Post Date:  November 2, 2020

The Washington Education Association is seeking applicants for the position of UniServ Director for the Fourth Corner UniServ Council in Bellingham, WA.  A job description is included on the following pages.  This position is currently available to internal and external applicants.

To be considered for this position the following documents are required:

  • Cover Letter
  • Updated résumé reflecting qualifications for this position
  • Signed WEA application form
  • List of three professional references (including contact information)

A completed WEA application is required.  In addition, applications may be obtained by calling Human Resources at 800-622-3393 extension 7002.

The deadline for receipt of cover letter, résumé, signed application and references is on or before November 16, 2020.  

Please submit your application materials online.  If you have questions or need assistance, contact Karen Knight at the email address or phone number shown below.

Washington Education Association
Attn:  Karen Knight, HR Generalist
PO Box 9100
Federal Way, WA 98063-9100
PHONE (cell): 253-303-1477
FAX: 253- 946-4726

Please note that WEA Staff are currently working from home (subject to change when warranted) due to COVID-19 restrictions and mandates.  If selected for this position, you will be equipped with the necessary tools to fulfill the requirements of your position.

The Washington Education Association is an equal employment opportunity employer. It is the desire of the Washington Education Association to interview applicants from an applicant/interview pool that reflects the diversity of the greater community for each vacancy as it occurs.

Job Description — UniServ Director - WEA Fourth Corner UniServ - Bellingham, WA

Supervision: The successful applicant will function as a member of the Advocacy & Organizing Center of the Washington Education Association. The representative shall report to the Director or Manager of the Advocacy & Organizing Center.

Location and demographics:   WEA-Fourth Corner UniServ Council is located at 405 32nd Street, Suite 205, in Bellingham, Washington.  The Council is one of 21 councils in the state and serves approximately 5,200 public school employees working in the northwest section of Washington State.  The Council stretches across five breathtaking counties (Whatcom, Skagit, Island, San Juan, and part of Snohomish) which border Canada to the north, include islands to the west and southwest, and range nearly to Everett in the south. An openminded community that is conveniently located between Seattle and Vancouver, BC - the area is a perfect location for mountain to bay activities.

Council description:  WEA-Fourth Corner employs four full-time UniServ Directors and two Associate Staff.  The Council has a half-time release Council President who works with elected leaders within the region.  The Council represents nearly three dozen affiliated local associations in 25 school districts.   


Primary responsibilities of the position:

  • Assist the WEA in the development and implementation of systems, programs and organizational strategies that create a member-driven culture of organizing and advance the goals of the WEA
  • Assist the WEA, through cross-functional collaboration, in developing and delivering the dynamic organizing trainings for leaders, members and staff that will support organizing campaigns
  • Organize to build a strong union at every local worksite; this position will assist the organization in building and exercising power at the state and local level
  • Help facilitate the creation of local organizing structures that build capacity, full member engagement and mobilization around identified local and state issues
  • Participation in the development and delivery of programs for leader, member and staff growth and development goals
  • Coordinate professional development/training efforts to address member professional issues and needs
  • Support of state and local advocacy efforts as assigned, including, but not limited to:
    • Participate in developing and delivering local, regional and statewide member, leader and staff trainings, relating to issues with member rights, advocacy, collective bargaining, bargaining campaigns, leadership and organizational development, strategic planning, internal organizing, community organizing and new member organizing
    • Work with leaders and staff to develop organizing and action plans and assist in execution and review of these plans
    • Contract maintenance including grievance processing and maintenance
    • Local association bargaining support
    • Instruction and professional development activities
    • Membership recruitment and development
    • Organization/leadership development
    • Political action
    • Lobbying support
    • Internal and external organizing
  • Developing relationships and working with broad-based organizations to support the goals of the WEA
  • Educational restructuring
  • Internal and external communications
  • Establish and maintain positive working relationships with Council leadership, local leaders, staff, and the WEA management
  • Provide counsel and advice to leadership and members
  • Work effectively as a team with other staff in carrying out the assigned responsibilities
  • Work collaboratively with staff, work teams, locals/districts and community groups where appropriate
  • Develop organizing activities within the local that assist locals and members in achieving their goals and the goals of the Washington Education Association
  • Promote and support education restructuring and reform; facilitate organizational change at the local and state level
  • May be assigned the responsibility to collect and provide necessary information and direction regarding the Council’s political and legislative activities
  • Ability to participate in trainings identified by WEA
  • Provide staff liaison/serve on WEA committees as assigned; participate in WEA shared staffing assignments, including assignments throughout the State of Washington
  • Regularly attend and participate in WEA staff meetings
  • Support and advance the WEA mission, goal, core values and priorities
  • Complete other duties as assigned

