Employment Opportunities

National AAUP

Legal Internships and Externships

AAUP Oregon State Conference

Executive Director, Portland, OR

National AAUP

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.

AAUP Oregon State Conference

Executive Director, Portland, OR

The Oregon State Conference of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP-Oregon) is looking for an Executive Director.  Four years ago, faculty at the University of Oregon, Portland State and Oregon State University came together to revive the state organization of the AAUP. Since that time, the state conference has established itself as a voice for faculty in Oregon and an important partner with other higher education unions and student groups, legislatively and on campuses. The Executive Director plays a key role in the communication and coordination of faculty activity in Oregon.

The Executive Director’s work involves:

  • Working with the President and the Executive Committee in the development of the organization.
  • Supervising, coaching and evaluating the small staff.
  • Planning strategically for both short-term and long-term goals.
  • Working with the Treasurer and budget committee to prepare the annual budget and maintain financial records.
  • Preparing financial records for, and overseeing, the annual independent audit.
  • Coordinating the work of the organization including organizing, training, and leadership development.
  • Building the legislative program by working with the contract lobbyist and legislative committee to maintain relationships with legislators on higher education issues.
  • Working with our partners at AFT and national AAUP staff on joint organizing projects.
  • Supporting the development of AAUP Advocacy Chapters (non-collective bargaining) at colleges and universities across the state.
  • Staying in regular contact with and providing support to the affiliated local collective bargaining chapters of AAUP
  • Speaking for the organization within the parameters of Association policy.
  • Managing communications and publications.
  • Promoting the purposes of AAUP-Oregon as stated in its governing documents and policies.
  • Leading implementation of projects and priorities as set by the AAUP-Oregon Executive Committee.

Successful candidates will have:

  • A demonstrated commitment to building social justice unionism.
  • Experience working with diverse groups of people.
  • Ability to develop budgets and manage fiscal operations.
  • Experience in relational organizing and use of one to one relational meetings and structures for one to one organizing.
  • Strong coaching, training and interpersonal skills.
  • Knowledge of current issues in higher education and faculty unionism.
  • Experience managing a legislative program.
  • Demonstrated expertise in verbal and written communications.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent required.
  • Strong self-motivation, with demonstrated ability to exercise independent judgment and initiative.
  • Two years’ experience managing a labor organization or equivalent organization is required.
  • Grant-writing experience is a plus.

Conditions of employment:
This is a salaried position that starts at between $72,000 and $85,000, dependent on experience. Excellent vacation and health benefits provided.

To apply, please send resumé and cover letter to execdirectorsearch@aaup-oregon.org. We will review applications starting February 24, 2017 and anticipate a start date of early April.