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Council Representative

Affiliate: Council 28, WFSE
Location:Seattle, WA
Salary:Starts at $53,033
Posting Date:April 22, 2019

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 and 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 vacancy in our Council Representative position located in our Seattle 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. Incumbents 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:

  • Is educated in, or has experience with, 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:

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.  Release of driving record required prior to interview. Benefits include annual and sick leave, cell phone allowance, vehicle allowance, medical/dental, life, and long term disability insurance, and holidays. Salary range is $53,033 to $61,298 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 Human Resources 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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