AURA, through responsible managers, shall recruit, hire, upgrade, train, and promote in all job titles without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, handicap, lawful political affiliation, marital status, or veteran's status. All personnel actions, such as compensation, benefits, transfer, layoff, return from layoff, company-sponsored training, education tuition assistance, and social and recreation programs will be administered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, handicap, lawful political affiliation, marital status, or veteran's status. Managers will base employment decisions on the principles of equal employment opportunity by imposing only valid requirements for promotional opportunities.
Statements of AURA's Equal Employment Opportunity Policy appear in the AURA Policy and Procedures Manual.
AURA has developed Affirmative Action Programs to assure prompt, aggressive, and meaningful implementation of this policy of equal opportunity and to meet the requirements of the various Federal and State laws and regulations and Executive Orders that apply.
The assurance of equal opportunity to all present and prospective employees is considered by AURA as a primary responsibility to be assumed and shared by all employees. Each is expected to assume the responsibility and to extend the cooperation necessary to make equal opportunity a reality. In particular, managers have key responsibilities in assuring the proper functioning of the program and are responsible to inform their staff of the meaning of equal opportunity and affirmative action. Equal opportunity will be achieved through affirmative action but will become part of the spirit of our organization only when each employee accepts his or her share of the responsibility.
Any questions regarding this program should be directed to the AURA Human Resources Manager for the Centers, who has been designated as Manager of the Affirmative Action Program and of the Handicapped and Veteran's Programs. As such, the Human Resources Manager is assigned overall responsibility for administering and monitoring the programs. The Affirmative Action Plan is available for employees’ review during normal business hours in the Human Resources Department and at the various remote sites. In addition, the corporate office may be contacted directly at its Washington office (202) 483-2101.
The equal employment opportunity policy statement will be reiterated and reaffirmed on an annual basis, although the spirit and responsibilities of the policy are ongoing.
President William Smith
Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc.