Identify Outreach Efforts

Please utilize best practice recruitment strategies to define the plan for outreach and advertising by announcing the job opportunity to a broad audience through a national publication and by sending the job announcement to targeted groups to develop the largest, most qualified, and diverse applicant pool possible. Consider the following:


Adopt an advertising strategy that includes announcements to a broad audience, as well as postings targeted to women and underrepresented groups. Utilize these resources:
  • By the office of Academic Recruitment Services, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and The Department of Labor.
  • Departments at other universities
    • Faculty and academic administrators at other UC campuses
    • Faculty and academic administrators at other universities, including minority-serving institutions
    • Former students and alumni
  • Web sites
    • Academic and professional associations (including committees within these associations)
  • Directories and Rosters of prestigious fellowship programs at both pre- and post-doctoral levels, including those that support individuals from diverse backgrounds, for example:
  • Listservs and email groups
    • Consult with colleagues and/or make personal contact by email, telephone, or letter, and ask them to identify potential applicants, including those from diverse backgrounds.
    • Ensure that search committees document outreach efforts (for example, committee members should cc: key department support staff on e-mails to solicit applicants).
    • Identify individuals who have achieved excellence outside academe, and contact them or send the position announcement to them
      • Market the department and the campus — showcase UCSD as an "employer of choice" offering academic excellence, diversity, and family accommodation programs.
  • Cultivate Future Candidates
    • Create opportunities to recruit applicants, including women and underrepresented groups, at conferences you attend.
    • dentify individuals who have excelled in less highly ranked academic settings than UCSD, and contact them or send the position announcement to them.

Evaluate the effectiveness of the outreach and search efforts. Passing on this evaluation to future search committees will help them do a better job.


The Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, in collaboration with the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, has secured continuing and additional institutional advertising agreements with the following resources:

  • Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC)
  • Diverse Education /
  • America's Job Exchange

These resources provide advertising that complies with Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs requirements; demonstrates broad outreach efforts to diverse, military, and disabled jobseekers; and increases applicant-pool diversity.  The EVCAA and VCEDI offices have underwritten 100% of the cost of these institutional agreements, and there is no additional cost to the departments for using them.

Please include these three advertising/outreach resources in all academic recruitment plans, along with the department’s own diversity and discipline-specific outreach resources.

If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Park at Ext. 25862


HERC provides recruitment advertising discounts and more

As a member of the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC), UC San Diego is able to provide numerous benefits to SIO, Health Sciences, and General Campus departments in their efforts to recruit high-caliber, diverse faculty and staff.  HERC has negotiated partnerships and discounts for services and memberships that are available to all departments.  HERC member discounts include many discipline-specific and diversity-oriented recruitment advertising options.  The types of organizations offering discounts to HERC’s member institutions include the following:

  • Societies, publications and organizations within various academic disciplines
  • Academic publishers
  • Diversity consulting and conference services
  • Diversity employment websites and publications
  • Broad-spectrum employment websites
  • Housing and relocation assistance firms
  • Recruitment advertising firms  
  • Non-profit and higher education consultants
  • Talent management firms
  • Work/life consultants

To view the full list of discounts, go to