Dean for Extended Learning

Highline College
Job Description
General Summary

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 received a distinguished Award of Excellence from the American Association of Community Colleges in 2014, as well as the Higher Education in Diversity (HEED) award in 2013 and 2014.  The college was also named one of the Chronicle of Higher Education's Best Colleges to Work For in 2010, 2013, and 2015.

The Dean for Extended Learning works collaboratively with Instructional deans and directors to provide leadership and management of the college's extended-learning programs.  These include contract training, community-based and off-campus programming, grant-funded training programs and professional development for incumbent employees, and college credit instruction in specific educational pathways. The Dean will ensure extended learning programs are compliant with Washington State Law and Washington Administrative Code.  The Dean is responsible for the effectiveness of the division to develop and deliver high-quality education programs that address the specific needs of the communities and individuals served.

This is an exempt, full time position.

Essential Tasks

Reporting to the Vice President of Academic Affairs, this position will:

  • Lead the Division in providing quality education programs that are robust, diverse, and meet the needs of the diverse communities of South King County, Washington;
  • Work collaboratively with the Academic Affairs leadership team and other administrators;
  • Manage, leverage and secure resources for extended learning initiatives and for the division;
  • Mentor and support faculty in the development of courses and programs with focus on student learning outcomes, assessment, program review, and strategies that serve diverse students;
  • Represent Highline College in involvement and communication with state community business and industry professional groups, the SBCTC, and other district-wide and campus committees;
  • Supervise (e.g. recruit, select, train, schedule, and discipline) professional exempt, classified, and faculty. Adhere to the HCEA faculty contract, classified bargaining agreement/rules, and Highline College's policies and procedures;
  • Demonstrate that assigned faculty/staff have been informed of contract expectations, receive timely and accurate feedback regarding performance, and ensure that any observed performance and behavioral problems are addressed promptly:
  • Support and advance Highline College Core Themes and the Academic Affairs Annual Work Plan;
  • Perform other duties as assigned. 

  • Ability to design, implement and evaluate programs and services including setting priorities and meeting deadlines;
  • Ability to establish strong relationships and partnerships;
  • Communicate effectively (written and verbal);
  • Procure external funding, including grants from state and federal sources;
  • Design, implement, and monitor reporting/compliance data for external fund sources;
  • Promote the welfare and best interests of students at all times;
  • Demonstrate commitment to fostering and supporting a teaching, learning and working environment that honors diversity, equity and inclusion;
  • Efficiently use Microsoft Office;
  • Work in a multicultural environment.

  • Community Partners;
  • Washington State Laws;
  • Washington Administrative Codes;
  • Funding Resources.




  • Master's degree (or higher) from an accredited college or university; AND
  • Three years successful higher education experience that includes supervision, fiscal management, and education program oversight.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Leadership of faculty and staff in community college setting;
  • Record of community involvement, partnerships with community based organizations, workforce boards, etc.;  
  • Experience working in a collective bargaining environment.


Supplemental Information

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

  • Current Resume;
  • Letter of Interest (Cover Letter) describing how your skills and abilities relate to this position;
  • Diversity response statement (found under the Supplemental Questions tab.)

Must submit to and complete a National Criminal Background Check.

Application materials will be accepted until the position is filled.  Please be aware that 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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