Employment Opportunities

National Office:

Department of Academic Freedom, Tenure, and Governance: Senior Program Officer—Washington, DC Office

Department of External Relations: Communications Assistant

Legal Internships and Externships

AAUP Affiliates:

AAUP Chapter Executive Director, University of Connecticut Health Center

Associate Executive Director or Executive Director, Council of Chapters AAUP-Biomedical and Health Sciences of New Jersey

Executive Director & Organizer, Nevada Faculty Alliance

For non-AAUP vacancies, please visit our career center.

National AAUP

Department of Academic Freedom, Tenure, and Governance:
Senior Program Officer—Washington, DC Office

The American Association of University Professors is pleased to announce a senior program officer position in the Department of Academic Freedom, Tenure, and Governance to be filled as soon as possible. This is a critical time for the AAUP and the profession as a whole, and this position will have a significant role to play in helping to shape the Association’s work. We invite you to join us in defending and advancing tenure, academic freedom, shared governance, and the economic security of the profession.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Advancing AAUP’s mission by working with members and leaders to develop and promulgate national AAUP policies, especially those in defense of academic freedom and shared governance.
  2. Implementing programs to train conference and chapter leaders and members in responding to faculty complaints and violations of AAUP standards.  
  3. Collaborating with staff colleagues and AAUP leaders and members in addressing pertinent policy issues in higher education.
  4. Responding to faculty inquiries regarding violations of AAUP policy.
  5. Representing the Association before other higher ed. organizations, college and university bodies, and other unions and professional associations.
  6. Coordinating with Association leaders and staff on particular projects and long-range planning, including working with staff from other departments within the Association and with local chapters and members to foster chapter and conference leadership development and to encourage participation in AAUP activities.
  7. Other duties as assigned. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Ability to analyze complicated cases, and the capacity for handling multiple projects.
  2.  Superior written and oral communication skills and computer proficiency skills, including familiarity with MS Office suite.
  3. Experience and demonstrated ability working with professional groups and individuals and working cooperatively with staff colleagues and volunteer leaders and members, as well as experience dealing with diverse viewpoints and personalities.
  4. Experience with developing trainings and workshops preferred, but not required.
  5. Advanced degree, higher ed. experience, and a working familiarity with AAUP principles and standards preferred, but not required.

Salary range commensurate with experience.

Generous benefits package.

This position requires a willingness and ability to travel throughout the United States and to work irregular hours and weekends as needed.

This position is designated as a senior program officer in the Department of Academic Freedom, Tenure, and Governance and is part of the staff union bargaining unit.

To apply, email a resume with cover letter to commasearch@aaup.org.  Please include “DAFTG Senior Program Officer – YOUR NAME” in the subject line of the email. You may also mail your resume and cover letter to AAUP, 1133 Nineteenth Street, NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC  20036, ATTN: DAFTG Senior Program Officer Search.  No phone calls please. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled.

Department of External Relations: Communications Assistant—Washington, DC Office

Major Duties:

  • Editorial assistant support for the bimonthly AAUP magazine, Academe and the annual AAUP Journal of Academic Freedom: includes correspondence with authors, photo research, handling copyright permissions and filing for copyright, helping the faculty editors, maintaining ad sales records, and promoting articles through our blog and social media.
  • Helping to develop resources for our chapters, including web-based tutorials, webinars, and publication templates.
  • Proofreading assorted publications.
  • Routine Web updates and maintenance.
  • Handling logistics for e-mail blasts and sometimes drafting copy.
  • Tweeting, maintaining Facebook pages, other social media as required.
  • General administrative work such as arranging conference calls, photocopying, processing mail, fax, and check requests.
  • Fielding media requests and responding to member queries

Depending on skills and interests, duties may also include copyediting, video or photo editing, and overseeing production of brochures, fact sheets, and flyers.


  • BA or MA in English, journalism, communications, or related subject
  • Good editorial skills, as evidenced by proofreading/writing tests
  • Good general writing skills
  • Technical facility; the successful candidate will need to learn to use a Web content management system, Photoshop, the Adobe Connect webinar platform, and a Wordpress blog, among other things.
  • Ability to work well with others, including staff from various departments and members of the Association
  • Interest in higher education and the labor movement

This is a regular full-time position in the AAUP offices in downtown Washington, DC. The position is non-exempt and is within the US-AAUP staff union. Starting salary range is $45,000-$50,000, depending on qualifications. Compensation also includes health, vision, retirement, and dental benefits, sick and annual leave.

To apply, send resume and letter of interest to Gwendolyn Bradley by mail (1133 Nineteenth St NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20036) or e-mail (gbradley@aaup.org). No phone calls, please.Please note that due to the very high volume of applications we are receiving for this position, we are not able to respond individually to each applicant.

Legal Internships and Externships

The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) is seeking qualified interns or externs for summer or the academic year.  The AAUP is a national organization founded in 1915 that is active in areas including intellectual freedom, due process, professional ethics, and university governance.  Membership is about 46,000 faculty members and scholars from all disciplines.

