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Director, Labor Relations

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 788311BR Location Burbank, California, United States Business The Walt Disney Studios Date posted Jun. 15, 2021

Job Summary:

Walt Disney Studios is seeking an experienced labor relations director to join its Labor Relations Department in Burbank, CA. Primary responsibilities will include active involvement in negotiating and administering collective bargaining agreements, providing advice to production units, representing the company in multiple forums, arbitrations and administrative agency matters. This position requires a passion for labor relations work, a high degree of collegiality and strong interpersonal skills, an ability to develop constructive relationships with colleagues, internally and externally and with representatives of guilds and unions, while pursuing the company’s objectives. This position requires refined dispute resolution skills and involves daily interaction with production, business affairs, finance, legal, HR and other executives.


Supports the Walt Disney Studio Labor Relations team reporting to the Managing Vice President Labor Relations while working with business units, providing advice and interpretation in:
  • The preparation for collective bargaining negotiations, the administration and interpretation of collective bargaining agreements, strategic advisement.
  • Resolution of claims, grievances and disputes.
  • Prepare legal assessments and litigation evaluations.
  • Represent the company in legal and administrative proceedings.
  • Formulate and file responses to state and federal agencies, e.g. NLRB, FMCS, state/federal courts.
  • Negotiation and drafting of collective bargaining and resolution agreements.
  • Advising business units re IP and rights issues deriving from collective bargaining agreements.
  • Partnering with business units to proactively facilitate needs and objectives.
  • Assist in formulating legal/business strategies for dispute avoidance.
  • Management of relationships with Guilds/Unions and compliance with collective bargaining agreement obligations.
  • Collaborate with Industry counterparts to drive collective strategies.
  • Represent Company’s positions in Industry legal and administrative forums.

Basic Qualifications:

  • 5-10 years minimum experience in Labor Relations, Human Resources, Entertainment.
  • Exceptional Communication and Analytical (Qualitative and Quantitative) Skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively towards effective and creative solutions.
  • Sound judgment with aptitude to distinguish, assimilate and analyze relevant facts and data.

Required Education

  • JD or equivalent training and accreditation.

About The Walt Disney Studios:

For over 95 years, The Walt Disney Studios has been the foundation on which The Walt Disney Company was built. Today it brings quality movies, episodic storytelling, music, and stage plays to consumers throughout the world. The Walt Disney Studios encompasses a collection of respected film studios, including Disney, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm, 20th Century Studios, and Searchlight Pictures. It is also home to Disney Theatrical Productions, producer of world-class stage shows.

About The Walt Disney Company:

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.

This position is with Walt Disney Pictures, which is part of a business segment we call The Walt Disney Studios.

Walt Disney Pictures is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.

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