The national labor union, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC), seeks a Director of Contract Affairs to join its senior professional staff.

The position oversees a staff of four and is responsible for the formulation of strategy, coordination of resources, and implementation of negotiation and organizing efforts that align with the Union’s long and short-term goals across all jurisdictions. The Director of Contract Affairs establishes and maintains relationships with employer counterparts in order to effectively negotiate, administer, and enforce contracts; investigates grievances recommending responses in an effort to preempt arbitration; and protects the interests of Members by interpreting and enforcing all matters relating to the terms and conditions of employment of Stage Directors and Choreographers.

The position reports to the Executive Director.

Successful candidates will have:

– 10+ years of relevant work experience, theatrical entertainment industry experience strongly preferred;

– Extensive knowledge of labor relations and human resources practices;

– Well-developed negotiation skills and an ability to negotiate agreements among divergent interests;

– Demonstrated ability to solve highly complex problems and resolve conflicts;

– A strong capacity to engage, influence, collaborate, and develop credibility among Union leadership, Members, employers, and other industry stakeholders;

– Exceptional interpersonal skills with a high degree of patience and tact. Must be able to cultivate respectful, strategic, and collaborative relationships with people from diverse backgrounds both internally and externally;

– Demonstrated successful organizational management and supervisory experience including coaching, guiding, and supporting of employees to enable them to reach their full potential.

SDC offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits to include comprehensive health/life insurance, retirement programs (defined benefit pension as well as 401k), paid holidays, sick leave, and vacation. TO APPLY: Email letter of interest, resume and salary requirements to with “Director of Contract Affairs Search” in subject line. Position will remain open until filled.


SDC Intern

SDC and SDC Foundation’s internship program offers invaluable, hands-on training to college students, graduate students and recent graduates interested in careers in arts administration and/or labor relations. Ideal candidates are strategic, detail-oriented, and equally capable of working independently or in a group.

Administrative interns sharpen administrative skills and are introduced to a thriving and inspiring community of directors and choreographers from across the country.

Each intern is assigned to a specific department and staff supervisor. Occasional cross-departmental projects allow interns to gain insight into multiple areas of the organizations.

Internships are part time and generally last for twelve weeks, with a minimum commitment of 16 hours per week spent at SDC during business hours (Monday through Friday, from 10am to 6pm).

Interns at SDC/SDCF:
• Receive intensive one-on-one training from experienced supervisors to become familiar with industry-standard skills and platforms.
• Sit in on a staff meeting and/or a Board meeting during the period of their internship.
• Attend a Brown Bag Lunch with Executive Director Laura Penn.
• Receive a complimentary one-year subscription to SDC Journal.
• Have access to unique opportunities, such as backstage tours, first rehearsal visits, and/or conversations with distinguished directors and choreographers.
• Are invited to attend or participate in supplementary SDC and SDC Foundation events free of charge.
• Receive a monthly metro card and a small stipend to offset meal costs.

To apply, send a cover letter outlining your interest, availability, and writing experience, along with a resume and two writing samples, to Marella Martin Koch, SDC Communications Manager and SDC Journal Managing Editor, at

Writing samples should each be approximately one page in length; excerpts of longer works will be accepted. Interviews, including Q&As, are an excellent choice; reviews, blog entries, and school papers are also acceptable. Consider your email and cover letter to be additional samples of your writing and professionalism. No phone calls, please.

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