UniServ Representative – WEA Chinook – Tumwater, WA

Post date: November 9, 2018

The Washington Education Association is seeking applicants for the position listed above.  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
  • Three (3) written references

A Washington Education Association application form is required and attached as a link at the end of this document. In addition, applications may also be obtained at the Washington Education Association located at 32032 Weyerhaeuser Way South, Federal Way, WA 98001 or by calling Human Resources at 253-765-7002 or 1-800-622-3393 extension 7002. 

The preferred method for delivery of your application materials is online by following the link at the end of the job description.  If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Karen Knight at the email address or phone number shown below.

Washington Education Association
Karen Knight, Human Resource Generalist
PO Box 9100
Federal Way, WA 98063-9100
253-765-7002 (Direct)
FAX (253) 946-4726

The deadline for receipt of cover letter, résumé, signed application and written references is on or before November 28, 2018.

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 Rep. – WEA Chinook

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

Location and Demographics:   The Chinook UniServ Council is located in Tumwater, Washington which borders Olympia, Washington.  Olympia is approximately 60 miles south of Seattle and one hour from the Pacific Ocean beaches and Cascade Mountains.

The Council serves approximately 6,000 certificated and classified members in 49 locals ranging in size from 5 – 1,000 members.  The area consists of Thurston, Lewis, Grays Harbor, and parts of Mason, Pierce and Pacific Counties.  The Council currently employs four UniServ Representatives and two support staff.


Primary responsibilities of the position:

  • Incumbent will assist the WEA in the development and implementation of systems, programs and organizational strategies that create a member-driven culture of organizing and advance the goals of the WEA. 
  • Incumbent will assist the WEA, through cross-functional collaboration, in developing and delivering the dynamic organizing trainings for leaders, members and staff that will support organizing campaigns.
  • Organize to build a strong union at every local worksite.  This position will assist the organization in building and exercising power at the state and local level.
  • Help facilitate the creation of local organizing structures that build capacity, full member engagement and mobilization around identified local and state issues.
  • Participate in developing and delivering programs for Leader, Member and Staff growth and development goals.
  • Coordinate the professional development/training efforts to address member professional issues and needs.
  • Support of state and local advocacy efforts as assigned, including, but not limited to:
    • Participation in developing and delivering local, regional and statewide 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.
    • Working 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.
    • Local association bargaining support.
    • Instruction and professional development activities.
    • Cultural Competence/Relevancy or Multi-cultural Education.
    • Membership recruitment and development.
    • Organization/leadership development.
    • Political action.
    • Lobbying support.
    • Internal and external organizing.
    • Developing relationships and working with broad-based organizations to support the goals of the WEA.
    • Educational restructuring.
    • Internal and external communications.
  • Establish and maintain positive working relationships with Council leadership, local leaders, staff, and the WEA management.
  • 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, goals, 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 Council’s political and legislative activities.
  • Ability to participate in trainings identified by WEA.
  • Provide staff liaison/serve on WEA 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 functions (in addition to those listed above)

  • BA degree or comparable experience.
  • 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 and knowledge of the principles of 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 implementing training programs to members.
    • Designing, developing, delivering and helping others execute organizing plans.
    • Problem-solving and other mediation of sensitive interpersonal situations.
    • Cultural Competence/Relevancy or Multicultural Education.
  • Interpersonal skills and human relations.
  • Must demonstrate strong work ethic.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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 work with other WEA staff in regional coalitions that focus on member organizing efforts while working collaboratively with leaders, governance, and WEA partners.
  • Ability to create and act within WEA member engagement projects to highlight “how to” leadership in organizing (building capacity at every layer of the organization).
  • Ability to participate in organizing efforts within the AOC while completing field-based demonstration projects and general advocacy support.
  • Ability to establish, track and assess metrics (data) related to organizing goals and membership objectives.  Ability to deliver and communicate about complex member-related data and data associated with building a WEA organizing culture.
  • Ability to organize and mobilize others (both internal and external) around WEA’s public policy efforts.
  • 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 deliver WEA trainings.
  • Experience or training in traditional and interest-based bargaining and the ability to train members in either style.
  • 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.
  • Ability to compose documents under pressure; strong ability to communicate verbally, in writing and through various media.

Preferred job requirements

  • 5 or more years working as an organizer in an education union setting.
  • 5 or more years’ experience with internal, new member and/or community organizing.
  • 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.
  • 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 $103,029 to $146,957 – Level 5
  • Medical, dental, vision and life insurance
  • Generous sick, vacation and personal leaves (PTO)
  • Long-term disability
  • Employer-paid retirement plan
  • 401(k) plan with employer contribution
  • 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 including résumé, cover letter and three (3) professional letters of reference from associates who have knowledge of the applicant must be received on or before November 28, 2018.  Please submit your application materials online by following the link below. 

Online Application