We're focused on recruiting employees who will enhance and contribute to our community of diverse people, ideas and services. We'll work closely with you to develop an effective recruitment plan.

Preparing to Hire

Before you can hire an employee, you need to do some preparation. One of the key components of the hiring process is the job description. Learn about writing job descriptions at NIU.

Once you've created a job description, the position must be classified appropriately. We'll work with you to classify the position based on the responsibilities and requirements in the job description. The position classifications are:

  • Civil service
  • Extra help
  • Faculty
  • Graduate assistant
  • Student
  • Supportive professional staff

You'll complete many recruitment tasks on PeopleAdmin, our online system.


The hiring process varies, depending on how the position you're hiring for is classified. You must follow equal opportunity guidelines to ensure a fair and unbiased hiring process.

Equal Opportunity

We work with the Office of Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity and Education to ensure that our recruitment and hiring processes are unbiased. You must follow certain equal opportunity guidelines to ensure a fair and inclusive process.

Employment Eligibility

We comply with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. This act makes it illegal for us to knowingly hire a nonresident who isn't authorized to work in the U.S., or to continue to employ someone after finding out they're not authorized.

The law also requires us to verify the employment authorization and identity of everyone we hire, including U.S. citizens. New status employees must provide appropriate documentation by completing an I-9 form on or before their first day of work. Non-status employees must complete all necessary employment paperwork on their first day of work.

NIU is an E-Verify employer. This means we provide I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification information to the E-Verify internet-based system from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration to confirm employment eligibility.

If you have any questions, contact your Human Resource Services employment contact.

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