Communications Assistant

Washington D.C.
$50k for minimum qualifications; higher salary for preferred. Generous benefits package.
Aug 10, 2022
Sep 14, 2022
Education, Nonprofit
Full Time

American Association of University Professors

Department of External Relations

Communications Assistant—Washington, DC Office



The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) is pleased to announce a Communications Assistant position, to be filled as soon as possible, based in our national office located in Washington, DC. The primary responsibility of this position is to provide support in the Department of External Relations, which is responsible for AAUP’s communications with members, leaders, and the public. The External Relations Department plays an essential role in supporting the AAUP’s recent affiliation with the American Federation of Teachers and championing the AAUP’s racial equity initiative. The Communications Assistant will work under the direction of the Director of External Relations. This position requires a commitment to racial equity, especially as it pertains to our communications, and involves working with diverse individuals both inside and outside of the AAUP office.




Duties and Responsibilities


  • Editorial assistant support for the quarterly AAUP magazine, Academe, and the annual AAUP Journal of Academic Freedom: includes correspondence with authors, photo research, handling copyright permissions and filing for copyright, proofreading, writing short pieces, maintaining ad sales records, and promoting articles through our blog and social media Helping to develop resources for our chapters, including web-based tutorials, webinars, and publication templates Proofreading assorted publications Routine web updates and maintenance Handling logistics for e-mail blasts and sometimes drafting copy Tweeting, updating Facebook pages, and other social media as required General administrative work such as arranging conference calls, photocopying, processing invoices and mail, check and reimbursement requests Fielding media requests and sending information to reporters Responding to member queries by email and/or phone Other duties as assigned





  • Good editorial skills; as evidenced by proofreading/writing tests and a detailed cover letter explaining your interest in and fit for the position
  • Strong written communication skills, including the ability to draft, edit, and proofread a variety of internal and external communications
  • Strong technical aptitude and working familiarity with the MS Office suite—particularly Word, Excel, and Outlook; the successful candidate will need to learn to use a web content management system, design software, the Action Network platform, and a WordPress blog, among other things
  • Commitment to racial equity required; demonstrated experience with racial equity or DEI initiatives preferred
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to work independently
  • Strong attention to detail and the ability to prioritize, handle multiple tasks, and meet tight deadlines
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to work as part of a team and to successfully interact with a variety of personalities
  • Associate degree or equivalent professional experience required; BA in English, journalism, communications, or related subject preferred
  • Work experience in higher education or the labor movement preferred
  • Editorial work experience




Salary range: $50,000 for minimum qualifications. Higher salary for preferred qualifications. Generous benefits package, including health insurance and 401(k).




Position Classification


This position is categorized as a regular full-time position. It is an Assistant staff position and is included in the staff union bargaining unit. This is a non-exempt position and is eligible for overtime pay after 40 hours worked in a week.




Work Location


This position is based in the DC office with an option for part-time telework. As of November, the AAUP offices, currently at 1133 19th St NW DC, will be moving to 555 New Jersey Avenue.




To Apply


To apply, email a resume with cover letter to Please include “Communications Assistant Search – YOUR NAME” in the subject line of the email. No phone calls please. Review of applications will begin immediately. For additional information about the AAUP, please visit




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.

Similar jobs