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Director, Labor Relations

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 938674BR Location New York, New York, United States Business Disney Theatrical Group Date posted Apr. 04, 2022 Flex Type On-Site

Job Summary:

It’s the magic of immersing yourself in a motion picture masterpiece, or a new track from your favorite band, or the spectacle of a live Broadway show. It’s hard to define and even harder to create, but that’s what we do at The Walt Disney Studios. Ours is a culture of innovation, inclusion, collaboration and creativity. Stories shape how we see ourselves and everyone around us. As storytellers, we have the power to not only uplift and inspire, but also to champion the spectrum of voices in our world. If you want to help tell compelling, diverse and enduring stories through movies, music or live theater, then we want to hear from you.

This role promotes a healthy, productive relationship between Disney Theatrical and the unions representing the theatre professionals employed in the company’s live Broadway stage productions and other markets where the company is an active producer. This role role reports jointly to Business Unit and SVP, Labor Relations for Disney Studios and interacts with Production, Human Resources, Finance, Business and Legal Affairs and other departments.


  • Partners with management to proactively facilitate business needs.
  • Oversees implementation of, and our ongoing administration of and compliance with, the terms of collective bargaining agreements including compensation, hours, working conditions and benefit contributions.
  • Analyzes collective bargaining agreements to develop understanding and interpretation of intent, spirit, and terms of contracts to make recommendations to management.
  • Manages relationships with counterparts at all unions representing theatre professionals. Represents management as lead negotiator for new agreements and extensions of existing agreements, often in coordination with the Broadway League. Drafts contracts. Negotiates terms for unique circumstances in application of contracts and/or resolution of disputes.
  • Works to preserve labor stability. Supports and advises management in disciplinary actions. Investigates and resolves grievances, arbitration or mediation.
  • Maintains relations with industry peers at the Broadway League and other producer/employers to monitor trends and developments in labor relations in the live entertainment industry.
  • Supervises managers and staff necessary to carry out the role’s work.

Basic Qualifications:

  • 5+ years of proven leadership experience in entertainment labor relations including thorough knowledge of state and federal labor laws.
  • Sound judgment with aptitude to distinguish, assimilate and analyze relevant facts and data.
  • Excellent interpersonal, collaborative, diplomatic and negotiation skills to engage with counterparts and employees at all levels.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to travel including internationally.
  • Commitment to actively being part of and supporting a diverse and inclusive workplace.
  • Attends and participates in equity, diversity & inclusion, anti-harassment, and any other anti-bias training and workshops as required.
  • Models and supports the mission and values of The Walt Disney Company and Disney Theatrical Group by demonstrating inclusive behavior and maintaining a safe and professional working environment.

Required Education

  • JD or equivalent experience or accreditation.

This role is considered on-site, which means the employee will work from a Company designated location on an ongoing basis.

About Disney Theatrical Group:

The Disney Theatrical Group, a division of The Walt Disney Studios, is among the world’s most successful commercial theatre enterprises, producing and licensing live entertainment productions and events around the globe. Its nine Broadway titles, including the current Broadway productions of The Lion King, Aladdin and this year’s Frozen, have been seen by over 160 million theatergoers worldwide. The division also delivers live shows through its license to Feld Entertainment, producer of Disney on Ice and Marvel Universe Live. Additionally, the division licenses full-length and junior and kids adapted titles for regional, school and community theatre productions.

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 Buena Vista Theatrical Group Ltd., which is part of a business we call Disney Theatrical Group.

Buena Vista Theatrical Group Ltd. 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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