Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees
IATSE Local 161

Business Agent

Based in New York City, NY


IATSE Local 161 is a Motion Picture local that covers Script Supervisors, Production Coordinators, Assistant Coordinators, Production Accountants, Assistant Accountants and Payroll Accountants working in the film & television industry.

Local 161 has jurisdiction in 23 states east of the Mississippi including the District of Columbia. Our membership is 2/3 women.

The Job:
The Local 161 Business Agent is the highest-level staff person responsible for representing the union’s members. The BA supervises an Assistant BA and Field Representatives.

Duties include running external and internal organizing, political and contract campaigns, leading contract negotiations and administration, grievance handling, membership advocacy, new projects and other duties related to the goals of the Union.

The job requires setting priorities, meeting deadlines, compiling and analyzing data, helping prepare and stay within the annual budget, conduct year-end reviews.

This BA reports to the Executive Board. The position requires some travel as well as limited evening and weekend work.


  • Three to five years’ experience working for a union/labor organization representing members, organizing, bargaining, and administering contracts and the ability to perform the other duties identified above and listed below.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Ability to travel as needed.
  • Relevant college degree is desirable but not required.

Specific Duties:

  • Articulate the Union's message and vision to the membership • Cultivate relationships with Studio Labor Relations departments.
  • Provide guidance to the Executive Board and Committees to develop strategic plans.
  • Develop and implement long-term programs for recruitment and organizing.
  • Apply new technologies in the workplace.
  • Resolving member complaints at lower levels of the grievance procedure to avoid unnecessary arbitration.
  • Visit members in offices and on sets.
  • Travel to our regions to meet with members and Representatives of other IATSE Locals.
  • Communicate and collaborate with other industry union’s
  • Representatives across the country on issues requiring cooperation between Local 161 with other Locals and unions.
  • Attend District Meetings and the General Executive Board meetings as well as meetings and training offered by the IATSE.
  • Assist and counsel members on matters such as prepping for a job interview, strategizing negotiations above scale, dealing with difficult people on the job, understanding the contract, workers’ rights, members responsibilities, etiquette and industry standards and other situations members face on the job.
  • Listening to members issues away from work which affect their work and providing advice and/or referrals to sources of help where appropriate.
  • Supervise the membership department.
  • Participate in and provide support to internal union committees.

Compensation: Excellent starting salary range of $130,000 – $150,000, commensurate with experience, and an excellent benefits package.

To Apply:
Apply to Eileen Toback, etoback@unionsearch.org that includes the following:

  • A résumé with the months and years of employment for each position.
  • A cover letter addressing your qualifications and ability to carry out the duties of the position as described above.
  • Note your preferred pronouns (in either your résumé and/or cover letter)

Confidential calls accepted 202-251-3739. Please text to make an appointment.

Deadline for first review: August 27, 2021. Position open until filled.

IATSE Local 161 is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ applicants.

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