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Highline College

Highline College

About: Highline College is situated in a diverse community just 20 minutes south of Seattle where we serve a student population of over 70% students of color, representing over 35 nations and more than 100 languages. The college embraces equity, inclusion, and social justice, with core goals of Student Attainment, Diversity, Community Engagement, and Sustainability. Highline is a four-time winner of the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award from Insight into Diversity magazine (2013–16), the 2016 winner of the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) Equity Award for the Pacific Region and the 2014 winner of the American Association of Community Colleges' (AACC) Award of Excellence for Advancing Diversity. In 2015, Highline was the only community college in the Pacific Northwest to earn the Chronicle of Higher Education's "Great Colleges to Work For" honor.

Mission: As a public institution of higher education serving a diverse community in a multicultural world and global economy, Highline College promotes student engagement, learning, and achievement, integrates diversity and globalism throughout the college, sustains relationships within its communities, and practices sustainability in human resources, operations, and teaching and learning. 

Vision: Highline College is valued as the educational crossroads where dreams are shaped, communities created and excellence achieved.


  • Access - We believe education should be available to all who seek it.
  • Collaboration - We value teamwork, joint responsibility and ownership.
  • Community - We value our community and are dedicated to serving its educational needs.
  • Diversity - We respect the rights and perspectives of the diverse populations, who live, learn and work in our community.
  • Excellence - We strive for the highest quality in all our programs and services.
  • Integrity - We believe in honesty and trustworthiness in all our college practices.
  • Internationalization - We value a global perspective and respect cultural diversity.
  • Learning - We develop an interactive, creative and learner-centered environment that supports student success.


About the Region: Highline College is part of a quintessential Pacific Northwest city known as Des Moines, Washington. Nestled in the Puget Sound just 20 minutes away from the two metropolitan cities of Seattle and Tacoma, Des Moines offers the best of urban environments and expansive nature opportunities including hiking, camping, fishing, boating and more! If you want to explore outside of the metropolitan areas, Des Moines is only one hour from Mount Rainier National park and two hours from the Pacific Coast or Olympic National Forest. In addition to the great outdoors, both Seattle and Tacoma bring you access to a broad range of fantastic restaurants, live entertainment, shopping, and cultural excursions. Check out Seattle's award winning Symphony and newly remodeled Space Needle or see your favorite musical artist at the Tacoma Dome. Join our enthusiastic fan base supporting sports Champions the Seattle Storm, Sounders, and Seahawks. Enjoy a culinary adventure with everything from food truck festivals to fine dining on the waterfront and take a quick drive to many fantastic retailers and premium outlets for shopping. Come and enjoy the endless opportunities of Des Moines.


Jobs at Highline College

  • Vice President of Equity, Diversity, and Transformation

  • Des Moines, WA
  • General Summary Equity and inclusion are essential to Highline College's mission. Highline uses a praxis of social justice when approaching daily work

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  • Des Moines, WA
  • General Summary This posting will remain open until the position is filled. Priority consideration for application received by Dec 8, 2022. The Fiscal

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  • Facilities Operations Maintenance Specialist

  • Des Moines, WA
  • General SummaryPosting will remain open until position is filled. Priority screening for application received by October 9, 2022. Evaluate equipment

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