Dual-career issues have emerged as an important consideration in faculty development at universities across the nation. Dual-career households now constitute the majority (65%) of households in the U.S. (Clayman Institute for Research on Gender, 2008). The Office of Faculty Development and Diversity works closely with colleagues across the university to develop dual-career programs and to provide assistance that enhances each School's ability to recruit and retain faculty who relocate to accept a position. These programs have been designed to assist the accompanying spouse or partner in identifying career opportunities.
Harvard University is also the host institution for the New England Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (NE-HERC). A collaboration of 70 colleges, universities, laboratories and teaching hospitals in the area, the New England HERC advances member institutions’ ability to recruit and retain the most diverse and talented faculty and staff and to assist dual-career couples.
The New England HERC web site, www.newenglandherc.org, is a free database of close to 3,000 job openings at member institutions, including faculty, staff, and medical positions. The central location of job openings and regional resources, as well as the website's ability to accommodate dual-career searches, distinguishes NE-HERC from other employment websites. The robust network of Human Resources and Faculty Affairs professionals within the HERC network also enhances the experience of dual-career job seekers who are served.
For more information on the NE HERC, please visit newenglandherc.org.