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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)November 15, 2005

(Mahwah) – Ramapo College of New Jersey is among 28 New Jersey colleges and universities that have teamed up 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 (HERC), which is free to job seekers, was launched November 15 and allows job seekers to search the full range of positions at colleges and universities, including professor, secretary, laboratory technician, administrative and kitchen staff.

“The leadership and faculty of Ramapo College are committed to increasing the quality and diversity of the members of our community.  Being part of a recruitment tool like HERC, which targets people actively seeking higher education careers, and collaborating with institutions like Princeton and Rutgers, we hope will expose Ramapo to more talented people than ever before,” says Stephen Roma, associate director of human resources at Ramapo College.

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. In that state, two regional groups offer separate databases for colleges and universities in northern and southern portions of the state.

Princeton and Rutgers universities initiated the New Jersey consortium as part of a continuing effort to address work-family issues facing higher education. The consortium is remarkable for uniting both private and public institutions from across the higher-education spectrum — universities, colleges and community colleges — to expand the recruitment of job candidates.

“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. “We hope to someday be part of a national group of education consortia as more colleges and universities collaborate across the country.”

For a list and more information about participating New Jersey institutions, visit www.njherc.org.

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Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by CollegesofDistinction.com, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on Niche.com, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.

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