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Executive Director

The American Association of University Professors is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Executive Director in our Washington, DC office. Application packets and resumes for this position will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Screening will continue until the position is filled. This position requires a commitment to racial equity and involves working with diverse individuals both inside and outside of the AAUP office.

Duties and Responsibilities

The executive director is the chief administrative officer of the Association, appointed by and responsible to the AAUP’s governing Council. The executive director is responsible for implementing Council and executive committee policies, initiatives, plans and personnel directives, along with actions and mandates approved by the biennial meeting. The person appointed to that office shall be well acquainted with academic institutions and committed to core AAUP principles, including academic freedom, shared governance, and collective bargaining. The executive director approves academic freedom and shared governance investigations, collective bargaining campaigns, and searches for positions on the administrative staff. In all aspects of employment, the executive director promotes and furthers the AAUP’s mission.

The executive director is responsible for the financial stewardship of the association as well as managing the budget and operations; day-to-day decisions are delegated to the deputy executive director who is responsible for the routine management of the national office and for ensuring its smooth and efficient operation. The executive director exercises a significant role in the planning and coordination of the Association’s programs and services in line with Council’s initiatives and priorities. Currently these include (1) fighting back against inappropriate interference into higher education, especially partisan legislative interference and other inappropriate interference into academic institutions by politicians and donors, (2) an initiative to enact permanent, structural, organizational change in order to view all AAUP work through a racial equity lens and to address racial justice in the AAUP and the academy, and (3) overseeing the ongoing implementation of the AAUP affiliation with the American Federation of Teachers – infusing AAUP standards and principles more widely into higher education and building membership while AAUP retains its independence and autonomy.

The executive director provides staff service to the AAUP president, executive committee, Council, and the AAUP Foundation board. The executive director speaks for the Association and serves as a national voice on higher education issues, when appropriate. The executive director is expected, as a member of the Washington Higher Education Secretariat, to collaborate with chief officers of other higher education organizations. The executive director works with key education leaders in government and higher education. The executive director coordinates relationships with other higher education unions and promotes collective bargaining nationally. The executive director shall seek adherence to AAUP's recommended standards in the community of higher education.

The executive director will be accountable to and will report directly to the Council. The Council will evaluate the performance of the executive director on an annual basis using this position description as a basis for evaluation. In the evaluation process, the Council will solicit the views of the staff, Association chapters and members, and others in the higher education community who work and interact with the executive director on a regular basis.


Candidates must be very familiar with and committed to AAUP principles. Experience as a faculty member is desirable.

Administrative experience, knowledge of collective bargaining, leadership within the AAUP at the local, state, and/or national level are desirable.


Required: Advanced terminal degree.


Required: Demonstrated organizational, interpersonal, leadership, and management skills. Proven communications, public relations, and writing skills. Must have the ability to manage multiple tasks and priorities. Experience in development/fundraising a plus.


Expected salary range is $200,000-$230,000, commensurate with educational background and work experience. Generous benefits package including health, dental, and vision insurance; and 401(K).

Position Classification

This regular full-time position is categorized as a confidential staff position and is excluded from the staff bargaining unit. This is an exempt position and is not eligible for overtime pay.

To Apply

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Applications must include a statement of interest and a curriculum vitae and should be emailed to the Chair of the Search Committee at [email protected]. Questions, inquiries, and nominations should also be directed to [email protected]. No phone calls please.

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, homelessness, or other characteristics unrelated to professional performance. (EEO Know Your Rights | Family Medical Leave Act | Employee Polygraph Protection Act).

Women and minorities are encouraged to apply

Chapter Opportunities

Membership Coordinator, Hofstra University Chapter

The Hofstra University Chapter of the AAUP is the collective bargaining representative for full-time and part-time faculty. The union represents the professional interests of faculty to advance the standards of the profession, improve conditions of employment through collective bargaining, and further higher education and scholarly activities in concert with students, staff, administration, and the board of trustees.

The position is 4 days per week (32 hours per week) and hybrid (3 days in person). The membership coordinator is responsible for carrying out day-to-day activities running the chapter’s office, serving as a resource for faculty, and working closely with the five elected members of the executive committee.

Duties and Responsibilities


  • Advise membership on their rights and obligations under the contract.
  • Maintain and increase membership awareness and engagement.
  • Cultivate key relationships with stakeholders across the university.
  • In collaboration with the President and Vice President for Grievances, facilitate faculty complaints and grievances from preliminary stages through final determination.
  • Welcome new faculty (full-time and part-time) and conduct a welcome/orientation session upon hire, to familiarize them with their rights and responsibilities.
  • During active collective bargaining negotiations, assist with compiling information requests and formulating proposals.
  • Hold a three full days a week schedule at the office, including in-person meetings.


  • Manage daily communication to and from the chapter’s office.
  • Oversee promotional communications to provide information to the membership, including maintaining the chapter’s website and chapter’s social media accounts.
  • Monitor communications from members to assist union leaders.
  • Coordinate communications and pre-negotiation activities for collective bargaining, including membership surveys and meetings.

General Administrative Work

  • Assist with maintaining chapter’s records.
  • Supervise chapter employees and serve as liaison to outside contractors and consultants.
  • Manage the chapter’s calendar and zoom meetings, including faculty membership meetings.
  • Work collaboratively with all five elected members of the executive council and assist each of as needed.


  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to independently manage multiple and diverse tasks while paying careful attention to details and deadlines.
  • Ability to foster and maintain critical relationships with members and administration.
  • Working knowledge of labor relations and labor organizing or community organizing experience a plus.


  • Hempstead, NY


  • $60,000-75,000 plus benefits.

To Apply

  • Send resume and cover letter, stating why you believe you would be a good fit for this position, with the subject line, “Membership Coordinator” to: [email protected].

AAUP is an equal-opportunity employer and committed to equal opportunity for all employees and applicants and encourages applications from all qualified candidates. As a proud Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE), we do not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, religion, sex, sexual stereotyping, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, mental or physical disability, medical condition, genetic information, military or veteran status, pregnancy (which includes pregnancy, childbirth, and medical conditions related to pregnancy, childbirth, or breastfeeding), or any other protected category recognized by state, federal or local laws. Applications will be reviewed starting immediately and continue until the position is filled.