A director for more than fifty years, Auerbach began his career as a member of the Radio and Television Directors Guild, which merged with the Screen Directors Guild in 1960 to form today's DGA. Starting in radio in the 1940s, Auerbach became a stage manager for shows such as Stud’s Place and Fran & Ollie, before becoming a director on Mr. Wizard in the pioneering days of television.
In 1951 Auerbach was hired to be the first director of the daytime serial Love of Life, beginning a longtime association directing in the genre. Once Love of Life ended its run in 1980, Auerbach went on to direct several New York-based serials such as One Life to Live, As the World Turns, Another World and All My Children, retiring in the late 1990s. For his directorial efforts, Auerbach has been nominated for nine Daytime Emmys, winning in 1984 for an episode of One Life to Live.
Auerbach’s Guild service has been very long and rich, serving on the Eastern Directors Council since 1980 and on the DGA’s National Board from 1981-2003, acting as the 2nd Vice President from 1999-2003. Auerbach was also a trustee of the Directors Guild Foundation from 1993-2003 and served on the 1999 and 2002 Negotiating Committees. For his exemplary service to the Guild, Auerbach received the Robert B. Aldrich Award in 1991 and was awarded an Honorary Life Membership, the Guild’s highest honor, in 2004.