Employment Opportunities

National AAUP

Program Coordinator, Department of Academic Freedom, Tenure, and Governance, Washington, DC, Office

Organizer—Ohio, Department of Organizing and Services

Legal Internships and Externships

AAUP Oregon State Conference

Executive Director, Portland, OR

National AAUP

Program Coordinator, Department of Academic Freedom, Tenure, and Governance, Washington, DC, Office

The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) is pleased to announce Program Coordinator position, to be filled as soon as possible, in our national office located in Washington, DC. The primary responsibility of this position is to provide program and administrative support for the department of Department of Academic Freedom, Tenure, and Governance. The department facilitates the Association’s development of recommended policies in areas of the Association’s historic mission and advances the adoption of these policies in higher education. This position also has significant responsibility for the AAUP’s Annual Meeting.

Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Assisting with internal and external communications, including processing correspondence and memoranda; fielding and responding to email, telephone, and mail inquiries; preparing written communications; proofreading and editing department material; and assisting in preparing department reports. 
  • Assisting in department scheduling and administration, including maintaining department calendar, schedule, and task lists; processing check requests; assisting in tracking department budget and expenses; and helping to prepare and monitor the department’s budget.
  • Maintaining paper and electronic department and committee records, including copying and filing records, maintaining file lists, and maintaining records on archived files.  
  • Assisting in the staffing of AAUP committees served by the department, including preparing notices and meeting materials; maintaining committee rosters and calendars; and handling logistics, such as meeting and travel schedules, travel and hotel arrangements, and travel reimbursements. 
  • Assisting in staffing the AAUP’s national elections.
  • Serving as lead staff person for the AAUP Annual Meeting and other conferences, with duties to include assisting in planning, managing registration and logistics, and providing program support and coordination.
  • Performing initial analysis and providing a response to complaints related to academic freedom, tenure, and governance.
  • Other duties as assigned. 

Qualifications

  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to work independently with modest supervision.
  • Strong attention to detail and the ability to prioritize, handle multiple tasks, and meet tight deadlines.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, including the ability to independently draft correspondence; format documents; and proofread material for grammatical, typographical, and spelling errors.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to work as part of a team and to successfully interact with a variety of personalities.
  • Strong technical aptitude and working familiarity with the MS Office suite, particularly Word, Excel, Outlook, and Access.
  • Associate’s degree required, Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • Three plus years of administrative office experience preferred.
  • Experience working in an association or union setting preferred.

Compensation
Starting salary: $55,000. Salary may be higher, depending on preferred qualifications and experience. Generous benefits package.

Position Classification
This regular full-time position is categorized as an Assistant staff position and is included in the staff union bargaining unit.  This is a non-exempt position, eligible for overtime pay.

To Apply
To apply, email a resume with cover letter to commasearch@aaup.orgPlease include “Program Coordinator Search-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, Attention: DAFTG Program Coordinator Search.  No phone calls please. Review of applications will begin immediately and will close on February 21, 2017. 

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—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.

Qualifications
  • 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.
Compensation
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.

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.