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Labor Educator

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 been operating in the state capital for over 72 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. Recently, our team negotiated the biggest across-the-board raises in our history for over 40,000 members and we’re not looking back! 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 Labor Educator to design, develop, and deliver a sophisticated training program for the WFSE staff and its members.  We’re searching for an experienced trainer who has the ability to assess the training needs of the organization and its members, develop the curriculum, and deliver high quality training to equip staff and managers with the tools necessary to accomplish the mission and vision of the WFSE.

As an experienced training manager this position is responsible for developing our organizational training strategy, oversee its implementation and assess its outcomes for members and staff. This position will identify training and developmental needs and drive suitable training initiatives that professionalize staff and member skills. Choose appropriate training methods per case (simulations, mentoring, on the job training, professional development classes, etc). Draw an overall or individualized training and development plan that addresses needs and expectations. This position will fulfill two critical training components of the WFSE, Council 28: 1) Member resources and 2) internal staff training.

Typical Work:

  • Work with the AFSCME International Union education department, Washington State Labor Education and Research Center, Oregon Labor Education Resource Center, and other resources to provide high quality education programs for WFSE Council 28.
  • Development of statewide and local member and staff education program and curricula, including but not limited to: leadership development, member organizing, contract campaigns, new member/new leader orientation, basic know your rights/representation, conducting meetings, negotiations, effective communications, using effective research, electoral issues, coalition building and train-the-trainer.
  • Coordinate training and leadership development for Council 28, WFSE staff and members and develop curricula as needed for training courses.
  • Conduct organization wide needs assessment and identify skills or knowledge gaps that need to be addressed.
  • Work with the Executive Leadership Team to develop an on-going culture of education & training, revised curricula in key areas, and identify opportunities for staff to go to trainings outside of Council 28 to broaden skills for the benefit of the employee and the organization.
  • Conduct effective on-boarding and new employee orientation sessions; and monitor and evaluate training program’s effectiveness, success and ROI periodically and report on them.
  • Ensure that state and federal mandatory training is conducted and compliance is tracked and monitored and recommend training solutions for internal staff performance, conflict, and professional development.

Required Qualifications:

  • Proven work experience as a training coordinator or manager.
  • Track record in designing and executing successful training programs.
  • Familiarity with traditional and modern training methods (mentoring, coaching, on-the-job or in classroom training, e-learning, workshops, simulations etc).
  • Excellent communication and leadership skills.
  • Strong report writing and record keeping ability.
  • Ability to plan, multi-task and manage time effectively.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in leadership development, education, human resources or related field.
  • Working knowledge in MS Office (especially PowerPoint).

Special Note:
This position is overtime exempt and will 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, $150 cell phone allowance, medical/dental, life, and long term disability insurance, and holidays. Salary range is $70,215 to $83,677 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 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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