Post Date: Wednesday, January 30, 2019

The Washington Education Association is seeking applicants for the position listed below. 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
  • Three professional references

A completed WEA Application Form is required and attached as a link at the end of this document. In addition, applications may also be obtained at the WEA office located at 32032 Weyerhaeuser Way South, Federal Way, WA., or by calling Human Resources at 1-800-622-3393 extension 7002.

The deadline for receipt of cover letter, résumé, signed application and references is on or before Friday, February 15, 2019.   

Please submit your application materials online.  If you have questions or need assistance, please 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
FAX (253) 946-4726
DIRECT (253) 765-7002

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 Rep – Puget Sound UniServ Council

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 of the Advocacy & Organizing Center.

Location:  4508 Auburn Way, N. – Bldg. D, Auburn, WA 98002 

Demographics: The Council supports members and leaders of 13 local associations. There are two locals that are merged ESP/certificated, three districts where we represent ESP and certificated members in separate locals, four certificated locals and one ESP. The council represents just over 5,000 members.  Roughly 75% are certificated and 25% ESP.

Council description: The Council works with a high degree of collaboration. Interest-based bargaining is used to a large degree in almost all negotiations with school districts.  Labor relations with school districts are usually collaborative. UniServ staff work as a team with regularly shifting assignments based on the needs and developmental opportunities in the locals. Council governance meetings are designed to give leaders an opportunity to learn from one another and receive training from staff. ESP membership is valued as adding strength and richness to the Council’s member advocacy. The Council is committed to leadership development and invests significant resources to support growth of leaders.

Job summary and essential job functions


  • Support and advance the WEA and WEA mission, goals, core values and priorities.
  • Assist the WEA in developing and implementing the systems, programs and organizational strategies that create a member-driven culture of organizing and advance the goals of WEA.
  • Assist the WEA in developing and delivering dynamic organizing trainings for leaders, members and staff to support organizing campaigns.
  • Organize to build a strong union at every local or worksite consistent with the goals of WEA.
  • Assist the organization in building and exercising power at the state and local level.
  • Support state and local advocacy efforts as assigned – including, but not limited to:
    • Participate in developing and delivering member, leader and staff trainings in the following areas:  member rights, advocacy, collective bargaining, political campaigns, leadership and organizational development, strategic planning, and internal, community and new member organizing.
    • Work with leaders and staff to develop organizing and action plans. Assist in execution and review of these plans.
    • Contract negotiations and contract maintenance through grievance processing, mediation and arbitration.
    • Local association bargaining assistance.
    • Organizational and professional development through training, consulting and facilitation within the Puget Sound UniServ Council, local associations, governance and members.
    • Membership recruitment and development.
    • Political action activities and lobbying support.
    • Developing relationships and working with broad-based organizations to support the goals of the WEA.
    • Internal and external communications.
    • Establish and maintain positive working relationships with Council leadership, local leaders, staff, and WEA management.
  • Provide counsel and advice to leadership and members.
  • Work collaboratively with staff, work teams, locals/districts and community groups where appropriate.
  • Promote and support education restructuring and reform. Facilitate organizational change at the local and state level.
  • 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.
  • Complete other duties as assigned.

Minimum job requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree or comparable experience.
  • Ability to compose documents under pressure, strong ability to communicate verbally, in writing and through various media.
  • Ability to work with diverse groups and individuals.
  • Ability to think creatively to resolve problems, issues, and conflict.
  • 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 experience with substantial experience in interest-based bargaining and collaborative problem-solving. 
    • Contract maintenance.
    • Member rights protection.
    • Political action and lobbying skills.
    • Designing, developing, delivering and helping others execute organizing plans.
    • Problem-solving and other mediation of sensitive interpersonal situations.
    • Cultural Competence/Relevancy or Multicultural Education.
    • Ability to relate to ESP and certificated members and to effectively advocate for their interests.  
  • Strong work ethic.
  • 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.
  • Ability to work well in teams.
  • 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 with other staff in a fast-paced working environment.
  • Ability to establish, track and assess metrics (data) related to organizing goals and membership objectives.  Ability to deliver and communicate complex data.
  • Ability to work in a self-directed and efficient manner, maintaining calm under pressure and continue to work effectively as a team member.
  • Ability to train members in traditional, collaborative and interest-based bargaining.
  • Ability to travel both in and outside the state of Washington.
  • Ability to meet requirements of working with large and small locals, certificated and educational support personnel within diverse communities.
  • 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.
  • Willingness to take temporary assignments in other state locations as required.
  • Ability to utilize organizational development strategies to enrich local leader decision-making and planning.
  • Ability to work as part of high-performing teams and to support effective teams in the local associations.
  • Ability to work with individual leaders and leadership teams to develop their skills and enrich the experience they have as leaders.

Preferred job requirements

  • 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.
  • 5 or more years working as an organizer in an education union setting.
  • 5 or more years’ experience with internal, new member and community organizing.
  • 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.
  • Knowledge and awareness of poverty issues and their impact on student achievement.

Salary range and benefits:

Annual salary range:  $103,029 to $146,957


  • Medical, dental, vision and life insurance
  • Sick, vacation and personal leave (PTO)
  • Long-term disability insurance
  • 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 the names, email addresses, and phone numbers of three professional references, must be received on or before Friday, February 15, 2019.  Use of the online application process is strongly encouraged

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., application, cover letter, resume and list of three professional references. This will ensure your application materials remain together as a single submission. Please submit your application materials online by following the link below.

Online Application