Intended for anyone involved in the search: Please utilize this guide when writing a job posting. Remember, the posting is what will be used to inform your advertisements and ultimately sell your position to candidates. Job ads need to be engaging and appeal to candidates who are often passive and already employed but curious about new opportunities.
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Source: Society for Human Resources Management
This guide is intended for anyone involved in the search. The way an advertisement is written can be a major attraction or hindrance for job applicants from underrepresented groups. The following guidelines provide suggestions and recommendations to help you write more inclusive advertisements to attract a more diverse applicant pool.
The following are extremely important:
“VCU HR invites applications for two openings for the position of: Assistant or Associate Director of Employee Engagement. The University seeks to attract an active, culturally and professionally diverse staff of the highest caliber, skilled in building out new programs, discovery, application, and integration of knowledge. The University is a doctoral granting public institution that enrolls about 31,000 students, 45% minority, 30% underrepresented minority, 1,709 first professionals and 1,260 international students, representing 101 countries. VCU HR is committed to retaining a culturally diverse group of employees that will support initiatives that help these students flourish. VCU HR has developed core competencies that embody accountability/ integrity; achievement; collaboration; diversity; innovation; and service excellence. We would welcome you to join our team.
Intended for anyone involved in the search. This language was developed in partnership with VCU University Relations and can be used in an advertisement, position profile, prospectus, etc.
Virginia’s nationally ranked public research university is a vibrant place where discovery and creativity go hand in hand, and differences are celebrated and embraced. The university plays an integral role in the vitality of its home city of Richmond, Virginia, which is constantly receiving recognition for the richness of its cultural scene and entrepreneurial spirit.
VCU dates to 1838 with the formation of the Medical Department of Hampden-Sydney College, whose mission was to educate physicians in central Virginia. The college was later renamed Medical College of Virginia. In 1968, Richmond Professional Institute merged with the Medical College of Virginia to become what is now known as Virginia Commonwealth University.
Located in downtown Richmond, the state capital of Virginia, VCU enrolls more than 31,000 students in more than 200 degree and certificate programs across its campuses: the downtown Monroe Park and MCV campuses in Richmond; the Rice Rivers Center in Charles City, Virginia; separate campuses in Fairfax, Virginia, and Charlottesville, Virginia, for the School of Pharmacy; and a campus in Doha, Qatar, for the School of the Arts.
VCU is designated as a research university with very high research activity by the Carnegie Foundation, garnering more than $271 million in sponsored research from federal and other agencies. The National Science Foundation ranked VCU among the top 100 in the country and VCU researchers consistently receive top honors in the state and in their fields.
This research enterprise and the influence of having the nation’s No. 1 public graduate arts school, ensures students receive unique educational experiences that equip them with a creative mindset that sets them apart.
VCU’s contributions in talent, innovation and entrepreneurialism, regional stewardship and local culture shape the economic impact and overall quality of life in the region. Students dedicate more than 1.3 million hours annually in service to the community and VCU as a whole generates more than $6 billion in economic activity and supports 63,000 jobs in Virginia.
VCU values its unique perspectives which fuel its commitment to diversity and inclusion. Students would say that the best thing about VCU is its diversity.
VCU’s mission, under the leadership of President Michael Rao, Ph.D., is to advance knowledge and student success through its commitments to:
VCU, its health system and other related entities have cash and investments of about $3 billion, which includes $840 million in endowment funds.
Established as the commonwealth’s capital in 1780, Richmond, Virginia, is a vibrant mix of history, diverse culture and real-world opportunities. Its rich history is much in evidence in the architecture, the Capitol grounds and the cobblestone streets around the city. Distinct neighborhoods, cozy restaurants and cafes and quaint local markets give the city, an intimate feel, but theaters, galleries, music festivals, sports attractions and a steady stream of annual events bring RVA -- as locals call the region -- to life. With the historic James River and 550 acres of parks bordering it, bike trails, wineries, breweries, a flourishing arts, entertainment and restaurant scene and affordable suburbs, this small city with a low cost of living punches well above its weight in terms of attractions and buzz.
Richmond’s location in the middle of the state allows for day or weekend trips to the beach, the Blue Ridge Mountains or Virginia’s many wineries (Travel + Leisure magazine named Virginia one of its five wine regions in the world to visit now). Richmond’s location places VCU within a two-hour drive of Washington, D.C., and a multitude of excellent institutions of higher education. It is within a day’s drive of 50 percent of the nation’s population and is in the path of growth in the mid-Atlantic metropolitan corridor. The Richmond metropolitan area is also home to 10 Fortune 1000 companies, a broad base of financial companies, hospitals and media firms, high-tech manufacturing companies and state and local government agencies. TIME magazine’s No. 2 city in the United States for attracting millennial talent, Richmond is one of the fastest-growing tech hubs in the country.
Beyond Richmond, CNBC has named Virginia as the number one state in the country to do business. It has accomplished this by bringing in over $18.5 billion in capital investment and over 50,000 new jobs; investing in education; expanding access to quality healthcare for all; making sure everyone has access to opportunity; and more. Suffice to say, Virginia is full of growth and opportunity.