Search Firms and Exceptions

Search Firms

In consultation with Human Resources, hiring departments may use a search form for senior leadership positions and hard to fill positions. The hiring official must adhere to the University’s contract administration process for all search firm contracts. All search firms doing business with SMU must agree to comply with SMU’s policies and provide SMU with the information needed to meet the University’s recordkeeping obligations.


Under exceptional circumstances, it may be necessary for the University to hire an employee without complying with all provisions of this Policy. The hiring official must consult with Human Resources to determine if an exception is appropriate.  A request for an exception to the hiring process must be made in writing and must include an explanation of the business impact and circumstances necessitating an exception to standard recruitment procedures. Human Resources and the Office of Institutional Access and Equity must approve all exceptions to the hiring process.