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Division of Human Resources

Roles and Responsibilities

The following roles play an important part in the search committee process.

Hiring Manager

  • Identifies hiring need, develops the position description, recruitment plan, organizational chart and other recruitment related documents.
  • Identifies search committee members.
  • Collaborates with the Diversity Advocate to ensure recruitment strategies align with affirmative action goals.
  • Ensures that there are no conflicts of interest regarding the committee members and the applicant (Please see attestation form [pdf])
  • Sets clear expectations for search committee.
  • Informs search committee members of how candidates will be evaluated and reviewed based on the requirements listed in the position description.


Search Committee Member

  • Possesses knowledge of the substantive area and the technical expertise to effectively evaluate candidates' qualifications.
  • Embodies a diverse representation of the university population, including members with a demonstrated commitment to diversity.
  • Responsible for reviewing applicants as directed by the hiring manager and provide comments on the qualifications of applicants.
  • Participates in the entire interview process and recommends final applicant.
  • Maintains a strict level of confidentiality to protect the privacy and integrity of the search process.


Diversity Advocate

  • Asks essential questions and actively monitors the process regarding affirmative action goals.
  • Creates a judgment free culture of pointing out bias or the potential for bias.
  • Certifies effective recruitment strategies are established to identify qualified candidates of underrepresented groups.
  • Monitors the demographic composition of the applicant pool to ensure diversity at all stages of the process.


Office of Talent Acquisition 

  • Provides departments with written notification of underutilization data as verified by the Office of Equal Opportunity Programs.
  • Advertises positions on USC Jobs, Inside HigherEd, Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC) and Insight into Diversity.
  • Provides consultation and customizable recruitment plans as needed.
  • Ensures accurate and complete recruitment and selection guidelines and procedures.

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