Deputy Director, Equity 20180329

With the needs of performer member’s front of mind, the Deputy Director, Equity will have the goal of growing the union to build power at work for the people who inform and entertain Australia.

They will take responsibility for assisting The Director, Equity in developing and coordinating our campaigning, industrial and organising work across the Equity section of MEAA.

Using their experience and understanding of cultural industries, they will coordinate workplace campaigns including collective bargaining across a variety of large and small workplaces in live theatre, TV, film and recorded media.

Specific roles:

  • Work with the Equity Director coordinating industry wide and production specific negotiations to build membership and influence
  • Planning and implementing industry campaigns to promote performers’ interests
  • Background research on issues affecting the creative arts industry including contributing to the debate amongst industry stakeholders (producers, broadcasters, government and guilds)
  • Problem solving and coordination of union response to day to day issues
  • Providing advice to members and other Organisers on contracts, industry agreements and resolving workplace issues
  • Negotiate with producers for production specific arrangements
  • Build membership levels and increase membership engagement

Performance measures:

  • Sustained and continued increase in Equity membership of MEAA
  • Increase in the number of activists in the Equity section
  • Increase in the number of Equity members engaging in training and other opportunities to participate in MEAA work
  • Campaigns and communications fully leverage opportunities for recruitment and organising
  • Increase in rates of pay, improved conditions and a strong sense of collective strength among performer membership
  • Build good precedents in production specific negotiations
  • MEAA regarded as one of Australia’s leading, innovative, growth-focused unions
  • MEAA’s position on major cultural policies (eg local content, imports, film funding) is clearly understood and increasingly adopted by policy-makers


The Deputy Director, Equity will have the skills and initiative to coordinate campaigns, to achieve targeted outcomes.  They will possess advocacy, negotiation and dispute resolution skills, industrial relations experience, including working knowledge of agreements, awards and contract interpretation. They will also have strong communication skills and an ability to play a leadership role amongst members and performers’ agents.  The ideal candidate will have a high level of enthusiasm and initiative and will currently be performing a similar role in a like-minded organisation.  Experience working in the media, entertainment or arts industries is desirable.

This position will be based in Sydney.

Reports to:

  • Director Equity

Internal work contacts:

  • National Performers Committee
  • Equity Staff
  • Director, Operations
  • Director, Organising
  • Director, Industrial & Advocacy
  • Director, Finance
  • Director, Communications
  • Director, Media
  • Director, Entertainment, Crew, and Sport
  • Director, Technology
  • Regional Directors

External Work Contacts:

  • Other unions, the ACTU, international trade union bodies
  • Cultural industry promoters, producers, managers, drama schools
  • Government ministers and senior public servants
  • Fair Work Commission
  • Industry stakeholders (eg entertainment industry bodies, Guilds for directors, writers etc)
  • Media Super

Please forward your curriculum vitae and covering letter marked attention Zoe Angus, Director Equity to allison.purdy@meaa.org

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Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance

Closing Date

Friday, April 20, 2018

Closing Time

12:00 PM


245 Chalmers St
Redfern, NSW 2016

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Contact Name

Allison Purdy

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