UniServ Representative
WEA Cascade

Based in Bothell, WA

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
  • Three professional letters of reference

Washington Education Association application forms are required and may be obtained by following this link or selecting Online Application located at the end of this document, or at the Washington Education Association located at 32032 Weyerhaeuser Way South, Federal Way, WA., or by calling Human Resources at 1-800-622-3393 extension 7002.

The deadline for receipt of cover letter, résumé, signed application and references is on or before January 2, 2018. Position will remain open until filled; responses will be assessed on January 2, 2018.

If you have questions or difficulties accessing the online application, please contact:

Washington Education Association
Attn: Karen Knight, HR Generalist
PO Box 9100
Federal Way, WA 98063-9100
FAX (253) 946-4726

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 Representative — WEA-Cascade — Bothell, WA

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.

Cascade Council Description & Demographics: The Cascade UniServ Council is comprised of the WEA affiliates in the Northshore, Shoreline, and Edmonds School Districts. The geographic area is north King County and South Snohomish County — just north of Seattle and south of Everett. The council office is located in Bothell, Washington, a vibrant and growing area fueled by the biotech industry boom. The Edmonds Education Association has a satellite local office in Lynnwood, Washington, a 15-20 minute drive from the main office.

The Council serves approximately 4600 members. The primary assignment for this position is the Northshore Education Association, a merged local serving approximately 2000 certificated and classified members. The Northshore Education Association is a very strong, well-established, financially solid, and politically active local. The local has a long history of political action by members in local school board and bond levy campaigns, state legislature elections and initiatives, and the local leader is currently a member of the McCleary Board of Trustees. The Council currently employs three UniServ Representatives and two Associate staff.

Essential job functions:

  • 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 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 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 the WEA-Cascade UniServ Council, local associations, governance and with 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
    • 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:

  • 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:
    • Organizing to build strong locals
    • Commitment to member-driven and organizing union culture
    • State and federal educational reform issues
    • 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 to execute organizing plans
    • Cultural Competency/relevancy or multicultural education
    • Ability to relate to all membership levels: higher education, certificated and ESP members
  • 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.
  • 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 Washington State four-tiered evaluation system

Salary Range and Benefits:

Annual salary range: Level V (E) - $99,066 to $141,306

  • 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 including resume, cover letter and three letters of reference from associates who have professional knowledge of the applicant’s background and work experience must be submitted to WEA Human Resources on or before January 2, 2018. Use of the online application process is encouraged.

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, application and three professional reference letters. This will ensure your application materials remain together as a single submission.

Online application available.

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