As required by law, NC State complies with affirmative action activities and reporting as put forth in Executive Order 11246: Equal Employment Opportunity.
Affirmative action in employment involves the active recruitment of qualified underrepresented populations, including the public advertisement of jobs in non-traditional venues. Organizations may set goals to diversify their workforce by a certain date to encourage managers to make concerted efforts to cast a wide net in favor of qualified minorities and/or women. Although such measures are often confused with “quotas,” the “goals and timetables” specified in Executive Order 11246 do not mandate the hiring or promotion of a specific number of minority or female candidates. Quotas are not legal and are not part of affirmative action.
NC State recognizes that the recruitment, hiring and retention of a diverse workforce are essential to the university community. Learn more about “Promoting Diversity in Hiring.”
Equal Employment Opportunity at NC State
The development and implementation of NC State’s Equal Employment Opportunity Plan (also referred to as the Affirmative Action Plan) is vital to the strategic advancement of diversity and inclusion at NC State. Beyond the legal obligation to develop an EEO Plan that includes workforce analysis, availability data and placement goals for women and minorities, an annual review of university hiring practices and processes is widely regarded as a best practice to ensure the recruitment and selection of diverse qualified individuals.
Unit equity officers from each NC State college and division are assigned to submit an Affirmative Action Status Report on an annual basis to report on their unit’s action plan progress for the preceding year. Plans are due annually by June 1.
Recruitment and Hiring
Candidates selected for hire form the foundation and the future of our university. Every job on campus contributes to creating and maintaining an environment in which students and employees feel welcome to live, learn and work. Our success in maintaining an inclusive balance directly impacts our ability to retain the best students, faculty and staff.
Have a question about hiring practices? Equal Opportunity and Equity answers questions and provides search committee training designed to assist you.
Search committees at NC State have the important responsibility of hiring talented individuals to join the university community. Search committee training is a tool for NC State faculty, staff and students who are members or chairs of a search committee.
Equal Opportunity and Equity offers live and online module training options. Either option enables NC State participants to learn more about how to conduct an equitable and inclusive hiring process. Participants who are active in the recruitment process should plan to take the online module once per year and attend an in-person training session once every three years. Registration for both training opportunities is available in the REPORTER system.
If you have questions about the hiring process or about how to register for a training opportunity, please contact Equal Opportunity and Equity at email@example.com or 919.513.0574.
Use the resources below to help guide you through a successful search process.
- Guidelines: The guidelines assist you in helping to make NC State a great place to work through compliant employment practices. The guidelines discuss applicable federal and state laws plus applicable NC State policies.
- Guidelines for Recruiting a Diverse Workforce: The guidelines assists deans, department heads and search committee members in conducting equitable searches.
- Pre-Employment Inquiry Guidelines: Legal guidelines for permissible questions during the interview and recruitment phase as well as those that must be avoided to comply with anti-discrimination laws and to reduce legal liability.
- Diversity Recruitment Resources: A list of resources for people who would like more information regarding available resources within the University and the state/federal level.
- Search Committee Resources: These documents have been created by EOE and Human Resources to assist search committees.
- Job Posting and Background Check Requirements
- Sample Rubric and Evaluation Matrix- Program Coordinator (PDF)
- Sample Job Posting- Training Specialist in Research Administration
- Sample Evaluation Matrix- Training Specialist in Research Administration (downloadable Google Sheets)
- Sample Interview Questions
- Example Guidance Letter to Participants in Search Process
- Reference Check Guidelines
- Telephone Reference Check
- Recruiting Diverse Faculty: Offers training for units and departments focusing solely on the faculty hiring process. This program dives further into the search process by looking at how faculty diversity impacts a unit and shows participants how to utilize these techniques to reach a broad base of applicants. To schedule a training, please contact Daniel Dougherty.