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Employment Opportunities

Government Relations Specialist

Legal Internships and Externships

Membership Engagement Coordinator (AAUP-BHSNJ)

Government Relations Specialist (Washington, DC)

The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) is seeking well-qualified candidates for a Government Relations Specialist position. This is an exciting opportunity at a challenging and critical time in the AAUP, in higher education, and in the labor movement. An ideal candidate combines knowledge of government relations with technical skills and expertise in using digital organizing and online engagement tools to effectively mobilize members in grassroots lobbying efforts. The successful candidate will play an important role in shaping and implementing the association’s government relations objectives and will work interdepartmentally to achieve the association's strategic objectives.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Monitor and assess federal legislation and regulations on higher education and work with AAUP staff and leadership to formulate AAUP’s policy positions.
  • Develop strategies for national membership engagement and mobilization.
  • Work with staff and members to integrate federal-level legislative issues into organizing campaigns and assist with those campaigns, as necessary.
  • Conduct workshops for AAUP members and chapter leaders on effective legislative strategy.
  • Work in coalition with other labor unions and higher education advocacy organizations on issues of shared concern.
  • Foster relationships with members of Congress and their staffs and with federal agencies to promote AAUP principles and advance organizational goals.
  • Prepare position papers and other external-facing communications on federal legislative policy.
  • Write updates on federal government relations issues for AAUP member communications.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Three or more years of work experience in government relations for a labor, political, or other nonprofit advocacy organization. Experience with unions preferred.
  • Demonstrable work experience advocating for public policy affecting higher education at the state or federal level preferred.
  • Demonstrable experience designing and implementing grassroots legislative campaigns/lobbying efforts.
  • Experience and demonstrated ability working with organizing tools such as Action Network.
  • Experience and demonstrated ability working with diverse groups and individuals.
  • Superior written and oral communication skills and computer proficiency skills—including familiarity with MS Office.
  • Associate's degree required. BA or advanced degree preferred.
  • Valid driver’s license and a willingness to travel regionally and nationally.
  • Willingness to work evening and weekend hours.


Salary range: Starting salary of $65,000 for minimum qualifications; higher salary for preferred qualifications and experience. Generous benefits package, including health insurance and 401(K).
Position Classification
The Government Relations Specialist 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 part of the staff union bargaining unit. This is an exempt position and not eligible for overtime pay.

To Apply

To apply, email a resume with cover letter to Please include “GOVERNMENT RELATIONS SPECIALIST-YOUR NAME” in the subject line of the email. In addition to a cover letter and a resume, please include:
  • Links to, or samples of legislative campaign materials you have created.
  • Writing samples (white paper, member communications, etc.).
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.

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 (If applying by email, please address the Subject line as: “DC Internship + Your Name”)

For more information, please see AAUP’s Legal Program.

Membership Engagement Coordinator (AAUP-BHSNJ)

The American Association of University Professors-Biomedical Health Sciences of New Jersey (AAUP-BHSNJ) seeks to fill the position of Membership Engagement Coordinator. The AAUP-BHSNJ is a union representing approximately 1,400 faculty members at various Rutgers University medical and health-related professional schools, as well as 200 faculty members employed by Rowan University at the School of Osteopathic Medicine.

Here is a novel opportunity to represent physicians, dentists and other health related professionals.

We at AAUP-BHSNJ believe in a vision where our universities are models for faculty engagement and provide a high-quality work environment for everyone. Quite simply, if Rutgers and Rowan Universities are to become among the best academic health centers, they must start by becoming national leaders in their treatment of faculty.

We are seeking a candidate with the following:

Activities and Duties

  • Recruits voting union members on a consistent basis and executes membership enhancement plan
  • Identifies potential contacts among the faculty to gain support for the union
  • Maintains consistent communication with leaders and members
  • Develops new leaders through education, action, participation and follow-up
  • Leads membership committee meetings, constructs agendas and provides direction for next steps
  • Evaluates and assists with establishing community coalition and other alliances where appropriate
  • Coordinates campaigns and membership drives


  • A passion for creating a workplace full of dignity and justice
  • A high degree of energy -- you love to hustle
  • An ability to follow-up with members and outstanding interpersonal skills
  • An ability to stay organized and multitask when faced with several projects that require immediate attention
  • A Bachelor’s degree
  • A minimum of three (3) years of work experience in union organizing (a candidate without union experience may satisfy this requirement by demonstrating an ability to recruit members and/or develop leadership in other contexts.)
  • Familiarity with an academic or healthcare environment a plus
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Computer and social media proficiency
  • Driver’s license


  • Education: Bachelor's (Required)
  • supervisory: 2 years (Preferred)
  • membership/marketing: 2 years (Preferred)
  • sales: 1 year (Preferred)

Work Location
Based in Newark, NJ or New Brunswick, NJ

Job Type
Full-time. The schedule would typically be Monday to Friday, 9AM - 5PM.

Salary Range: $50,000.00 to $100,000.00 /year. Benefits include health insurance, dental insurance, retirement plan, paid time off, flexible schedule, and professional development assistance.

This Job Is

  • A job for which military experienced candidates are encouraged to apply
  • A job for which all ages, including older job seekers, are encouraged to apply
  • A job for which people with disabilities are encouraged to apply

How to Apply
Please send resume to