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Employment Opportunities

Field Service Representative/Trainer

Western Lead Organizer

Lead Organizer

Organizer

Legal Internships and Externships

Field Service Representative/Trainer

The American Association of University Professors’ (AAUP) Department of Organizing and Services is pleased to announce a professional position as a Field Service 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 Service 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 communication 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. A willingness to live in the Washington, DC, area is preferred.

Compensation

Salary range: $85,000 for minimum qualifications; higher salary for preferred qualifications and experience. Generous benefits package.

Position Classification

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

To apply, email a resume with cover letter to podos@aaup.org. Please include “Field Service Rep – YOUR NAME” in the subject line of the email. You may also mail your resume and cover letter to AAUP, Attention: Field Service 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

Western Lead Organizer

The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) is pleased to announce a Western Lead 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 US labor movement. The Western Lead Organizer will play a vital role in identifying and implementing new collective bargaining campaigns as well as internal organizing campaigns with existing units; defining key issues; increasing the diversity of our membership; creating and sustaining coalitions; mobilizing members; and winning increased freedoms and protections for faculty, academic professionals, and graduate student employees.  The lead organizer will ideally be based in Nevada and will travel widely across the region, working under the direction of AAUP’s Director of Organizing. We invite you to join us in our critical work organizing academic workers to defend and promote academic freedom, shared governance, due process, and the economic security of the profession.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Western Lead Organizer will play a key role in developing and executing the regional organizing plan, with a focus on organizing new collective bargaining chapters, assisting our existing collective bargaining chapters with internal organizing campaigns, and building advocacy membership in the region. The position will include the following responsibilities:

  • Serving as the AAUP’s regional lead on new collective bargaining campaigns, including developing and implementing campus organizing plans in keeping with the goals and objectives identified in the regional and national 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. 
  • Developing and implementing internal organizing campaigns, especially in right-to-work states.
  • Developing and implementing advocacy organizing campaigns at non-union campuses.
  • Working collaboratively with AAUP’s union partners on joint organizing campaign plans. 
  • Supporting AAUP chapters and state conferences in the region and helping develop and mentor diverse and talented grassroots leadership that can run effective issues-based campaigns, build membership, and increase the influence of our members on their campuses and in their states. 
  • Representing the Association before other faculty organizations, college and university bodies, and other unions and professional associations.
  • Coordinating with Association leaders and staff on specific projects and long-range planning, including responsibility for planning content for campus, regional, and national training events.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Five or more years of experience working for labor unions required. Experience with white-collar unions preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability with successfully developing and implementing comprehensive internal and/or external union organizing plans, including organizing timelines, benchmarks, and milestones.
  • Demonstrated experience working with leaders and members from national, state-level, or local affiliates to build strong organizing structures.
  • Demonstrated expertise with organizing databases.
  • Knowledge of higher education preferred.
  • Experience and demonstrated ability to work with professional groups and individuals.
  • Superior written and oral communication skills and computer proficiency skills—including working familiarity with MS Office suite.
  • Ability to work independently within the context of a national strategic plan.
  • Valid driver’s license and a willingness to travel regionally and nationally, sometimes on long-term assignment. A willingness to live in the Las Vegas or Reno, NV areas is preferred.
  • Willingness to work evening and weekend hours, as required.
  • Associate degree required; bachelor’s and/or advanced degree preferred.

Compensation

Salary range: Starting salary of $80,000 for required qualifications; higher salary for preferred qualifications and experience. Generous benefits package, including health insurance and 401(K).

