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Higher Education Strategic Coordinator

Olympia, WA
WFSE Headquarters


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 over 40,000 members 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 more 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 Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) is recruiting to fill a Higher Education Strategic Coordinator. This position is responsible for conducting research and developing strategies for issue, contract and other internal organizing campaigns.  This position plans, develops, and implements the overall strategy and approach for campaigns throughout Higher Education Institution bargaining units in coordination with other departments. Helps identify key internal/issue campaigns, designs themes and messages for campaigns and assists field staff with implementation of those campaigns.

This position assess interests and needs of the council regarding higher education institutions and develops coordinated campaigns with input from applicable council staff. Campaigns are developed using strategic planning principles, including a power analysis, to ensure actions have purpose and clear targets. Together with other staff, actively recruit to ensure member participation, including activating members to invite others. Coordinates the development of supporting communication and outreach materials.

Additional duties include:

  • Use strategic planning principles to develop a coordinated two-year contract campaign. 
  • Coordinate with other staff to ensure members are hearing about issues they’ve expressed an interest in or about their job class, worksite, institution, or college.
  • Engages members in issue campaigns and communicates the union message, including benefits of forming a union with the WFSE and/or becoming a WFSE member.
  • Recruit activists to get involved in issue and contract campaigns and incorporate PEOPLE recruitment into all campaign plans and continuously sign up new PEOPLE members.
  • Track vacancies and appointment timelines for oversight boards.
  • Coordinate with members, staff, and pro-worker stakeholders to recommend and advocate for the appointment of pro-public employee and pro-union candidates.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in labor relations or related field.
  • A minimum of Four (4) years’ experience working in labor unions, organizing, and issue and contract campaigns.
  • Experience in implementing campaigns, as well as, experience bringing various groups and stakeholders together to achieve a common goal.

Special Note:
This position is overtime exempt and will be required to work some weekends.  Some travel is required.  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, $150 cell phone allowance, medical/dental, life, and long term disability insurance, and holidays. Salary range is $75,440 – $87,331 and will be determined commensurate with experience. 

How to Apply:
To be considered for this position(s), applicants must submit a resume, 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 Human Resource Director, 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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