RECRUITMENT Lobbyist, Olympia

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:

What We’re Looking For:

The WFSE is recruiting to fill a Lobbyist position in Olympia, WA with our Legislative and Political Action department. This 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. This position develops, prepares, and facilitates trainings and workshop presentations and works with union members on legislative and political issues. 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.
  • Strong communication and analytical skills and the ability to present to large audiences.
  • Critical thinking, good judgement, and the ability to manage high levels of stress.

Desirable Qualifications:

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


Special Note:

This position is overtime exempt and evening and weekend work is required. Some travel will be required.  Benefits include monthly cell phone allowance, annual and sick leave, medical/dental, life, and long term disability insurance, and holidays. Salary range is $77,119 – $89,275 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:  [email protected]. 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 [email protected]. 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.