United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829, IATSE

United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829, IATSE


Based in New York City, NY


United Scenic Artists is accepting applications for the position of Organizer.

The Organizer reports to the National Business Agent and is responsible for planning, leading, and conducting a wide array of organizing activities, including member engagement to recruit leadership, train volunteers, and build solidarity among a membership of 5,000+ individuals who work in various crafts and industries. The Organizer will work with members, business representatives, and senior staff to develop and execute a comprehensive organizing strategy comprised of both internal campaigns and external targets. Example include external campaign targeting, rating workers, running elections, initiating card check campaigns, and conducting first-contract campaigns among a wide array of entertainment industries.

This position is based in our New York City office.

Description of Duties:

  • Engage with membership to build solidarity for internal campaigns such as Pay Equity, New Media, and PFML to support various contract negotiations.
  • With the Education Director and Communications Director to help to build a more robust and thorough Steward Program in all our industries.
  • Build a team of member organizers and volunteers for various organizing campaigns.
  • Research potential organizing targets. Analyze data and apply other criteria to assess possible targets of organizing. Conduct investigation of organizing targets to gather data and information, build a list of workers, and assess worker interest.
  • Conduct one-on-one organizing through member engagement and work site visits to assess and recruit supporters and leaders.
  • Serve as a team leader whose primary responsibility is to model, coach, and train members on the best practices for organizing.
  • With the Communications Director, develop a communications plan for each campaign and provide content for social media and other communications.
  • Plan and conduct meetings with organizing committees and other workers in the campaign.
  • Develop and lead worker mobilizations.
  • Develop and implement strategies to counter anti-union campaigns.

Education and Experience:

  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university and experience in union organizing and campaign development, OR an equivalent combination of education and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.


  • Knowledge of union organizing practice and principles.
  • Knowledge of training and principles of effective leadership and mentoring.
  • Knowledge of labor laws, especially with respect to union organizing.
  • Knowledge of anti-union employer tactics a plus.
  • Ability to conduct research on employers and gather information to evaluate organizing targets, develop organizing lists, implement organizing strategies, and formulate conclusions.
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from a wide variety of audiences including managers, colleagues, prospective union members, and targeted employers.
  • Demonstrated leadership and motivational skills.
  • Demonstrated oral and written communication skills, including excellent “one-on-one” interpersonal communications.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including public speaking.
  • High degree of computer literacy including the Microsoft Suite
  • Can handle multiple projects simultaneously and meet tight deadlines.
  • Can work independently while setting own SMART goals and handle multiple personalities in team environments.
  • Experience working with people from a diverse array of backgrounds.
  • Ability to work extended hours when needed.

The salary range for this position is $90K-$120K plus excellent benefit package.

United Scenic Artists is committed to the principles of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. We are interested in candidates who are not historically represented in our field and encourage applications from under-represented groups.

To Apply:

  • Send cover letter and résumé, via e-mail, to LeVonne Barry at: JobSearch@USA829.org.
  • No phone calls or office visits will be considered.
  • For more Information on United Scenic Artists please visit: www.usa829.org

Not sure you meet 100% of our qualifications? Research shows that men apply for jobs when they fulfill and average of 60% of the criteria, yet women and other people who are systematically marginalized tend only to apply if they meet every requirement. If you believe that you could excel in this role, we encourage you to apply. We are dedicated to considering a broad array of candidates including those with diverse workplace experiences and backgrounds. So, whether you’re returning to work after a gap in employment, simply looking to transition, or taking the next step in your career path, we will be glad to have you on our radar. Please use your cover letter to tell us about what you hope to bring to this role and how your background and experience responds to the desired skills and qualities.

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