 

The effort represents the ongoing efforts of leaders throughout campus to work together on proactive, affirmative steps to reach underrepresented and minority groups who may be interested in working at NIU.

It aligns with the university’s Affirmative Action Plan to build a more inclusive and diverse workforce and minimize underrepresentation of minority groups and underrepresented groups at NIU.

It also reflects the university’s mission to value and practice equity and inclusion, as well as President Lisa Freeman’s goals regarding diversity, equity and inclusion. One of those goals calls for continued efforts in the recruitment and hiring of qualified, diversity faculty and staff, and the job packs further support NIU’s commitment to removing barriers and allowing more access.

The wide range of vendors, together, represent a diverse and inclusive advertising plan that may minimize implicit bias in how NIU selects vendors and advertises open positions at NIU, Snell said.

Not only do the venues themselves reach wide audiences, but several also include a large database of several hundred other diverse avenues and venues for advertising positions, said Alan Clay, associate director for Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity.

Most of the vendors in the job packs will automatically scrape NIU’s job board on an unlimited, daily basis, Clay said, and NIU will have the ability to continually assess how many candidates are accessing the sites to make revisions if necessary.

“Another benefit is it kind of takes a lot of the burden away from departments of having to look at all the different types of advertising venues,” he said. “In the past, they’d have to do the research themselves, which can delay the process. Having these job packs at their disposal can take that burden away.”

Below are the media vendors that NIU has procured job packs with:

·         Chronicle of Higher Education

·         HigherEdJobs

·         Academic Keys

·         Diverse Issues in Higher Education

·         Asians in Higher Education

·         Blacks in Higher Education

·         Hispanics in Higher Education

·         Disabled in Higher Ed

·         LGBT in Higher Education

·         Native Americans in Higher Education

·         Veterans in Higher Education

·         Circa (formerly Local Job Network)

·         Women and Higher Education

·         Inside Higher Ed

·         Monster

·         Chronicle of Philanthropy