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Diversity Recruitment Resources

The creation of a broad and diverse pool of prospects is an essential first step in the recruitment process. Effective staff and faculty searches are proactive processes in which hiring managers/committees energetically seek out promising prospects. No one should assume that every strong candidate automatically applies to Northwestern. Areas seeing a lower number of women and racial/ethnic minority applicants than would be expected should actively engage in outreach efforts that will attract and increase representation of competitive applicants from those groups.

Northwestern resources

Northwestern offices, including Human Resources the Office of the Provost, provide assistance and guidance for faculty and staff searches. 

Graystone Group Advertising

Northwestern partners with Graystone which specializes in both digital and print recruitment advertising for academia, healthcare, and public sectors. For more information on utilizing Graystone resources, reach out to Northwestern’s Talent Acquisition Team.

HR Talent Acquisition Partners

Northwestern’s Talent Acquisition team specializes in recruitment strategies for staff and can assist in providing resources for outreach and advertising beyond the above listed resources. Recruiting is an ever-changing field in the digital age and the Talent Acquisition partners specialize in keeping up to date on the changing markets and resources to help you best reach the qualified candidates you need.

Office of the Provost faculty search resources

It is essential and expected that faculty search committees conduct their activities in accordance with the Faculty Search Guidelines when filling any full-time tenure-line, or instruction or clinical faculty position with an appointment of 2 years or more. Additional resources to assist faculty search committees in conducting effective and inclusive searches may be found on the Provost’s Office website.

This includes a mandate for the designation of an Equity Representative for all full-time tenure-line, or instruction or clinical faculty position with an appointment of 2 years or more, faculty search committee. This individual is a senior faculty member serving on the search committee who is charged with helping to ensure objectivity throughout all phases of the search. The Equity Representative helps to educate search committee members around best practices and the role of implicit and explicit biases throughout the entire search process. 

Unconscious bias—also known as implicit social cognition—refers to thoughts and feelings that are outside of conscious awareness and control. Review online resources, a list of suggested strategies for minimizing bias in recruitment, and a selected list of academic studies and other articles on the topic.

Online recruitment and outreach

All jobs listed are posted online. If listed elsewhere it will be noted after the link.

General diversity recruitment

  • Diverse Issues in Higher Education: A powerful magazine addressing diverse issues in higher education.  (Online and Magazine Job Listings-All Job Types)
  • Diversity Careers: A diversity careers magazine featuring news, upcoming career events, and job openings for women and minorities involved in engineering, technology. (Online and Magazine Job Listings-All Job Types)
  • IMDiversity: Career site dedicated to providing jobs for underrepresented minorities and women, and other diverse job seekers looking for employment opportunities. 
  • Insight into Diversity: A magazine and website that provides the latest news on diversity and educates people about the many obstacles to equal opportunity in education, government, business, and culture. (Online and Magazine Job Listings-All Job Types)
  • The National Employment Minority Network Inc. (NEMNET): A national resource committed to helping schools and organizations address issues of staff diversity and providing employment and professional development. 

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender recruitment

  • LGBT Center on Halsted: Chicago-based center that is working hard to become the nation’s most innovative, comprehensive and preeminent LGBT community center. 
  • LGBTCareerLink Out & Equal: A program of the nation's pre-eminent not-for-profit organization dedicated to the LGBT community in the workplace. The website expands the scope of communication between prospective employees and employers. 
  • Out Professionals: A leading gay and lesbian professional networking organization. 

Veteran and disabled recruitment

  • Military.com: One of the largest veteran job boards in the world. 
  • VetJobs: A searchable database for former service members seeking work. It aids employers in reaching highly qualified personnel with unique experiences. 
  • HireVeterans.com: A job board dedicated to helping US military veterans find civilian jobs. 
  • AbilityLinks.org: A web-based community where job seekers with disabilities, inclusive employers and service providers meet and gain access to valuable networking opportunities. AbilityLinks has a strong focus on Illinois. 
  • ABILITYJobs.com: One of the largest resume banks with tens of thousands of job seekers with disabilities, from entry level candidates to PhD's. 
  • Over the Rainbow Association: An Illinois not-for-profit association dedicated to providing independent living solutions and employment opportunities for individuals with physical disabilities. (Online Job Listings and Employment Partnerships-All Job Types)

African American recruitment

  • The Black Collegian: The companion site of The Black Collegian Magazine, featuring free career development advice, industry profiles, job search and resume tools. (Online and Magazine Job Listings-All Job Types)
  • The Black EOE: Provides information to African Americans about employment opportunities, career training programs, and higher education scholarships. (Online and Journal Job Listings-All Job Types)
  • Chicago Defender:  A Chicago based African American weekly newspaper, with more than two-thirds of its readership located outside of Chicago. (Online and Newspaper Job Listings-All Job Types)
  • Chicago Urban League: Supports and advocates for economic, educational and social progress for African Americans through their agenda focused exclusively on economic empowerment as the key driver for social change. 
  • HBCU (Historically Black Colleges & Universities) Connect: An online destination for HBCU students, faculty, and alumni to connect, interact, and discuss the black college experience. 
  • The Michigan Chronicle: One of the largest African American weekly newspapers distributed to more than 31,000 people. (Online and Newspaper Job Listings-All Job Types)
  • NAACP Job Finder: Connects members with companies searching for professional and qualified employees. 
  • National Black Graduate Student Association (NBGSA): Recognized as the primary student organization addressing the needs of Black graduate students. NBGSA offers leadership training, professional development, mentoring opportunities, career placement services and more. 

Asian recruitment

Hispanic and Latino recruitment

  • Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement (HACE):  A resource for Latinos in the workplace and a source for expertise and insight for corporations seeking to access this growing community of professionals.
  • Hispanic Jobs: A job board geared toward bilingual jobs for English/Spanish-speaking professionals. 
  • Hispanic Network Magazine:  A Latino lifestyle, business and employment magazine. (Online and Magazine Job Listings-All Job Types)
  • Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education: Information news source and the sole Hispanic educational magazine for the higher education community and those involved in running institutions of higher learning. (Online and Magazine Job Listings-All Job Types)
  • iHispano.com: A job and career site specializing in providing online corporate recruitment of bilingual professional talent in the Hispanic community. 
  • National Latino Education Institute: A provider of quality employment training and placement services. 

Industry-focused resources

Diversity retention

Northwestern strongly encourages all employees including women and racial/ethnic minority employees to participate in educational and development activities to advance in their careers. Many of these resources/courses offered by the University are free for employees and the University also offers a great reduced tuition benefit for those programs that do have costs. 

Faculty career development initiatives

The Office of the Provost administers and sponsors several initiatives designed to help support and develop the careers of Northwestern's faculty. Whether you are looking for opportunities to connect with the Northwestern or surrounding communities, seeking support for travel-related to professional development opportunities, interested in pursuing a leadership role, or looking to make connections with other faculty at the University, we invite you to browse these pages and learn more about our ongoing efforts to support the excellence of our faculty.

Staff career development resources

HR Workplace Learning opportunities are offered by the Learning & Organization Development team, which provides trainings, workshops, consulting, coaching, retreats and tools for individuals, groups and organizations.

Northwestern MOOCs

Northwestern now offers all of its massive open online courses (MOOCs) at no cost to its students, alumni, faculty, and staff. You can now earn a Course Certificate and access all Northwestern MOOC content on Coursera free of charge.