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AFSCME Council 28, Washington Federation of State Employees

AFSCME Council 28
Washington Federation of State Employees


Lead Council Representative

Covering the Olympia and Tacoma, WA service areas


Who We Are:
The Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) has a long history of fighting for workers’ rights and employee benefits while tackling social justice issues with passion and energy. The WFSE, Council 28 has been operating in the state capital for over 74 years. Our staff fight for fairness and equality as well as ensuring the hard working men and women of state government, higher education institutions, and public service workers get better pay, better health care, better retirement, and a healthy work environment. There’s much to accomplish, and with the right personnel, we believe we can accomplish it. Come join our team and be a part of a larger mission that will make an impact for years to come. Learn more about who we are at: wfse.org.

What We’re Looking For:
The WFSE is recruiting to fill a Lead Council Representative (LCR) position which will cover the Olympia and Tacoma service areas. The LCR has a demonstrated ability to conduct the work of a Council Representative (CR) at the highest level as well as a keen sense of strategy, planning and implementation of organizing directives. This position has a strategic focus within the scope of a Council Representative and will mentor, support and coordinate a team of 4-8 CR's to reach internal organizing, leadership development and mobilization goals. The LCR also acts as an internal organizer and is responsible for member contacts and activation, building membership and identifying leaders. This position also requires a full understanding and competency related to conventional representational duties inherent in collective bargaining settings.

This position works with CR’s as a team leader to raise union visibility in worksites; increase ongoing one-on-one outreach to membership; and develop and implement agency specific worksite issue campaigns and communications. The LCR works to improve reach & quality of New Employee Orientations and increase participation of membership in all levels of union activity. Leads will also work with CR’s to successfully identify, recruit, train and mentor member leaders and stewards. LCR’s will typically have a smaller field assignment load allowing them time to provide mentoring and leadership to a team of CR’s. This position also plays a role in improving communication between the field and other parts of WFSE such as Strategic Campaigns, LPA and Public Affairs and other departments. Leads will play a critical role, with members and Field Supervisors to develop and implement a successful ongoing internal organizing program at WFSE.

Additional duties include:

  • Schedules, promotes, and conducts workplace informational meetings.
  • Assists CR’s in conducting political grassroots organizing by scheduling, promoting, and conducting PEOPLE and Get Out The Vote (GOTV) presentations.
  • Promotes and conducts training for stewards, MAT Leaders, and members; attends monthly local membership meetings.
  • Attend and present cases to Local and Statewide Grievance Committees.
  • Attend investigations and pre-disciplinary (Loudermill) meetings.
  • Attend and presents cases at the top agency step grievance hearings and allocation hearings.

Required Qualifications:

  • Three (3) years of professional union experience as an Organizer or as a Council Rep successfully implementing Internal Organizing goals.
  • Is educated in, or has experience with, labor unions, labor or community organizing, and basic personnel practices.
  • Demonstrated expertise in all aspects of internal organizing: one-on-ones, leadership development, issue campaigns and mobilization strategies.
  • Demonstrated experience with traditional representation (grievances, investigations, UMCCs, bargaining, etc.).

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Ability to work with and guide others effectively.
  • Possess good written and oral communication skills, by reading, writing, and communicating effectively.
  • The ability to present information and speak to groups of varying sizes; is able to solve problems and analyze and interpret data, by possessing creativity and an ability to “think out of the box”.
  • Possess a valid Washington State driver’s license, access to a reliable vehicle and the ability to travel.
  • Possess basic MS Windows-based computer aptitude, is skilled in the use of a PC and laptop, has the ability to use a cellular phone.
  • May be called upon to carry and move up to twenty (20) pounds of weight; participates in activities requiring long periods of standing and sitting, both indoors and outdoors.

Special Note:
This position is overtime eligible and may be required to work some weekends. Travel is normally limited to the assigned area of responsibility. Must have a valid driver’s license, use of personal vehicle, and valid vehicle insurance. Release of driving record required prior to interview. Out of state candidates must provide drive record at the time of interview. Benefits include annual and sick leave, phone allowance, car allowance, medical/dental, life, long term disability insurance, and holidays. Salary range is $56,633 – $64,304 and will be determined commensurate with experience.

How to Apply:
To be considered for this position(s), applicants must submit a résumé, letter of interest, and at least three (3) professional references to: resumes@wfse.org. Your letter of interest should clearly explain how your experience, training, and education make you a viable and competitive candidate for this position.

This position is open until filled; however, first round of application assessments will be conducted fourteen (14) days after the initial job posting date. It is to the applicant's advantage to apply as early as possible.

The Washington Federation of State Employees is committed to providing equal employment opportunity and equal access in a non-discriminatory manner to its programs and services for all persons without regard to race, creed, color, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, national origin, political affiliation, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or the presence of any real or perceived sensory, mental, or physical disability.

Persons requiring accommodation in the application process or for an alternative format may contact the recruiter Ben McDonald at (360) 352-7603 or benm@wfse.org. Persons of disability or those who are deaf or hard of hearing can call the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388. The WFSE complies with the employment eligibility verification requirements of the Federal Form I-9. The selected candidate must be able to provide proof of identity and eligibility to work in the United States consistent with the requirements of that form on the first day of employment.

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