Wanted: Organizer for AAUP-Oregon
The newly revived state conference of the American Association of University Professors chapters in Oregon, AAUP-Oregon, is pleased to announce an organizer position to be filled as soon as possible. This is an exciting opportunity at a critically important time in the AAUP, in Oregon and in the academy. Oregon faculty are becoming mobilized as never before. The 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 organizer will be based in Portland, but will work where necessary in Oregon. 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 AAUP-Oregon organizer will play a key role in developing and executing the Oregon organizing plan, with a focus on such key issues as academic freedom, online education, job security for faculty in fixed term positions, and intellectual property, and on building membership across the state. The organizer will work both with organizing for collective bargaining and with professional association organizing. The position will include the following responsibilities:
- Develop a statewide organizing plan with concrete benchmarks
- Develop committees of volunteer member organizers on AAUP campuses
- Run organizing campaigns as assigned; meet weekly, monthly and annual benchmarks for face-to-face meetings, membership recruitment and leadership development in both collective bargaining campaigns and advocacy chapter development
- At least two years organizing experience
- Both internal and external organizing experience with a union
- Commitment to building faculty power as part of a broader social justice movement
- Ability to manage workflow and meet benchmarks without much direct supervision
- Superior written and oral communication skills and computer proficiency skills—including familiarity with MS Office.
- Must have a car and a willingness to travel regionally and be willing to work long, irregular hours and weekends as required.
- Experience in higher education organizing
- Experience organizing adjunct faculty
- Advanced degree and experience teaching and/or conducting research in higher education
The ideal candidate for this position has proven organizing skills and the ability to move workers into action. She/he is a self-starter who can work as the only staff on a campaign with weekly support from AAUP.
Salary: $40,000-$45,000 Annually depending on experience
Benefits: Health care, 401K contribution and paid vacation.
To apply, please send a resume’ and cover letter demonstrating qualifications to Margaret@aaup-oregon.org. Please use organizing position in the subject line.