Employment Opportunities

National AAUP:

Organizer—East Coast, Department of Organizing

Pacific Northwest Lead Organizer, Department of Organizing

Foundation Development Officer/Fundraising Professional

Legal Internships and Externships

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National AAUP

The American Association of University Professors’ (AAUP) Department of Organizing is pleased to announce a professional position as an East Coast Organizer, 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 and will work under the direction of AAUP’s Director of Organizing. We invite you to join us in our vital work organizing academic workers 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 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, 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.
  • Representing the Association before other higher education 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 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 the United States, to work long, irregular hours and weekends as needed, and to accept lengthy field assignments and possible relocation. While a DC location is preferred, there may be some flexibility on telecommuting and/or working offsite.
Qualifications
  • Three to five years’ experience as an organizer required—either as a paid staff member or a member volunteer (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 required. Experience with cloud-based organizing databases preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree and experience teaching and/or conducting research in higher education preferred.
Compensation
Salary range: $50,000 for minimum qualifications; up to $65,000 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 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 “East Coast 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: East Coast 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.
 

Pacific Northwest Lead Organizer, Department of Organizing

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, the academy, and the US labor movement. The Pacific Northwest Lead Organizer will play a vital role in identifying and implementing new collective bargaining campaigns as well as internal organizing campaigns with existing units; 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 Oregon and will travel widely across the region, working under the direction of AAUP’s Director of Organizing. We invite you to join us in our critical work organizing academic workers to defend and promote 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 organizing new collective bargaining chapters, assisting our existing collective bargaining chapters with internal organizing campaigns, and building advocacy membership in the Pacific Northwest. The position will include the following responsibilities:
  • Serving as the AAUP’s regional lead new collective bargaining campaigns, including developing and implementing campus organizing plans in keeping with the goals and objectives identified in the regional and national plans.
  • Developing and implementing contract and other issues campaigns at our collective bargaining chapters/local unions. This may include on-the-ground work to recruit and train contract action teams.
  • Developing and implementing internal organizing campaigns, especially in right-to-work states.
  • Developing and implementing advocacy organizing campaigns at non-union campuses.
  • Working collaboratively with AAUP’s union partners on joint organizing campaign plans.
  • 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.
  • Representing the Association before other faculty 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 campus, regional, and national training events.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • This position requires a valid driver’s license and a car and the willingness and ability to travel regionally and nationally, to work long, irregular hours and weekends as needed, and to accept lengthy field assignments.
Qualifications
  • Significant experience as a union organizer and demonstrable experience successfully leading organizing campaigns required, experience in higher education or for other unions that represent white-collar workers preferred.
  • Experience with grassroots initiatives, faculty advocacy, membership development, and/or experience with higher education collective bargaining.
  • 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 familiarity with MS Office.
  • Familiarity with organizing or other relational databases.
  • Advanced degree and experience teaching and/or conducting research in higher education is preferred, but not required.
Compensation
Salary range: $65,000 for minimum qualifications; up to $85,000 for preferred qualifications and experience. Generous benefits package, including moving expenses.
 
Position Classification
This position is designated 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
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, ATTN: Pacific Northwest Lead 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.
 
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.
 
The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) is pleased to announce a professional position as AAUP Foundation Development Officer 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 Development Officer will play an essential role in building the AAUP Foundation, including participating in developing and implementing a comprehensive fundraising program and executing the Foundation’s fundraising strategy. The Development Officer will work under the direction of AAUP’s Executive Director. 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
  • Participate in the development of the Foundation’s fundraising strategy, including specific plans for annual giving, cultivating major gifts, and seeking foundation grants.
  • Successfully implement the Foundation’s fundraising plan, including meeting associated benchmarks and goals.
  • Build and maintain profitable, long-term fundraising relationships with current and potential donors.
  • Provide staff support to the Foundation’s Board of Directors.
  • Represent the AAUP Foundation at fundraising events and outreach to other higher education organizations, college and university bodies, and other unions and professional associations.
  • Coordinate with AAUP Foundation leaders and AAUP and AAUP-CBC leaders and staff on particular projects and long-range planning, including responsibility for planning content for regional and national Foundation events.
  • Prepare and submit grant and project proposals.
  • Other duties as assigned.
This position requires a valid driver’s license, and a willingness and ability to travel throughout the United States, as well as to work long, irregular hours and weekends as needed.
 
Qualifications
  • Experience and demonstrated skill in implementing a comprehensive fundraising plan (experience with higher education or First Amendment groups or foundations, preferred).
  • Experience with soliciting major donations and with preparing an annual giving appeal.
  • Knowledge of higher education preferred.
  • 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.
  • Familiarity with donor management software.
  • Bachelor’s degree required, advanced degree preferred.
Compensation
Salary range: $80,000 for minimum qualifications; higher salary for preferred qualifications and experience. Generous benefits package as well as the potential to telecommute, relocate off site, and/or work part-time.
 
Position Classification
This Development Officer position is categorized as a senior program officer, special appointment, 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 developmentsearch@aaup.org. Please include “Development Officer-YOUR NAME” in the subject line of the email. You may also mail your resume and cover letter to: AAUP, ATTN: Development Officer 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.
 
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.