Employment Opportunities

National Office:

Department of Organizing – Organizer (Washington, DC office)

Legal Internships and Externships

AAUP Affiliates:

University of Connecticut – American Association of University Professors – Higher Education Internal Organizer

California Faculty Association – Political Director

California Faculty Association – Research Specialist

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


National AAUP

Department of Organizing - Organizer (Washington, DC office)

The American Association of University Professors’ (AAUP) Department of Organizing is pleased to announce a professional position as an Organizer, to be filled as soon as possible, in our national office located in Washington, DC. This is an exciting opportunity at a critically important time in the AAUP and in the academy; the Organizer will play a role in building the AAUP’s membership, developing grassroots activists and leaders, and helping to move the Association’s organizing strategy forward. The Organizer will travel widely and will work under the direction of AAUP’s National Director of Organizing. We invite you to join us in our vital work to defend and advance the academic freedom, shared governance, due process rights, and economic security of the profession.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Advancing the Association’s collective bargaining program including by staffing solo AAUP-CBC organizing drives as well as organizing drives where the AAUP-CBC partners with another union.
  • Assisting collective bargaining and advocacy chapters with internal organizing drives.
  • Fostering leadership development and membership growth in our chapters and state conferences, including helping to develop new advocacy chapters on campuses where faculty and/or other academic workers do not have collective bargaining rights.
  • Representing the Association before other higher ed. organizations, college and university bodies, and other unions and professional associations.
  • Coordinating with Association leaders and staff on particular projects and long-range planning, including responsibility for planning content for regional and national training events.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Experience and demonstrated skill in organizing (collective bargaining/labor organizing preferred, but we will also consider candidates with political and community organizing experience).
  • Experience with membership development and internal organizing.
  • Knowledge of labor relations and professional issues relating to higher education.
  • Experience and demonstrated ability to work with professional groups and individuals.
  • Superior written and oral communication skills and computer proficiency skills—including working familiarity with MS Office suite.
  • Bachelor’s degree required, advanced degree and experience teaching and/or conducting research in higher education preferred.

Compensation

  • Starting salary range: $60,000-$68,000, depending on qualifications and experience.
  • Generous benefits package.

This position requires a willingness and ability to travel extensively throughout the United States, to work long, irregular hours and weekends as needed, and to accept lengthy field assignments and possible relocation.

This Organizer position is categorized as a senior program officer in the Department of Organizing and is part of the staff union bargaining unit. This is an exempt position and not eligible for overtime pay.

To apply, email a resume with cover letter to podos@aaup.org Please include “DC Organizer-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, Attention: DC Organizer Search.  No phone calls please. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled. 

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

University of Connecticut – American Association of University Professors–Higher Education Internal Organizer

The University of Connecticut Chapter of the American Association of University Professors (UConn-AAUP) is the exclusive bargaining representative of the faculty at the University of Connecticut. UConn-AAUP is one of many collective bargaining and advocacy chapters of the AAUP across the country.

Job Description

This is a full-time position with the UCONN-AAUP Chapter in Storrs, CT.

The Internal Organizer will be responsible for building and then supporting a representative assembly that was recently established by the Chapter. When fully functional, the assembly will create a network of active members engaged in supporting the Chapter in various campaigns, including a contract campaign and membership development/educational campaign. The successful candidate will also be responsible for developing a comprehensive internal communication plan to members and for outside relational work with coalitions and other AAUP chapters.

Job Duties:

  • Act as an organizer and make contact with UConn-AAUP members
  • Build and sustain a member network through the representative assembly
  • Recruit and train new members for leadership in the Chapter
  • Communicate with members using social media
  • Assess members for activist engagement
  • Provide leadership and organizing teams with data reports
  • Encourage attendance at Chapter activities
  • Collaborate with leaders and organizers of other campus groups
  • Be responsible for implementing projects programs and campaigns as assigned
  • Update the Executive Committee on progress of projects, programs and campaigns
  • Attend staff meetings, executive meetings and chapter meetings
  • Stayed informed of National AAUP activities and organizing campaigns

Qualifications

  • Experience working in higher education with faculty preferred
  • Knowledge, experience and training in organizing
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Advanced social media and computer skills
  • Internal organizing for membership building, leadership development, and contract negotiations

Salary and Benefits
Excellent salary and benefit potential based on experience

Where to apply
Ideal candidate should be able to start immediately. Send resume and cover letter to Barbara Kratochvil, 1875 Storrs Rd, Storrs, CT, 06268 or BarbaraK@uconnaaup.org

 

California Faculty Association – Political Director

CFA is affiliated with:  SEIU, AAUP and CTA/NEA

CFA is a union of 23,000 faculty members, librarians, counselors and coaches of the California State University (CSU) system.  In classrooms on the 23 CSU campuses, CFA members work hard to teach our students the critical-thinking skills, the technical know-how and the cultural insights they need to be thoughtful, productive and artistic participants in our society.

