UniServ Rep - WEA Sammamish

Post Date: Friday, May 7, 2021

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
  • Listing 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.

The deadline for receipt of cover letter, résumé, signed application and references is on or before Friday, May 21, 2021.  

Please note:  This position has a scheduled start date of mid- to late-August 2021.  

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 from your home. 

Washington Education Association
Attn:  Karen Knight, HR Generalist
PO Box 9100
Federal Way, WA 98063-9100
PHONE: 253-303-1477
FAX: 253- 946-4726
kknight@washingtonea.org

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, 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.


Job description -  UniServ Representative — WEA-Sammamish

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 of the Advocacy & Organizing Center.

Location: The WEA-Sammamish office is located in Bellevue, Washington.  Our council serves locals in the Bellevue, Mercer Island, Issaquah, Lake Washington (Kirkland and Redmond), Riverview (Duvall and Carnation), Snoqualmie Valley (Snoqualmie and North Bend), and Tahoma (Maple Valley) school districts.

Demographics: WEA-Sammamish represents 4,720 certificated and K-12 employees from 9 local associations.  Our districts are rural, suburban, urban, and emerging urban - ranging in size from an 18-member classified unit to a 1,438-member certificated unit.  One local jointly serves both classified and certificated members.

Council description: WEA-Sammamish is a forward-looking council with an active and knowledgeable membership. Our goals are to build racially-equitable member power and engagement through union organizing, professional development, and political activism - all with a student-centered focus. We represent locals in high-profile school and legislative districts. Our rural, emerging urban, suburban, and urban locals who represent both classified and certificated educators provide a wide context of viewpoints and opportunities. Maintaining a sustainable budget and workload for leaders and staff is a priority. We are a member-driven and member-led organization that works with a high degree of collaboration and teamwork between WEA-Sammamish staff and leaders.


Job summary and essential job functions

Responsibilities:

  • Support and advance the WEA and WEA 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 trainings for leaders, members and staff to support member 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:
    • Participate 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
    • Work with leaders and staff to develop organizing and action plans; assist in execution and review of these plans
    • Contract negotiations and contract maintenance through grievance processing, mediation and arbitration
    • Local association bargaining assistance
    • Organizational and professional development through training, consulting and facilitation within WEA Sammamish, local associations, governance and members
    • Membership recruitment and development
    • Political action activities and lobbying support
    • Developing relationships and working with broad-based organizations to support the goals of the WEA
    • 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 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.

Council Focus

·       The ideal candidate will be relationally oriented and have a demonstrated history of member advocacy and building member engagement with racially, socially, and economically diverse populations through union organizing, political activism, and professional development in a public education or similar labor organization.

·       The ideal candidate must be able to blend the competing interests of local associations and ensure that member voices, opinions and viewpoints are strongly considered in the work of the Association.

·       The ideal candidate must commit to being a good steward of members’ dues dollars in the context of their work and responsibilities.


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 education 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 education, Certificated staff, 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.
  • Five or more years working as an organizer in an education union setting.
  • 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.
  • 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 plan
  • 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 contact information – i.e., email addresses and phone numbers) from associates who have professional knowledge of your background and work experience - must be submitted to WEA Human Resources on or before Friday, May 21, 2021.  We encourage you to use the online application process. Please note:  This position has a scheduled start date of mid- to late August 2021.

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 a list of three professional references. This will ensure your application materials remain together as a single submission.

Online Application