Human Resources

Our mission as the Office of Human Resources is to support and develop unique individuals and cohesive teams as they strive to reach their full potential as participants in and creators of the Cornish community.

If you have questions about your benefit elections, recruitment, or other HR topics, please feel free to contact the Office of Human Resources: 206.726.5082 or

Jobs at Cornish

Cornish College of the Arts is an equal opportunity employer intent on enriching the diversity of its faculty, staff, and students.

Our goal is to create an intercultural learning environment comprised of people with varied experiences and perspectives. We strongly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups for all open positions.

Employer-Paid Benefits

Health, Dental, & Life Insurance

Cornish offers a strongly competitive benefits package, including fully covered employee premiums for all of your medical, dental, life insurance equal to your annual salary, AD&D, and long-term disability. Our medical plans offer a variety of options, including an FSA option, HDHP+, PPO & HMO plans. In addition to our standard coverage, we also offer voluntary benefits such as additional life insurance & short term disability at a premium to the employee.

Cornish offers 403(b) retirement savings plans in which you are eligible to participate as of your first day of employment. Cornish also offers an employer contribution to eligible employees after one year of service and meeting minimum requirements.

Education Benefits

Employee Tuition Discount Program

Regular full-time staff may take up to two classes per semester (a maximum of six credits) free of tuition when space is available. This is also the maximum number of credits allowed per semester for full-time employees.

Regular part-time (20 hours per week or more) and academic-year staff (those working nine months of the year) may take one class (a maximum of three credits) per semester free of tuition when space is available.

Tuition Exchange Program

Cornish participates in the Tuition Exchange Program, which is a reciprocal scholarship program for dependent children of faculty and staff employed at over 600 participating institutions. To be eligible, an employee must be currently employed by Cornish College of the Arts as a full-time faculty or staff member and have completed three years of full-time service as of September 1st of the current academic year or a Retiree (over 65) who has spent 15 years or more as a full-time employee at Cornish.

Tuition Discount for Employees’ Dependents

After completing one year of employment, Cornish offers tuition discounts for employees’ dependent children under age 25 who are unmarried and are claimed or eligible to be claimed on the employee’s IRS form 1040 (IRS dependency rules). Proof of IRS dependency via the previous year’s tax return is required at matriculation. The dependent will be considered a dependent up to six years from the initial date of matriculation. This discount is also available to retirees (over 65) who have spent 15 years or more as a full-time employee at Cornish.

Cornish College of the Arts offers eligible dependents of faculty and staff Summer at Cornish non-credit classes at a discount based on length of service and full-time equivalency. This tuition discount is only offered once the course has met its minimum enrollment.

Paid Leave & Holidays

Cornish has a generous Paid Time Off policy for all regular full-time and part-time non-academic year staff working at least 20 hours per week.  Annual leave may be used for vacation time or sick leave.

All regular full and part-time staff receive 11 paid holidays, plus floating holidays.

Cornish’s campus is closed Christmas Eve through New Year’s Day, and is paid for benefit’s eligible staff.

ORCA Bus Pass

Cornish participates in the ORCA Business Passport Program, which offers unlimited public transit on most transportation networks. This voluntary benefit is paid for by pre-tax wage deduction at a low cost and is available to all employees.