Field Service Representative/Labor Relations Specialist—DC Office

American Association of University Professors

Department of Organizing and Services

Field Service Representative/Labor Relations Specialist—DC Office


The American Association of University Professors’ (AAUP) Department of Organizing and Services is pleased to announce a professional position as a Field Services Rep/Labor Relations Specialist, to be filled as soon as possible, located in Washington, DC. This is an exciting opportunity at a critically important time in the AAUP, the labor movement, and the academy.  The successful candidate will apply their knowledge and experience with collective bargaining, grievance and arbitration, contract maintenance, and labor law to advising and training chapter leaders and activists. The Field Services Rep/Labor Relations Specialist will travel widely and will work under the direction of AAUP’s national Director of Organizing and 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, advising on contract maintenance,grievances, and arbitrations, and providing guidance on chapter strategy.


Work with new collective bargaining chapters on all aspects of preparing for negotiations, from training members to drafting proposals to strategy. Continually support member volunteers through advising, revision of proposals, and strategy development.


Train and develop member volunteers as they take the lead on bargaining contracts, processing grievances, preparing for arbitrations, and managing labor-management relationships.


Analyze faculty collective bargaining agreements for their strengths and weaknesses and provide guidance for how to approach key issues through bargaining.


Assist local chapters with problem solving and strategizing around a wide range of union issues.


Assist chapters with the task of realizing AAUP policies and principles in their collective bargaining agreements or through campus policy, as appropriate.
Take a lead role in developing resources and other chapter services to meet the needs of AAUP’s collective bargaining chapters.
Coordinate and implement chapter-level and regional trainings and workshops.


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.



Seven 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 with higher education unions preferred.
Demonstrated experience designing and creating written educational materials, conducting face to face instruction, and using webinars or other web-based teaching tools required.
Experience and demonstrated ability to work with professional groups and individuals required.
Superior written and oral communications skills, as well as fluency in MS Office Suite, required.
Fluency in laws governing both public and private-sector bargaining, contract enforcement, and labor relations required.


BA required. Advanced degree in a relevant field, such as labor law or labor relations, preferred.


Valid driver’s license and 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 required.



Salary range: $75,000 for minimum qualifications; higher salary for preferred qualifications and experience. Generous benefits package.

This position is designated as a senior program officer in the Department of Organizing and Services and is part of the staff union bargaining unit.

To apply, email a resume with cover letter to Please include “Labor Relations Specialist– YOUR NAME” in the subject line of the email. You may also mail your resume and cover letter to AAUP, Attention: Labor Relations Specialist 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


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