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Open a Position

Before contacting Human Resources to begin recruiting on your position, you should understand your school or unit's internal recruitment process. Your department/business administrator is a valuable resource to ensure you are completing the necessary steps. 

Once you have completed the initial steps within your school or unit, you are ready to work with Human Resources to finalize the job description, determine the position term, complete the Position Management Process (if applicable) and create a job opening in myHR.

Finalize a job description

New positions

Backfill positions

Determine the position term 

In most cases, regular staff positions do not have a set end date; they are indefinite. However, in some circumstances, regular staff positions are set up as Term Positions with a predetermined end date. Term positions are generally used when there is limited grant funding for the position, or the department is in transition and unable to commit to an indefinite position. When hiring for a Term Position, the term length must be included in the job posting.

Complete the Position Management Process

On February 5, 2018, Northwestern adopted a university-wide Position Management Process to review position requests for regular staff as well as, temporary workers and contractors, to ensure budget availability, enhance organizational effectiveness, and strengthen alignment of positions to school/unit strategy. A process to review requests for staff additional pay also went into effect. Visit the Position Management Process website to determine if your position is subject to this process.

Create a Job Opening in myHR

Once your position is created, and it has been approved through the Position Management Process, you can initiate the job opening in myHR. Learn more about the steps needed to post your job.