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Senior Program Officer – Department of Academic Freedom, Tenure, and Governance

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

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National AAUP

Senior Program Officer – Department of Academic Freedom, Tenure, and Governance 

The American Association of University Professors is pleased to announce a senior program officer position in the Department of Academic Freedom, Tenure, and Governance to be filled as soon as possible. The senior program officer will travel widely to work with our chapters and conferences and will work under the direction of the department director. This is a critical time for the AAUP and for the profession as a whole, and this position will have a significant role to play in helping to shape the Association’s work. We invite you to join us in defending and advancing tenure, academic freedom, shared governance, and the economic security of the profession.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Advancing the mission of the AAUP by working with members and leaders to develop and promote national AAUP policies, especially those in defense of academic freedom and shared governance.
  2. Developing and implementing programs to train conference and chapter leaders and members in responding to faculty complaints and violations of AAUP standards.
  3. Coordinating with Association leaders and staff on particular projects and long-range planning, including working with staff from other departments within the Association and with local chapters and members to foster chapter and conference leadership development and to encourage participation in AAUP activities. 
  4. Collaborating with staff colleagues and AAUP leaders and members in addressing pertinent policy issues in higher education.
  5. Responding to faculty inquiries regarding violations of AAUP policy.
  6. Representing the Association before other higher ed. organizations, college and university bodies, and other unions and professional associations.
  7. This position requires a willingness and ability to travel throughout the United States and to work irregular hours and weekends as needed. The candidate will need to have a valid driver’s license.
  8. Other duties as assigned. 


  1. Ability to analyze complicated cases and the capacity for handling multiple projects and meeting tight deadlines
  2. Superior written and oral communication skills and computer proficiency skills, including familiarity with the MS Office suite
  3. Experience and demonstrated ability working with professional groups and individuals and working cooperatively with staff colleagues and volunteer leaders and members, as well as experience dealing with diverse viewpoints and personalities
  4. Experience with developing trainings and workshops
  5. Experience with higher education policy, faculty governance, or employment policy and a working familiarity with AAUP principles and standards preferred, but not required
  6. Bachelor’s degree required. Advanced degree preferred


Salary range: Starting salary $60,000-68,000 for minimum qualifications, with a higher salary for preferred qualifications.  Generous benefits package.

This position is categorized as a senior program officer in the Department of Academic Freedom, Tenure, and Governance and is part of the staff union bargaining unit. This is an exempt position and is not eligible for overtime pay.

How to Apply

To apply, email a resume with cover letter to commasearch@aaup.org. Please include “DAFTG Senior Program Officer – 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: DAFTG Senior Program Officer Search. No phone calls please. Review of applications will begin immediately and will close on May 29, 2015.

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.

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