Central Regional Director/Assistant Executive Director - Actors' Equity Association

Submitted by MCA on Wed, 01/11/2017 - 1:07pm

Actors' Equity Association (AEA) is the national labor union representing over 50,000 Actors and Stage Managers working in the professional theatre. The goal of AEA is to foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of society and advance the careers of its members by negotiating wages, working conditions and a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans. Founded in 1913, AEA is a member of AFL-CIO and is affiliated with FIA, an international organization of performing arts unions. (#EquityWorks)

There are three regional AEA offices in addition to the national office:

·       Eastern Region, covering 20 states and the District of Columbia, with office in NYC and a satellite office in Orlando FL;

·       Central Region, with office in Chicago;

·       Western Region, covering 14 states, with office in Los Angeles (North Hollywood) CA.

The Central Regional Director/Assistant Executive Director (CRD/AED) is responsible for maintaining positive relationships with AEA elected leadership, membership at large, and AEA bargaining partners. The region encompasses 16 state.  As part of an Executive Team, comprising the other AEDs, and under the leadership of the Executive Director, the CRD/AED works to develop and implement the administrative vision, which integrates key national and regional goals.

AEA is governed by a Council consisting of eight Officers and 75 Councilors – all members of AEA – representing all three geographic regions. Members of the Council are elected for five-year terms with approximately 20% elected each year; officers are elected for three-year terms. All Council members serve as volunteers and receive no compensation for their many hours of service.

Central Regional Director/Assistant Executive Director

Working primarily in the Central Regional Office in Chicago, and reporting directly to Mary McColl, Executive Director, the CRD/AED is responsible for the operations and management of the Central Regional Office, including oversight of its staff. S/he will also work closely with the Regional Board of elected members who make policy judgments and provide guidance in other regional decisions. 


Responsibilities of the Central Regional Director include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Oversee the administration of all collectively bargained agreements for the Central Region. Continuously analyze best practices for effective management of agreements.
  • Responsible for the efficient administration of the Central Regional office, its staff, and its financial affairs, reporting to the Executive Director, and working in consultation with the Assistant Executive Director for Finance and Administration with respect to overall national administrative and financial matters. In consultation with the Executive Director and the Assistant Executive Director for Finance and Administration, participate in the budgeting process and provide oversight for activities relevant to the Central Region.
  • Serve as direct supervisor to senior management personnel in the Region.
  • Serve as lead negotiator and/or supervise negotiation of all Central Region collectively bargained agreements and participate in national negotiations as assigned.
  • Comply with, support, and enforce all policies established by Council, the governing body composed of Union members.
  • Serve as staff representative to the Central Regional Board and enforce all policies established by the elected leadership.
  • In addition to regular, ongoing communication, provide a Central Region annual report to the Executive Director.
  • Develop networks of external stakeholders, e.g. local and state labor federations, city and state government officials, entertainment industry labor groups, and producers.
  • Build relationships and coalitions with internal stakeholders by visiting Liaison Cities, meeting with Members at large, and Liaison Committee Members.
  • Serve as an Equity spokesperson on Central Regional matters in coordination with the Communications Department and the National Office.

Skills, Abilities and Knowledge:

  • Prior work experience working for, and/or working with, a labor union within the arts and entertainment industry or a related industry, with experience in the performing arts highly preferred.
  • A minimum of eight years of experience in a supervisory role with increasing responsibility, and at least five years of demonstrated successful leadership in a senior management role required.
  • Proven track-record in motivating, supervising, and developing employees while building a healthy and balanced environment required.
  • Previous experience working with a board of directors required.
  • Proven success serving as a lead negotiator preferred.
  • Ability to work and thrive in a high-pressure environment required.
  • Extensive travel required.
  • A Bachelor's Degree preferred.
To Apply: 

Compensation, Application Procedure and Start Date

·       Salary comparable to equivalent positions at other similarly sized labor unions

·       Excellent family health benefits (medical, dental, optical)

·       Employer funded defined benefit pension plan

·       Optional 401k plan

·       Opportunity for career development


All submissions must contain a résumé, cover letter, professional references, and salary requirements

Actors’ Equity Association is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.

AEA hopes to make its decision in early 2017 with the successful candidate onsite as soon as possible thereafter. Interested candidates and recommenders of qualified individuals are invited to contact the consulting firm retained to facilitate this important search:Management Consultants for the Arts, Inc.

Attn: David Mallette or Stephen Richard

By email:  MgtConArts@gmail.com

Subject Line: AEA Central Regional Director

Contact Information
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David Mallette, Stephen Richard
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