Interested in Employment at Whitman College? Meet Whitman College and the Walla Walla Community!

Interested in joining the Whitman College community? Below are resources to help you get to know Whitman College and the local Walla Walla community. If you have any unanswered questions, please reach out to hr@whitman.edu for more information. 

Working at Whitman

There are a variety of opportunities to work at Whitman, including as a staff or faculty employee. Review the links below to learn more about the current openings at the college and the benefits available to full-time employees. Certain benefits are also available for part-time employees that work at least 910 hours per year. 

Staff Employment Opportunities - Explore our current openings for staff positions here. 

Faculty Employment Opportunities - Explore our current openings for faculty positions here. 

Employee Benefits - Whitman offers competitive benefits to their employees, including medical, dental, vision, and life insurances, as well as a generous 10% matching contribution to the Whitman College 403(b) Defined Contribution Retirement Plan after one year of service. 

Getting to know Whitman

Explore the following links to learn more about Whitman College’s history, current priorities, and resources available to employees. 

About Whitman - Whitman College is a small residential liberal arts college located in the Pacific Northwest within the city of Walla Walla, Washington. 

History of Whitman - This institution’s history begins back in 1836, when Marcus and Narcissa Whitman established a Christian mission just a few miles away from what is now the city of Walla Walla. To learn more about how Whitman College became the institution it is today, click on the link above. You can also learn more about this by visiting the Whitman Mission National Historic Site, which is located less than 10 miles from Whitman’s campus. 

Commitment to Sustainability - Whitman is dedicated to doing our part in saving the climate and reducing our impact on climate change. Whitman has adopted a Climate Action Plan with the intention of reducing and offsetting greenhouse gas emissions to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. The 2020 update on this sustainability progress can be found here

Diversity at Whitman - Diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism (DEIA) are core values at Whitman College. The college strives to have and support a student body, staff, and faculty that represent the diversity of our world: gender identity, sexuality, race, ethnicity, national origin, socioeconomic class, disability, religion, spirituality, and age cohort.

Nondiscrimination Policy - Whitman College has a strong commitment to the principle of nondiscrimination in all its forms. In its admission, educational and employment practices, programs, and activities, Whitman College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), gender, gender identity or expression, genetic information, sexual orientation, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and applicable federal, state, or local laws.

Land Acknowledgement - Whitman College is located on the traditional Cayuse, Umatilla and Walla Walla homelands. We pay our respect to tribal elders both past and present and extend our respect to all indigenous people today. We honor their stewardship of the land and ecosystem and commit to continuing that important work.

As part of this commitment, Whitman College signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) in 2017. This is a formal commitment made by the college to extend our curriculum to include Nature American studies, improve recruitment efforts of Native American students, and identify areas of research interest shared by the college and the CTUIR. The goal of the MOU is “to develop a robust, multifaceted, mutually rewarding, and beneficial working relationship” with the CTUIR. The 2017 article that discusses the signing of the MOU can be found here

Whitman Magazine - Produced by the Office of Communications, Whitman Magazine releases four issues annually, including three seasonal issues and a special edition. All members of the Whitman community are encouraged to suggest potential stories and photo opportunities!

Outdoor Program - The Outdoor Program (OP) is committed to providing equitable access to the outdoors for all. The OP is a resource for all students, faculty, and staff at Whitman. Community members can buy or rent equipment from the OP Rental Shop to go on their own trips. They can also practice rock climbing or bouldering at the on-campus Climbing Center. 

Traditions and Culture at Whitman - Many traditions have developed at Whitman over the years. Some of these take form in educational events for the entire college community. The Power & Privilege Symposium is a day-long event in which presentations, panels, and discussions take place to discuss structural oppression in both higher education and beyond. The Whitman Undergraduate Conference is an opportunity for community members to learn more about student research across the disciplines at Whitman. Less academic traditions at this institution include the Annual Renaissance Faire, Annual (Rubber) Duck Hunt, and arts and crafts fairs! 

