Post Date: Wednesday, February 5, 2020

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
  • A list of three professional references (including contact information and relationship to applicant)

Washington Education Association application forms are required and may be obtained by following the Online Application link located at the end of this document, or at the Washington Education Association 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 February 20, 2020.  

If you do not submit your application online (preferred method), please send or email your application materials to:

Washington Education Association
Attn:  Karen Knight, HR Generalist
PO Box 9100
Federal Way, WA 98063-9100
PHONE: (253) 765-7002
FAX: (253) 946-4726

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.

UniServ Director – Rainier UniServ Council - Tukwila, 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 Associate Director of the Advocacy & Organizing Center.

Location and demographics:  The Rainier UniServ Council is located at 575 Andover Park West, Suite 205, Tukwila, Washington.  The Council represents seven local associations: Highline College Education Association, Highline Education Association, Renton Education Association, Renton Education Support Professionals, Bellevue College Association of Higher Education, Professional Support Association of Puget Sound ESD, and the Renton Professional Technical Association.  Membership in the affiliated locals totals approximately 3,900 and includes PK-12 teachers and educational support professionals as well as higher education faculty units.           

Council description: There are two UniServ Representatives and one Associate Staff in the Rainier office, along with the local Presidents of Highline EA and Renton EA, and their respective administrative assistants. 

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:
    • Participation 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.
    • Working 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 Rainier UniServ Council, local associations, governance and with 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.
  • 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.
  • Recognizes and confronts racism in organizations and institutions; seeks resources and plans actions to dismantle racist structures
  • Ability to compose documents under pressure, strong ability to communicate verbally, in writing and through various media.
  • 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 and knowledge of traditional, 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 helping others execute organizing plans.
    • Problem-solving and other mediation of sensitive interpersonal situations.
    • Cultural Competence/Relevancy or Multicultural Education.
    • Ability to relate to all membership levels: Higher Ed, Certs, ESP members, and leaders, as peers.
  • Strong work ethic.
  • Ability to work with diverse groups and individuals.
  • 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 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.
  • 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, higher education and educational support personnel in a large geographic area.
  • 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.

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.
  • Knowledge of Common Core State Standards and the four-tiered evaluation system.

Salary range and benefits

Annual salary range:  Level V (E) - $106,120 to $151,368


  • 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 from associates who have knowledge of the applicant’s background and work experience must be submitted to WEA Human Resources on or before February 20, 2020.  Use of the online application process is 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., cover letter, resume, application and a list of three professional references (with contact information and relationship to applicant).  This will ensure your application materials remain together as a single submission.

Online application available.