Executive Director
Seattle Local

Based in Seattle, WA


Who We Are
SAG-AFTRA is the iconic American labor union that represents approximately 160,000 media professionals. SAG-AFTRA employees support our members and thrive on securing the strongest protections by negotiating the best wages, working conditions, health and pension benefits. We preserve and expand members’ work opportunities, vigorously enforce our contracts and protect our members against unauthorized use of their work.


What You’ll Do
The Seattle Local Executive Director is the chief executive for the SAG-AFTRA Seattle Local and the SAG-AFTRA Portland Local. Under direction of the Assistant National Executive Director, Locals and the Locals’ Boards of Directors, this person is responsible for administering the business affairs of the Seattle and Portland Locals, including the policies and programs adopted by the Locals’ Boards of Directors in conjunction with SAG-AFTRA’s national strategies and policies.

(This section provides a general summary of the most significant job duties performed. It does not explain in detail every single duty performed.)

  • Oversees and manages all aspects of the SAG-AFTRA Seattle and Portland Local operations, including budgeting, compliance with internal union governance procedures, member outreach and local communications, local organizing initiatives, and administration and enforcement of the non-broadcast or broadcast contracts under which local members work.
  • Oversees administration, enforcement and organizing of Union’s collective bargaining agreements covering staff members working at television and radio stations and performers employed in commercials, feature and independent films, corporate-educational programs, interactive games, television/radio programming, sound recordings and other work that may be covered by SAG-AFTRA agreements.
  • Serves as lead in negotiations of Local collective bargaining agreements.  Resolves complex issues and disputes with performers, agents and studio/producer representatives, including attorneys and business affairs people, including processing grievances and providing support for arbitration proceedings and matters before the NLRB.
  • Work to cultivate member leadership, develop and provide leadership training and other programming for member leaders, including work with local and national committees. Serves as liaison to all relevant member committees, either directly or through supervision of appropriate staff.  Actively manages internal decision-making processes to ensure timeliness and maximize consensus.
  • Establishes and maintains regular communications with SAG-AFTRA members including outreach, print and email communications, and training and guidance. Initiate and develop programming for members.  
  • Develops and maintains SAG-AFTRA’s relationships with industry stakeholders and strategic partners in the Local’s jurisdiction, including SAG-AFTRA members and staff, member representatives, employer labor relations representatives, news and sports directors, station managers, program directors, producers, entertainment unions, local and state elected officials, labor and community organizations (e.g., state and local affiliates of the AFL-CIO) and other organizations.
  • Work in alignment with national strategy and serve as lead for the Local on all broadcast member issues such as minimum contractual standards, coordinating bargaining, contract and employer campaigns and organizing in conjunction with the Chief Broadcast Officer and all national and local staff working in news and broadcast. Provide consultation related to personal service contracts.
  • Works closely with the Local Boards to develop and carry out internal and external organizing efforts.
  • Leads, assigns or otherwise takes part in legislative advocacy efforts in connection with the state’s film tax credit program and other legislative matters that may affect SAG-AFTRA members.
  • Supervises, manages and participates in the assessment of work performance of all Local staff. Attracts and retains committed, results-oriented staff through personal engagement, supervision, training and development.
  • Performs other duties as assigned or as the situation dictates.


What You’ll Need
We want to make sure you’re successful. To be considered, you must have:
(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.)

  • Advanced level of management experience and demonstrated leadership skills required to effectively manage and develop team and individual contributors.
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills in order to explain complex subject matter, promote collaboration and teamwork, build consensus, and persuade others
  • Demonstrated negotiation and/or collective bargaining skills and fundamental knowledge of federal labor law.
  • Responsible; self-directed; pro-active; excellent follow-through.
  • Effective problem solver.
  • Able to mediate disputes and negotiate with tact and diplomacy.
  • 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.
  • Hold yourself and others accountable for a high level of performance and integrity.
  • Have an understanding and awareness of workers’ rights impacting SAG-AFTRA members.
  • Dedication to workers’ rights and social justice.
  • Able to invite, accept and give constructive feedback.
  • Able to effectively project and manage the local’s budget and other related financial matters.
  • Able to use PC applications.
  • Must be available and willing to work extended hours per day or per week, including weekends and holidays, as SAG-AFTRA determines is necessary to meet its business needs.
  • Must be available and willing to travel to such locations and with such frequency as SAG-AFTRA determines is necessary or desirable to meet its business needs.


  • Undergraduate degree in relevant field from an accredited college/university and five years applicable experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience in labor negotiations and collective bargaining agreement enforcement, labor organizations, union organizing, or non-profit administration.
  • 5 -7 years management/supervisory experience.


  • Knowledge of entertainment and/or news and broadcast industry, as well as issues affecting creative artists and professional workers, strongly preferred.
  • Juris Doctor or advanced degree in labor relations preferred.

What You’ll Get
We are a great place to work because we offer:

  • Colleagues that are passionate about what we do and how they contribute to our mission
  • Balance between work and home life responsibilities
  • Affordable and comprehensive medical and dental plans
  • Generous pension plan
  • Employee discounts and perks

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