Employment Opportunities

National Office:

Department of Organizing - Organizer (Washington, DC office)

Legal Internships and Externships

AAUP Affiliates:

University of Connecticut – American Association of University Professors-Higher Education Internal Organizer

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National AAUP

Department of Organizing - Organizer (Washington, DC office)

The American Association of University Professors’ (AAUP) Department of Organizing is pleased to announce a professional position as an Organizer, 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 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 and will work under the direction of AAUP’s National Director of Organizing. 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

  • Advancing the Association’s collective bargaining program including by staffing solo AAUP-CBC organizing drives as well as organizing drives where the AAUP-CBC partners with another union.
  • Assisting collective bargaining and advocacy chapters with internal organizing drives.
  • 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.
  • Representing the Association before other higher ed. 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 regional and national training events.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Experience and demonstrated skill in organizing (collective bargaining/labor organizing preferred, but we will also consider candidates with political and community organizing experience).
  • Experience with membership development and internal organizing.
  • Knowledge of labor relations and professional issues relating to higher education.
  • 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.
  • Bachelor’s degree required, advanced degree and experience teaching and/or conducting research in higher education preferred.


  • Starting salary range: $60,000-$68,000, depending on qualifications and experience.
  • 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 Organizer position is categorized 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, email a resume with cover letter to podos@aaup.org Please include “DC 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, Attention: DC Organizer Search.  No phone calls please. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled. 

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

AAUP Affiliates

University of Connecticut – American Association of University Professors–Higher Education Internal Organizer

The University of Connecticut Chapter of the American Association of University Professors (UConn-AAUP) is the exclusive bargaining representative of the faculty at the University of Connecticut. UConn-AAUP is one of many collective bargaining and advocacy chapters of the AAUP across the country.

Job Description

This is a full-time position with the UCONN-AAUP Chapter in Storrs, CT.

The Internal Organizer will be responsible for building and then supporting a representative assembly that was recently established by the Chapter. When fully functional, the assembly will create a network of active members engaged in supporting the Chapter in various campaigns, including a contract campaign and membership development/educational campaign. The successful candidate will also be responsible for developing a comprehensive internal communication plan to members and for outside relational work with coalitions and other AAUP chapters.

Job Duties:

  • Act as an organizer and make contact with UConn-AAUP members
  • Build and sustain a member network through the representative assembly
  • Recruit and train new members for leadership in the Chapter
  • Communicate with members using social media
  • Assess members for activist engagement
  • Provide leadership and organizing teams with data reports
  • Encourage attendance at Chapter activities
  • Collaborate with leaders and organizers of other campus groups
  • Be responsible for implementing projects programs and campaigns as assigned
  • Update the Executive Committee on progress of projects, programs and campaigns
  • Attend staff meetings, executive meetings and chapter meetings
  • Stayed informed of National AAUP activities and organizing campaigns


  • Experience working in higher education with faculty preferred
  • Knowledge, experience and training in organizing
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Advanced social media and computer skills
  • Internal organizing for membership building, leadership development, and contract negotiations

Salary and Benefits
Excellent salary and benefit potential based on experience

Where to apply
Ideal candidate should be able to start immediately. Send resume and cover letter to Barbara Kratochvil, 1875 Storrs Rd, Storrs, CT, 06268 or BarbaraK@uconnaaup.org