Cornerstone and JDXpert Information

The university is transitioning to a new applicant tracking system (ATS) in summer 2022. The ATS is the web-based tool that job applicants use to browse and apply for open faculty and staff positions at the university, and which search committees and HR professionals use internally to manage recruitment workflows. The new system, Cornerstone, will replace our current system, HireTouch, for all University of Illinois System campuses. Cornerstone will modernize the applicant experience, aiding in our efforts to recruit the best candidates to join us as well as presenting administrative efficiencies not available in HireTouch.

In addition to Cornerstone, the university has also implemented a new tool called JDXpert, to create and maintain job descriptions. JDXpert is integrated with Cornerstone to allow for a seamless process from job description to posting. It also features a searchable repository of job descriptions, templates, and electronic signature capabilities. These features will significantly streamline processes to collect signed job descriptions and allow for greater unit ability to update and modify job descriptions. JDXpert went live on June 13.

Over the last year, the UIUC ATS project team including representatives from Illinois Human Resources, the Office for Access and Equity, and a wide range of colleges and administrative units, has been working to ensure a smooth transition.  Please contact OAE or your college/unit HR representative if you have questions about how the Cornerstone transition will affect active searches. You can contact us at or (217) 333-0885.

Key Dates

During June and July, key workflows will begin transitioning out of Hiretouch and into Cornerstone. The Cornerstone job board will go live on July 11. All Hiretouch workflows must be completed by August 26. For a complete timeline, please see the JDXpert-Cornerstone Information Page from Illinois Human Resources.

Training Opportunities

JDXpert Training:

  • Week of May 23: Online Training Modules available
  • Weeks of May 30 and June 6: Webinars
  • June 13:  JDXpert goes live

Cornerstone Training:

  • Week of June 20: Online Training Modules available
  • Weeks of June 27 and July 5: Webinars
  • July 11: Cornerstone is LIVE!

We are scheduling several webinars for both JDXpert and Cornerstone.  Please use the registration form to sign up for the sessions of your choice.

Post-Go Live In-Person Office Hours – Work with the Experts:

Use these sessions to work on your JDX/Cornerstone tasks in person with the Project Team to build your familiarity with the systems.

DATES: Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 14 through July 28
TIMES: 1:00-4:00 pm
LOCATION: Personnel Services Building (52 E Gregory)