State-Based Organizer

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, religion, gender, 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 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 (3) professional references (including contact information)

A Washington Education Association application form is required and attached as a link at the end of this document. Please apply using the online application.  If you have any questions or problems with the online process, please contact Karen Knight at the number shown below. 

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

Please direct questions to:
Karen Knight/HR Generalist/Member Benefits
Washington Education Association
32032 Weyerhaeuser Way So.
Federal Way, WA 98001-9687
Phone (direct): 253-303-1477
FAX (253) 946-4726

Job Description – State-Based Organizer (Level 5) – Federal Way, WA

Supervision:  The successful applicant will function as a member of the CEQ-Advocacy & Organizing Center of the Washington Education Association. The representative shall report to the Director of the Advocacy & Organizing Center.

Location:  The State-Based Organizer will be assigned to work from the WEA Headquarters facility in Federal Way, Washington.


  • Primary responsibilities of the position will be organizing activities. 
    • Organize to build a strong union effort at every local worksite
    • Ability to organize WEA staff into regional coalitions that focus on member organizing efforts while working collaboratively with leaders, governance, and WEA partners
    • Ability to organize and mobilize others around WEA’s Public Policy efforts
    • Ability to create and act within WEA member demonstration projects to highlight “how to” leadership in organizing (building capacity)
    • Ability to lead organizing efforts within the AOC while completing field-based demonstration projects
    • Ability to establish and track metrics (data) related to organizing goals and membership objectives
  • Support local and council advocacy efforts through organizing
  • Establish and maintain positive working relationships with Council leadership and staff, and the Washington Education Association management staff
  • Provide counsel and advice to leadership and members
  • Work effectively as a team with other staff in carrying out the assigned responsibilities
  • Work collaboratively with staff, work teams, locals/districts and community groups where appropriate
  • Develop organizing activities within the local that assist locals and members in achieving their goals and the goals of the Washington Education Association
  • Support and advance the WEA mission, goal, core values and priorities
  • Promote and support education restructuring and reform; facilitate organizational change at the local and state level
  • May be assigned the responsibility to collect and provide necessary information and direction regarding the Councils’ political and legislative activities
  • Willing to participate in trainings identified by WEA
  • Provide staff liaison/serve on Association committees as assigned; participate in WEA shared staffing assignments
  • Regularly attend WEA staff meetings
  • Complete other duties as assigned

Minimum job requirements and essential functions

  • BA 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
  • Comprehensive understanding of the Association’s strategies as they relate to racial, social and economic justice
  • Demonstrated successful experience in:
    • Organizing to build strong locals
    • Collective bargaining and knowledge of the principles of traditional and interest-based bargaining, problem-solving and alternative dispute resolution
    • Contract maintenance including grievance processing
    • Member rights protection
    • Political action and lobbying skills
    • Designing, developing, delivering and implementing training programs to members
    • Problem-solving and other mediation of sensitive interpersonal situations
    • Cultural Competence/Relevancy or Multicultural Education
    • Developing relationships and working with broad-based organizations to support the goals of the councils and WEA programs
  • Interpersonal skills and human relations
  • The ability to work with diverse groups and individuals
  • The 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
  • Ability to compose documents under pressure
  • Ability to coordinate personal workloads and schedules
  • Ability to work in a self-directed and efficient manner, maintaining calm under pressure
  • Ability to think creatively to resolve problems, issues, and conflict
  • Ability to travel both in and outside the State of Washington
  • Ability to obtain a valid Washington State driver's license, have a satisfactory driving record, and 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 by the work
  • Other duties as assigned

Preferred job requirements

  • 5 or more years working as an organizer in a union setting
  • 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
  • Experience with community organizing
  • Knowledge of and experience with state and national educational reform issues
  • 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
  • Experience with media technology

Salary range and benefits

Annual salary range of $109,304 to $155,912


  • Employer-paid medical, dental, vision, and life insurance
  • Generous sick, vacation and personal leaves (PTO)
  • Long-Term Disability
  • Defined Benefit and Defined Contribution 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, resume, cover letter/letter of interest, and a list of three references 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.  Use of the online application process is recommended.

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 list of three professional references  (including contact information).  This will ensure your application materials remain together as a single submission.