Director, Equity – MEAA
Director, Equity - Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance
About the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance
The Media Entertainment & Arts Alliance is the union and leading advocate for workers in the media, entertainment and arts industries. It represents performers, journalists and all other workers in the media, entertainment and arts industries and has over 15,000 members.
Building on our proud history we aim to empower the people who inform and entertain Australia through:
• Protect & advance our rights at work: Improving our members income and conditions, providing timely and expert advice to members, enforcing members rights at work and promoting safe and respectful workplaces.
• Build Power: Recruit and grow leaders, activists and supporters, ensure best practice governance and accountability, continue staff development and build strategic alliances.
• Build Community: Utilise communications to engage and activate, remain relevant throughout members lives, reach out to new areas and be the creative hub.
• Shape our Industries: Be the respected and authoritative voice across all of our industries, influence policy, mobilise our membership and broaden our sphere of influence.
• Provide Services that our members and potential members value: Find out what our members and potential members want, give it to them.
Our members include people working in television, radio, theatre and film, entertainment venues and recreation grounds, as journalists, actors, dancers, sportspeople, cartoonists and photographers, orchestral and opera performers, as well as people working in public relations, advertising, book publishing and website production.
Our Locations and Staffing
The MEAA national office is in Redfern in Sydney.
There are branch offices located in Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, and Perth.
MEAA represents its members who are based throughout Australia.
With the needs of equity members’ front of mind, the 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 developing and coordinating our campaigning, industrial and organising work across the equity section of MEAA.
They will provide overall guidance and direction to the Equity Foundation in supporting and improving the professional standing of MEAA’s equity members.
Using their experience and understanding of cultural industries, the Director, Equity will lead campaigns of importance including local content on our screens and airwaves, film funding, and minimum standards on the use of Australian performers.
They will coordinate workplace campaigns including collective bargaining across a variety of large and small workplaces in live theatre, TV, film and recorded media.
Positioned as a leading voice for Australia’s cultural industries, they will direct industrial and communication strategies to build power for performers across the industry.
• Development and implementation of equity industrial and organising strategy and planning, across MEAA’s regional structures
• Development and implementation of equity policy and campaigns strategy and planning
• Coordination of equity growth strategies and campaigns through embedding MEAA’s growth and recruitment focus in all equity industrial and campaigning work
• Supervision of equity industrial and organising staff
• Coordination with other MEAA staff to gain maximum leverage from campaigns and organizing strategies
• Coordination of equity collective bargaining campaigns
• Representation of MEAA before various tribunals such as Fair Work Commission
• Liaison with government, employers and other key industry stakeholders.
• Sustained and continued increase in equity membership of MEAA
• A growth and recruitment culture embedded among MEAA equity industrial and organising staff, activists and members
• MEAA membership established in un-unionised sectors and increased in low-union sectors, in areas of equity coverage
• Increase in the number of activists in the equity section
• Increase in the number of equity members engaging in MEAA training and other opportunities to participate to 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 equity membership
• MEAA regarded as one of Australia’s leading, innovative, growth-focused unions
• MEAA campaigns coordinated effectively across the union, and with other unions in the sectors covered by MEAA
• MEAA positioned as the voice of the people that work in cultural industries, assessed through standard communications measures (requests for interviews, quotes, invitations to speak at conferences, submissions, published/broadcast work etc)
• MEAA’s position on major cultural policies (eg local content, imports, film funding) is clearly understood and increasingly adopted by policy-makers
• Staff retention rates stabilise and improve.
The Director, Equity will have the skills and initiative to plan campaigns, manage staff, coordinate work with other leaders of the organisation to achieve targeted outcomes, negotiate outcomes and manage relations with other stakeholders. The ideal candidate will currently be performing a similar role in a like-minded organisation with the expected high level of enthusiasm and initiative this important role demands. Ideally, they will have experience working in the media, entertainment or arts industries.
Applications close on Thursday 14 November at 5pm. Please forward your curriculum vitae and covering letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
• Chief Executive Direct reports:
• Director Equity Foundation
• Equity staff
Internal work contacts:
• National Performers Committee
• Director, Operations
• Director, Organising
• Director, Finance
• Director, Industrial & Advocacy
• Director, Communications
• Director, Media
• Director, Entertainment, Crew, and Sport
• Director, Education & Campaigns
• Director, Technology
• Regional Directors External Work Contacts:
• Other unions, the ACTU, international trade union bodies
• Cultural industry promoters, owners and managers
• Fair Work Commission
• Industry stakeholders (eg entertainment industry bodies, entertainment training organisations etc)
• Media Super