Fairleigh Dickinson unites with New Jersey colleges
Online search system seeks to address work-family issues
Teaneck, NJ (December 2, 2005) — Fairleigh Dickinson University has joined with 27 other New Jersey colleges and universities to offer the region's first online jobs database aimed at helping higher education institutions attract and retain a diverse work force.
The New Jersey Higher Education Recruitment Consortium, which is free to job seekers, was launched November15 and allows job seekers to search the full range of positions at colleges and universities, including professor, secretary, laboratory technician and kitchen staff.
New Jersey colleges and universities are working to help change the way applicants approach their job searches and the way institutions engage in higher education recruitment.
“Fairleigh Dickinson is pleased to be a part of this new and exciting recruitment tool,” said Rose D’Ambrosio, interim director of human resources. “We believe it will help families in their desire to live in the New Jersey area and work in higher education. FDU has two campuses in New Jersey and, through this service, we will be able to reach a more diverse pool of applicants.”
The New Jersey database currently lists more than 1,700 academic and staff jobs at the participating colleges and universities, and is growing. Couples looking for two placements in academia may search for jobs at the same institution, a region of the state (north, central, south), or statewide. Universities and college officials have found that difficulty in addressing the job needs of applicants' partners was a major obstacle to attracting a diverse applicant pool.
The Web-based system is the first of its kind on the East Coast and the first statewide Higher Education Recruitment Consortium in the country, though it was inspired by a similar initiative in California.
"We want to collaborate effectively to develop a family-friendly recruiting movement that will help New Jersey institutions retain a diverse group of faculty and staff," said Gilda Paul, director of the New Jersey consortium, which is housed at Princeton University.
For a list and more information about participating New Jersey institutions, visit www.njherc.org.