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Guidelines for Conducting an Efficient and Successful Search

Affirmative Action and Equity Compliance
Summer Professional Development Series

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 from 8:30 am to 11:30 am
Room 345, Engineering Building


New EmployeeAffirmative Action and Equity Compliance will be conducting a Summer Professional Development Series for Faculty, SPS, and OS. The goal of the series is to provide practical information and resources to our employees that help foster fair and equal treatment of NIU employees, students, and the community. Each session will review the laws and policies that guide Affirmative Action at NIU as well as best practices and resources for implementing them in the workplace.

Learn during this session affirmative action guidelines and best practices for recruiting, interviewing, and hiring Supportive Professional Staff (SPS), and Operating Staff/Civil Service. This session will cover everything from posting the advertisement to completing the AA Part II, and Civil Service Hiring Record. Staff who process the hiring paperwork, participate on search committees, chair search committees, and/or serve as the hiring official for the search process will find this most helpful. A tentative agenda is as follows

  1. Conducting a Faculty or Supportive Professional Staff Search
    Introduction to Affirmative Action and Equity Compliance; Affirmative Action Representatives; Department Responsibilities; Search Committee Responsibilities; Confidentiality
  2. Initiating the Search
    Bona Fide Occupational Qualifications; Required Forms and Attachments; Where To Advertise; Developing a Publicity Budget; Forming the Search Committee; Communicating the Charge to the Search Committee
  3. During the Search
    Required Forms and Attachments, Receiving and Acknowledging Applications; Retaining Search Files; Complete and Incomplete Applications; Electronic Communication; Social Media; Technology Available to Support Search Process; Rating Sheets For Screening Applications; Pre-Interview Reference Checks; Post-Interview Reference Checks; Completing the Affirmative Action Recruitment Record: Part I; Itineraries; Legal and Illegal Inquiries; Establishing Interview Questions
  4. Concluding the Search
    Required Forms and Attachments; Committee Deliberations; Completing the Affirmative Action Recruitment Record: Part II; Addendums; Failed Searches; Contacts

For more information, contact Nikkita Carrington at or 815.753.6037

Affirmative Action and Diversity Resources
Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center

Registration Information:

This program is open to NIU administrators, faculty, instructors, and office support staff. Registered participants will receive session materials. Seating is limited and advance registration is required.

Registration Deadline: June 13, 2013. Due to the expensive nature of the program and the advance notice needed for arranging materials, please register by the deadline here and plan to attend the entire institute.

After you register, if you are unable to attend, please cancel your registration by June 14, 2013 at so that those on the waiting list may be given the opportunity to attend or costs can be reduced.

Last Updated: 07/16/2014