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Collections Coordinator

Based in Los Angeles, CA


The Residuals Department of the Writers Guild of America, West, is currently seeking qualified applicants for the position of Collections Coordinator. This position is a full time, non-exempt (hourly) position with excellent comprehensive benefits package.  The salary range begins at $54,000 annualized.

Under the supervision of the Residuals Collections Administrator, the Collections Coordinator is responsible for pursuing unpaid claims for residuals.  The Residuals Department ensures that writers are paid residuals due under the residual provisions of the Minimum Basic Agreements from 1953 to present.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  1. Investigates potential claims of violations of the residuals provisions of the collective bargaining agreement as part of the grievance and arbitration process.
  2. Responsible for handling a residuals caseload involving the collection of residuals and interest.
  3. Researches and reviews various agreements, including but not limited to writing service agreements, license and distribution agreements, and assumption agreements.
  4. Analyzes financial records and residuals history and prepares detailed Excel spreadsheets/schedules of residuals owed.
  5. Communicates with writers and companies throughout the investigation and resolution of the case.
  6. Researches and reviews chain of title and signatory informative to effect service of process on respondents.
  7. Prepares and files arbitration claims for transfer to the Guild’s Legal Services Department.
  8. In addition to responsibilities for specific claims, answers telephone inquiries from writers, rate calls, agents, attorneys, and company representatives regarding residual obligations under the MBA.
  9. Other duties as required

OCCUPATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

  1. Bachelor’s degree and experience in a law firm or legal setting required.
  2. Residuals background and/or paralegal certificate and/or entertainment industry experience at a studio, guild or production company strongly preferred.
  3. The ideal candidate will have excellent math skills and a background reviewing detailed financial documents.
  4. Computer literacy with proficiency in MS Word and Excel is essential as the position involves creating detailed and often lengthy spreadsheets to calculate residuals.
  5. Requires outstanding oral/written communication and time management skills as well as impeccable organization, follow-through and attention to detail.
  6. Must be able to comprehend and interpret the MBA, legal contracts, and distribution reports, and present concise written requests for payment.
  7. Must have the ability to interact diplomatically, both in person and on the telephone, with individuals regarding confidential and sensitive issues.
  8. Must exercise good discretion.
  9. Must be able to discuss issues and payment problems with producers’ legal representatives and agents.
  10. Must be able to perform all duties and tasks in a fast-paced department with heavy deadlines, efficiently prioritize workload and ensure timely completion of required tasks.

To Apply
Interested applicants should email résumé and a writing sample to the Human Resources Department of the Writers Guild at recruitment[at]wga.org.

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