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Harper College

Harper College

Founded in 1965, William Rainey Harper College is a dynamic comprehensive community college situated on a 200-acre campus in Chicago’s northwest suburbs. The College is committed to diversity, and encourages the development of multicultural perspectives.

Annually, the College serves approximately 25,000 students from 23 communities. Providing both transfer and career programs, Harper offers degrees and a wide range of credit, continuing education and corporate training for students of all ages and interests. In order to provide accessible higher education to all, we offer a flexible schedule of daytime, nighttime and weekend classes at our main campus and at several other sites conveniently located throughout our service area.

Harper College is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and has received the coveted Bond Rating of Aaa from Moody’s Investor Service. We are committed to our Institutional Core Values of Integrity, Respect, Excellence and Collaboration.

Our Vision:

William Rainey Harper College is committed to academic integrity and excellence. The College is a leader in teaching and learning, transforming lives by responding to the needs of the individual and the community.

Benefits offered to employees include tuition reimbursement/professional expense, health/life/dental/disability insurance, participation in the State University Retirement System (SURS) and tax deferred annuity plans as well as fourteen paid holidays. Harper also offers some on-site childcare, a summer camp for children, and much more.

Harper College is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer that encourages applications from women, minority group members and persons with disabilities.


Diversity Profile: Harper College

Harper College, the community college in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, has been enriching lives through learning for more than 40 years. If you’re looking for an energizing and innovative work environment that embraces achievement and diversity, consider Harper College.

You will thrive in a supportive, team environment; enjoy excellent benefits; and find inspiration in our ever-changing campus setting which features advanced technological resources, a  full calendar of cultural events and a Fitness and Recreation Center.

But perhaps most important, you'll be empowered to positively affect our students' educations. Change some lives...including your own.

Harper College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disability or unfavorable discharge from military service. This policy governs the recruitment and admission of students, the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff and the operation of any of the College’s programs and activities as specified by federal laws and regulations. It is also the policy of Harper College that no student or employee shall be subjected to sexual harassment, which is regarded as a form of discrimination.

Roger Spayer, Chief Human Resources Officer

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Office of Human Resources

Our vision is to enrich our world by educating culturally literate students who recognize the opportunities of and make positive contributions to a global society.

  • We create a culture of scholarship, integrity and innovation rooted in the diversity of our Harper community.
  • We inspire our Harper community to believe that there is a transformative impact when people from different world views work together collaboratively.
  • We partner with our community to demonstrate that it is possible for people of all viewpoints and persuasions to respect and learn from each other.

We are committed to fully engaging the wealth of thought, backgrounds, languages and life experiences of our students, colleagues and community to foster an environment of academic excellence and student success.

DREAM (Diverse Relationships Engaged in Affirming Multi-culturalism)

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Located approximately 30 minutes from downtown Chicago, Harper College is situated on 200 beautiful acres in Palatine, Illinois., Convenient to shopping, theater and cultural events, the College serves 23 communities including: Arlington Heights, Barrington, Barrington Hills, Elk Grove Village, Inverness, Lake Barrington. Mount Prospect, North Barrington, Palatine, Prospect Heights, Rolling Meadows, Schaumburg, South Barrington, Tower Lakes, Wheeling and portions of Hoffman Estates, Deer Park, Buffalo Grove, Carpentersville, Des Plaines, Roselle, and Fox River Grove.


Jobs at Harper College

  • Manager, Internal Communication

  • Palatine, IL
  • Schedule Information: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.. Occasional evening and weekend work is required to perform duties of this job. Hours per Week:

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  • AED Instruction and Learning Specialist

  • Palatine, IL
  • Schedule Information: Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. with occasional evening hours. Hours per Week: 37.5 Benefits: Health, Dental, Lie

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  • Adjunct Faculty Credit - Psychology

  • Palatine, IL
  • Starting Pay Rate: Per Adjunct Faculty Pay Scale Schedule Information: Days/evenings/weekends depending upon course schedule ***This posting will be u

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