Position Classification

This position is designated as a senior program officer in the Department of Organizing 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 podos@aaup.org.  Please include “Western Lead Organizer – YOUR NAME” in the subject line of the email. You may also mail your resume and cover letter to AAUP, ATTN: Western Lead Organizer 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

Lead Organizer

The American Association of University Professors’ (AAUP) Department of Organizing and Services is pleased to announce a professional position as a Lead Organizer, to be filled as soon as possible, preferably located in Washington, DC. This is an exciting opportunity at a critical time in the AAUP, in higher education, and in the labor movement. The ideal candidate combines knowledge of labor organizing with knowledge of higher education. The candidate will work under the leadership of the Director of Organizing and Services and will play an essential role in shaping AAUP’s organizing strategy at the national and statewide levels.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement comprehensive internal and external organizing plans for collective bargaining and non-collective bargaining environments.
  • Develop and staff external organizing campaigns.
  • Develop and implement 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. 
  • Develop and implement workshops and trainings on internal and external organizing and on leadership development for fellow organizing staff and well as member-activists.
  • Assist existing collective bargaining chapters with development of campus internal organizing campaigns.
  • Coordinate and maintain national organizing resources, including a national organizing database.
  • Serve as the primary point person for the collection and analysis of campaign data.
  • Work collaboratively with AAUP’s union partners in the field on the planning and implementation of joint campaigns.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Five or more years of experience working for labor unions required. Experience with white-collar unions preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability with successfully developing and implementing comprehensive internal and/or external union organizing plans, including organizing timelines, benchmarks, and milestones.
  • Demonstrated experience working with leaders and members from national, state-level, or local affiliates to build strong organizing structures.
  • Demonstrated expertise with organizing databases.
  • Knowledge of higher education preferred.
  • Experience and demonstrated ability to work with professional groups and individuals.
  • Superior written and oral communication skills and computer proficiency skills—including working familiarity with MS Office suite.
  • Ability to work independently within the context of a national strategic plan.
  • Valid driver’s license and a willingness to travel regionally and nationally, sometimes on long-term assignment. A willingness to live in the Washington, DC area is preferred.
  • Willingness to work evening and weekend hours, as required.
  • Associate degree required; bachelor’s and/or advanced degree preferred.

Compensation

Salary range: Starting salary of $80,000 for required qualifications; higher salary for preferred qualifications and experience. Generous benefits package, including health insurance and 401(K).

Position Classification

The Lead Organizer position is designated as a senior program officer in the Department of Organizing and Services 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 podos@aaup.orgPlease include “Lead Organizer-YOUR NAME” in the subject line of the email. You may also mail your resume and cover letter to: AAUP, ATTN: Campaign Specialist—DOS Search, 1133 Nineteenth Street, NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20036. In addition to a cover letter and a resume, please include a copy of an organizing plan that you have developed and implemented. Sensitive information may be redacted. 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. 

Organizer

The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) is pleased to announce a professional position for an organizer, to be filled as soon as possible. The Organizer will be central to implementing AAUP’s national strategy for building AAUP’s non-collective bargaining membership and local organizations. A successful candidate will be a skilled organizer, an effective strategist, and capable of operating independently and using good judgment. This is an exciting opportunity at a critically important time in the AAUP, the academy, and the labor movement. The Organizer 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

  • Developing and implementing issue or strategic campaigns for our chapters. This includes on-the-ground work to recruit and train organizing committees, as well as working on-site with members to plan and execute campaign objectives.
  • 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.
  • Assisting AAUP chapters with building membership and engagement, including assisting our chapters with developing and implementing campus organizing plans.
  • Advancing the Association’s collective bargaining program by staffing solo AAUP organizing drives as needed, as well as organizing drives where the AAUP partners with another union.
  • 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. (Union organizer experience preferred, but we will also consider candidates with political and community organizing experience).
  • Experience with membership development, leadership identification, and grassroots organizing required.
  • 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.
  • Associate’s 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 is a national position and requires an ability to travel and work throughout the region. A willingness to live in the Washington, DC, area is preferred.

Compensation
Salary range: $65,000 for minimum qualifications; more for preferred qualifications and experience. Generous benefits package.

Position Classification
This position is categorized as a probationary senior program officer in the Department of Organizing and is part of the staff union bargaining unit. This is an exempt position and not eligible for overtime pay.

To Apply
To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter. You can email them to podos@aaup.orgPlease include “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: 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.