State College/University (C/U) Relations Chair Position Description

The state college/university (C/U) relations chair serves as the link between AAUW and the higher education community to recruit and retain AAUW C/U partner members in her or his state and to increase AAUW’s visibility on campuses.

Responsibilities to Your State

  • Develop an annual action plan and budget that includes specific, measurable goals as well as C/U partner member recruitment and engagement priorities.
  • Ensure that C/U partner membership priorities are integrated throughout your state’s strategic plan.
  • Work with other state officers and committees to integrate C/U relationships with other state priorities, including diversity, membership, and state conventions.
  • Report on state membership statistics and trends as requested.
  • Disseminate C/U partner member program information and updates to your state board, branches, and the broader community.
  • Share successful practices and updates from branch C/U chairs with the state board.
  • Coordinate plans with other state officers to help transition e-student affiliates and student affiliates into other membership categories, including branches and Younger Women’s Task Force (YWTF) chapters.

Responsibilities to Branches in Your State

  • Encourage the appointments of branch C/U chairs who will advise on recruiting strategies.
  • Maintain regular communication with branch C/U chairs and support their C/U outreach efforts through motivation, encouragement, technical assistance, resource sharing, and strategy development. In the absence of a branch C/U chair, maintain contact with the membership vice president and/or president.
  • Encourage the exchange of ideas and effective tactics among branch C/U chairs in your state.

Responsibilities to AAUW and the National C/U Committee

  • Keep AAUW updated on branch and state C/U outreach activities. Inform the C/U relationships manager of recruitment efforts, trends, activities, and issues important to women on campuses in your state.
  • Respond to twice yearly outreach calls from the national C/U committee.

Leadership Skills Helpful to the Position

A good candidate will be skilled at goal setting, program development, and communication, as well as team and coalition building. Candidates should also have a passion for college student development and community outreach.

Knowledge Helpful to the Position

The state chair should be familiar with the C/U representative job description and the benefits of C/U partner membership and be able to refer to them in discussion of recruitment, retention, and engagement efforts. A C/U glossary of terms and frequently asked questions guide are useful resources. Trainings and resources are available to C/U chairs throughout the year.

Time Commitments

In addition to the time necessary to accomplish the above responsibilities, this position requires service on the state board of directors and other committees as assigned. Attendance at state conventions and board meetings is required. Attendance at the AAUW National Convention is strongly encouraged.



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