An especially important part of the Whitman College community are the local ducks. While these ducks spend a lot of time at Lakum Duckum, a heated pond near Maxey Hall, you will see them all across campus, as well as duck-crossing signs to protect our feathered friends. During the spring, you will also see many little ducklings! The ducks on campus are considered by many to be the unofficial mascot of the college, along with the cast-bronze horse on Ankeny Field, Styx

Art and Exhibits at Whitman - Art is an essential part of Whitman College. A variety of art installations can be found across the campus, both indoors and outside. Open to the college and local community, the Sheehan Gallery is located in Olin Hall.  Another gallery, Stevens Gallery, can be found inside of Reid Campus Center. Both of these galleries host art exhibits that change regularly and feature work created by students or unaffiliated artists. Additionally, exhibits created by senior art majors are presented in Fouts Center for the Visual Arts. A variety of art installations made by different artists can also be found outside. This Outdoor Sculpture Walk goes across campus, a guide for which can be found here

Lastly, The Maxey Museum is located right next to Maxey Hall. The exhibits in this museum change frequently and showcase a variety of historical works. Past exhibits have included Money Talks: Coins and Imperial Image in the Late Roman Empire, Whitman College in the 1950s, Changes in Music Technology, and Rods, Reels, and Canoes

The Walla Walla Community

Walla Walla County, which includes the cities of Walla Walla, College Place, Waitsburg, and Prescott, is home to over 60,000 people. About 32,000 of those people reside in Walla Walla. Below is a list of resources to introduce you to Walla Walla County, the city itself, and the opportunities available to residents. 

Housing - There are a variety of housing options, such as apartments, rentals, private properties, and other types of real estate, in Walla Walla and College Place, an adjacent city. Several websites are listed below to help you start your housing search and find the most suitable housing option for you.

Transportation and Travel - There are many ways to travel to and from Walla Walla, as well as to get around the city itself. The Walla Walla Regional Airport (ALW) has daily flights to and from Seattle, WA, where you can get a connecting flight to take you wherever you need to go. The Tri-Cities Airport (PSC), only an hour away from Walla Walla, flies to several large cities, such as Denver, Salt Lake City, Reno, and Minneapolis. Greyhound Lines also offers bus transportation to and from cities like Seattle, Portland, and Rapid City. Lastly, the Grape Line has three round trips every day to Pasco, WA, where additional Greyhound and Amtrak services are located. 

If you want to get around Walla Walla with public transportation, Valley Transit is an accessible and affordable option. With a bus station located just a few minutes away from Whitman College in downtown, you can get around Walla Walla and to the neighboring city of College Place. Valley Transit also offers other transportation options, such as Bike and Ride, Dial-A-Ride, and Vanpool. 

Education for Grades K-12 - Walla Walla has several different schooling options for youth in the city. Walla Walla Public Schools includes 10 schools, ranging from preschool to high-school options. A full list of the public schools and their school hours can be found here. The public school system also offers an accessible online schooling option for grades K-12. The nearby city of College Place has their own public school options which can be found here. Private schooling options are also available in Walla Walla and the surrounding area. A list of private schools is provided below. 

Parks and Recreation - Walla Walla has a variety of opportunities to engage in outdoor activities! There are several parks around the city, such as Pioneer Park, which contains an aviary. You can also go for a walk around Bennington Lake or through the Blue Mountain Lavender Farm, the latter of which is open from late April through July. A family-friendly pool, the Veterans Memorial Swimming Pool, is a quick walk from Whitman and right next to Borleske Stadium, a local baseball field. Ski Bluewood, a skiing resort in the Blue Mountains, is a 1.5-hour drive from Whitman’s campus. Other outdoor activities include the Walla Walla Valley BMX Track and Walla Walla Drag Strip. Disc golf is another fun activity for people in our community. More information about Parks and Recreation in Walla Walla can be found through the City of Walla Walla or Visit Walla Walla.

Downtown Walla Walla Foundation - The purpose of the Downtown Walla Walla Foundation is to “promote the history, culture and commerce of the downtown.” Within walking distance from Whitman’s campus, the Downtown Farmers Market takes place every Saturday from May through October. You can view the participating vendors online and even become a vendor yourself! A directory of the businesses located downtown, including shops, restaurants, wineries, breweries, and more, can be easily accessed on the foundation’s website. More information about the current events taking place downtown can be found here.

Visit Walla Walla - This website is a fantastic resource for learning more about Walla Walla. Information about wineries, restaurants, and temporary lodging can be found here. Additionally, Visit Walla Walla provides a comprehensive list of things to do in Walla Walla, including family-friendly activities. The website is also up-to-date for events taking place in the city. 

Walla Walla Valley Blue Zones Project - The Walla Walla Valley partners with Blue Zones Project to help promote wellbeing and longevity for community members. This project has many resources regarding healthy eating, staying active, and engaging in your community. More information about the Blue Zones Project can be found here

Union Bulletin - The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin is a daily newspaper produced for the Walla Walla Valley community. It has a strong connection with the community it serves and engages in sustainability efforts by practicing and encouraging recycling. The Union-Bulletin has been recognized as one of the best small daily newspapers in the nation by the American Society of Newspaper Editors. 

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