Employment Opportunities

Organizer—East Coast

Senior Researcher—Washington, DC, office

Field Services Representative

RFP: Anti-Harassment Training

Legal Internships and Externships

Organizer—East Coast

The American Association of University Professors’ (AAUP) Department of Organizing is pleased to announce a professional position for an east coast-based organizer, to be filled as soon as possible. This is an exciting opportunity at a critically important time in the AAUP, the academy, and the labor movement; 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 based on the east coast, with a primary focus on supporting our chapters in Connecticut, and will travel widely and will work under the direction of AAUP’s Director of Organizing. We invite you to join us in our vital work organizing academic workers to defend and advance the academic freedom, shared governance, due process rights, and economic security of the profession.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assisting collective bargaining and advocacy chapters with internal organizing drives, including assisting our chapters with developing and implementing campus organizing plans.
  • Developing and implementing contract and other issues campaigns at our collective bargaining chapters/local unions. This may include on-the-ground work to recruit and train contract action teams.
  • Advancing the Association’s collective bargaining program by staffing solo AAUP organizing drives as well as organizing drives where the AAUP-CBC partners with another union.
  • 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 education 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 campus, regional, and national training events.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Three years’ experience as an organizer required—either as a paid staff member or a member volunteer. Experience as a union organizer preferred.
  • Experience with membership development required. Experience with union internal organizing campaigns preferred.
  • Knowledge of labor relations and professional issues relating to higher education preferred.
  • Experience and demonstrated ability to work with professional groups and individuals required.
  • Superior written and oral communication skills and computer proficiency skills—including working familiarity with MS Office suite required. Experience with cloud-based organizing databases preferred.
  • Associates degree required; BA or advanced degree and experience teaching and/or conducting research in higher education preferred.
  • This position requires a valid driver’s license and the 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 an east coast-based position and requires an ability to travel and work throughout the region. A willingness to live in the Connecticut area is preferred.

Compensation

Salary range: $55,000 for minimum qualifications; up to $70,000 for preferred qualifications and experience. Generous benefits package.

Position Classification

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

To apply, submit an email a resume with cover letter. You can email it to podos@aaup.orgPlease include “East Coast Organizer-YOUR NAME” in the subject line. You may also mail your resume and cover letter to AAUP, 1133 Nineteenth Street, NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC  20036, ATTN: East Coast Organizer Search.  No phone calls please. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled. 

The AAUP is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, disability, race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, personal appearance, family responsibilities, genetic information, matriculation, political affiliation, or other characteristics unrelated to professional performance. 

Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Senior Researcher—Washington, DC, office

The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) is pleased to announce a senior researcher position to be filled as soon as possible. The senior researcher is primarily responsible for the Faculty Compensation Survey (FCS), a national data collection project with approximately 1000 institutions participating annually covering more than 425,000 full-time faculty. The senior researcher will oversee the entire AAUP Faculty Compensation Survey, including collecting, validating, and analyzing data. This individual will play a vital role in shaping and expanding our salary survey, as well as compiling and analyzing data on such important topics as contingency in the profession, gender equity, staff demographics in higher education, and compensation of presidents and administrators. The senior researcher will be located in the AAUP’s national office in Washington, DC and will work under the direction of AAUP’s national Director of External Relations. This position involves working with diverse individuals both inside and outside of the AAUP office. 

The senior researcher is our chief research staff member. This staff member plays a key role in our Faculty Compensation Survey (FCS) as well as other research projects.  The position will include the following duties and responsibilities:

  1. Responsibility for the Faculty Compensation Survey process: collecting, validating, and analyzing FCS data from institutions.
  2. Collaborate with an outside software developer, maintain and update custom software interface for submitting, checking, and validating FCS data.
  3. Communicating with survey respondents regarding instructions and processes for submitting data and assisting respondents in making corrections.
  4. Analyze FCS data for “Annual Report on the Economic Status of the Profession”; produce standard and custom charts and tables.
  5. Write the “Annual Report on the Economic Status of the Profession” in collaboration with a member report editor/author.
  6. Assist in public release of report and respond to inquiries from media representatives.
  7. Produce additional custom reports for chapters using FCS data as needed.
  8. Provide training and support to AAUP chapters.
  9. Support data collection and analysis on occasional surveys sponsored or commissioned by the Association.
  10. Represent the AAUP before other faculty organizations, college and university bodies, unions and professional associations.
  11. Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

The senior researcher should have significant experience with data collection, preferably in a research environment.  Other requirements for the position include:

