Business Representative
Residual Claims

Based in Los Angeles, CA

POSITION PURPOSE: The Business Representative will sign producers to the various collective bargaining agreements, provide contract information to producers, members and member's representatives. This role will enforce contracts, research and file claims, and participate in outreach and educational events.

(This section provides a general summary of the most significant job duties performed and the average percent of time spent on each function. It does not explain in detail every single duty performed.)

  • Interprets and enforces contracts.
  • Files claims on behalf of all principle performers.
  • Coordinates with SAG-AFTRA’s legal department on claims referred for arbitration; prepares claims synopses summarizing residual issues and claim history; may be required to provide expert testimony in arbitration.
  • Communicates with initiating claimants regarding the progress on, and ultimate resolution of, their claims; creates reasonable expectations regarding the outcome.
  • Interprets and explains to members, signatory companies and third parties involved in the exploitation of SAG-AFTRA’s covered productions the residuals provisions of the SAG-AFTRA Theatrical and Television Contracts.
  • Monitors exploitation of SAG-AFTRA signatory theatrical and television pictures to ensure timely payment of residuals.
  • Identifies producer/distributor trends or changes in producer/distributor business practices which create interpretative problems or otherwise impact enforcement of the residuals provisions of the SAG-AFTRA Theatrical and Television Contracts for redress via collective bargaining or arbitration.
  • Performs other duties as assigned or as the situation dictates.

(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.)

  • Must have the ability to read, understand and interpret contracts.
  • Must have comprehensive mathematical knowledge and abilities.
  • Must be customer service oriented and have the ability to interact well with members, performers, studio management and staff, with tact and diplomacy.
  • Must be able to multi-task, and work independently.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively, both orally & in writing with all levels of staff and management.
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft office. Familiarity with Oracle systems would be advantageous.
  • Must be well organized, and detail oriented.
  • Must be able to work under pressure and work to imposed deadlines.
  • 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.
  • Capable of taking direction from more than one supervisor.
  • Must be able to work in a very 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 (and/or overtime for applicable non- exempt positions) per day or per week, including weekends and holidays, as SAG determines is necessary to meet its business needs.
  • Must be available and willing to travel to such locations and with such frequency as the SAG-AFTRA determines is necessary or desirable to meet its business needs.

Education and/or Experience:

  • Undergraduate degree in Business, Labor Relations or related discipline, or 5+ years' combination of education and work experience gained in a business environment.
  • Accounting experience a plus.

Certificates, licenses, and/or registrations:

  • Paralegal Certification or legal knowledge/experience for analyzing chain of title, secured party status, and determining legal privity a plus.


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