Post Date: July 20, 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, age, religion, 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 UniServ Director for the Seattle Education Association - located in Seattle, WA.  A job description is included on the following pages.  This position is currently available to internal and external applicants.

To be considered for these positions, the following documents are required:

  • Cover letter
  • Updated resume reflecting qualifications for this position
  • Signed WEA application form
  • List of three professional references, including contact information and relationship to applicant

A completed WEA application is required.  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.

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

The deadline for receipt of cover letter, résumé, signed application and references is on or before August 3, 2021. 


Job Description – UniServ Director – Seattle Education Association

Council Description: The Seattle Education Association (SEA) is a diverse 6,000-member local/council comprised of certificated, paraprofessional, and office professionals – including substitutes – who work for Seattle Public Schools.  SEA is a member-driven and member-led organization that works with a high degree of collaboration and teamwork between SEA staff and leaders.

The Seattle Education Association is the voice for educators and our students, standing united to address the needs of our community and to transform our district into an anti-racist school system where every student thrives.  SEA’s Membership Center for Racial Equity works to empower educators, both individually and collectively, to dismantle racial injustice in the SEA, our schools, our community, and our profession.  We are committed to being a member driven organization.

Purpose: The UniServ Director (UD) works with and supports member leaders and activists in issue identification, collective bargaining, workplace organizing, contract enforcement, and mobilization. 

Job Summary:  A successful candidate will be heavily embedded in the work of the team and proactively build workplace power through identifying workplace leaders, recruiting them for activist roles, providing training and support for contract enforcement, assist with issue identification and move members to use collective action to solve workplace issues.


Responsibilities

  • Support and advance the SEA and SEA/WEA mission, goals, core values and priorities.
  • Assist the organization in building and exercising power at the local and state level.
  • Assist the Association in developing and implementing the systems, programs and organizational strategies that create a member-driven culture of organizing.
  • Organize to build a strong union at every worksite consistent with the goals of SEA and WEA.
  • All aspects of negotiating contracts and agreements, including:
    • Bargaining surveys
    • Member listening sessions
    • Blueprinting
    • Bargaining team training and support
    • Research and analysis
    • Proposal development
    • Contract campaigns
  • Establish and maintain positive working relationships with SEA Council leadership, local leaders, staff, and WEA management.
  • Provide counsel and advice to leadership and members utilizing coaching strategies for the development of leaders and members.
  • Work collaboratively with staff, work teams, district administration and community groups where appropriate.
  • Interpret collective bargaining agreements and other relevant laws, codes, regulations, policies, and practices and assist union members in understanding their rights. Provide assertive and prepared advocacy, handle grievances, appeals, requests for hearings, and other formal personnel matters on behalf of union members. Aid attorneys and other union staff in the preparation of hearings, including investigation and preparation of witnesses and exhibits. Assist union members in achieving informal resolutions of work-related problems.
  • Support local and state advocacy efforts as assigned, including, but not limited to:
    • Developing and delivering member, leader, and staff trainings relating to issues with member rights, advocacy, collective bargaining, bargaining campaigns, leadership and organizational development, strategic planning, internal organizing, community organizing, and new member organizing.
    • Work with leaders and staff to develop organizing and action plans and assist in execution and review of these plans.
    • Contract maintenance including grievance processing and maintenance.
    • Bargaining support and mobilization.
    • Instruction and professional development activities.
    • Membership recruitment and development.
    • Organization/leadership development.
    • Political action.
    • Lobbying support.
    • Internal and external organizing.
    • Internal and external communications.
  • Serve as staff liaison to Association 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.

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.
  • Experience as a UniServ staff or comparable union work.
  • Five or more years working as an organizer in a union setting.
  • Five years or more working addressing issues of racial equity.
  • Five or more years' experience with internal, new member and community organizing.
  • Experience with media technology.
  • Experience in facilitating organizational change.

Minimum job requirements

  • Demonstrated commitment to the labor movement, racial, social, economic and education justice.
  • Bachelor's Degree or comparable experience.
  • Recognizes and confronts racism in organizations and institutions; seeks resources and plans actions to dismantle racist structures.
  • 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 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:
    • Developing a member-driven, organizing culture.
    • Collective bargaining and knowledge of the principles of collaborative and interest-based bargaining, problem-solving and alternative dispute resolution.
    • Contract maintenance and grievance resolution.
    • Designing, developing, delivering, and helping others execute organizing plans.
    • Designing, developing, delivering, and implementing training programs for members.
    • Problem-solving and other mediation of sensitive interpersonal situations.
    • Working with diverse groups and individuals.
    • Contributing to high performing teams.
    • Supporting personal and professional development of others.
    • Coordinating personal workloads and schedules in a fast-paced working environment.
    • Ability to relate to all membership levels: Certs, ESP, Substitute members and leaders, as peers.
  • Strong work ethic.
  • Providing cross-organizational support to other areas of the organization.
  • Utilizes reflection and feedback for personal and professional development.
  • Ability to create member engagement projects to highlight "how to" leadership in organizing (building capacity at every layer of the organization).
  • Ability to establish, track and assess metrics (data) related to organizing goals and membership objectives. 
  • Proficient computer skills and experience in, but not limited to, word-processing and online research.
  • Ability to work independently in a self-directed and efficient manner, maintaining calm under pressure.
  • 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 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.

Salary range and benefits

Annual salary range: Level V (E) - $109,304 to $155,912

Benefits:

  • Medical, Dental, Vision and Life Insurance
  • Generous Sick and PTO (Paid Time Off)
  • Long-Term Disability
  • Defined Benefit Plan
  • Defined Contribution Plan (401k) (w/employer contribution)
  • Covered by the WEA/WEASO Collective Bargaining Agreement

Supervision:  The successful applicant will function as a member of the Seattle Education Association staff and the Advocacy and Organizing Center of the Washington Education Association.  The UniServ Director shall report to the Executive Director of the Seattle Education Association.

Location:  The position is assigned to work out of the Seattle UniServ Council office located at 5501 4th Ave. South, Suite #101, Seattle, WA.


Application procedure

A completed and signed WEA application form including résumé, cover letter, and a list of three (3) professional references.  Application materials must be submitted to WEA Human Resources on or before August 3, 2021.  We strongly encourage applicants 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 three professional references.  This will ensure your application materials remain together as a single submission.

ONLINE APPLICATION