Executive Director - Seattle Education Association

Post Date: June 27, 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
  • List of three professional references (including contact information)

A completed WEA application is required.  In addition, applications may be obtained at the WEA office located at 32032 Weyerhaeuser Way South, Federal Way, WA., or 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 Thursday, July 11, 2019.  

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: 253-765-7002 (direct)
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.

Job Description  –  Executive Director  – Seattle Education Association

About SEA :  The Seattle Education Association (SEA) represents over 6,000 school employees working in the Seattle Public Schools (SPS) system.  SEA bargains contracts for 4,000 certificated staff, 1,100 paraprofessionals, 300 office personnel and approximately 900 certificated and classified substitute employees.

SEA employs four UniServ Directors, two support staff, a bookkeeper, and four full-time release leaders: President, Vice-President, Director for the Center for Racial Equity, and the President of the Paraprofessionals Division. The presidents of the office professionals and substitutes are released part-time.

SEA conducted a campaign to meet most of its members and identify and train new leaders. The result of the organizing and leadership development campaign is a union that has broad member participation in critical union functions. There are over 700 (and growing) active leaders participating in SEA work. Member approval of the union and its work has significantly increased as a result of greater member participation and expansion of leadership.

The Association supports the Center for Racial Equity (CRE). CRE leadership, composed of SEA members, works in partnership with the school district to form and train Racial Equity teams at schools.  A majority of the district’s schools have operating Racial Equity Teams. The CRE also organizes a summer institute to train members to recognize and act against racism within the schools and community.

SEA has an annual budget of $3 million and owns the building it resides in.  There are two tenants who rent portions of the building.

Essential job functions of the SEA Executive Director

  • Support SEA officers in the execution of their responsibilities
  • Manage and supervise staff
  • Manage the budget and facility
  • Support the Director of the Center for Racial Equity and its program
  • Lead the staff team
  • Provide coaching to the staff in an effort to develop leadership potential
  • Advocate effectively for diverse populations of association members
  • Support staff and leaders in their efforts to advocate for members, and provide coaching and strategy development for purposes of negotiations with SPS

Required qualifications

  • Demonstrated skill in budget management and in the development of an organizational budget adoption process
  • Possess a thorough understanding of the roles and responsibilities of governance and staff
  • Demonstrated skill and ability associated with managing effective learning organizations
  • Successful experience developing and sustaining a collaborative work environment
  • Significant experience with conflict resolution, both interest-based and positional approaches
  • Demonstrated commitment to self-reflection, personal growth, and learning and applying new procedures and practices
  • Ability to communicate openly and honestly
  • Ability to offer and receive constructive feedback
  • Ability to receive and respond to concerns regarding racism
  • Ability to recognizes racism; create plans for addressing racism; and, seek out resources to assist with addressing racism
  • Skilled in relational organizing
  • Possess excellent communications skills
  • Proficient with technology
  • Experience working for or leading an advocacy organization or union
  • Experience managing staff finances, stakeholders and other resources for an organization.
  • BA Degree

Preferred qualifications

  • Experience working for or leading an educational union
  • Experience organizing political campaigns or influencing legislative action
  • Experience in community organizing
  • MA Degree

Compensation and benefits

Annual salary:  TBD (negotiable and commensurate with experience and qualifications)


  • 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)

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 and phone numbers) from associates who have professional knowledge of your background and work experience - must be submitted to WEA Human Resources on or before Thursday, July 11, 2019.  We 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