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The Washington State Labor Education and Research Center (WA LERC) at South Seattle College is seeking a new Director!
A recent expansion of the Labor Center’s budget makes this an exciting time for this small-but-mighty labor education and research center! WA LERC needs a leader with a vision for labor education and research in service to the robust Washington State and regional labor movements (unions and allied organizations). The ideal candidate will have deep experience with unions, other economic and social justice organizations, and higher education.

The Director is responsible for oversight of all aspects of the Labor Center’s education programs, research projects, and organizational functioning, as well as acting as one of the Center’s Educators or Researchers. Duties include staff development and evaluation, budget management and fund raising, outreach to education and research partners, curriculum development and teaching, collaboration with the colleges in the Seattle District, research, and public presentations.

The salary range for this position is $82,461 - $90,000 per year with a good benefits package. This is a full-time, permanent, year-round managerial position. The Director is not represented by a union; the other Labor Center staff are union-represented. We will begin reviewing applications on October, 23 2018 and hope to make a hire by mid-December, 2018 with a start date in January or February of 2019.

All applications must be submitted through the Seattle Colleges District on-line HR system. Go to for more information about the position and to submit an application. For more information about WA LERC, go to If, after reviewing these sites, you have more questions about the position or the organization, contact Interim Director Sarah Laslett at 206-934-6859 or

The WA LERC is committed to hiring and advancing women, people of color, LGBTQ people, and others from traditionally underrepresented communities, and working with partner organizations that do the same.

What We Do

The Labor Center works with unions, community-based organizations and within colleges throughout Washington State to provide training and classes for and about working people.

Our mission is to use the best practices of adult education to design programs to help working women and men develop the skills, confidence, and knowledge to be leaders at work and in their communities. We offer specific skills-development classes like steward training, collective bargaining, and meeting facilitation, and broader informational programs like labor history, and economics for working families.

Our teaching is based on a popular education model that draws heavily on the experiences of workshop participants. We also organize conferences and workshops open to the public. The Center houses a variety of resources, such as book and film libraries, that are available for public use.

Our staff is available as guest speakers or presenters. Some of our services are provided free of charge. Fees are charged for some classes, conferences, and events. When we design a training for a particular organization we charge an hourly and/or daily fee for preparation and instruction, plus expenses. All terms are agreed upon in advance. Please contact us to learn how we can serve your organization.

The Labor Center receives funding from the Washington State Legislature to pursue our educational mission. Current funding does not support all the services provided by our statewide organization. Your contribution can help the Labor Education Center empower working people through education. You can contribute by sending a check or making an online donation.

To Make a Tax Deductible Donation, make your check payable to: South Seattle College Foundation, put “Labor Center” or "WA-LERC"  in the memo line. Mail it to the Foundation at 1600 16th Avenue SW, Seattle, WA 98106-1499.    

You can also donate online -- Use this "Give Online" link on the College Foundation's website, be sure to indicate the Labor Center or WA-LERC in the Tribute Name field and Email field of the form, then email the Foundation at telling them that your donation is directed to the Labor Center. Hope to have a better online giving system in place soon.

All donations to the College Foundation are tax deductible.  Please note that if you make your check out to the Labor Center, it is not a tax-deductible contribution.

Washington State Labor Education and Research Center
South Seattle College Georgetown Campus
  6737 Corson Ave S, Building B Room 106  
  Seattle, WA 98108
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