Employment Opportunities

National Office:

Department of Chapter and Conference Services - Senior Researcher

Department of Organizing -Pacific Northwest Lead Organizer

AAUP Chief Financial Officer

Temporary Legal / Administrative Assistant

Legal Internships and Externships

AAUP Affiliates:

California Faculty Association - Legislative Director

For non-AAUP vacancies, please visit our career center.


National AAUP

AAUP Chief Financial Officer

The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) invites applications for the position of Chief Financial Officer (CFO).  The AAUP enterprise comprises three distinct entities with wide ranging activities, multiple sources of annual revenues, and a complex cost-sharing structure. Knowledge and understanding of the Labor- Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA) reporting and disclosure requirements for labor unions and their officials is critical, as is the ability and willingness to function as part of the management team that advises the Executive Director.

Position Description

The chief financial officer (CFO) serves as part of the Association’s management team and is responsible for all financial matters of AAUP and its affiliate organizations. The CFO will report to and work closely with the executive director. In addition, s/he will partner with the elected members of senior leadership to develop and implement strategies across the organization. S/he must be able to adapt to a continually evolving environment and thrive in an autonomous and deadline-oriented workplace while managing a finance staff of four.

Specific responsibilities include:

Finance

  • Oversee cash flow planning and ensure availability of funds as needed.
  • Oversee cash, investment, and asset management. 
  • Oversee financing strategies and activities, as well as banking relationships.
  • Develop and utilize forward-looking, predictive models and activity-based financial analyses to provide insight into the organization’s operations and business plans.

Planning, Policy, and Stakeholder Relations

  • Coordinate the development and monitoring of budgets.
  • Develop financial business plans and forecasts.
  • Participate in organizational policy development as a member of the senior management team.
  • Engage the senior leadership to develop short-, medium-, and long-term financial plans and projections. 
  • Represent the Association to financial partners, including financial institutions, foundation executives, auditors, public officials, and other stakeholders
  • Remain up to date on nonprofit accounting best practices and state and federal law regarding nonprofit operations. 
  • Remain up to date on the Office of Labor-Management Standards for administering and enforcing most provisions of the LMRDA.

Accounting and Administration

  • Oversee the accounting department to ensure proper maintenance of all accounting systems and function; supervise AAUP’s finance staff. 
  • Ensure maintenance of appropriate internal controls and financial procedures.
  • Ensure timeliness, accuracy, and usefulness of financial and management reporting for the executive director, senior leadership, governing boards of the three entities.
  • Coordinate audits and proper filing of tax returns. 
  • Ensure legal and regulatory compliance regarding all financial functions.

Qualifications

The successful candidate will have at least 10 years of broad finance experience, ideally beginning in audit, followed by experience gathering and evaluating financial information and making actionable recommendations to senior leadership. S/he will ideally have experience managing finance (accounting, budgeting, control, and reporting) for a complex nonprofit with multiple funding sources and an affiliate structure with diverse program areas delivered nationally.

The CFO will have the following experience and attributes:

  • A minimum of a BBA/BS and a CPA or CMA; MBA would be a plus.
  • At least five years’ experience as CFO, controller, or equivalent, preferably in a nonprofit organization with a budget of at least $5 million.
  • Experience in a senior financial-management role, partnering with executive staff, resulting in the development and implementation of creative financial management strategies.
  • Significant experience in or knowledge of nonprofit accounting, including fund and grant accounting, compliance, and reporting.
  • Experience working with QuickBooks accounting software preferred. 
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated leadership ability, team management, and interpersonal skills. 
  • Excellent analytical and abstract reasoning skills, plus excellent organization skills.

This is a regular full-time position in the AAUP offices in downtown Washington, DC. The position is a management position and salary is commensurate with experience. Compensation also includes a generous health, vision, retirement, and dental benefits, sick and annual leave.

To apply, send resume and letter of interest to by e-mail to cfosearch@aaup.org. Please include “CFO 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, ATTN: CFO Search. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled.  Please note that due to the very high volume of applications we are receiving for this position, we are not able to respond individually to each applicant.

Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Department of Organizing - Pacific Northwest Lead Organizer

The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) is pleased to announce a Pacific Northwest lead organizer position to be filled as soon as possible. This is an exciting opportunity at a critically important time in the AAUP and in the academy.  The Pacific Northwest lead organizer will play a vital role in building the AAUP’s membership; 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 Portland, Oregon and will travel widely across the region, working under the direction of AAUP’s national Director of Organizing. We invite you to join us in our critical work defending and advancing academic freedom, shared governance, due process, and the economic security of the profession.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Pacific Northwest lead organizer will play a key role in developing and executing the regional organizing plan, with a focus on such key issues as academic freedom, online education, job security for contingent faculty, and intellectual property, and on building membership in the Pacific Northwest.  The position will include the following responsibilities:

  1. Serving as the AAUP’s regional lead on organizing campaigns.
  2. Developing and implementing contract campaigns at our collective bargaining chapters/local unions. This may include on the ground work to recruit and train contract action teams.
  3. Developing and implementing internal organizing campaigns, especially in right-to-work states.
  4. Working collaboratively with AAUP’s union partners on joint organizing campaign plans.
  5. 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.
  6. Representing the Association before other faculty organizations, college and university bodies, and other unions and professional associations.
  7. Coordinating with Association leaders and staff on particular projects and long-range planning, including responsibility for planning content for regional and national training events.
  8. Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

The Pacific Northwest lead organizer should have significant experience as an organizer and demonstrable experience leading campaigns, preferably in higher ed. or for other unions that represent white-collar workers.  Other requirements for the position include:

  1. Experience with grassroots initiatives, faculty advocacy, membership development, and/or experience with higher education collective bargaining.
  2. Knowledge of labor relations and professional issues relating to higher education.
  3. Experience and demonstrated ability to work with professional groups and individuals.
  4. Superior written and oral communication skills and computer proficiency skills—including familiarity with MS Office.
  5. Advanced degree and experience teaching and/or conducting research in higher education is preferred, but not required.
  6. Must have a car and a willingness to travel regionally and nationally and be willing to work long, irregular hours and weekends, as required.

Compensation

Salary commensurate with experience.
Generous benefits package.
This position is designated as a senior program officer in the Department of Organizing and is part of the staff union bargaining unit.

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

Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.


 Department of Chapter and Conference Services - Senior Researcher

The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) is pleased to announce a senior researcher position to be filled as soon as possible. This is an exciting opportunity at a critically important time for the AAUP and in the academy. The senior researcher will oversee the entire AAUP Faculty Compensation Survey, including collecting, validating, and analyzing data. S/he will play a vital role in shaping and expanding our salary survey, as well as compiling and analyzing data on such important topics as contingency in the profession, gender equity, staff demographics in higher education, and compensation of presidents and administrators. The senior researcher will be located in the AAUP’s national office in Washington, DC and will work under the direction of AAUP’s national Director of Chapter and Conference Services. We invite you to join us in our critical work defending and advancing academic freedom, shared governance, due process, and the economic security of the profession.

Duties and Responsibilities

The senior researcher is our chief research staff member. S/he plays a key role in our Faculty Compensation Survey as well as other research projects.  The position will include the following duties and responsibilities:

  1. Provide direction for the entire Faculty Compensation Survey process: collecting, validating, and analyzing FCS data from institutions.
  2. In collaboration with outside software developer, maintain and update custom software interface for submitting, checking, and validating FCS data.
  3. Regularly revise and communicate instructions for survey respondents and custom report requestors. (Updated annually)
  4. Collaborate with research colleague(s) in communicating with survey respondents, both through e-mail and by phone.
  5. Ensure that data submitted are reviewed and checked for errors and inconsistencies; assist respondents in making corrections.
  6. Analyze FCS data for “Annual Report on the Economic Status of the Profession”; produce standard and custom charts and tables.
  7. Contribute to the “Annual Report on the Economic Status of the Profession” in collaboration with a member report editor/author and the Academe managing editor.
  8. Assist with media release of report and respond to inquiries from media representatives.
  9. Produce additional custom reports using FCS data as needed.
  10. Represent the AAUP in working with other organizations that collect and analyze data on aspects of higher education.
  11. Make presentations to AAUP chapters and professional conferences; participate in Association training events.
  12. Support data collection and analysis on occasional surveys sponsored or commissioned by the Association.
  13. Respond to inquiries from the media, higher education community, and the general public on a wide range of higher education topics.
  14. Represent the AAUP before other faculty organizations, college and university bodies, and other unions and professional associations.
  15. Participate in activities of the AAUP national office staff.
  16. Maintain an understanding of key higher education issues, including academic labor, academic freedom, and shared governance.
  17. Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

The senior researcher should have significant experience with large-scale data collection, preferably in a research environment.  Other requirements for the position include:

  • Graduate degree in social sciences, economics, higher education, or another relevant field required; A PhD in a field providing significant training in quantitative methods preferred.
  • Ability to use advanced statistical software to produce analyses of higher education data from a variety of sources required. Experience in data analysis and report generation using advanced statistical software is required.  Experience with SAS, Stata, SPSS, or similar software is preferred as is familiarity with large-scale relational database software.
  • Excellent communication ability, both written and oral, is required.
  • Prior work experience in a higher education setting, although not required, is a definite advantage. Experience in a policy research or advocacy organization would also be relevant.
  • Familiarity with US Department of Education postsecondary databases, particularly IPEDS, would also be an advantage in this position.

