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 members in her or his state and to increase AAUW’s visibility on campuses.

Responsibilities of Each Member of the State Board

  • Align the strategic direction of AAUW entities in your state with each other and with AAUW national
  • Identify and connect branches with resources, opportunities, and training that will empower branches to meet their goals most effectively
  • Create and maintain structures that facilitate interbranch and branch-to-state communication and collaboration

Specific Responsibilities of the State C/U Chair

Responsibilities to Your State

  • Develop an annual action plan and budget that includes specific, measurable goals as well as C/U member recruitment and engagement priorities
  • Ensure that C/U 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 state conventions and promoting diversity and membership growth
  • Report on state membership statistics and trends as requested
  • Disseminate C/U 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 student associates into other membership categories, including branch membership

Responsibilities to Branches in Your State

  • Encourage the appointment 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 staff liaison of recruitment efforts, trends, activities, and issues important to women on campuses in your state
  • Respond to biannual 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.

Time Commitment

Approximate time required for this position is 15 hours per month. Attendance at state board meetings and state conventions is required.



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