Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees
IATSE Local 161

Assistant Business Agent
Tri-state Area

Based in New York City, NY
  (Hybrid or remote work may be considered for the right candidate)


Assistant Business Agent, Tri-state Area (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut)

Local 161 is a Union of Motion Picture Script Supervisors, Production Coordinators, Assistant Production Coordinators, Travel Coordinators, Production Accountants, Assistant Production 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 with over 1500 members.

Applications are being accepted for the position of Assistant Business Agent. This position is based out of our offices in the New York City area; hybrid or remote work may be considered for the right candidate.

Summary Statement:

  • The Assistant Business Agent is the second highest-level staff person responsible for representing the union’s members. Job duties include contract administration and enforcement, membership advocacy and assistance, internal and external organizing, drafting grievances and side letter agreements, and assisting the Business Agent as needed with other duties related to the goals of the Union.
  • Setting priorities, meeting deadlines, compiling and analyzing data, developing strategic plans, excellent verbal and written communication, and meticulous follow-through are critical skills for this position. Building and maintaining professional relationships with production management personnel, crews, and other Union representatives is imperative. Attendance at staff and various leadership meetings is required, as necessary. This position reports directly to the Business Agent of Local 161 and may require travel, some evenings and weekend work.

Specific Duties:

  • Contract enforcement
  • Cultivate relationships with Labor Relations and other unions
  • Resolve member complaints at lower levels of the grievance procedure
  • Visit members in offices and on sets
  • Travel to our regions to meet with members and other union representatives
  • Communicate and collaborate with other union Representatives
  • Attend meetings, seminars, trainings and conferences as needed (e.g. NYC Central Labor Council Delegates Meetings, IATSE meetings, trainings, and events, NY Women in Film & TV, and State AFL-CIO meetings.)
  • Assist and counsel members on matters such as preparing for a job interview, strategizing above-scale negotiations, dealing with difficult personalities at work, understanding the contract including rates, workers’ rights, member responsibilities, etiquette and industry standards and other situations memes face on the job.
  • Participate in and provide support to our internal committees
  • Oversee archive and office facilities management.

Preference will be given to candidates with experience in union work within the entertainment industry. Knowledge of IATSE’s local union leadership, and of motion picture COVID safety protocols, is a plus.

Qualifications -The most qualified candidate needs the following:

  • Minimum 2 years experience working for a union or labor organization representing members, organizing, bargaining, and administering contracts and the ability to perform other duties identified in this posting.
  • Work experience in the Entertainment industry. 
  • Excellent interpersonal and group communication skills.
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills appropriate to working with a well-educated workforce; ability to articulate the Union’s message and vision to the membership.
  • Proficient in the use of computer software and databases including the following programs: Microsoft Office Suite, Filemaker, Adobe Acrobat, Gmail, Zoom, Slack, various social media platforms and cloud based/remote file systems. (The local is transitioning to new software- adaptability is key!)
  • Self-motivated with the ability to work independently under minimal supervision.
  • Ability to think strategically and exercise a high level of judgment.
  • Stays informed on statewide political issues that may impact the entertainment industry.
  • Flexibility to cooperate with IATSE employees and other IATSE Locals.
  • Working automobile, auto insurance, and valid driver's license is preferred.
  • Fully vaccinated candidates preferred. Regular COVID-19 testing is required for performance of job duties.

The current salary range is $70,000 - $95,000 based on qualifications and experience and includes a competitive and comprehensive benefits package.

To Apply:
Interested applicants can apply to Cynthia O’Rourke at cynthia@local161.org by sending an email with the subject line “ABA” and the following attached in pdf format:

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

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