Guiding or participating in an executive or leadership search is an important service to Virginia Commonwealth University. By providing a high touch, engaging, organized and inclusive search process, you play a part in recruiting and hiring talented, exceptional, diverse leaders who embody VCU’s mission and values.
If you are leading or participating* in a staff search** that utilizes a search committee at VCU, your first step should be to take the online search committee training. This will teach you about roles and responsibilities throughout the search, detail the search process from start to finish, explore unconscious bias and more. After completing the training, the module remains available as a resource to you throughout the search process.
These guides and toolkits are intended to expand your learning from the search committee training to the next level. They will help you further explore certain parts of the search (launching the search, advertising and recruiting, preparing an itinerary, etc.). They also provide sample agendas, itineraries, and quick tools to simplify your involvement in a search. The guides have been provided in order of the search process. Please note that the content in the leadership search toolkits and resources is intended for use by HR Professionals, HR Associates, search chairs, search committee members and hiring managers using a search committee for staff searches.
Find detailed information about toolkits and resources under each step below.
*Leading or participating in a search could include the following roles: hiring authority, search chair, search committee member, HR Professional or Associate; and administrative support for hiring authority or search chair.
**These guides and toolkits are intended for those involved in senior and executive staff searches, or other leadership staff searches that utilize a search committee. However, certain guides (ie “Writing an inclusive advertisement”, “Diversity interview questions”, etc.) can be utilized for many types of searches and positions.