Post Date: November 16, 2020
The Washington Education Association is seeking applicants for the position of Legislative/Political Action Asst. III in Olympia, Washington. 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 and relationship to applicant)
A completed WEA application is required and can be submitted online by following the link at the end of this description.
The deadline for receipt of cover letter, résumé, signed application and references is on or before November 30, 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 – Legislative/Political Action Asst. III – Olympia, WA
The successful candidate will function as a member of the Public Policy Center of the Washington Education Association. The Legislative/Political Action Assistant III will report to the Director of the Public Policy Center and will be based in the Olympia office.
Washington Education Association’s regional office in Olympia, Washington.
Provide administrative support for WEA political coordinators and lobbyists, including:
- Administrative support and assistance to the Director of Governmental Relations
- Maintain office, legislative hearing, and bill schedules
- Research and track testimony and news coverage of key issues
- Assist with coordination of member participation and member lobby programs, from small scale trainings to large public events
- Provide administrative support for political coordinators and lobbyists
- Facilitate meeting scheduling, including conference calls and video/web-based events
- Manage basic office functions, including: overseeing equipment, communicating with vendors, providing minor IT support, scheduling office and conference room space
- Respond to requests and provide information to those who contact the office
- Processes division expenditures and member vouchers, accounting paperwork; controls petty cash and orders supplies for Olympia office
- Prepares and produces memos, letters and articles and other documents using word processing software
- Investigates, using initiative and judgment; analyzes, prioritizes, and organizes the work in an ambiguous legislative and policy environment
- Tracks member engagement in lobbying and political activities
- Other duties as assigned
Provide primary administrative support for WEA-PAC, including:
- Provide data for regular and timely updates for the political action committee
- Serve as the administrative liaison to the WEA-PAC Management Board
- Prepare materials for WEA-PAC meetings
- Perform research and record-keeping functions for WEA-PAC
- Maintain candidate database; enter, track, and report a variety of candidate data into internal information systems for possible online distribution
- Track and report publicly available campaign finance information using the state’s Public Disclosure Commission website
- Other duties as assigned
Minimum job requirements and essential functions
- Bachelor’s degree in political science, government, labor relations or equivalent
- Strong interpersonal skills, including experience in dealing with volunteers or membership organizations; must support and maintain relations with outside agencies - including legislative staff for the purpose of ongoing communications
- 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
- Self-starter; demonstrate initiative regarding assignments and flexibility with changing priorities; well-organized, detail-oriented and able to prioritize and coordinate office workloads
- Flexible and adaptable to a fast-paced, changing environment; ability to produce quality work under pressing deadlines
- Ability to compile and analyze information from a variety of sources to prepare accurate reports
- Experience with various software programs to create, process, and maintain a variety of documents and administrative records containing technical information and complex formatting
- Working knowledge and experience using large database systems, such as VAN
- Experience with office support functions including word processing, filing, composing a variety of business documents, and gathering and compiling data
- Experience preparing mailings and mail merges
- Ability to proofread and edit documents
- Ability to maintain consistent high standards of work and move projects forward on set timelines
- Ability to work independently and apply detailed organizational or specialized program knowledge
- Ability to work well in a team environment and work well with diverse groups of people
- Working knowledge of Washington State government and politics; experience during legislative session or campaign experience
- Ability to draft content for social media and websites
- Ability to occasionally travel as required by the center Director
- Must support and advance the WEA mission, goal and core values
Preferred job requirements
- Prior experience with a political action committees or legislative body
- Prior experience with a labor union or member-based organization
Salary range and benefits
Annual salary range: $64,092 to $91,420
- Employer-paid medical, dental, vision and life insurance
- Generous sick and vacation leaves (PTO)
- Long-term disability
- Defined Benefit and Defined Contribution (401(k) retirement plans
- Position 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 and relationship to applicant) from associates who have professional knowledge of the applicant’s background and work experience, must be submitted to WEA Human Resources on or before November 30, 2020. Please utilize 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.