Writers Guild of America, West

Writers Guild of America, West

Representative / Organizer

Two positions based in Los Angeles, CA

Excellent opportunities for intelligent, dedicated Union Representatives/Organizers to work in a family friendly environment with professional writers in the thriving television, motion picture, radio, and new media industries. This is a unique situation where writers seek union membership to advance their careers and enhance their reputations. Successful applicants will work with sophisticated, creative, motivated and capable members to engage them in campaigns for contracts, bringing writers under contract in new areas of media and representing their interests in the industry and in society. Experienced organizers who have a record of innovation and creativity in their work will find this work particularly satisfying. One of the positions will focus on member education and leadership training.

The Writers Guild of America West (WGAW) is a dynamic, democratic, progressive labor union representing writers of motion picture, television, radio and Internet programming, including news and documentaries. Founded in 1933, the Guild negotiates and administers contracts that protect the creative and economic rights of its members. It is involved in a wide range of programs that advance the interests of writers, and is active in public policy and legislative matters on the local, national, and international levels.

To learn more about us and what we stand for please visit: www.wga.org.

Here’s the Job
As a Representative/Organize you will be responsible for activating Guild members to support the WGAW’s key objectives and organizing potential members. You will join a small, supportive, well-functioning team led by the Director of Member Organizing and also work with other Guild departments to administer and enforce contracts, and support campaigns.

Key functions of this job include:

  • Articulating the Guild’s goals, and educate members and potential members about the Guild, contracts, organizing, and their labor rights
  • Working with members and potential members and other WGAW staff to effectively expand the Guild’s coverage, enforce contracts and increase members’ leverage
  • Planning and implementing campaigns that support the Guild’s key objectives, supporting collective bargaining, internal and external organizing, contract enforcement, and public policy
  • Strategizing with members to develop and implement collective responses to work-related problems not addressed by current collective bargaining agreements
  • Identify, recruit, develop and motivate member leaders; support member working groups; recruit and develop writer organizing committees
  • Build and maintain meaningful relationships with strategic members and potential members
  • Provide insights and regular reports to staff and Guild leaders about writers’ concerns, priorities, and work issues
  • Represent the Guild at worksites, conferences, festivals, meetings and other places members and potential members congregate
  • Work with writers to strengthen relationships with strategic unions, community groups, and advocacy organizations

Minimum Requirements

  • At least five years of experience representing and organizing professional and/or freelance employees. Candidates with more experience are highly encouraged to apply
  • Experience running internal and external organizing campaigns
  • Experience training members for activism and leadership
  • General knowledge of labor contract principles and labor law (especially NLRA) and ability to assimilate, frame, and communicate enforcement issues
  • Excellent communication and public speaking skills a must
  • Must be able to work with limited supervision, have superior discretion and regularly exercise independent judgment
  • Must have excellent time management skills and ability to think and plan strategically
  • Must have the ability to navigate complex political waters, including dealing with changing priorities
  • Proficiency in MS Word and Excel
  • Valid California driver’s license and reliable insured automobile for business use will be required
  • Ability to travel and work weekends and evenings as required
  • Knowledge of the entertainment industry and an appreciation for popular culture a plus

The Representative/Organizer is a Los-Angeles-based full-time, exempt position with full benefits. The WGAW offers competitive salary commensurate with experience. Our recruiters will be able to describe in further detail the benefit package and the family friendly work climate actively promoted by our union

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

  • A current résumé 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
  • Three professional references (names and phone numbers)
  • All materials must be sent electronically to the following:

Margolies and Potterton
WGAW Search Consultants

jpotterton@sbcglobal.net and Kam47@cornell.edu

for further information including confidential discussion about your interest please contact:
Ken Margolies (East Coast)
Jim Potterton (West Coast)
(845) 499-663 – (831) 332-9324

WGAW is committed to Equal Opportunity, and to considering applicants of all ages, races, sexual orientations, national origins, ethnicities, and religions. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds and experiences to apply.

These positions are open until filled.

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