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Field Supervisor



People & HR, Operations
Spokane, WA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, August 22, 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: wfse.org.

What We are Looking For:

We are recruiting to fill the Seattle Area Field Supervisor position and searching for experienced leaders in the labor movement who are passionate about employee rights and have the ability to affect change by motivating staff and leading effective member engagement campaigns. This position reports to the Field Program Director and is responsible for leading and supervising Council Representatives and support staff. The Field Supervisor promotes the mission, vision, core values and goals of the WFSE through internal organizing and representation of members across the State of Washington. The Field Supervisor determines and assigns work and areas of responsibility for field staff and ensures staff receive training, coaching, mentorship, and resources needed to effectively perform their duties. Additional duties include:

  • Oversees implementation of campaigns within their service areas and ensures applicable benchmarks are achieved. This includes contract campaigns, membership education drives, membership mobilization campaigns, leadership recruitment and development, and political action.
  • Performs selected representational work independently or in a mentoring capacity; may include processing and presenting grievances, staffing local and statewide union management communication committee meetings, and acting as chief negotiator in master agreement negotiations.
  • Investigates and resolves complaints from members, labor partners, and state agencies; conducts investigations into allegations of staff misconduct; responsible for corrective action; first level disciplinary actions, and administration of staff union contract.
  • Ensures staff are meeting Council objectives by building membership structure and conducting workplace organizing with members.
  • Attends labor management meetings as a management resource staff member.

Required Qualifications:

  • Five (5) years of experience in labor relations and union organizing.
  • Two (2) years’ experience supervising staff or three (3) years’ experience of direct leadership of members with measurable accountability.
  • Excellent oral and written communication.
  • Thorough understanding of Washington State employment law, labor practices, and labor movement.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Eight (8) years of demonstrated experience in labor relations including time as a paid professional.
  • The ability to effectively collaborate with people, convey instructions to others and supervise staff.
  • Skilled in negotiations, grievance handling and organizing.
  • Knowledge of public sector rules/laws and trade unions.

Special Note:

It is expected that selected candidates live within commuting distance of their assigned work location. This position is overtime exempt and may be required to work occasional 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. Benefits include twelve (12) paid holidays, vacation and sick leave, $150 monthly cell phone allowance, $800 monthly vehicle allowance, medical/dental, life, and long-term disability insurance, personal holidays, and more. The salary range is $101,358 to $117,334 and will be determined commensurate with experience. This position is exempt and reports to the Field Program Director.

How to Apply:

This position is open until filled; however, 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.