RECRUITMENT Special Project Organizers

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 75 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:

What We’re Looking For:

Are you passionate about fighting for workers’ rights? Making your voice heard for fair and equitable wages, health care, and working conditions for public service employees? Are you looking to apply your labor background and leaderships skills in a dynamic way? If so, the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) is recruiting to fill eight (8) project positions as Organizer or Journey Organizer level depending on qualifications and skill level.

These positions report to the Special Project Coordinator and are part of a team responsible for implementing a large scale internal organizing campaign including effective one-on-one communication with workers at work sites and in their homes and connecting workers to their union at the workplace level. In addition to this work, journey level organizers may help train and mentor member organizers assigned to the project.

Additional duties include:

  • Moving workers to take action in support of their union.
  • Recruiting workers to join in collective action.

Required Qualifications for Organizer:

  • Is educated in, or has experience with, labor unions, labor or community organizing, and basic organizing principles to win elections or move people into action.
  • Possess good written and oral communication skills, by reading, writing and communicating effectively.
  • The ability to present information and speak clearly to groups of varying sizes.
  • Experience solving problems by analyzing and interpreting data.
  • Pro union and commitment to the values of worker organization and solidarity.
  • Interest and curiosity about public services and the people who provide them and their vital importance to the State of Washington.

Required Qualifications for Journey Organizer:

  • Three (3) years’ experience in union organizing.
  • Experience in all elements of an organizing campaign, including leading other organizers and members to win campaigns and elections.
  • Must be able to work independently with elected leaders in complex political and local union situations.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Successful track record of empowering workers and growing their union.
  • Desire and commitment to growing the union at WFSE and to help improve public service workers lives through union membership.

Special Note:

WFSE is complying with the federal mandate that all employers of 100 employees or more are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. As such, candidates who are offered a position will be required to submit proof of vaccination to the Human Resources Office prior to the start of employment. These positions are full-time temporary, project positions expected to last twelve (12) months. Travel is required based on campaign needs.  Must have a valid driver’s license, use of personal vehicle, and valid vehicle insurance. Benefits include annual and sick leave, $150 monthly cell phone allowance, $400 monthly vehicle allowance, medical and dental insurance and holidays. Salary range for Organizer is $51,168 – $60,762. Salary range for Journey Organizer is $64,280 – $75,793 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.

First round of interviews will take place the week of May 17, 2021 with a hopeful start date during the week of June 7, 2021. 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 Resources Director, Ben McDonald at (360) 352-7603 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.