SUNY Plattsburgh Campus Handbook


Dual Career Assistance at SUNY Plattsburgh

Approved by President's Cabinet on June 23, 2009  
Revised and Approved by Executive Council on August 7, 2012

Policy Number Policy Owner
4010.1 Human Resource Services

Revision History:

Date Version Change Ref Section
6/23/2009 1.0 New Document  
8/7/2012 2.0 Major Revisions  
4/8/2013 2.1 Minor Revisions  
9/2/2015 2.2 Minor Revisions  
1/11/2017 2.3 Minor Revisions  

Statement of Policy

SUNY College at Plattsburgh acknowledges the importance of attracting and retaining a quality workforce and supporting dual career couples for long-range benefits to the College. We offer placement advice and assistance whenever feasible and appropriate. SUNY College at Plattsburgh does not guarantee or promise employment to job seekers.

Providing Information

SUNY College at Plattsburgh includes this notice of dual career assistance on our website stating that we are an EEO/AA employer responsive to dual career couples. The Employee Assistance Program will also have information available for referrals for current employees. 

Search committees cannot legally ask potential hires about their partners. However, Hiring Authorities should provide information to all potential hires regarding Dual Career Assistance. Equal Employment Opportunity policies dictate that inquiries will not influence hiring or promotion decisions. Human Resource Services will provide the Dual Career Assistance Guidelines to all finalists upon request.


The spouse or domestic partner* of any candidate for a position at SUNY College at Plattsburgh is eligible for Dual Career Assistance Services. In addition, these services are available at any time to the partner of any SUNY College at Plattsburgh employee.

* Definition of a domestic partner in New York State: “A domestic partnership is one in which you and your partner are 18 years of age or older, unmarried and not related in a way that would bar marriage, living together, involved in a lifetime relationship and financially interdependent. To confirm a domestic partner relationship, you must show proof of being in the partnership for six months by providing proof of residency and financial interdependence.” (See Dual Career Eligibility Form, Appendix A)

Responding to a request for Dual Career Assistance

When any candidate or existing employee inquires about career assistance for a partner, a curriculum vitae and cover letter must be provided to their Dean or Vice President to begin the process. Subsequent steps depend on the type of employment being sought.

For special consideration of a partner hire due to market demand or campus need, an expedited process may be requested. The Dean or Vice President will evaluate the request and may develop a proposal for consideration and decision by the President's Cabinet.

Types of Employment Opportunities for the Partner

A complete list of open positions on campus is available on the Human Resource Services website.

The customary types of employment include:

  1. Academic
    1. Adjunct teaching (per course) opportunities. (Note: There is often a demand for on-line courses; training in the use of the appropriate system is provided.)
    2. Visiting positions (usually one year, full-time appointments)
    3. Full-time positions
  1. Non-Academic (Professional)
    1. Temporary or Term positions
    2. Part-time or full-time positions 
  1. Classified. 
    1. These positions are usually competitive and require completion of the New York State Civil Service Exam; full-time and part-time positions in clerical/maintenance/service.

Procedures for Pursuing Campus Employment Opportunities for the Partner

  1. Candidates or employees should request assistance from their Dean or Vice President in identifying employment at SUNY College at Plattsburgh for their partner.
  2. The Dean or Vice President requests a copy of the partner's curriculum vitae and other relevant materials [the Dual Career Eligibility Form (see Appendix A) and the Dual Career Information Sheet (see Appendix B)] be submitted to Human Resource Services.
  3. Upon receipt, this information is forwarded to the Department Chair and Dean of the College in which the accompanying partner is seeking employment. These administrators will explore the fit between the partner and the target department.  An HRS Representative will contact the partner seeking employment to provide assistance with the Online Recruitment System, if applicable.
  4. An accompanying partner, like any other candidate, must be systematically reviewed by the hiring department. If that department believes the accompanying partner has appropriate credentials and has skills that are compatible with the department's needs and mission they may request that the accompanying partner be considered for hire.    
  5. All normal appointment procedures and paperwork, including Authorization to Recruit and Search Waivers (if needed) must be completed.

Procedures for Pursuing Off-Campus Employment for the Partner

Interested candidates should contact Human Resource Services to be provided with information on local and regional job search opportunities. See also Web Resources for Job Seekers (Appendix C).

Monitoring and Oversight

The Affirmative Action Officer in cooperation with Human Resource Services will regularly collect and provide information on dual career requests and request outcomes to monitor the effectiveness of these guidelines in recruitment, retention, and enhancing diversity.  SUNY College at Plattsburgh recognizes the value of promoting opportunities for dual career partners and has established these guidelines to assist dual career couples. We cannot guarantee employment for anyone following these guidelines.


Fleig-Palmer, M., Murrin, J., Palmer, DK, Rathert, C. 2003. “Meeting the needs of dual-career couples in Academia.” CUPA-HR Journal. Fall/Winter, pp.12-15. 

“Model Dual-Career Program Guidelines for the University of Rhode Island.”
(Accessed 28 October 2008)

 “Partner Assistance Program.” Northern Arizona University. 
(Accessed 20 November 2008)

Stanford University. Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Studies. 2008. “Dual-Career Academic Couples: What universities need to know.”  
(Accessed 20 November 2008)


Contact Information

For questions about the Campus Handbook, please contact:

Management Services Office
Office: Kehoe 710-11
Phone: (518) 564-2538
Fax: (518) 564-2540
Email: [email protected]