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Deputy Director

Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE)
Olympia, WA – WFSE Headquarters
Starts at Salary range is $131,232 – $151,917
Posting Date:
June 02, 2022

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 78 years and our staff fight for fairness and equality as well as ensuring the hard working employees 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:

The WFSE is recruiting to fill our Deputy Director position. This position works in collaboration with the Executive Director in determining the organization’s operational priorities and ensures their effective execution. As part of the Executive Leadership Team, this position is critical in helping carry out the strategic direction, vision, and mission and is a key partner to implementing that strategy by ensuring that objectives are met across the organization. The Deputy Director is responsible for specific day-to-day operations of the WFSE as delegated by the Executive Director.

This position oversees major divisions within the WFSE and supervises several division leaders who are responsible for approximately seventy (70) full time employees. This position oversees multiple programs of the WFSE and is responsible for the success of those programs to include proper staffing, mentoring supervisors and finding solutions to both staff and member concerns. As the leader and decision making authority over these critical areas, this position develops methods and deploys techniques to successfully implement strategies for internal organizing, grievance handling and processing, and contract negotiations.

With over 45,000 members, the incumbent in this position has full awareness of these units and how best to serve our members while making recommendations and determinations regarding budget and expenditures, staff and member grievances, unfair labor practices, and application of union policies. This requires the highest level of leadership, accountability, community and organizational awareness, and the ability to develop and maintain successful and vibrant relationships with our stakeholders. Additionally, this position assists with our annual budget planning and ensures our staff have the resources available to meet the needs of our members.

In absence of the Executive Director, the Deputy Director is designated as the highest authority to respond to internal and external inquiries, make operational decisions, and represent the WFSE in any and all responsibilities assigned to the Executive Director.

Additional duties include:

  • Makes staffing recommendations.
  • Negotiates internal and external contracts and settlements on behalf of the WFSE.
  • Staffs member committees.
  • Serves on external committees or boards.
  • Runs external issue campaigns or is the liaison to such campaigns.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in business administration, labor law, or related field.
  • Ten (10) years of experience including hands-on application of labor organizing and strategic campaigns, contract negotiations, and representation. Additional years of experience in these areas may substitute for the educational requirement.
  • Excellent oral and written communication.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • At least eight (8) years of experience in a professional union environment.
  • Ability to work well with people, convey instructions to others, and supervise, train, and mentor staff members.
  • Successful track record of good negotiation skills, grievance handling, and organizing experience.
  • Knowledge of public sector rules, laws, and the union.

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 exempt and will be required to work some weekends.  Travel is normally limited to the assigned area of responsibility. Benefits include annual and sick leave, $150 cell phone allowance, medical/dental, life, and long term disability insurance, and holidays. Salary range is $131,232 – $151,917 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: 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 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.