UniServ Director - Seattle Education Association

Post Date: June 17, 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
  • A list of three professional references (including contact information)

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.  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.

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 deadline for receipt of cover letter, resume, signed application and reference list is on or before July 2, 2019.

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 Director – Seattle Education Association

Supervision:  The successful applicant will function as a member of the Seattle Education Association staff and the Advocacy Center of the Washington Education Association.  The representative 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, Ste. #101, Seattle, WA.

Demographics:  The Seattle Education Association is a diverse 6,000-member local comprised of certificated, paraprofessional, and office professionals – including substitutes - who work for Seattle Public Schools.

Council description: The Seattle Education Association is a member-driven organization. The Council works with a high degree of collaboration and teamwork between Council staff and leaders. Labor relations problem-solving with the Seattle Public Schools administration spans the continuum of adversarial to collaborative with the goal being consistent use of interest-based issue resolution. The Association supports a Center for Racial Equity and is committed to developing a culture of opportunity for all - devoid of racism. SEA has successfully reoriented the culture of the association to be one of converting advocacy events into organizing opportunities. Association leadership and staff facilitate a high level of member participation and leadership development.

Job summary and essential job functions


  • Support and advance the SEA and SEA/WEA mission, goals, core values and priorities.
  • Assist the Association in developing and implementing the systems, programs and organizational strategies that create a member-driven culture of organizing.
  • Assist the SEA 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.
  • Establish and maintain positive working relationships with 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.
  • Facilitate organizational change by involving members and leaders in advocacy based on the values and mission of SEA.
  • Provide staff liaison/serve on 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.

Minimum job requirements and essential functions

  • 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.
  • 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
    • Knowledge of traditional, collaborative and interest-based, problem-solving
    • Contract maintenance and grievance resolution
    • Designing, developing, delivering and helping others execute organizing plans
    • 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.
  • Strong work ethic.
  • Providing cross-organizational support to other areas of the organization.
  • Recognizes racism in organizations and institutions and seeks resources and plans actions to address racism.
  • Utilizes reflection and feedback for personal and professional development.
  • Proficient computer skills and experience in, but not limited to, word-processing and online research.
  • Ability to work 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.

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.
  • 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.
  • Knowledge of special programs, i.e., special education, bilingual, gifted, etc.
  • Experience in facilitating organizational change.

Salary range and benefits:

Annual salary range: Level V (E) - $103,029 to $146,957


  • 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

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 relevant contact information) who have professional knowledge of the applicant’s background and work experience must be received on or before July 2, 2019.  Use of the online application process is encouraged.

Important Note:  When submitting your application materials online, select “Save a 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 (including contact information for each).   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