Senior Researcher

Washington D.C.
May 04, 2017
Jun 08, 2017
Analyst, Research
Full Time

The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) is pleased to announce a senior researcher position to be filled as soon as possible. This is an exciting opportunity at a critically important time for the AAUP and in the academy. The senior researcher is primarily responsible for the Faculty Compensation Survey (FCS), a national survey with approximately 1000 institutions participating annually covering more than 425,000 full-time faculty. The senior researcher will oversee the entire AAUP Faculty Compensation Survey, including collecting, validating, and analyzing data. S/he will play a vital role in shaping and expanding our salary survey, as well as compiling and analyzing data on such important topics as contingency in the profession, gender equity, staff demographics in higher education, and compensation of presidents and administrators. The senior researcher will be located in the AAUP’s national office in Washington, DC and will work under the direction of AAUP’s national Director of External Relations. This position involves working with diverse individuals both inside and outside of the AAUP office. 

Duties and Responsibilities

The senior researcher is our chief research staff member. S/he plays a key role in our Faculty Compensation Survey (FCS) as well as other research projects.  The position will include the following duties and responsibilities:

  1. Responsibility for the Faculty Compensation Survey process: collecting, validating, and analyzing FCS data from institutions.
  2. Collaborate with an outside software developer, maintain and update custom software interface for submitting, checking, and validating FCS data.
  3. Annually revise and communicate instructions for survey respondents and custom report requestors.
  4. Collaborate with research colleague(s) in communicating with survey respondents, both through e-mail and by phone.
  5. Ensure that data submitted are reviewed and checked for errors and inconsistencies; assist respondents in making corrections.
  6. Analyze FCS data for “Annual Report on the Economic Status of the Profession”; produce standard and custom charts and tables.
  7. Write  the “Annual Report on the Economic Status of the Profession” in collaboration with a member report editor/author Assist with media release of report and respond to inquiries from media representatives.
  8. Produce additional custom reports using FCS data as needed.
  9. Represent the AAUP in working with other organizations that collect and analyze data on aspects of higher education.
  10. Make presentations to AAUP chapters and professional conferences; participate in Association training events.
  11. Support data collection and analysis on occasional surveys sponsored or commissioned by the Association.
  12. Respond to inquiries from the media, higher education community, and the general public on a wide range of higher education topics.
  13. Represent the AAUP before other faculty organizations, college and university bodies, and other unions and professional associations.
  14. Participate in activities of the AAUP national office staff.
  15. Maintain an understanding of key higher education issues, including academic labor, academic freedom, and shared governance.
  16. Other duties as assigned.


The senior researcher should have significant experience with large-scale data collection, preferably in a research environment.  Other requirements for the position include:

  • Master’s degree in social sciences, economics, higher education, or another relevant field required; A PhD in a field providing significant training in quantitative methods preferred.
  • Minimum three years’ experience managing a large data consortium or research study preferred.
  • Ability to use advanced statistical software to produce analyses of higher education data from a variety of sources required. Experience in data analysis and report generation using advanced statistical software is required.  Experience with SAS, Stata, SPSS, or similar software is preferred, as is familiarity with large-scale relational database software.
  • Excellent communication ability, both written and oral, is required.
  • Experience working with individuals from diverse backgrounds and perspectives is required.
  • Prior work experience in a higher education setting preferred.
  • Familiarity with US Department of Education postsecondary databases, particularly IPEDS preferred.
  • Experience with professional associations or labor unions preferred.
  • Ability to travel nationally and to work long, irregular hours and weekends required.


Salary range: Starting salary of $87,500 for minimum qualifications; higher salary for preferred qualifications and experience. Generous benefits package, including health insurance and 401(K).

Position Classification

The Senior Researcher position is categorized as a senior program officer position, special appointment. This position is designated as a senior program officer in the Department of External Relations and is based in DC with the potential for some telework. This position is part of the staff union bargaining unit. This is an exempt position and not eligible for overtime pay.

To apply, email a resume with cover letter to Please include “Senior Researcher – YOUR NAME” in the subject line of the email. You may also mail your resume and cover letter to AAUP, Attention: Senior Researcher Search, 1133 19th Street, NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC  20036.  No phone calls please. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled. 

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.