The intern and extern positions will be in a legal department currently staffed with 2 lawyers and 1 paralegal and involves significant in-house legal and other support work for the Association. The legal office files amicus briefs in higher education cases of national significance, provides legal information on a wide range of issues to staff and members all over the country, and acts as a resource on higher education issues.  Staff and volunteer lawyers are experts in such areas as academic freedom, discrimination, affirmative action, intellectual property, and employment.  Interns and externs can expect to be asked to research and write on a variety of legal issues including First Amendment, higher education, collective bargaining, election, tax, labor, personnel, financial, and contract issues.

Past legal interns have helped research and write amicus briefs in the federal court system, updated a multi-state survey on faculty handbooks as employment contracts, and researched and written legal outlines and fact sheets on topics such as “Faculty and Defamation Suits,” “Faculty and Family Leave Issues,” and “Academic Freedom and the First Amendment.” Externs should be in their 2nd or 3rd year of law school and be available to work approximately 15 hours per week.  Summer internships are available to students who have completed their 2nd year of law school.  AAUP legal staff will work with interested applicants to arrange for public interest stipends, academic credit or pro bono credit from their law school.

Qualified applicants will possess excellent analytical skills

  • strong writing and research skills>
  • interest in higher education issues
  • enthusiasm and initiative

To apply for an externship or internship position, please send a cover letter, resume, official transcript and writing sample to: 

AAUP – Legal Department
ATTN:  DC Internship Program
1133 19th St. NW, Suite 200
Washington, D.C.  20036
legal.dept@aaup.org (If applying by email, please address the Subject line as: “DC Internship + Your Name”)

For more information, please see AAUP’s Legal Program

AAUP Affiliates

Associate Executive Director or Executive Director, Council of Chapters AAUP-Biomedical and Health Sciences of New Jersey

The Associate Executive Director or Executive Director will report to the elected Union leadership of the American Association of University Professors-Biomedical and Health Sciences of New Jersey, which consists of 1550 legacy UMDNJ Faculty and Librarians, currently employed by Rutgers and Rowan Universities. The Associate Executive Director/Executive Director is responsible for managing contract negotiations, contract administration, Chapter and Council business, organizing (including contract campaigns), advising individual Faculty and Librarians, communications, relationship with AAUP National and other AAUP units, monitoring University matters, lobbying, administration, office management, and staff supervision.  The Associate Executive Director/Executive Director will work from offices in Newark and New Brunswick/Piscataway New Jersey, and will also need to report for work at times in Stratford, NJ.

The position being offered may be designated as an Associate Executive Director or Executive Director position, depending on the qualifications of the applicant and AAUP’s needs, which will be resolved in the hiring process.

Bachelor’s degree required with a J.D. (or other terminal degree) strongly preferred.   A minimum of at least 4 years of prior Union/Labor Relations experience required for the Associate Executive Director position and a minimum of 7 years for the Executive Director position, though more experience is preferable for each position.  Experience in a Union leadership or executive position preferred.   Experience in a University and/or a research or clinical medical environment is also valued. 

Salary and excellent benefits (including 8% 401k and low premium contribution to health-care plan)

Apply with Cover Letter, Resume and Expected Salary Range to: Ms. V. George AAUP 30 Bergen Street, ADMC 1416 Newark NJ 07103 and George@aaupumdnj.org.

Equal Opportunity Employer


Executive Director & Organizer, Nevada Faculty Alliance, NFA-AAUP


The Nevada Faculty Alliance (NFA-AAUP) is pleased to announce an Executive Director& Organizer position to be filled as soon as possible.  This position offers a unique, hands-on  opportunity to play a principle leadership role in building the NFA-AAUP’s membership; defining key issues, increasing the diversity of our membership; creating and sustaining coalitions; mobilizing members; and winning increased freedoms and protections for faculty, academic professionals, and  graduate student employees. with chapter and state elected leadership who are eager to grow NFA membership statewide to create a united voice for all academic faculty (professors, lecturers, graduate assistants, adjuncts and contingent faculty, librarians) and administrative faculty (academic professional staff).  The Executive Director & Organizer will be based in the Vegas Valley, and report directly to the President of the Nevada Faculty Alliance.

The NFA-AAUP, an affiliate of the American Association of University Professors, represents all eight institutions in the Nevada System of Higher Education.  Founded in 1984 as an advocacy organization, the NFA-AAUP today represents faculty both in advocacy and collective bargaining chapters.

Executive Director Duties & Responsibilities

This position is responsible for managing contract negotiations, contract administration, chapter and state business, organizing (including contract campaigns), advising individual members, communications, relationship with the AAUP national and other AAUP units, monitoring NSHE matters, lobbying, administration, office management, and staff supervision.

