Actors' Equity Association

Actors' Equity Association

Full-time Regular

Based in New York City, NY

Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional theater actors and stage managers in the United States, is hiring an Organizer to carry out internal and external organizing. Actors’ Equity is a national union affiliated with the AFL-CIO, with 51,000 members – and growing. Equity has a rich history of involving members in groundbreaking contract campaigns, such as the fight for a pension and health insurance, and in national social issues, such as civil rights and marriage equality. This position is being created as part of the Equity 2020 vision to create a Union that is more aggressive about organizing new and better work opportunities for members, more inclusive and more responsive. Organizing is a key component the Equity 2020 vision.

The Organizer will be based in Equity’s New York office and will be part of an organizing team that works closely with members and staff throughout the United States.

This position will be assigned to support local liaison committees, made up of member leaders in 28 cities across the country. The Organizer will strengthen the union by supporting liaison committees with resources and best practices, organizing ongoing communication with and among liaisons, and leading actions and campaigns around union priorities in liaison areas.


  • Develop and execute plans for organizing around union priorities, including external organizing, contract negotiations, workplace or issue campaigns, policy advocacy, etc.
  • Build and sustain structures for ongoing activism and leadership
  • Identify, recruit, train and develop leaders
  • Mentor and support member leaders in their union duties
  • Carry out effective communications with members and others, including phone calls, email, social media, online platforms, one-to-one contacts and meetings
  • Plan and execute successful meetings, actions and campaigns, including member turn-out and mobilization
  • Identify best practices and develop tools for member engagement and union-building
  • Assess and track organizing targets and member activism, including entry of accurate information in database
  • Prepare and manage work plans, calendars, reports and other records, including planning own work from larger goals
  • Work collaboratively with member leaders and fellow staff to further union goals
  • Adhere to union policies


  • At least one year of experience in labor, political or community organizing
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice and union values
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to move individuals and groups of workers to action around shared goals
  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully with people from diverse cultures and backgrounds
  • Motivated self-starter who takes initiative and is also a solid team player
  • Strong personal planning, organizational and time management skills, including ability to discern priorities when faced with many important tasks
  • Excellent judgment and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to maintain work files and comply with administrative reporting
  • Willingness and ability to work long and irregular hours, including evenings and weekends, and flexibility to travel for work assignments
  • Computer skills (in Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, online platforms, database software)
  • Driver’s license a plus
  • Experience in or passion for Theater a plus


  • Excellent family health benefits (medical, dental, optical)
  • Employer funded defined benefit pension plan
  • 401(k)

To Apply
Please visit: https://www.actorsequity.org/aboutequity/Jobs/.
Résumés without a cover letter will not be considered.

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

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