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Vice President of Equity, Diversity, and Transformation

Highline College
Seattle, Washington State
$130,000.00 - $140,000.00 Annually
Posted Date
Jan 17, 2023

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Position Type
Executive, Other Executive
Employment Type
Full Time

General Summary

This posting will remain open until filled.

Equity and inclusion are essential to Highline College's mission. Highline uses a praxis of social justice when approaching daily work and initiatives. In order to improve the work that is being done, and move the college to be more effective in this space, the college seeks a strategic, forward-thinking, and dynamic visionary leader to serve as the first Vice President for Equity, Diversity, and Transformation.

The Vice President for Equity, Diversity, and Transformation (VP EDT) will report directly to the president, serve on the college's Leadership Team (Executive Cabinet), and advise the president, vice presidents, and college community as a whole, on matters relating to equity, diversity and transformation and its impact on the college community. While this critical work is the responsibility of everyone at the college, this position will guide the college community in expanding and extending the values of diversity, equity and transformation through teaching, scholarship, and broad engagement of students, faculty, and staff.

The VP EDT will engage with the campus community and use findings from a recent climate survey to assess current practices and develop innovative initiatives, practices, policies, and structures that foster a more inclusive, welcoming, supportive, and diverse college community. These innovations would aim at creating a healthy campus climate as well as reducing equity gaps in student and employee participation, recruitment, retention and achievement.

This position is an exempt, at-will, full-time position.  

Essential Tasks

The successful candidate will:

  • Provide leadership, coordination, consultation, assistance, strategic oversight, and direction, regarding all equity, diversity, and transformation matters;
  • Develop and provide leadership to the implementation of an equity, diversity, and transformation plan that affirms the College's commitment to the principles of equity, diversity, and transformation, while aiming to create an environment that is welcoming and supportive of all students, faculty & staff;
  • Serve as a member of the Leadership Team (executive cabinet) responding to emerging issues, ideas, and challenges impacting the college's ability to effectively move forward with equity, diversity and transformation efforts;
  • Assess current campus policies, procedures, and structures and recommend improvements that remove barriers to student, and employee success;
  • Oversee and implementation of Senate Bill 5194 which includes but is not limited to conduct annual listening and feedback sessions and provide anti-racist training to all new faculty and staff;
  • Be a resource in the development of inclusive curricula and pedagogical practice in collaboration with the Vice President of Academic Affairs and faculty;
  • Partner with Human Resources to develop strategies and opportunities to recruit and retain a diverse workforce that is reflective of the global diversity of the student population;
  • Develop and implement employee professional development to support equity and cultural competencies, and an ability to work and thrive in an increasingly diverse college community;
  • Develop dynamic and intentional equity, diversity and transformation programs and initiatives for faculty and staff that adequately address the educational and social needs of our campus community;
  • Provide guidance on the inclusion of tribal issues in the development of program and policies;
  • Provide analysis of legislation related to equity, diversity, transformation, non-discrimination, and develop and recommend policies that ensure compliance with all legal requirements;
  • Develop metrics and dashboards to ensure accountability, tracking, and monitoring of equity, diversity, and transformation efforts. Work closely with College offices in the use of data tools (i.e. campus climate survey, demographic data, student completion and employment data, etc.) to compile reports that create benchmarks and assess institutional progress regarding equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts;
  • Be responsible for compliance and associated reports related to equity, diversity, and transformation;
  • Advise the Equity Taskforce and participate in college councils and committees as appropriate;
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the college President. 


  • A collaborative, community-oriented approach dedicated to group problem-solving;
  • An innovative person who can address, strengthen, and advance the College's commitment to building an equitable, diverse, and transformative culture and community that welcomes students, faculty and staff of all backgrounds;
  • Ability to motivate, encourage, and inspire students, faculty and staff;
  • Strong interpersonal skills; demonstrated collaborative decision-making and administrative leadership skills;
  • Ability to build, create and maintain effective working relationships and build trust and consensus with complex issues with College and community constituents;
  • Demonstrated ability to promote universal design and accessibility; proficiency in (or ability to learn within 6 months of hire) the production of accessible content and communications, whether print or electronic;
  • Ability to demonstrate active listening, be empathetic and hold authentic space for others;
  • Facilitate both informal and formal conversations and trainings with campus and community constituents;
  • Understand budget and resource management;
  • Familiarity with hiring, training, on-boarding, and the development of professional support staff;
  • Actionable knowledge of the systemic challenges students face and the multi-faceted assets students contribute to our college campus community. 


  • This administrative assignment may include day, evening, and weekend hours, and/or off- campus work including regional and national travel.




  • Master's degree from an accredited institution; AND
  • Minimum of 3 years of direct experience in the development, implementation, and assessment of equity, diversity and transformation initiatives.


  • Experience in a higher education setting;
  • Demonstrated supervisory experience;
  • Experience in student and staff recruitment, retention, training, and employment strategies to foster workplace diversity, equity, and transformation;
  • Demonstrated understanding of culture in higher education, including shared governance and respect for diverse views and opinions;
  • Demonstrated experience with developing and supporting continuous improvement principles utilizing a systemic approach and data for decision-making;
  • Demonstrated experience in working collaboratively across multiple internal and external entities and community organizations that serve our student demographics;
  • Experience in effectively facilitating challenging conversations that produce equitable outcomes;
  • Demonstrated administrative approach with an informed, intersectional lens;
  • Knowledge of indigenous sovereignty and experience with government to government relations;
  • Bilingual/multilingual individual with preferences for languages utilized by our student populations.


Supplemental Information


Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington state law.


Highline College prides itself on its commitment to diversity and equity, its institutional culture of collegiality and innovation, its globalization of curricula and its inclusion of the community in its programming. Founded in 1961, Highline College is situated in a diverse community just 15minutes south of Seattle. The college annually serves more than 16,500 students –– a student population of over 70% students of color, representing 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. The student body at Highline College is made up of Transfer students, Running Start students, Professional- Technical students, International students, Comprehensive Transition Program for students with intellectual disabilities, Adult Basic Education and English Language Learners. In addition, we offer six bachelor of applied science, four-year degrees. 


As an essential part of our mission and vision, diversity, equity and inclusion are promoted and fostered in all aspects of college life. 


Your online application must include the following to be considered complete:

1. A detailed resume that addresses the MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS of the position;

2. A letter of application/cover letter (two-page maximum, recommended) that addresses your ability to meet the QUALIFICATIONS, and KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES for the position;

3. A one-page response to the Supplemental Question.


  • National Criminal Background Check may be required.



Should you have any difficulties uploading your documents or navigating the application process, please contact NEOGOV Technical Support at 1-855-524- 5627, Monday - Friday 6:00 AM to 6:00PM Pacific Time.


Highline College is an equal opportunity employer. The College is committed to enhancing the diversity of our faculty and staff, as well as our student population. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientations, and gender identity diversity. We strongly encourage applicants to apply without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital or veteran status, disability, or any other legal protected status.


The College complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Applicants needing accommodations in the application process in an alternative format may contact the Human Resources office at (206) 592-3812. Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing may dial 711 to place a call through Washington Relay, the state's free telecommunication access service.


Highline College complies with Title IX regulations. For details on our policies, see our website

The College appointing authorities reserve the right and may exercise the option to make an employment decision prior to the conclusion of the recruitment process. 

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