1. Ensure proper financial management and recordkeeping, develop general operations manual, policy and procedures manual, address and maintain adherence to state and federal regulations relative to lobbying, and non-profit status, and maintenance of affiliation and agreement with the AAUP

2. Ensure that an annual audit is obtained and reported according to best business practices

3. Work with the elected Treasurer, President, and Executive Committee members, and staff to build and follow an annual budget

4. Maintain the Alliance member database including regularly updating information and keeping track of new assessments and contact information.  Provide accurate reporting on membership growth

5. Carry out major purchases authorized by the Executive Committee, whether for services such as lobbying, communications & web work, organizing and legal services, or for goods, such as computers

6. Assist the Executive Committee with the annual regional membership meeting

7. Assist the Executive Committee in an assessment of strategic resources capacities

8. Compile organizational history

9. Assist the Executive Committee to implement a strategic vision for the organization in the first 6-12 months

10.  Maintain organizational records of agendas, minutes

11.  Participate in Executive Committee meetings, State Board meetings, as well as other committee and planning meetings.

12.  Coordinate and provide support to NFA-AAUP Political Action Committee

13.  Develop expertise on AAUP national policy and statements on shared governance, academic freedom, intellectual property, contingent faculty, financial exigency, post-tenure review, etc

14.  Supervise NFA staff as assigned

15.  Other duties as assigned

Organizing Duties and Responsibilities

This position will play a hands-on role in developing and executing the organizing plan, with a focus on key issues such as compensation, healthcare, academic freedom, online education, job security for contingent faculty, and intellectual property.

1. Serving as the NFA-AAUP’s statewide lead on developing multi-year organizing and membership campaigns

2. Work with the elected NFA leadership and with the staff of the National AAUP’s organizing department to set yearly benchmarks for growth, and to carry out successful membership drives

3. Develop campus-level committees of volunteer member organizers

4. Work in the field with volunteer member organizers, providing training on office visits, accompanying them in office visits, and giving regular feedback.  Build faculty morale, ownership, and pride in membership drives

5. Developing and implementing contract campaigns with chapter and state leadership at our collective bargaining chapters. This may include ground work to recruit and train contract action teams.

6. Developing and implementing internal campaigns with chapter and state leadership.

7. Supporting statewide NFA-AAUP chapters, and help develop and mentor diverse and talented grassroots leadership that can run effective issues-based campaigns, build membership, and increase the influence of our members on their campuses and at the local, state and national level

8. Representing the NFA-AAUP before the AAUP, other faculty organizations, college and university bodies, the Nevada System of Higher education, political leadership, and other professional associations

9. Coordinating with NFA-AAUP leaders and staff on particular projects and long-range planning, including responsibility for regional and national meetings and training events.

10. Other duties as assigned


1. Two years minimum experience in external and internal organizing campaigns that are advocacy, community, political or union-based

2. At least one year experience supervising other organizing staff or other relevant managerial experience  

3. Work experience in higher education, and familiarity with the issues that challenge academic and administrative faculty.   This might include experience working as a faculty member, graduate student assistant, or professional staff in a higher education context.  It might also include working for a higher education union or division within a union

4. Experience and demonstrated skill in working with professional or community groups and individuals

5. Must have a Masters degree.

6. Must be proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, Also must have experience with communications software and website content management systems

7. Outstanding written and oral communication skills

8. Willingness to work long hours and travel extensively across the state; must own car

Preferred Qualifications

1. Proven success resolving conflict/grievances, and negotiating on behalf of members or stakeholders. This may also include arbitration, conflict management, mediation, grievances

2. Demonstrated ability to plan and execute large actions or events, mobilizing hundreds of members

3. Significant experience running complex community-wide campaigns and working with coalitions

4. Experience with the daily operation of an advocacy group, a campaign, a union or not-for-profit office.

5. PhD or J.D. a plus

Organizational Support

No NFA-AAUP office space will be provided, but office space may be available on some campuses. The NFA-AAUP will provide a laptop, a cell phone allowance, and a PO Box as well as budgets for communications, travel and supplies. Must locate to Las Vegas, NV and able to meet regularly with leadership

Report to NFA-AAUP President, to be evaluated by Executive Committee


Salary and excellent benefits (including a monthly contribution to a 403B and contribution to healthcare plan of your choice.)

Salary range: $45,000–$65,000 commensurate with experience

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

To apply, please send a detailed letter explaining your interest in the position and qualifications, a resume, and the contact information for three professional references to Angela Brommel, NFA_President@nevadafacultyalliance.org

Equal Opportunity Employer. 


AAUP Chapter Executive Director, University of Connecticut Health Center

The University of Connecticut Health Center – American Association of University Professors (UCHC-AAUP) in Farmington, Ct, is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Executive Director. This AAUP Chapter consists of 550 faculty who specialize in medicine, dental and biomedical sciences in a public hospital setting.

The Executive Director will report directly to the elected union leadership and will facilitate all aspects of the chapter operations, including collective bargaining, contract management and enforcement, member representation, community outreach, and office management.

Experience in contract negotiations, grievance/arbitration procedures, and a working knowledge of labor law and the legislative process is required.  The preferred candidate will have worked within an academic institution, exhibit excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and be knowledgeable regarding the provisions of health care.

Candidates should submit a resume and a statement summarizing their experience in collective bargaining to Susan Hunt (shunt2468@gmail.com). Specific questions about the position can be addressed to Michael Bailey (mgbailey518@gmail.com).  An attractive wage and benefit package is available.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

The UCHC-AAUP is an EEO/AA employer.