Harvard University is the host office for the New England Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (NE-HERC). The New England HERC was developed to address issues related to academic recruitment, particularly the dual-career challenge. The central component of the NE-HERC is 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. Through resource and information sharing, NE-HERC aims to support member institutions inattracting outstanding faculty, administrators, and staff.
Central location of job postings and regional resources, as well as the website's ability to accommodate dual-career searches, distinguishes NE-HERC from other employment websites.
HERC was created in Northern California with Stanford, University of California at Berkeley, and University of California at Santa Cruz as lead institutions and now has 35 members. Southern California and New Jersey/Eastern Pennsylvania/Delware have since adopted the model. With a combined total of more than 150 campuses since its inception in 2000, HERC has been recognized by several leading publications including the Chronicle of Higher Education and Women in Higher Education for its efforts in supporting academic communities.