Vancouver Education Association

Vancouver Education Association

Executive Director and Chief Administrative Officer

Based in Vancouver, WA


The Vancouver Education Association is seeking applicants for the position of Executive Director and Chief Administrative Officer. A job description is included on the following pages. This position is anticipated to begin January 9, 2023.

Location and Demographics: The Vancouver Education Association office is located at 2509 Broadway Street in Vancouver, WA. Our location in Southwest Washington provides a full range of recreational and cultural activities.

Currently, the Vancouver Education Association supports the 1600+ certificated staff members of the Vancouver Education Association. We are affiliated with the Washington Education Association (as a local option) and the National Education Association. The Association is committed to leadership development and invests significant resources to support the growth of leaders. The Association works with a high degree of collaboration within and between our VEA commissions including but not limited to the negotiations commission, rights and responsibilities commission, budget commission, and Equity commissions.

  • We are a member-driven organization and provide members the opportunity to lead, learn, and broaden the impact of the Vancouver Education Association.
  • We pride ourselves on being a leader in our state and this is borne out by program offerings in professional development, diversity and inclusivity work, and member engagement opportunities for a broad range of our membership, from new educators to pre-retirees.
  • VEA is a leader statewide in union and PAC membership recruitment and retention, aggressive compensation and benefits agreements, member organizing and political action.
  • VEA looks to advance our work in professional development, community engagement, and anti-racism initiatives, while maintaining our aggressive stance in our current work.

The Vancouver Education Association currently negotiates exclusively with Vancouver Public Schools #37, the ninth largest district in Washington, with an enrollment of 21,000+ students. Collective bargaining with interest-based labor management is used in formal and informal negotiations with the district. Labor relations with the Vancouver School District are typically collaborative.

Application Process
A completed VEA application is required. Applications should include all pertinent information which will be useful in determining the candidate’s qualifications for the position, and should minimally include:

  • Cover Letter to include how you will support the mission of VEA as well as actions you have taken to support these values.
  • Updated résumé reflecting qualifications for this position.
  • Signed VEA application form that includes:
    • A statement demonstrating 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.
    • A list of three additional professional references (names, address, and phone).
  • Two samples of applicant’s written communication skills (any documents are acceptable (e.g. letters, newsletters, flyers, event arbitration briefs, solely authored by the applicant); and
  • Two written professional reference letters (at least one of these should be a letter from your current employer if possible).

Applications may be obtained via the VEA website (www.vancouverea.org), email cbrown@washingtonea.org or by contacting VEA at (360) 695-3397. The deadline for receipt of the application and requested supporting documents is on or before 5:00 PM on December 5, 2022.

The application and supporting documents may be submitted via e-mail, fax, or mail to:

Vancouver Education Association
2509 Broadway Street
Vancouver, WA 98663
Phone: 360-695-3397
Fax: 360-694-8337

The Vancouver Education Association is an equal employment opportunity employer. It is the desire of the Vancouver Education Association to interview applicants from an applicant/interview pool that reflects the diversity of the greater community for each vacancy as it occurs.


Supervision: The successful applicant will be under the direction of the VEA President and the Executive Board.

Primary responsibilities of the position:

  • Supports and advances the mission, goals, core values and priorities of the VEA.
  • Shapes and maintains shared responsibility for creating an institutional environment that supports accountability for anti-racism and inclusion.
  • Provides counsel, advice, and representation to individual members.
  • Serves as an advocate and the designated primary investigator, researcher of facts, and drafter of potential courses of action for the remediation of problems as identified by the leadership, a group of members, or an individual member.
  • Serves as chief administrative officer of the association.
  • Provides leadership and guidance in the development and implementation of association programs and organizational strategies that create a member-driven culture.
  • Serves as Business and office manager (oversight)
  • Represents the association to the school district, liaison with professional organizations, and works collaboratively with WEA.
  • Collective bargaining and contract administration.
  • Crisis organizing and management.
  • Presents, represents and interprets the VEA and its programs to the membership and public.
  • Community organizing for clearly stated goals or objectives.
  • Political action.
  • Achieve a strong local that involves members and advocates for their interests.
  • Serves as a consultant to the key commissions of the Association; assists with training in their duties, providing background and current information, and preparing research and drafts of proposals necessary to help each group achieve its purpose.
  • Develops and delivers training in the areas of member rights, advocacy, collective bargaining, cultural competency, organizational development and leadership, and other areas as directed.
  • Engages diverse communities, including historically under-represented groups and communities of color, both within Association membership and the broader Vancouver community

Minimum job requirements and essential functions

  • Ability to work with diverse groups and individuals, including experience working with communities of color and/or historically underrepresented groups.
  • Ability to identify, incorporate, and promote best practices to transform our association to one that is actively anti-racist and inclusive.
  • Strong interpersonal skills that build and maintain collaborative relationships.
  • Strong communication (verbal, written, through various media) skills.
  • Ability to organize people and build consensus.
  • Ability to think creatively and work with all stakeholders to resolve problems, issues, and conflict.
  • Strong work ethic, ability to perform under pressure and to manage a flexible work schedule.
  • Master’s degree and/or comparable experience.
  • Strong technology skills (e.g. Microsoft/Google Suite, social media platforms, video-conferencing tools).
  • Collective bargaining experience in a variety of styles.
  • Experience with contract maintenance and member rights protection.
  • Involvement with union activism, political action and/or lobbying around local, state, and federal educational and social justice issues.
  • Experience with developing and facilitating member training programs.
  • Ability to mediate sensitive interpersonal situations.
  • Working knowledge of school district budgets and education funding in the State of Washington.
  • Ability to travel both in and outside the State of Washington.
  • Ability to obtain a valid Washington State driver's license, have a satisfactory driving record, and a dependable automobile for Association travel. Proof of automobile insurance with liability limits of at least $100,000/$300,000 required.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Preferred job requirements

  • 5 or more years working as an organizer in an education union setting.
  • 5 or more years' experience with internal, new member and/or community organizing.
  • 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.
  • Knowledge of special programs (e.g. special education, bilingual, gifted, etc.)
  • Experience in facilitating organizational change.
  • Experience as a UniServ staff or comparable union work.
  • Experience with or knowledge of labor and/or employment law.
  • Experience in public relations or as a media spokesperson.

Salary range and benefits

Annual salary range: Mirrors the 2022-2023 *WEASO Salary Schedule E for a Level V - $128,075 to $175,860


  • Full Family Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance
  • Personal, Sick and Vacation Leaves
  • VEBA Option for Sick Leave Cash-Out
  • Paid Holidays
  • Defined Contribution Plan (401K) and Employer Sponsored 457B Plan
  • Member of Vancouver United Staff Association (VUSA), covered under an Employee Agreement with the VEA, Inc.

*WEASO: Washington Education Association Staff Organization

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