Internal Organizer and Contract Representative

Ypsilanti, MI

The Eastern Michigan University chapter of the American Association of University Professors represents approximately 700 tenured and tenure-track faculty members. The association is seeking a full-time internal union organizer and contract representative. The ideal candidate for this position will be a person with extensive experience as an organizer either in a union or non-profit setting. S/he should also have a good understanding of higher education.

Job duties

  • Communicate with members about workplace concerns and contractual issues
  • Increase member involvement
  • Work with association leadership to organize and/or facilitate workshops, action teams, meetings, rallies, actions, campaigns, etc.
  • Contribute to leadership development
  • Conduct research on contractual issues and trends in higher education
  • Assist in the drafting of various internal and external communications and other documents
  • Assist association officers and the executive council
  • Help to maintain association records (membership, union activities, databases)
  • Facilitate interactions with the University administration and groups on campus
  • Help represent the association to external organizations and actors (other unions, the mass media, local and state government, officials, community organizations, etc.)


  • Understanding of basic principles of organizing
  • Demonstrated success in grass-roots organizing
  • A record of facilitating collective action in a non-profit setting
  • Ability to engage and support a diverse membership
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, juggle multiple tasks and meet deadlines
  • Understanding of labor rights and social justice principles
  • Bachelor’s degree with graduate education preferred
  • Proficiency in various software applications (Word, Excel, Adobe) and social media platforms

Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous employment as a union organizer or as a faculty member in an institution of higher education
  • Familiarity with labor union contracts and the grievance process
  • Good understanding of the culture and issues of higher education
  • Experience with strategic planning

Salary and benefits: Competitive starting salary depending on qualifications and experience. Comprehensive benefits package, including family health insurance, dental care, and retirement plan.

EMU-AAUP provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, national original, age, disability, or genetics.

How to apply:
Submit a cover letter describing your qualifications, along with a resume or cv to emuaaup.org@gmail.com.

Review of applications will begin immediately. Projected starting date of July 15, 2017.

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