Post Date: October 12, 2020

The Washington Education Association is seeking applicants for the position of UniServ Director for the WEA Eastern Washington UniServ Council in Spokane, WA.  A job description is included on the following pages.  This position is currently available to internal and external applicants.

The Washington Education Association is an equal employment opportunity employer.  It is the desire of the Washington Education Association to interview applicants from an application/interview pool that reflects the diversity of the greater community for each vacancy as it occurs.

To be considered for this position, 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 form is required.  Please submit your application and materials online by following the link provided at the end of the job description. In addition, applications may also be obtained by calling Human Resources at 800-622-3393, Ext.7002. The WEA offices are currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic; you can leave a message at this number and it will be relayed to Human Resources – or - contact Karen Knight via email at kknight@washingtonea.org

The deadline for receipt of cover letter, resume, signed application and list of references is on or before Monday, October 26, 2020.

Pleae note that WEA Staff are currently working from home (subject to change when warranted) due to COVID-19 restrictions and mandates.  If selected for this position, you will be equipped with the necessary tools to fulfill the requirements of your position.


Council focus:

The mission of WEA Eastern Washington is to advocate, organize, and advance member interests through collective bargaining, activism, and professional development.


Job summary and essential job functions

Responsibilities:

  • Support and advance the WEA and WEA-Eastern’s 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 governance, local leaders and staff to develop organizing and action plans; assist in execution and review of these plans
    • Involvement with contract negotiations and contract maintenance through grievance processing, mediation and arbitration
    • Providing local association bargaining assistance
    • Engaging in organizational and professional development through training, consulting and facilitation within WEA-Eastern, local associations, governance and members
    • Committing to membership recruitment and development
    • Providing support for political action activities and lobbying
    • Developing relationships and working with broad-based organizations to support the goals of the WEA
    • Providing consistent and concise 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 Eastern 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
  • Ability to compose documents under pressure, strong ability to communicate verbally, in writing and through various media
  • Demonstrated history of success working with communities of color or with other historically under-represented groups; the ability to understand the relevance and importance of diversity, equity and inclusion internally and in public education
  • 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) - $109,304 to $155,912

Benefits:

  • 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, resume, cover letter and a list of three references who have professional knowledge of the applicant's background and work experience must be received on or before Monday, October 26, 2020.  Reference contact information must be provided.  Use of the online application process is strongly 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 list of three professional references.  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