Washington Education Association

Washington Education Association

UniServ Representative

Based in Bellevue, 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
  • Listing of three professional references (including contact information)

A completed WEA application is required. 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.

The deadline for receipt of cover letter, résumé, signed application and references is on or before Tuesday, May 28, 2019.

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.

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
EMAIL: kknight@washingtonea.org

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-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 Bellevue, Mercer Island, Issaquah, Lake Washington (Kirkland and Redmond), Riverview (Duvall and Carnation), Snoqualmie Valley (Snoqualmie and North Bend), and Tahoma (Maple Valley).

Demographics: WEA-Sammamish represents 4,633 certificated and K-12 employees from 8 local associations. Our districts are both rural and suburban, ranging in size from a 44-member classified unit to a 1,440-member certificated unit. Only one local jointly serves both classified and certificated members.

Council statement: WEA-Sammamish is a forward-looking Council with an active and knowledgeable membership. Our goals are to build member engagement and empowerment through union organizing, professional development, political activism, all with a student-centered focus. Our rural, suburban and emerging urban locals provide a wide context of viewpoints and opportunities. Maintaining a sustainable budget and workload for leaders and staff is a priority.

Job Summary and 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 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 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 Sammamish, 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 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 have a demonstrated history of building member engagement and empowerment through union organizing, political activism, professional development, with a student-centered focus in a public education or similarly situated 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 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) - $103,029 to $146,957


  • 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 résumé, 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 Tuesday, May 28, 2019. We encourage you to use the online application process.

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


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