RECRUITMENT Council Representative/Internal Organizer, Tacoma

Who We Are:

The Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE), AFSCME Council 28, has a long history of fighting for workers’ rights and employee benefits while tackling social justice issues with passion and energy. The WFSE has been operating in the state capital for over 77 years fighting for fairness and equality. We ensure hard-working public service workers get better pay, health care, and retirement, and a healthy work environment. There’s more to accomplish, and we believe we can accomplish it with the right personnel. Come join our team and be part of a larger mission that will make an impact for years to come. Learn more about who we are at:

What We’re Looking For:

The Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) is recruiting to fill a vacancy in our Council Representative position located in the Tacoma Field Office.  This position works independently and part of a team to coordinate and facilitate internal organizing and conduct worksite visits to engage members and offer solutions to workplace issues. Council Representatives activate membership by motivating and assisting members in coordinating workplace job actions and rallies; interacts appropriately with members to resolve workplace issues through member mobilization, both in groups and in a one-to-one setting; and schedules, advertises, and conducts workplace informational meetings.

Council Representatives conduct political grassroots organizing by scheduling, advertising, and conducting PEOPLE and Get Out The Vote (GOTV) presentations; schedules, advertises, and conducts training for stewards, MAT Leaders, and members; and mentors stewards. Additional duties include:

  • Utilize knowledge of various collective bargaining agreements to effectively processes grievances on behalf of members;
  • Attends and presents cases to Local and Statewide Grievance Committees;
  • Represent members and attend pre-disciplinary (Loudermill) meetings and attends and presents cases at the top agency step of grievance hearings;
  • Attends monthly local membership meetings; and
  • Attends local and regional Union Management Communication Meetings.

Required Qualifications:

  • A minimum of 6 months experience in labor unions, labor or community organizing, and basic personnel practices.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • 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.
  • Possesses 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:

As a condition of employment, candidates who accept a position will be required to provide proof of vaccination from COVID-19. Additionally, it is expected that selected candidates live within commuting distance of their assigned work location. 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. Benefits include 12 paid holidays, annual and sick leave, $150 monthly cell phone allowance, $400 monthly vehicle allowance, medical/dental, life, and long-term disability insurance, personal holidays, and more.  Salary range is $68,906 to $78,823 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:  [email protected]. 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, 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 Human Resource Manager, Tiffany Wright, at (360) 339-5159 or [email protected].  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.