In its role as the exclusive collective bargaining representative, CFA negotiates a contract with the CSU administration that promotes academic freedom, upholds faculty rights, delivers financial protection for the faculty, and promotes faculty participation in the governance of the CSU.  CFA is proud to be a member run union and believes in employing hard-working and creative staff whose talents complement those of our elected leadership.  Implementing our unions’ vision requires the best staff team we can find to build on the talent that already works with us.  For more information about the CFA, visit our website at www.calfac.org

Political Director 

CFA’s Political Director is a management level position with responsibility for formulating and implementing CFA’s Political Action/Legislative program.  Political campaign experience with demonstrated ability to manage a strategic political and legislative operation within a union/progressive organization setting, as well as supervision of these functions, is preferred.  

CFA’s Political Director must have “hands on” experience in building a political/legislative program around organizational goals, and must be able to develop and implement a vision for a strategic program.  The Political Director will assist in managing a program that enhances CFA’s political power, fosters internal organizing and chapter development, and encourages members to develop strong political relationships. The Political Director’s work will focus on developing an organizational plan for each campus to increase political capacity and CFA’s political action funds, as well as maintaining productive working relationships with affiliates, partners in labor, and allied community organizations.

Qualified candidates must possess excellent writing, verbal and analytical skills, and be able to work well as a member of a team operating under a member governance structure.  Extensive working knowledge of California politics, budget and the legislative process is essential.  The Political Director reports to the Director of Government Relations.

Location/Salary/Benefits/Other requirements:  The position is located in Sacramento, CA.  CFA offers a fully paid benefit package including medical, dental, vision and generous paid vacations.  Salary is commensurate with experience. Travel is required for this position. 

Submission Requirements:  E-mail cover letter, resume with references and two writing samples to: searchcommittee@calfac.org
  
Application deadline is February 17, 2015.

CFA is an Affirmative Action Employer. Women, people of color and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.


California Faculty Association – Research Specialist

CFA is affiliated with:  SEIU, AAUP and CTA/NEA
  
CFA is a union of 23,000 faculty members, librarians, counselors and coaches of the California State University (CSU) system. In classrooms on the 23 CSU campuses, CFA members work hard to teach our students the critical-thinking skills, the technical know-how and the cultural insights they need to be thoughtful, productive and artistic participants in our society.

In its role as the exclusive collective bargaining representative, CFA negotiates a contract with the CSU administration that promotes academic freedom, upholds faculty rights, delivers financial protection for the faculty, and promotes faculty participation in the governance of the CSU.  CFA is proud to be a member-run union and believes in employing hard-working and creative staff whose talents complement those of our elected leadership.  Implementing our union’s vision requires the best staff team we can find to build on the talent that already works with us.  For more information about the CFA, visit our website at www.calfac.org

Research Specialist

CFA’s Research Specialist is responsible for conducting comprehensive applied research and studies in support of CFA’s collective bargaining, representation, legislative and communications programs.  The Research Specialist requires contemporary research experience within the public sector, preferably higher education/labor issues, along with the following skills and qualities:

  • Excellent analytical, written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience in working with common analytical tools, including Microsoft Excel and statistical packages
  • Ability to manage time, handle pressure, meet deadlines and multi-task
  • Ability to interact effectively and professionally with faculty and staff at all levels of the organization, as well as other labor, education, community, and consumer groups.

Salary/Benefits/Location:  CFA offers a fully paid benefit package including medical, dental, vision and generous paid vacations. Salary is commensurate with experience. The position is located in Sacramento, CA; some travel is required. 

Application deadline is February 17, 2015.

To apply send cover letter, resume with references and two writing samples to searchcommittee@calfac.org.

CFA is an Affirmative Action Employer. Women, people of color, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.