Government Relations Specialist

20036, Washington D.C.
$65k for minimum qualifications. Generous benefits package.
Jan 11, 2021
Feb 15, 2021
Full Time

American Association of University Professors

Government Relations Specialist—Washington, DC

The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) is seeking well-qualified candidates for a Government Relations Specialist position. This is an exciting opportunity at a challenging and critical time in the AAUP, in higher education, and in the labor movement. An ideal candidate combines knowledge of government relations with technical skills and expertise in using digital organizing and online engagement tools to effectively mobilize members in grassroots lobbying efforts. The successful candidate will play an important role in shaping and implementing the association’s government relations objectives and will work interdepartmentally to achieve the association's strategic objectives.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Monitor and assess federal legislation and regulations on higher education and work with AAUP staff and leadership to formulate AAUP’s policy positions.
  • Develop strategies for national membership engagement and mobilization.
  • Work with staff and members to integrate federal-level legislative issues into organizing campaigns and assist with those campaigns, as necessary.
  • Conduct workshops for AAUP members and chapter leaders on effective legislative strategy.
  • Work in coalition with other labor unions and higher education advocacy organizations on issues of shared concern.
  • Foster relationships with members of Congress and their staffs and with federal agencies to promote AAUP principles and advance organizational goals.
  • Prepare position papers and other external-facing communications on federal legislative policy.
  • Write updates on federal government relations issues for AAUP member communications.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Three or more years of work experience in government relations for a labor, political, or other nonprofit advocacy organization. Experience with unions preferred.
  • Demonstrable work experience advocating for public policy affecting higher education at the state or federal level preferred.
  • Demonstrable experience designing and implementing grassroots legislative campaigns/lobbying efforts.
  • Experience and demonstrated ability working with organizing tools such as Action Network.
  • Experience and demonstrated ability working with diverse groups and individuals.
  • Superior written and oral communication skills and computer proficiency skills—including familiarity with MS Office.
  • Associates degree required. BA or advanced degree preferred.
  • Valid driver’s license and a willingness to travel regionally and nationally.
  • Willingness to work evening and weekend hours.


Salary range: Starting salary of $65,000 for minimum qualifications; higher salary for preferred qualifications and experience. Generous benefits package, including health insurance and 401(K).

Position Classification

The Government Relations Specialist position is categorized as a senior program officer position. This position is designated as a senior program officer in the Department of External Relations and is part of the staff union bargaining unit. This is an exempt position and not eligible for overtime pay.

To Apply

To apply, email a resume with cover letter to  Please include “GOVERNMENT RELATIONS SPECIALIST-YOUR NAME” in the subject line of the email. In addition to a cover letter and a resume, please include:

  • Links to, or samples of legislative campaign materials you have created.
  • Writing samples (white paper, member communications, etc.).

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.

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