Minimum job requirements and essential functions

  • BA degree or comparable experience.
  • Demonstrated history and/or experience working with communities of color and/or with historically underrepresented groups to enhance civil rights; experience with union activism and/or political engagement on behalf of civil rights issues
  • Demonstrated successful experience in: 
    • Organizing to build strong locals
    • Commitment to member-driven and organizing union culture
    • Knowledge and experience in state and federal educational reform issues
    • Collective bargaining and knowledge of the principles of collaborative and interest-based bargaining, problem-solving and alternative dispute resolution
    • Contract maintenance
    • Member rights protection
    • Political action and lobbying skills
    • Designing, developing, delivering and implementing training programs to members
    • Designing, developing, delivering and helping others execute organizing plans
    • Problem-solving and other mediation of sensitive interpersonal situations
    • Cultural Competence/Relevancy or Multicultural Education
  • Interpersonal skills and human relations
  • Must demonstrate strong work ethic
  • The ability to work well in teams, including providing cross-organizational support to other areas of the organization
  • Proficient computer skills and experience in, but not limited to, word-processing and online research
  • Working knowledge of school district budgets and education funding in the State of Washington
  • Ability to coordinate personal workloads and schedules in a fast-paced working environment
  • Ability to work with other WEA staff in regional coalitions that focus on member organizing efforts while working collaboratively with leaders, governance, and WEA partners
  • Ability to create and act within WEA member engagement projects to highlight “how to” leadership in organizing (building capacity at every layer of the organization)
  • Ability to participate in organizing efforts within the AOC while completing field-based demonstration projects and general advocacy support
  • Ability to establish, track and assess metrics (data) related to organizing goals and membership objectives; ability to deliver and communicate about complex member-related data and data associated with building a WEA organizing culture
  • Ability to organize and mobilize others (both internal and external) around WEA’s public policy efforts
  • Ability to work in a self-directed and efficient manner, maintaining calm under pressure
  • Ability to think creatively to resolve problems, issues, and conflict
  • Ability to deliver WEA trainings
  • Experience or training in traditional and interest-based bargaining and the ability to train members in either style
  • Ability to travel both in and outside the State of Washington
  • Ability to obtain a valid Washington State driver's license, have a satisfactory driving record, and a dependable automobile for Association travel; proof of automobile insurance with liability limits of at least $100,000/$300,000 required
  • Willingness to take temporary assignments in other state locations as required by the work
  • Ability to compose documents under pressure; strong ability to communicate verbally, in writing and through various media

Preferred job requirements

  • 5 or more years working as an organizer in an education union setting
  • 5 or more years’ experience with internal, new member and/or community organizing
  • Experience as an education employee, or working directly with education employees
  • Staff or Association leader experience in education associations, local, state or national school employee organizations, or professional organizations
  • Knowledge of special programs, i.e., special education, bilingual, gifted, etc.
  • Experience in facilitating organizational change
  • Experience as a UniServ staff or comparable union work
  • Experience with media technology

Salary range and benefits

Annual salary range:  Level V (E) - $109,304 to $155,912


  • Employer-paid medical, dental, vision and life insurance
  • Generous sick and vacation Leaves (PTO)
  • Long-term disability
  • Defined Benefit Plan
  • Defined Contribution Plan (401k) (w/employer contribution)
  • Covered by the WEA/WEASO Collective Bargaining Agreement

Application procedure and references

In order to be considered for this position, a completed and signed WEA application form - including resume, cover letter and a list of three professional references (including contact information – i.e., email addresses, phone numbers and relationship to applicant) from associates who have professional knowledge of your background and work experience - must be submitted to WEA Human Resources on or before November 16, 2020We encourage you to use the online application process. 

Important Note: When submitting your application materials online, select “Save as Draft” until you have all materials together and ready to be attached and uploaded – i.e., cover letter, resume and a list of three professional references. This will ensure your application materials remain together as a single submission.

Online application