Eastern Michigan University Chapter, American Association of University Professors

Eastern Michigan University Chapter
American Association of University Professors

Internal Organizer and Contract Representative

Based in Ypsilanti, MI


The Eastern Michigan University chapter of the American Association of University Professors represents approximately 500 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) and 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.
  • 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 committee
  • Assist in leadership development
  • Help to maintain association records (membership, union activities, databases)
  • Help represent the association in 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.)


  • Bachelor’s degree with graduate education preferred
  • Understanding of labor rights and social justice principles
  • 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
  • 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. Competitive benefits package, including medical and dental coverage, 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:
Please send a cover letter and résumé to office@emu-aaup.org. The application deadline is December 1, 2021. Review of applications will begin immediately. Projected starting date of January 4, 2022.

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