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

The branch college/university (C/U) relations chair communicates with local colleges and universities, recruits and retains C/U members in the community, and helps increase AAUW’s visibility on local campuses. AAUW affiliates can use this position description as a guide for similar leadership positions.

Responsibilities of Each Member of the Branch Board

  • Take an active and collaborative role in leading the branch to plan and implement AAUW activities
  • Align branch activities with state and national AAUW priorities
  • Actively recruit new members and engage existing members in local activities

Specific Responsibilities of the Branch C/U Chair

Responsibilities to Your Branch

  • Ensure that your branch strategic plan and budget include C/U recruitment, retention, and engagement
  • Assist the membership vice president in promoting individual AAUW memberships to graduating seniors, graduate students, faculty, and staff on local campuses
  • Collaborate with other branch leaders and committees to involve students, current C/U members, and potential C/U members in your branch activities

Responsibilities to Your State

  • Maintain regular contact with your state C/U chair and share successful recruitment and retention projects with them
  • Inform the state C/U chair about activities that occur at C/U member institutions in your community
  • If there is no C/U chair for your state, maintain contact with the state membership chair
  • Communicate with other branch C/U chairs in your area to leverage programming and funding opportunities and to share best practices

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.

Time Commitment

Approximate time required for this position is five hours per month. Attendance at state conventions and the AAUW National Convention is encouraged.



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National, State, and Branch Leadership Positions

Read more about the duties and responsibilities of board members in these position descriptions for each role.

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College/University Relations Chair Tool Kit

These resources are your first step to working with colleges and universities.

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College/University Chair Orientation Webinar

Access the recording of the C/U Chair Orientation Webinar to learn more about your position and how to make the most of AAUW resources.