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Support for Families

The Office of the Provost is dedicated to making sure  all faculty members have access to resources that help balance work with home life. Explore the following resources to get started.

Family Friendly Benefits

The Office of Work/Life Resources, a division of the Office of Human Resources, has a wide range of programming available to assist faculty with a diverse array of family and personal needs. These include assistance with childcare and eldercare, relocation, the Employee Assistance Program and more. Northwestern offers a backup childcare reimbursement program which can be used for a sitter or center when regular childcare arrangements are disrupted. Faculty can also use the reimbursement to pay a sitter to attend an on-campus meeting, conference, or other event outside of their regular childcare hours. Subsidized senior and adult backup care is also available.

Dependent Care Professional Travel Grant

The Dependent Care Travel Grant offers funds to cover your dependent care costs incurred during short-term travel to attend meetings, conferences, or other professional development opportunities.

Policy on Family Leave

Read the Policy on Family Leave for information on childbearing, adoption, and childrearing leaves.

Employment Assistance for Faculty Spouses/Partners

Northwestern has partnered with the Greater Chicago Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (GC HERC), which includes other area educational institutions such as the University of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, Argonne, and Fermilab.  Through the sharing of information and resources, the GC HERC supports its member institutions in attracting outstanding faculty, administrators, and staff, with a particular focus on assisting dual-career couples. GC HERC contains a web-based search engine that includes listings for both faculty and staff jobs at all member institutions and is available at no charge to anyone seeking employment in higher education. The search engine allows users to link two profiles and find jobs that match both search criteria.   

Northwestern Career Advancement invites all faculty and their spouses/partners to attend any career-related events and programs on both the Evanston and Chicago campuses.  In addition, spouses and partners can contact NCA for a consultation appointment with the Executive Director.  Please have your academic department office email Mark Presnell, the Executive Director of Northwestern Career Advancement, to request arrangements on your behalf.