Compensation

  • Salary commensurate with experience.
  • Generous benefits package.
  • This position is designated as a senior program officer in the Department of Chapter and Conference Services and is part of the staff union bargaining unit.

To apply, email a resume with cover letter to Researcher.Search@aaup.org. Please include “Senior Researcher – YOUR NAME” in the subject line of the email. You may also mail your resume and cover letter to AAUP, Attention: Senior Researcher Search, 1133 19th Street, NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC  20036.  No phone calls please. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled. 

Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

 

Temporary Legal / Administrative Assistant

AAUP seeks to fill a temporary Legal/Administrative Assistant position in the Legal Department while a search is conducted for a permanent Legal Assistant. (The temporary employee will be eligible to apply for the permanent position.) The temporary position is available immediately and will last until the permanent position is filled, but in no event longer than six months. The position is full-time (37 ½ hours per week) with occasional overtime and weekend work.

The position provides general administrative support (copying, filing, revising documents, etc.) to the Legal Department.  Candidate must have at least a bachelor’s degree, excellent writing and computer software skills, good communication skills, impeccable organization, and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team. Recent college graduates with the relevant experience and an interest in higher education, the First Amendment, labor or employment law, or in serving the progressive nonprofit community are particularly invited to apply. Specific job responsibilities include assisting with filing and record keeping, updating and maintaining computerized file lists, drafting short letters and memorandum, and assisting with AAUP ‘s meetings. Candidates should be proficient in both Adobe Acrobat and Microsoft Office applications, especially Word, Outlook and Excel, and possess excellent attention to detail and the ability to manage time and work independently with little supervision.  Prior office experience is required. Experience providing support to a legal office is preferred.  

Salary:  $20.00 per hour, non-exempt position eligible for overtime, no benefits. 

To apply, submit cover letter, resume, unofficial transcript, and references via e-mail to: legal.dept@aaup.org.   E-mail Subject line must be addressed: ‘Temporary Administrative Assistant – YOUR NAME' in the subject line.  No phone calls.  Qualified candidates will be contacted for interviews.

 

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

California Faculty Association – Legislative Director

CFA is a union of 22,000 faculty members, librarians, counselors and coaches of the California State University (CSU) system. In classrooms on the 23 CSU campuses, CFA members work hard to teach our students the critical-thinking skills, the technical know-how and the cultural insights they need to be thoughtful, productive and artistic participants in our society.

In its role as the exclusive collective bargaining representative, CFA negotiates a contract with the CSU administration that promotes academic freedom, upholds faculty rights, delivers financial protection for the faculty, and promotes faculty participation in the governance of the CSU. CFA is proud to be a member run union and believes in employing hard-working and creative staff whose talents complement those of our elected leadership. Implementing our unions’ vision requires the best staff team we can find to build on the talent that already works with us. For more information about the CFA, visit our website at www.calfac.org

LEGISLATIVE DIRECTOR

CFA’s Legislative Director must have substantial experience lobbying and/or working in the California State Legislature, and implementing a legislative program around organizational goals, preferably in a union setting. A minimum 5 years of legislative experience required.  Other responsibilities include:

  • Participate in all aspects of the legislative process, including, identifying and monitoring all proposed legislation that would affect higher education and labor.
  • Deep understanding of California State Budget process
  • Prepare, lobby and deliver testimony on pending legislation and communicate CFA Board approved positions to the Legislature, Governor and other interested parties.
  • Within the member governance structure, develop and draft legislation, devise and implement strategies to advance the CFA’s legislative agenda.
  • Represent CFA in meetings of ad-hoc legislative coalitions and community partners.
  • Organize and coordinate CFA Lobby Day in Sacramento with other staff.

The position of Legislative Director requires a high level of judgment and ability to take initiative and work independently; the Legislative Director must be able to handle multiple projects simultaneously and meet strict deadlines.  Additionally, the Legislative Director must:

  • Work as a member of a Governmental Relations (GR) team, reporting to the GR Director
  • Possess excellent writing, verbal and analytical skills.
  • Have extensive knowledge of the California legislative and budget process.
  • Provide support to CFA members, leaders and staff during legislative efforts.
  • Manage effective relationships with Legislators and professional colleagues.
  • Build and maintain productive relationships with CFA members and leaders.

Salary/Benefits/Other requirements: CFA offers a fully paid benefit package including medical, dental, vision and generous paid vacations. Salary is commensurate with experience. Some travel is required for this position. 

Submission Requirements:  E-mail cover letter, resume with references and two writing samples to:

searchcommittee@calfac.org
  
Application deadline is July 25, 2014.

CFA is an Affirmative Action Employer. Women, people of color and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. CFA is affiliated with the SEIU (Local 1983), NEA, CTA and the AAUP.