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Careers at AAU

Being a member of the AAU team is uniquely rewarding. The team comprises talented, experienced, and dedicated professionals. Working at AAU provides the opportunity to work with leaders of some of the world’s most distinguished universities to advance their educational missions of teaching, research, and service.

AAU is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, located in the Washington, DC.  AAU offers competitive salaries and excellent benefits, as well as opportunities for educational and career development. AAU is an equal opportunity employer.

Mission of AAU

Founded in 1900, the Association of American Universities is composed of America’s leading research universities. AAU’s 66 research universities transform lives through education, research, and innovation. 

Our member universities earn the majority of competitively awarded federal funding for research that improves public health, seeks to address national challenges, and contributes significantly to our economic strength, while educating and training tomorrow’s visionary leaders and innovators.

AAU member universities collectively help shape policy for higher education, science, and innovation; promote best practices in undergraduate and graduate education, and strengthen the contributions of leading research universities to American society. 

Inquiry

AAU universities educate students from all walks of life to be tomorrow’s visionary leaders and global citizens.

Innovation

AAU universities conduct most of the federally funded university research that contributes to economic competitiveness, health and well-being, and national security.

Impact

AAU universities collectively help shape policy for higher education, science and innovation.


Meetings Assistant


The Association of American Universities comprises 66 leading public and private research universities and seeks applications for the position of Meetings Assistant.

The Meetings Assistant will work with the Director of Meetings by coordinating the use of AAU’s conference rooms as well as assisting with the logistical and administrative planning and support for AAU’s constituent meetings, workshops, and in-person and virtual events. The Meetings Assistant will provide on-site administrative and logistical support at the AAU membership and partners constituent group meetings as well as other meetings, workshops, and events as assigned. The Meetings Assistant will also provide general support to AAU’s operations team when needed. The duties and tasks include answering phones, mail distribution, maintaining the office supply inventory, maintaining a professional office appearance, coordinating with the building maintenance department, and assisting the Human Resource and Office Operations Coordinator and other AAU staff.

Applicants must have strong customer service, time management, communication, and organizational skills. Applicants must also have demonstrated experience using Office 365, SharePoint, association management systems (experience in Salesforce a plus), mass email systems, website content management systems, and task/project management software.

Applicants with previous meeting or logistical coordination experience and a passion for events are preferred. Experience and general knowledge of executing a virtual meeting via Zoom (or another virtual conferencing platform) is desired.

Additional job details and requirements can be found here.

Applicants with an associate’s or bachelor’s degree preferred. Applicants should have two to three years of professional experience in any combination of front office or administrative support or meeting management and logistics. Prior work experience in a non-profit and/or academic environment is preferred. Must be currently authorized to work for any employer in the United States.

AAU offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits, as well as opportunities for educational and career development. This position is classified as an hourly, non-exempt position. AAU is an equal opportunity employer.

To be assured of full consideration, please send a cover letter, resume and salary requirements by July 12, 2021, to:

Email: [email protected]. (Please refer Meetings Assistant in the subject line)
Roxanne Murray, Vice President for Administration
Association of American Universities
1200 New York Ave, NW, Suite 550
Washington, DC 20005


Federal Relations Officer


The Association of American Universities (AAU), an association of America’s leading research universities, seeks applications for the position of Federal Relations Officer. This position reports to the Executive Vice President & the Vice President for Federal Relations.

The Federal Relations Officer will monitor Congress, federal agencies, and the executive branch on issues that affect research universities. This includes the Humanities, the Department of Education’s Title VI International Education programs, and overall federal budget and appropriations. The Federal Relations Officer will develop, negotiate, and execute advocacy strategies for current and anticipated legislative and regulatory proposals and will serve as the association’s lead on issues within the portfolio. The Federal Relations Officer will work closely with campus officials to develop and achieve AAU’s priorities.
 
The Federal Relations Officer will understand the legislative process and will work closely with Congress, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Department of Education, Office of Management and Budget, and other executive branch agencies as well as AAU members, other higher education associations, business and industry organizations, and other partner organizations within coalitions. The Federal Relations Officer will navigate, develop, and maintain complex relationships across political lines with key committees including Education and Labor; Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions; and Appropriations; as well as congressional leaders and staff.
 
