Writers Guild of America, West

Writers Guild of America, West


Based in Los Angeles, CA


Union Overview
The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) seeks a dynamic, strategic thinker to join our mission to defend and improve the livelihoods of storytellers at the heart of the entertainment industry.

We are a democratic, progressive labor union representing writers of motion pictures, 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. We are involved in a wide range of programs that advance the interests of writers, and active in public policy and legislative matters on the local, national, and international levels.

This position is an exciting challenge for a skilled organizer interested in building member power in a landscape of corporate consolidation and technological change.

The WGAW is currently operating remotely, but the position is based in Los Angeles when in-office work is able to resume based on local public health guidelines. Return to in-office work will be based on a hybrid schedule of 3 days in-office and 2 days remote.

You can learn more about our agency campaign and current priorities, here.

Job Description
The Representative/Organizer position is responsible for activating Guild members to support the WGAW’s key objectives and organizing potential members. The position reports to the Director of Member Organizing, but also works with other Guild departments to enforce contracts, and support campaigns. We are willing to consider candidates at the Senior Representative/Organizer level as well.

Essential Functions

  • Articulate the Guild’s goals and strategy, and educate members and potential members about the Guild, contracts, organizing, and their labor rights
  • Work with members and other WGAW staff to effectively enforce contracts, expand the Guild’s coverage, and increase members’ leverage
  • Plan and implement campaigns that support the Guild’s key objectives, including collective bargaining, organizing, contract enforcement, public policy, inclusion & equity and the Agency Agreement
  • Identify, recruit, develop and engage member leaders; support member working groups; recruit and develop writer organizing committees
  • Build and maintain meaningful relationships with strategic members and potential members
  • Strategize with members to develop and implement collective responses to work-related problems not addressed by current collective bargaining agreements
  • 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

Minimum Requirements

  • At least three years of experience representing and organizing professional and/or freelance employees or experience with political, community and/or non-profit organizing. Candidates with more experience are highly encouraged to apply.
  • Excellent communication and public speaking skills.
  • Experience with internal organizing campaigns.
  • Experience training members for activism and leadership.
  • General knowledge of labor contract principles and labor law and ability to assimilate, frame and communicate enforcement issues.
  • 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 dynamic priorities.
  • Proficiency in MSWord 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 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.

To Apply:
Please submit the following to recruitment[at]wga.org for consideration:

  • A résumé
  • A cover letter describing your interest
  • 3 professional references (names and phone numbers)

WGAW is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage qualified people with diverse backgrounds to apply.

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