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Director, Bargaining and Research – ACTRA – Toronto, ON

Company: ACTRA

Address: Toronto, ON

  • Full Time


Toronto, ON

$115,000 – $120,000 a year

ACTRA is a national organization representing over 25,000 professional performers working in film, television, radio, video and other recorded media. ACTRA’s principal role is to negotiate, enforce and administer collective agreements that guarantee performers fair compensation and equitable working conditions.

ACTRA National is seeking an experienced professional to fill the key role of Director, Bargaining and Research. The Director of Bargaining and Research works under the direction of the National Executive Director/ Chief Negotiator of ACTRA.

The Director, Bargaining and Research is responsible for coordinating the Union’s key resources in collective bargaining and in the administration of all collective agreements. The Director is a skilled negotiator who optimizes their skills and the skills of the team to place ACTRA in the best position to achieve the greatest results both in bargaining and in all areas related to research and collective agreement administration.

Position Responsibilities:

  • The Bargaining and Research Director reports to and works under the direction of the National Executive Director/Chief Negotiator of ACTRA.
  • As a member of the Senior Management Team, promotes strategic goals, provides input on strategic initiatives and participates on project teams or committees, as assigned.
  • A valued team member that assists in setting the direction of bargaining and then operationalizes the strategies for maximum outcomes.
  • Responsible for the entire bargaining process from notice to bargain until the collective agreement is ratified – keeping to deadlines and moving the process forward – creating a positive and productive environment for the bargaining team and staff negotiators.Is informed on labour relations trends and decisions relating to bargaining; seeks out appropriate and strategic research; contributing information, analysis, and recommendations to organization strategic thinking and direction;
  • Maximizes staff resources by overseeing the department, regularly analyzing bargaining and research process – establishes department roles and accountabilities with time frames and deliverables.
  • Creates vehicles and methodologies for the bargaining process allowing ACTRA to excel in bargaining and develops the necessary tools to optimize outcomes.
  • Identifies and accomplishes special project results by detecting and clarifying issues and priorities; communicating and coordinating requirements; expediting fulfillment; evaluating milestone accomplishments; evaluating optional courses of action; changing assumptions and direction.
  • Guides employee actions by researching, developing, writing, and updating policies, procedures, methods, and guidelines; communicating and enforcing bargaining strategies and organization values.
  • Aids Branches with the interpretation and administration and enforcement of ACTRA Collective Agreements and is a key person to ensure consistency in application and enforcement of collective agreement language across Branches.
  • Assists in the coordination of Exceptional Circumstance requests and other mid collective agreement matters.
  • Directs the preparation of proposals for negotiations and participates in the negotiation of national Collective Agreements. Demonstrates exceptional language drafting skills and knowledge of relevant collective agreement interpretation and law.
  • Assists in the preparation of proposals for staff negotiations and participates in the negotiation of Staff Collective Agreements
  • Works closely with key stakeholders to understand objectives to select the appropriate research methodology and bargaining strategies
  • Directs the compilation of industry-relevant statistical research data to support ACTRA’s negotiations and public policy objectives
  • Employs research to support collective bargaining proposals, negotiations and strategy, public policy advocacy and industry relevant submissions to government bodies
  • Manages ACTRA’s bargaining department: for the hiring, direction and supervision of all bargaining and research staff including performance reviews
  • Responsible for a departmental budget
  • Has a working knowledge of ACTRA’s Constitution, By-Laws and all collective agreements
  • Attends at ACTRA National Council, Executive and Officer & Senior Staff meetings:
  • a) preparation of material for aforementioned meetings
  • b) presentation and explanation of material
  • Other duties as assigned

Key Qualifications

  • A seasoned negotiator with 5-10 years of successful bargaining
  • 5 years’ experience in a management position including staff supervision
  • Demonstrated experience in the:
  • a) negotiation of collective agreements
  • b) interpretation of agreement and contract language
  • c) drafting of agreement and contract language

Skills and Knowledge

  • Knowledge of and background in the recorded media
  • Experience in working with performers and understanding their needs
  • Ability to:
  • a) communicate effectively, orally and in writing
  • b) work independently
  • travel on short notice
  • Computer literacy including MS Office Suite

Please submit your resume by end of day October 7, 2019. Please include the vacancy ID#2019-07(a) in the subject line.

ACTRA is committed to employment and pay equity within its staff. Applications are encouraged from equity groups including individuals of Indigenous descent, racialized individuals, individuals with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ persons. We also provide accessible employment practices that are in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (‘AODA’). If you require accommodation for a disability during any stage of the recruitment process, please notify Human Resources.

Thank you for your interest in joining us. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $115,000.00 to $120,000.00 /year


  • management: 5 years (Preferred)
  • drafting of agreement and contract language: 3 years (Preferred)
  • negotiation of collective agreements: 3 years (Preferred)
  • interpretation of agreement and contract language: 3 years (Preferred)
  • negotiator of successful bargaining: 5 years (Required)


  • English (Preferred)


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