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Associate General Counsel

Location: Los Angeles, CA
Department: Legal
Posted: 07-27-2017
Location Name: Los Angeles
Wage: Depends on Experience
Position Type: Regular, Full-Time
Shift: 9:00am - 5:00pm (generally)
Position Title: Associate General Counsel Position Type: Non-Represented
Department: Legal FLSA: Exempt
Shift: 9:00am - 5:00pm (generally) Minimum Starting Salary:
Posted: 07/27/2017 Location: Los Angeles
Reports to: DEPUTY GENERAL COUNSEL Salary Grade:
Job ID 726

POSITION PURPOSE: The Associate General Counsel establishes goals, objectives, schedules and standards of performance for supervised counsels in the Legal Department. S/he assists the Deputy General Counsel in the coordination and oversight of the prosecution of claims and special projects to ensure enforcement of the collective bargaining agreements through arbitration/litigation and in the handling of litigation and provision of advice and counsel to the Union and its departments and executives.  S/he is responsible for the development and articulation of basic institutional policies, project management, and staffing National Board and/or member committees at the direction of the Deputy General Counsel.   S/he is responsible for oversight and management of the legal aspects of organizational campaigns.



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

  • Supervise, train and assess personnel in the Legal Department as assigned.
  • Monitor the delegation of work amongst counsels in the Legal Department and provide advice to the Deputy General Counsel.
  • Plan, implement and oversee the development of programs designed to enhance the performance and knowledge of counsels in the Legal Department
  • Collaborate on development and updating of Legal Department manuals and policies
  • Develop, implement, and maintain consistent protocols for grievance pleadings and negotiations.
  • Consult with counsels and provide guidance on specialized issues such as disability, unemployment and workers compensation.
  • Coordinate and oversee litigation and grievance handling/arbitration activities of assigned counsels.
  • Manage and handle a caseload comprised of high priority complex cases as assigned by the Deputy General Counsel.
  • Represent the Union in court and administrative hearings as needed
  • Advise and consult with SAG-AFTRA executives, committees, departments and locals on legal matters as necessary.
  • Review union communications for legal and policy compliance, as assigned.
  • Review, analyze, and approve proposed union activities or events, or refer for consideration by the Deputy General Counsel.
  • Provide legal guidance to the union concerning transactions of business involving members, member collective bargaining agreements and union relations with general public.
  • Gather and analyze facts and apply appropriate laws, regulations and legal standards to provide legal counsel to the Union and its officers, directors, agents and employees, as assigned.
  • Conduct risk assessment and analysis, and identify and recommend opportunities for risk mitigation.
  • Attend and support meetings of the National Board, local boards and committees, as assigned.
  • Participate in negotiations and drafting of collective bargaining agreements as assigned.
  • Liaise with outside counsel at the direction of the Deputy General Counsel and perform legal research as necessary.
  • Enforce union rules and Constitution as necessary.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.



(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.)

  • Expertise in Labor and Entertainment law is essential.  In particular, must possess extensive knowledge of SAG-AFTRA contract provisions and negotiating techniques.
  • Able to negotiate with tact and diplomacy
  • Superior analytical, advocacy, and mathematical skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; able to communicate effectively in English, in both verbal and written form.
  • Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality of information.
  • Able to organize, prioritize and coordinate multiple tasks under daily deadlines.
  • 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.
  • Able to use PC applications.
  • Ability to work in a very high paced environment.
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Detail oriented.
  • Able to work under pressure.
  • Have an understanding and awareness of worker rights impacting SAG-AFTRA members.
  • Hold yourself and other accountable for a high level of performance and integrity.
  • Capable of taking direction from more than one supervisor.
  • Must be able to work in a challenging environment, where constructive feedback from others is encouraged.
  • Must maintain regular and acceptable attendance at such level as is determined at SAG-AFTRA’s sole discretion.
  • Must be available and willing to work extended hours (and/or overtime for applicable non-exempt positions) 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.



Education and/or Experience:

  • Graduation from an ABA-accredited law school with a Juris Doctor degree.
  • Must have at least four years’ litigation and/or binding arbitration experience, or its equivalent.
  • Must have knowledge of entertainment union contracts and arbitration process.
  • Supervisory or management experience required.

Certificates, licenses, and/or registrations:

  • Active membership in the State Bar of California