Recruiting for diversity

Affirmative Action Plan

Northern Arizona University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. Supervisors are responsible for increasing representation of underrepresented groups as outlined in the Affirmative Action Plan.

Recruitment ideas

Personal and professional networking

  • Expect everyone in your department to be a recruiter for your open positions.
  • Have each person be responsible for referring at least two individuals to your posting.
  • Don't pass up recruiting currently-employed colleagues.

Targeted recruiting

  • Identify minority organizations and send job postings.
  • Make a personal phone call and discuss your opening with the organization.

Culturally-aware job announcements

  • Write your job announcement with diversity and cultural awareness in mind.
  • Don't rely on Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action statements.
  • A well-written ad or announcement will attract a more diverse pool of applicants.

Give a job posting enough time

  • Work with Human Resources to understand the diversity of your pool as it develops.
  • Consider keeping the posting open longer if the diversity is not sufficient.
  • Don't stop recruiting until the job closes.