Applicants will ideally have: (1) leadership, advocacy, negotiating, political, strategic planning, and communication skills; (2) strong writing and editing skills to produce effective communications and a demonstrated ability to analyze complex issues and explain them effectively and rapidly into coherent and concise messages; (3) the ability to work effectively and collegially with representatives of member universities, other organizations, and coalitions; (4) at least one of the following work experiences: Congress, The Executive Branch, state government, higher education, or an association; (5) advanced technical skills in Office 365 programs and Zoom and experience with Salesforce Marketing Cloud (or Pardot), a federal relations monitoring tool (such as BGov), and proficiency with software related to email distribution and content management; and (6) the ability to succeed in a dynamic, fast-paced work environment involving many individuals with different backgrounds and interests.

Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree and 2-6 years of related work on critical and unique issues with broad impact; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Masters or Professional degree a plus.

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. AAU offers robust health, dental, retirement savings, commuting, and other benefits. AAU is an equal opportunity employer.

To be assured of full consideration, please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample (no more than 3 pages), salary requirements, and where you found this listing by June 25, 2021 to:

Email: [email protected] (Please reference Federal Relations Officer)
Roxanne Murray, Vice President for Administration
Association of American Universities
1200 New York Ave, NW, Suite 550
Washington, DC 20005


Associate Vice President and Counsel for Policy and Federal Relations  


The Association of American Universities, an association of America’s leading research universities, seeks applications for the position of Associate Vice President (AVP) and Counsel for Policy and Federal Relations. This position reports to the Vice President for Science Policy and Global Affairs.

The AVP and Counsel for Policy and Federal Relations serves as the association’s lead on intellectual property and technology transfer issues. The AVP also plays a key role supporting AAU’s policy and federal relations work in areas that require legal expertise, such as tax issues related to research, information technology, open and public access, research security policy, and other regulatory matters important to America’s leading research universities. The AVP serves as the staff spokesperson on, and will be the “go-to” source for, national and trade media on the issues for which they have responsibility. The AVP will work with Congress, federal agencies, stakeholder groups, and the higher education community to advance the association’s work and will develop, negotiate, and execute advocacy strategies for current and anticipated legislative and executive branch proposals and policies. The AVP will also staff the AAU General Counsels constituent group.

The AVP must understand and have expertise concerning legal issues affecting higher education and research universities. Experience working in a university general counsel’s office is highly desirable, as is a working familiarity with federal legislative and regulatory processes. Experience working with Congress and/or federal executive branch agencies is also a plus. The AVP will navigate, develop, and maintain complex relationships across political lines with members of Congress; key congressional committees; congressional staff; and with relevant officials at the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the U.S. Copyright Office, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the Federal Communications Commission, the U.S. Department of Education, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and other federal research and higher education agencies; and key reporters/journalists.

Applicants will ideally have: (1) strong leadership, advocacy, negotiating, political, strategic planning, policy analysis, and communication skills; (2) expertise in intellectual property and technology transfer issues affecting higher education institutions, scholars, and students; (3) expertise and/or experience with a wide range of other legal matters of interest to AAU member universities, such as tax, information technology, open and public access, and research security; (4) an understanding of legislative and regulatory processes and/or experience engaging with Congress and executive branch policymakers; (5) the ability to work effectively and collegially with representatives of AAU member and non-member colleges and universities, business representatives, and others in advocacy coalitions; (6) familiarity with developing federal court amicus briefs; and (7) the ability to succeed in a dynamic, fast-paced work environment involving many individuals with different backgrounds, interests, priorities, and points of view.

Applicants should have at least 10 years of specifically related experience and a law degree. A minimum of 2-3 years of work in a university general counsel’s office or other equivalent experience in a law firm is highly desirable. Applicants must have at least two of the following work experiences: a university general counsel’s office and/or other university-based legal position; law firm/legal practice; government relations; congressional or executive branch offices; agency regulatory policy development and/or legal interpretation; and/or nonprofit member-based association/scientific society.

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. AAU offers robust health, dental, retirement savings, commuting, and other benefits. AAU is an equal opportunity employer.

To be assured of full consideration, please send a cover letter, resume, salary requirements, and where you found this listing by June 14, 2021 to:

  • Email: [email protected] (Please reference AVP and Counsel for Policy and Federal Relations)

  • Roxanne Murray, Vice President for Administration
    Association of American Universities
    1200 New York Ave, NW, Suite 550
    Washington, DC 20005


AAU Internship Program

Currently, there are no available internship positions.