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Field Service Representative—Department of Chapter and Conference Services

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National AAUP

Department of Chapter and Conference Services
Field Service Representative—Washington, DC Office

The American Association of University Professors’ (AAUP) Department of Chapter and Conference Services is pleased to announce a professional position as a field service representative, to be filled as soon as possible, in our national office located in Washington, DC. This is an exciting opportunity at a critically important time in the AAUP and in the academy. The Field Service Representative will play a role in strengthening AAUP collective bargaining chapters, developing grassroots activists and leaders, and helping to move the Association’s strategic plan forward. The Field Service Representative will travel widely and will work under the direction of AAUP’s National Director of Chapter and Conference Services. We invite you to join us in our vital work to defend and advance the academic freedom, shared governance, due process rights, and economic security of the profession.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist and advise AAUP chapters, including, but not limited to, advising collective bargaining chapters on negotiations, analyzing contract language, training new bargaining team members, advising on grievances and arbitrations, and providing guidance on chapter strategy.
  • Foster the development of member volunteers and AAUP chapter activists through working directly with the chapters.
  • Research, compare, and analyze higher education collective bargaining agreements and other pertinent higher-ed policy documents.
  • Assist chapters with the task of realizing AAUP policies and principles in their collective bargaining agreements or through campus policy, as appropriate.
  • 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.


  • Three or more years of experience or demonstrated skill in performing a range of representational duties, including grievance/arbitration and contract negotiations, either as staff or a member-leader.
  • Experience designing and creating written educational materials, conducting face to face instruction, and using webinars or other web-based teaching tools.
  • Ability to travel and work long, irregular hours. Valid driver’s license required.
  • Experience and demonstrated ability to work with professional groups and individuals.
  • Superior written and oral communications skills—including working familiarity with MS Office Suite.
  • Fluency in laws governing both public and private-sector bargaining, contract enforcement, and labor relations preferred.
  • Experience using social media as an outreach tool preferred.
  • BA required. Advanced degree in a relevant field, such as labor law or labor relations preferred.


Starting salary range: $60,000-$68,000, with the possibility of higher salary range based on demonstrable experience in the field. Generous benefits package.

This position requires 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 and possible relocation.

This position is categorized as a senior program officer in the Department of Chapter and Conference 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 ccssearch@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, 1133 Nineteenth Street, NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20036, ATTN: Field Service Rep 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 AAUP is a national organization founded in 1915 that is active in areas including intellectual freedom, due process, professional ethics, and university governance.  Membership is about 46,000 faculty members and scholars from all disciplines.

The intern and extern positions will be in a legal department currently staffed with 2 lawyers and 1 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 2nd or 3rd year of law school and be available to work approximately 15 hours per week.  Summer internships are available to students who have completed their 2nd 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.