Staff Diversity Recruitment


There are steps you can take during the hiring process to find qualified diverse candidates for your open positions – and we’re here to help! Human Resources can assist you with developing a customized recruitment plan, including:

  • Posting a Job – Crafting the job description to attract as broad a pool of diverse candidates as possible
  • Publicizing the Position – Developing a communication strategy to make more diverse candidates aware of the position
  • Evaluating the Candidates – How to organize the candidate evaluation process to give full consideration to the education and experience of candidates from non-traditional backgrounds

Each of these is described in more detail below.  We are available to help you at every step--just contact HR Recruitment Services (581-6033) or your Service Team Member. Find your Service Team or call the HR Hotline at 801-585-1987.

Posting a Job

Consider adding language to your existing Job Postings to attract a more diverse applicant pool. For example, many Job Postings include this job qualification:

  • Demonstrated human relations and effective communication skills are also required.

Consider revised language which expands and emphasizes diversity and inclusion:

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse communities and cultures.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with colleagues who represent a diversity of work and conflict resolution styles.
  • Strong relationship building skills working with individuals from diverse communities and cultures.

Similar language can be included in the job responsibilities section of your Job Posting, tailored to the specific job. For example:

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in informal and formal teams with individuals from diverse communities and cultures.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a team of colleagues who represent a diversity of work and conflict resolution styles.
  • Works with staff and faculty from a variety of backgrounds and experiences to resolve issues.
  • Demonstrated commitment to recruiting and hiring diverse candidates.
  • Demonstrated leadership and conflict resolution skills among people from a variety of cultures and backgrounds.

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement

As an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, the University of Utah includes standard language within Job Postings that reflects the institution's commitment to diversity:

"Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. The University of Utah is committed to diversity in its workforce. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply."

Publicizing the Position

Broadly publicize your job opportunities. Online job boards, relationships with colleagues and professional organizations, and outreach to local community agencies and resources are effective ways to increase exposure to diverse populations.

Job Boards

Some job boards are free, while others charge a fee for services. In some cases, HR has negotiated a discounted rate for University postings. Some of the job boards most frequently used by the University of Utah that provide diversity exposure include the following:

Fee-Based, General Job Boards with Diversity Exposure partner websites:
Women African American Hispanic
NiaOnline Urban Peeps SER National
National Assoc. of Female Execs Diario La Estrella
Blue Suit Mom Black Web Portal MSN Latino
Womens Wall Street N'Digo Univision
Woman Links BlackLiving Hispanic Today
Contemporary Moms Houston Black Directory
A Woman's Resource US Black El Nuevo Herald
Her Online Black Perspective
Women in Business & Industry partner websites:
Hispano Asian Avenue
AMightyRiver Black Planet
Glee Kappa Alpha Psi
Hire Disability MSWorkplace
NY Urban League  

Fee-Based, Higher Education & Diversity Focused Job Boards

Colleagues and Professional Organizations

Professional groups are an excellent avenue for publicizing your openings, particularly for those positions requiring highly specialized skill sets. Many organizations have online job boards, which offer no-cost or low-cost posting options for members. Remember to include language in these postings which expresses the University’s commitment to diversity.

Local Community Agencies

The Employment Services Department develops and maintains relationships with community organizations to enhance diversity recruitment at the local level. Our relationships with these community organizations provide easier access to diverse populations to employment opportunities at the University of Utah. A few of these are listed below:

  • University Neighborhood Partners – UNP (Local Community Recruitment)
  • Department of Workforce Services (Minority & Veteran Recruitment)
  • Catholic Community Services (Minority Recruitment)
  • People Helping People - PHP (Single Mothers)
  • Pioneer Adult Rehabilitation Center – PARC (Disabled)
  • Utah State Office of Vocational Rehabilitation(Disabled)

Evaluating the Candidates

Candidate screening and evaluation is a critical component in the recruitment process. When a Committee is conducting the search, or when candidates will be interviewed by a number of groups and individuals, we recommend a diverse interviewing group be involved.

A diverse interviewing team / search process helps ensure that candidates are not evaluated against outdated and/or biased standards. Throughout the evaluation process, keep in mind the key qualifications specified in the job posting. To ensure the integrity of evaluation process, these criteria should not be compromised.