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Organizer—Ohio, Department of Organizing and Services

Legal Internships and Externships

Organizer—Ohio, Department of Organizing and Services

The American Association of University Professors’ (AAUP) Department of Organizing is pleased to announce an Ohio-based Organizer position, 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 travel widely, mostly within the state, and will work under the direction of AAUP’s Director of Organizing and Services. We invite you to join us in our vital work organizing academic workers to defend and advance the academic freedom, shared governance, and economic security of the profession.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Advancing the AAUP’s collective bargaining program by staffing solo union organizing drives as well as organizing drives where the AAUP partners with other unions.
  • Assisting collective bargaining chapters with internal organizing drives, including assisting our chapters with developing and implementing campus organizing plans.
  • 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.
  • Coordinating with Association leaders and staff on particular projects, including responsibility for planning content for campus, regional, and national training events.
  • Other duties as assigned.        

This position requires a valid driver’s license and the willingness and ability to travel extensively throughout Ohio, to work long, irregular hours and weekends as needed, and to accept lengthy field assignments.

  • Minimum 2 years’ experience as an organizer required (experience with union organizing preferred, but we will also consider candidates with political and community organizing experience).
  • Experience with training and developing member volunteers required.
  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred.
  • Superior written and oral communication skills and computer proficiency skills—including working familiarity with MS Office suite—required. Experience with organizing databases preferred.
  • Knowledge of labor relations preferred.
  • Knowledge of professional issues relating to higher education preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability working with professional groups preferred.

Salary range: $56,000 for minimum qualifications; higher salary 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 Services 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

To apply, email a resume with cover letter to podos@aaup.org.  Please include “Ohio 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, ATTN: Ohio 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. 

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.