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


SAG-AFTRA seeking exceptional candidates for the important position of Director, News & Broadcast for Southern California

SAG-AFTRA the union for the faces and voices that entertain and inform America and the world is seeking application from highly qualified candidates with extensive union experience for the position of Director, News & Broadcast for Southern California.

This position represents the interests of SAG-AFTRA and its members through negotiation and enforcement of News and Broadcast collective bargaining agreements and supervising and administering staff responsible for SAG-AFTRA’s News & Broadcast jurisdiction in Southern California (Los Angeles and San Diego).  This position reports to the SAG-AFTRA National Director of New and Broadcast and works out of the SAG-AFTRA office on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles.

SAG-AFTRA brings together two great American labor unions: The Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. Both were formed in the turmoil of the 1930’s with rich histories of fighting for and securing the strongest protections for media artists. These two unions’ members voted to form the successor union in order to preserve those hard-won rights and to continue the struggle to extend and expand those protections into the 21st century and beyond.

Through supervising and managing staff assigned to SAG-AFTRA’s news and broadcast division in Southern California this position is responsible for:

  • Insuring responsive and successful representation for SAG-AFTRA members working in the news and broadcast industry in Southern California.
  • Administering Collective Bargaining Agreements covering Los Angeles and San Diego.
  • Serving as chief negotiator or second chair in collective bargaining as well as supervising SAG-AFTRA staff engaged in collective bargaining.
  • Developing member leadership and organizing member involvement in their union.
  • Cultivating and maintaining strong relationships with various stakeholders; e.g., members and staff, member representatives, station management, producers, unions and industry associations and organizations.
  • Working in alignment with national strategy on broadcast member issues such as minimum contractual standards, coordinating bargaining, contract and employer campaigns and organizing.

This position requires candidates with strong abilities to:

  • Manage staff positively and progressively
  • Interpret and negotiate contracts
  • Effectively communicate in writing and verbally
  • Relate to and work with a variety of people with various interests
  • Organize, prioritize and coordinate multiple tasks under deadlines
  • Receive and provide constructive feedback


  • 5-7 years’ successful experience in collective bargaining, contract enforcement and internal / external organizing
  • Minimum 2-3 years’ supervisory experience.
  • Entertainment industry union experience a plus but not required.
  • Preferences to those with Juris Doctor or Advanced degree in Labor Relations.
  • For California candidates: If barred in another state, registered in-house Counsel is required.
  • Current driver’s license, automobile (in reliable working condition), and current automobile insurance that meets the state minimum requirements.
  • Willingness and ability to travel.
  • Willingness and ability to work long and irregular hours typical of union staff positions.


Salary range for this position is $105 – $115,000 per year depending on qualifications.

SAG-AFTRA offers a generous benefit plan including a defined benefit pension.


To be considered as an applicant, please submit the following:

  • A current resume reflecting qualifications for this position
  • A Letter of Application which addresses how your career accomplishments have prepared you to assume the duties and responsibilities of this position
  • All materials must be sent electronically to the following:

Margolies and Potterton
SAG-AFTRA News and Broadcast Director Search Consultants

Ken Margolies (East Coast)
(845) 499-663

Jim Potterton (West Coast)
(831) 332-9324