SAG-AFTRA – Director, News & Broadcast – Los Angeles


POSITION PURPOSE: Under the direction of the National Director, News & Broadcast, Southern California, the Director, News & Broadcast will represent the interests of SAG-AFTRA and its members through negotiation and enforcement of News and Broadcast collective bargaining agreements and supervise and administer staff responsible for SAG-AFTRA’s News & Broadcast jurisdiction in Southern California. This position may also assist with News & Broadcast representation in other regions as necessary.


(This section provides a general summary of the most significant job duties performed. It does not explain in detail every single duty performed).

  • Work under the direction of the National Director, N&B Southern California, handling and/or supervising staff assigned to news and broadcast matters arising out of Los Angeles and San Diego CBAs, including station visits and shop meetings, contract enforcement, disciplinary matters, internal and external organizing, membership matters and news & broadcast programming in the Local.
  • Serve as lead, second chair and/or supervise local staff engaged in collective bargaining with News & Broadcast employers in Los Angeles and San Diego.
  • Work to cultivate member leadership, develop and provide leadership training and other programming for member leaders, including work with the local and national Broadcast Steering Committees.
  • Provide consultation and/or supervise staff providing consultation related to personal service contracts.
  • Cultivate and maintain strong relationships with various stakeholders; e.g., members and staff, member representatives, station management, producers, unions and industry associations and organizations.
  • Work in alignment with national strategy and serve as lead for the Local on all broadcast member issues such as minimum contractual standards, coordinating bargaining, contract and employer campaigns and organizing in conjunction with all national and local staff working in news and broadcast, as directed.
  • Initiate and develop programming for members working in news and broadcast, as directed.
  • Supervise and develop Broadcast Manager & Labor Counsel and Broadcast Business Representatives, and other support staff as assigned.
  • Responsible for assisting and / or coordinating with National Director, N&B, Southern California, Chief Broadcast Officer and Chief DGC with respect to all representational and associated legal work before the NLRB, other government agencies, and state and federal court.
  • Responsible for assisting and / or coordinating with National Director, N&B, Southern California, Chief Broadcast Officer and Chief DGC with respect to the handling of arbitration matters (both simple and complex), concerning News & Broadcast-related grievances.
  • Represent SAG-AFTRA as directed in collective bargaining and/or dispute resolution with internal staff unions.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • May be assigned to perform the above duties for other regions.


(The individual must possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities and be able to explain and demonstrate that he or she can perform the essential functions of this job with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skills and abilities).

  • Exceptional written and verbal communications skills.
  • Strong contract interpretation skills.
  • Able to successfully deal with challenging personalities.
  • Able to communicate effectively in English, both orally and in writing.
  • Able to accurately type 35 WPM.
  • Able to use PC applications.
  • Detail oriented.
  • Superlative interpersonal skills: high degree of patience and tact. Must be able to cultivate respectful, strategic and collaborative relationships with people from diverse backgrounds both internally and externally.
  • Have an understanding and awareness of worker rights impacting SAG-AFTRA members.
  • Hold yourself and others accountable for a high level of performance and integrity.
  • Able to organize, prioritize and coordinate multiple tasks under daily deadlines.
  • Able to work under pressure.
  • Capable of taking direction from more than one supervisor.
  • Must be able to work in a challenging environment where constructive feedback from others is encouraged.
  • Must maintain regular and acceptable attendance at such level as is determined at SAG-AFTRA’s sole discretion.
  • Must be available and willing to work extended hours per day or per week, including weekends and holidays, as SAG-AFTRA determines is necessary to meet its business needs.
  • Must be available and willing to travel to such locations and with such frequency as SAG-AFTRA determines is necessary or desirable to meet its business needs.


Education and/or Experience:

  • Juris Doctor or Advanced degree in Labor Relations preferred.
  • For California candidates: If barred in another state, registered in-house Counsel is required.
  • Entertainment industry union experience a plus.
  • 5-7 years’ experience in collective bargaining, contract enforcement and internal / external organizing.
  • Minimum 2-3 years’ supervisory experience.

Certificates, licenses, and/or registrations:

  • Must have a current driver’s license, automobile (in reliable working condition), and current automobile insurance that meets the state minimum requirements.

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