PSU-AAUP, Portland State University Chapter of the American Association of University Professors

Portland State University Chapter of the American Association of University Professors

Executive Director
Contract Enforcement & Bargaining

Based at Portland State University, Portland, OR


Portland State University’s American Association of University Professors (AAUP) chapter seeks an experienced higher ed contract enforcement and bargaining expert to join its executive leadership team.

Executive Director: Contract Enforcement & Bargaining
This is a full-time position and an exciting opportunity at a challenging and critical time in AAUP, in higher education, and in the labor movement. The ideal candidate will be ideologically aligned with union work and have strong interpersonal communication skills. Listening with empathy, being responsive to diverse member needs, and being flexible with a willingness to learn are core dispositions needed to be successful in this role.

The Director’s primary responsibilities are aligned with contract enforcement and bargaining. The Director will also work in close collaboration with other PSU-AAUP staff members– the Administrative Director and the Executive Director: Membership, Organizing, and Strategic Communications–as well as with elected member leaders. This collaborative work necessitates flexibility and creativity, as well as the ability to step in and out of roles as needed to provide support and assistance to the Executive Leadership Team.

This position reports to the Executive Council, with daily supervision provided by the President.

Who we are:
The Portland State University Chapter of the American Association of University Professors (PSU-AAUP) is a strong and healthy union chapter. Chartered in 1978, PSU-AAUP represents about 1,200 bargaining unit members consisting of instructional and research faculty, as well as academic professionals. It is one of four bargaining units at Portland State University (PSU). PSU-AAUP is also a member of AAUP-Oregon, and recently became affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), including the Oregon AFT federation and the national organization.

PSU-AAUP is committed to an organizing model of union work. The strength of our union lies in the energies and collective power of its membership. Information about our union’s governance documents and organizational model can be found on our website: https://psuaaup.net.

Portland State University is in the heart of downtown Portland, Oregon. PSU an urban public university that serves over 23,000 students and is designated as an emerging Hispanic Serving Institution.

Job Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Provides primary staff responsibilities for the Labor-management relationship for contract enforcement and bargaining, including as the lead for contract enforcement casework from beginning to end
  • Provides expertise and leadership in labor law for contract enforcement, bargaining, and long-term union strategy
  • Serves as bargaining expert and supports member leaders in conducting strategic and effective negotiation
  • Provides expertise in legislative and political strategy at the local, regional, and state level
  • Mentor and train members and member leaders in all aspects of bargaining and contract enforcement
  • Develop, edit, and maintain contract proposals and archive of contract enforcement and bargaining documentation, as well as Association policies and governing documents
  • Coordinate with PSU-AAUP leadership and other staff on particular projects and long-range planning
  • Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree and knowledge, experience, and background in higher education
  • Ten or more years of contract enforcement and/or bargaining experience in a union environment
  • Demonstrated commitment to empowering workers through the labor movement
  • Demonstrated commitment to socioeconomic justice to the benefit of members
  • Demonstrated experience handling contract enforcement in a union setting
  • Demonstrated experience with labor law and regulations
  • Strong writing, communication, and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated experience developing and implementing contract campaign strategy
  • Experience bargaining multiple contracts in public higher ed or applicable industries with a diversity of employee roles
  • Demonstrated experience working with budgets or understanding of university accounting practices and finances
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a diversity of roles and people with lived experiences in the PSU community
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, effectively lead others and achieve goals
  • Strong data management skills and attention to detail
  • Strong planning, time-management and problem-solving skills
  • Willingness to work nights and weekends, as required

Salary and Benefits
Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. PSU-AAUP offers an excellent benefits package including generous health insurance, vacation, sick time, and retirement contributions. Yearly cost of living adjustments as well as longevity increases are also part of Association policy.

To Apply
Submit résumé and cover letter by email to: emilyfpsuaaup@gmail.com. Please include “Executive Director: Contract enforcement-YOUR NAME” in the subject line and include the names and contact information of 3 professional references.

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