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Hiring & Onboarding

Recruiting high-caliber talent is critical to fulfilling Northwestern's strategic priorities and the advancement of the university's mission. 

This section provides helpful information, tools and resources to help you navigate the hiring and onboarding processes at Northwestern. Those involved in the hiring process vary by type of employee. 


Position Approval Process: Effective October 8, 2021, the Position Approval Committee (PAC) will be discontinued. Process updates will be posted this week. PAC will meet for the final time the week of October 11 to review any outstanding requests in its queue. If you have any questions, please continue to use the PAC email address at


Salary History Ban: On July 31, 2019, an amendment to the Illinois Equal Pay Act of 2003 was signed into law, which prohibits employers from inquiring into a job applicant’s salary and benefit history. The law became effective September 29, 2019. For more information on what is, and is not, allowed under the law, visit our Salary History Ban page.


Information about faculty hiring is available on the Office of the Provost website.

Northwestern Medicine has its own hiring process. Contact your Department/Business Administrator for more information on Northwestern's hiring process.