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Legislative and Political Action Organizer

Affiliate:
WFSE/AFSCME Council 28
Location:
Olympia, WA
Salary:
Starts at $62,293
Posting Date:
October 19, 2021

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 77 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 Legislative and Political Action (LPA) Organizer position located in the Olympia, WA. Reporting to the Director of Legislative and Political Action, this position is responsible for coordinating the union’s efforts to engage our members in the legislative and political action program, including the member lobby program, political volunteer program, and PAC recruitment program.

Assists with the WFSE Political Program, including educating the members about the political priorities and recruitment of member volunteers. Develops tools and provides resources to staff and leaders to helps engage more members in the lobbying, political and voter registration efforts.

Additional duties include:

  • Tracks and maintains member date relevant to the LPA department and provides reports as required.
  • Provides support to the endorsement process, including staffing, interviews and recruiting members in the process.
  • Works with the Communications staff to develop materials, mailings and social media in support of the lobbying and political program.
  • Manage member political education efforts via phone banks, direct mail, email, and other tools.
  • Use VAN Action Network, along with other member outreach/recruitment tools and participate in external coalition meetings and plans.

Required Qualifications:

  • Two (2) years’ experience coordinating or managing political campaigns or organizing grass-roots member activities.
  • Strong people skills and the ability to effectively communicate, both verbally and in writing.
  • Previous experience working for a union and knowledge of organized labor.
  • Ability to prioritize work; evaluate and solve problems; work independently and as a team, be reliable in completing work and meeting deadlines.
  • Knowledge and experience in office machines, Microsoft Office Suite, business management practices, and research methods.
  • Highly organized and capable of juggling multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and related applications.
  • Strong analytical skills using various databases to collect and interpret data.
  • Detail oriented and able to work in a fast-paced environment.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, communication, social sciences or closely related field.

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. This position is overtime eligible and may be required to work some weekends. Some travel may be required.  Benefits include annual and sick leave, cell phone allowance, auto allowance, medical/dental, life, and long term disability insurance, and holidays. Salary range is $62,293 to $73,582 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, the hiring authority may conduct interviews as soon as qualified candidates apply. 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.