  • Master’s degree in social sciences, economics, higher education, or another relevant field required; A PhD in a field providing significant training in quantitative methods preferred.
  • Minimum three years’ experience managing a large data consortium or research study required. Five to seven years’ experience preferred.
  • Ability to use advanced statistical applications to produce analyses of higher education data from a variety of sources required. Experience in data analysis and report generation using advanced statistical applications such as SAS, Stata, SPSS, or R required. Familiarity with relational database software and programming with advanced statistical applications preferred.
  • Excellent communication ability, both written and oral, is required.
  • Prior work experience in a higher education setting preferred.
  • Familiarity with US Department of Education postsecondary databases, particularly IPEDS preferred.
  • Experience with labor unions preferred.
  • Ability to travel nationally on occasion and to work long, irregular hours and weekends, as required.

Compensation

Salary range: Starting salary of $87,500 for minimum qualifications; higher salary for preferred qualifications and experience. Generous benefits package, including health insurance and 401(K).

Position Classification

The Senior Researcher position is categorized as a senior program officer position. This position is designated as a senior program officer in the Department of External Relations and is based in DC with the potential for some telework. This position 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 Researcher.Search@aaup.org. Please include “Senior Researcher – YOUR NAME” in the subject line of the email. You may also mail your resume and cover letter to AAUP, Attention: Senior Researcher Search, 1133 19th Street, NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC  20036.  No phone calls please. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled. 

The AAUP is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, disability, race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, personal appearance, family responsibilities, genetic information, matriculation, political affiliation, or other characteristics unrelated to professional performance.

Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

 

Field Services Representative, Department of Organizing and Services

The American Association of University Professors’ (AAUP) Department of Organizing and Services is pleased to announce a professional position as a Field Services Representative/Trainer, to be filled as soon as possible, preferably located in Washington, DC. We are a member-run union and the successful candidate will apply their knowledge and experience with collective bargaining, grievance and arbitration, contract maintenance, and labor law to advising and training chapter leaders and activists. The Field Services Representative/Trainer will travel widely and will work under the direction of AAUP’s national Director of Organizing and Services. This position involves working with diverse individuals both inside and outside of the AAUP office. 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist and advise AAUP chapters, including, but not limited to, advising collective bargaining chapters on negotiations, analyzing contract language, advising on contract maintenance, grievances, and arbitrations, and providing guidance on chapter strategy.
  • Develop workshop curricula and run trainings for member volunteers bargaining contracts, processing grievances, preparing for arbitrations, and managing labor-management relationships.
  • Support new collective bargaining chapters on all aspects of preparing for negotiations, from training members to drafting proposals to table strategy. Continually support member volunteers through advising, revision of proposals, and strategy development.
  • Analyze faculty collective bargaining agreements for their strengths and weaknesses and provide guidance for how to approach key issues through bargaining.
  • Assist local chapters with problem solving and strategizing around a wide range of union issues.
  • Assist chapters with the task of realizing AAUP policies and principles in their collective bargaining agreements or through campus policy, as appropriate.
  • Take a lead role in developing resources and other chapter services to meet the needs of AAUP’s collective bargaining chapters.
  • Coordinate and implement chapter-level and regional trainings and workshops.
  • Represent the Association before other higher education organizations, college and university bodies, and other unions and professional associations.
  • Coordinate with Association leaders and staff on particular projects and long-range planning, including responsibility for planning content for local, regional, and national training events.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Five or more years of work experience or demonstrated skill in performing a range of representational duties, including grievance/arbitration and contract negotiations required. Experience with higher education unions preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience in successfully training members to perform representational duties.
  • Demonstrated experience designing and creating written educational materials, conducting face to face instruction, and using webinars or other web-based teaching tools required.
  • Experience and demonstrated ability to work with professional groups and individuals required.
  • Superior written and oral communications skills, as well as fluency in MS Office Suite, required.
  • Fluency in laws governing both public and private-sector bargaining, contract enforcement, and labor relations required.
  • BA required. Advanced degree in a relevant field, such as labor law or labor relations, preferred.
  • Valid driver’s license and 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 required.

Compensation

Salary range: $80,000 for minimum qualifications; higher salary for preferred qualifications and experience. Generous benefits package.

This position is designated as a senior program officer in the Department of Organizing and Services and is part of the staff union bargaining unit.

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

The AAUP is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, disability, race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, personal appearance, family responsibilities, genetic information, matriculation, political affiliation, or other characteristics unrelated to professional performance. 

Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. 

RFP: Anti-Harassment Training

The American Association of University Professors (hereinafter the “AAUP”) invites well-qualified professionals (also referred to as “consultant” herein) to submit proposals to conduct an anti-harassment and discrimination training (“training”) for the AAUP staff. Proposals will be accepted from both individuals and firms, although in the latter case it is expected that the proposal will identify an individual or individuals to work with the AAUP. It is anticipated that the consultant will be retained for a training with the potential to implement approved outcomes from this training (potential for continued services).

Project Objective

The AAUP is committed to providing a work environment that is free from all forms of discrimination and conduct that can be considered harassing, coercive, or disruptive. AAUP wishes to provide training and material regarding discrimination and harassment, and AAUP’s anti-harassment policy to AAUP staff. (There are roughly 23 AAUP staff members at the AAUP headquarters in Washington DC, and an additional 7 field staff located throughout the country.)

Anticipated Scope of Work

The purpose of this RFP is to retain a consultant who will analyze and evaluate the current AAUP anti-harassment policy, who will review the results of a workplace climate survey administered by the staff union, and who will conduct on-site anti-harassment training (with attention to harassment, discrimination, and equity) for AAUP staff, and who will provide materials that can be used for future orientations with new hires. The consultant would lead an on-site training of AAUP staff at AAUP offices in Washington DC, with a potential component for field staff who are unable to attend the training in Washington. It is anticipated that the training will occur in January 2020. Prior to the scheduled training, the consultant will provide the AAUP with an initial program draft and any associated materials (such as, but not limited to, recommendations or best practices related to the AAUP anti- harassment policy). The final scope of work will be negotiated with the selected individual or firm.  

Schedule

Proposals will be accepted until September 20, 2019.

Proposal Submission Requirements

To receive consideration, proposals must be submitted as follows:

  1. Proposals should include a cover letter to the attention of AAUP Associate Counsel, Nancy Long, representing the AAUP. The cover letter must include the name of the proposing individual/firm, the name(s) of any professional(s) proposed to provide direct service for the project, e-mail address, postal address, and telephone and fax numbers.
  2. Proposals should include a narrative that speaks to the qualifications in the Evaluation Criteria outlined below, including a timeline with benchmarks and the number of hours and cost to accomplish the Scope of Work outlined above.
  3. Proposals must clearly outline the responsibilities both of the AAUP and the selected firm. ALL costs payable by the AAUP for these services must be clearly defined.
  4. Proposals should include the resume(s) of the professional (s) who will provide direct service for this project.
  5. Emailed proposals must be a single PDF file with electronic signatures as applicable, and sent to nlong@aaup.org. If submitting a printed proposal, deliver six (6) copies to Nancy Long, Associate Counsel, on behalf of AAUP, 1133 19th Street, NW, Suite 200, Washington DC 20036 ATTN: Anti-Harassment Training Proposal.

By submitting a proposal, the consultant authorizes the AAUP to contact references to evaluate consultant’s qualifications for this project.

Evaluation Criteria

All proposals will be evaluated based on the following key criteria:

  • Performance capability—the extent to which the proposal demonstrates ability to provide the depth and breadth of experience, skills, knowledge and creativity generally required by this project
  • Completeness and quality of response—the thoroughness and concern for quality in your response
  • Understanding of and commitment to the AAUP mission and strategic objectives
  • Budget
  • Experience with similar membership organizations, preferably in higher education

References

Please list the organization name, contact person, title, telephone number, and email addresses of three (3) references for similar projects, as well as a brief description of each project. 

Interviews

Top-rated candidates may be invited to interview with the AAUP Executive Director.

Contract Award

The AAUP plans to select and award a contract to the best qualified consultant. The selected firm and the AAUP will then mutually discuss and refine the scope of work for the project and shall negotiate final conditions, compensation and performance schedule for the subsequent contract to be executed.

For More Information

For questions about this RFP, please contact Nancy Long at nlong@aaup.org or 202-737-5900 Ext. 3649.

AAUP is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, disability, race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, personal appearance, family responsibilities, genetic information, matriculation, political affiliation, or other characteristics unrelated to professional performance.

 

Legal Internships and Externships

The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) is seeking qualified interns or externs for summer or the academic year.  

The intern and extern positions will be in a legal department currently staffed with two lawyers and one 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 second or third year of law school and be available to work approximately fifteen hours per week.  Summer internships are available to students who have completed their second 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.