Lobbyist - WEA Public Policy

Post Date: June 17, 2021

The Washington Education Association is committed to a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace where the contributions of each employee are respected as part of the work performed on behalf of 90,000+ WEA members in public education. WEA embraces employees with varied backgrounds and life experiences, including race, ethnicity, gender, religion, age, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical ability, and veteran status.  Only those candidates who can commit to promoting diversity, equity and inclusiveness need apply.

The Washington Education Association is seeking applicants for the position of Lobbyist – Level V.  A job description is included below. 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
  • A list of the names of three professional references (w/contact information including relationship to applicant)

Washington Education Association application forms are required and may be obtained by selecting 'Online Application' located at the end of this document. If you experience any difficulties with the online application, please contact Karen Knight at the email address shown below. 

The deadline for receipt of cover letter, résumé, signed application and references is on or before July 1, 2021.  

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

Job Description - Lobbyist - WEA Public Policy/Governmental Relations

Position: Lobbyist

Supervision: The successful applicant functions effectively as a team member of the Public Policy Center of the Washington Education Association. This position reports to the Director of the Public Policy Center.

Location: The WEA Olympia office is located approximately two miles from the Capitol in Olympia and 40 miles south of the Washington Education Association headquarters office. 

Background: Established as a statewide education association in 1889, the WEA proudly serves nearly 90,000+ members. As the premier public education advocate in Washington State, the WEA is committed to assuring the state’s commitment to great public schools.

Essential job functions and responsibilities

  • Works as a member of Washington Education Association's Public Policy Center in Olympia; assist in planning, developing and implementing WEA's legislative agenda with members, staff and managers; work to assist the WEA in the creation and implementation of the Association’s racial, social, and economic strategies both within and outside of legislative activities
  • Interprets WEA's legislative program to members of the executive and legislative branches of state government, including state agencies
  • Translates WEA positions into fiscal formats and fiscal proposals as required by the state budget and the Legislature
  • Responds to member requests regarding policy issues that are in the lobbyist’s portfolio
  • Researches, develops and delivers testimony before appropriate committees of the Legislature
  • Maintains contacts with the staff of legislators, state agencies and executive offices
  • Assists in development and delivery of member training on legislative and certification issues
  • Monitors activities and testifies as needed before the State Board of Education (SBE) regarding development and adoption of rules and regulations
  • Monitors educational employee certification and preparation issues/procedures and facilitates Association's member activities regarding same
  • Other duties as assigned by the Center Director

Minimum job requirements

  • Bachelor's degree and experience in legislative, political, and agency relations activities
  • 5+ years recent teaching experience and/or direct lobbyist/legislative 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
  • A thorough and comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the state and federal legislative and political processes
  • Ability to cultivate and maintain strategic relationships with key legislative and regulatory officials and staff, including both elected and appointed officials
  • Ability to work with WEA elected leaders, managers, staff and members demonstrating an understanding of sound human relations practices
  • Excellent interpersonal and human relations skills and the ability to work with others from diverse backgrounds and cultures
  • Understanding of and experience dealing with public agencies that monitor and enforce laws and regulations that impact the political activities of individuals and groups
  • Knowledge/understanding of Washington State budgeting processes, revenue and tax structures, state education allocation formulas, and K-12 budget program structure, including OSPI financial reporting and data collection systems
  • Experience researching fiscal issues and proposals culminating in recommendations for policy makers to advance quality public education
  • Ability to evaluate, analyze and communicate with others effectively about fiscal and financial packages and their impacts
  • Ability to work under pressure in a self-directed, calm, and efficient manner - with an ability to inspire others
  • Knowledge of and demonstrated proficiency in a variety of training methods, materials and technologies
  • Ability to obtain a valid Washington State driver's license, possess a satisfactory driving record and have a dependable automobile for Association travel;  proof of automobile insurance with liability limits of at least $100,000/$300,000 required
  • Support and advance the WEA mission, goals, core values and priorities

Preferred job requirements

  • Experience with a large membership organization
  • Advanced degree desired
  • Experience in local, state and/or national employee or political organizations dependent upon volunteer membership
  • Experience as a lobbyist or other political experience with a focus on K-12 and higher education policies
  • Prior membership in a union and/or understanding of union history and values

Salary range and benefits

Annual salary range:  $109,304 to $155,912 / yr. – Level V


  • Employer-paid medical, dental, vision, and life insurance
  • Generous sick, vacation, and personal leaves (PTO)
  • Long-term disability plan
  • Defined Benefit Plan
  • Defined Contribution Plan - 401(k) (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 the names and contact information (including relationship to applicant) of three (3) individuals who have knowledge of the applicant’s professional background and work experience, must be submitted to WEA Human Resources on or before July 1, 2021.  Please 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 applications materials remain together as a single submission.