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Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE)
Olympia, WA
Starts at $88,063
Posting Date:
May 16, 2023

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 eighty (80) years fighting for fairness and equality. We ensure hard-working public service workers get better pay, health care, retirement, and a healthy work environment. There is 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 are Looking For:

The WFSE is recruiting to fill a Lobbyist position in Olympia, WA with our Legislative and Political Action department located in Olympia, WA. The Lobbyist position reports to the Director of Legislative and Political Action and is responsible for representing the interests and concerns of classified state employees before the Washington State Legislature, US Congress, and other policy-making bodies.

This position researches and analyzes public policy issues, prepares, and evaluates legislation and supports the Federation’s political action program. The position develops, prepares, and facilitates training and workshop presentations and works with union members on legislative and political issues. The Lobbyist position also provides public policy and political advice to members and staff and may testify to the Legislature on behalf of the WFSE and its members.

Required Qualifications:

  • At least two (2) years direct experience in legislative or political fields.
  • Persuasive communication and analytical skills along with the ability to present to large audiences.
  • Critical thinking, good judgement, and the ability to manage high stress levels.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in public policy, political science, or related field.
  • Prior union experience.

Special Note:

As a condition of employment, candidates who accept a position will be required to provide proof of vaccination for COVID-19. Additionally, selected candidates will need to live within a reasonable commuting distance of their assigned work location. This position is overtime exempt and may require work during evenings and weekends. Occasional travel may be required. Must have a valid driver’s license, use of personal vehicle, and valid vehicle insurance. Excellent benefit package includes $150 cell phone allowance, vacation, and sick leave, medical, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance, 401K, pension, and (12) twelve paid holidays. The salary range is $88,063 to $101,944 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, 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 Manager, Tiffany Wright at (360) 339-5159 or  Persons with 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.