The Dramatists Guild of America was established in 1919 to help dramatists protect the artistic and economic integrity of their work and to advocate on their behalf. The Guild has over 8,000 members nationwide, from student writers to the most prominent authors being produced on Broadway, Off-Broadway and in regional theaters. The Guild assists dramatists in developing both their artistic and business skills through its educational programs, publications, seminars, workshops, and its Business Affairs department, which provides model agreement forms, reviews contracts, and offers business advice on standard practices in the theater industry.
The Dramatists Guild of America is seeking a part-time Business Affairs (BA) Consultant. The BA Consultant will report to the Executive Director of Business Affairs, collaborate with the Director of Business Affairs. The BA Consultant will serve our membership primarily through an online portal, on a work-from-home basis. The ideal candidate has a background in contracts, copyright and/or IP law, familiarity with the business practices of the theater industry, is self-motivated and professional.
Duties of this position include, but are not limited to: providing business consultation to members, translating model contracts and other materials; and educating members on theatrical business standards.
The Business Affairs Consultant will:
• Review the pertinent principles of law related to authorship of dramatic works, including intellectual property, contracts, privacy/publicity/defamation, collaboration, and free expression;
• Provide consultation in the area of pertinent business standards related to their theatrical work, including;
i. Analysis and assessment of contracts relative to industry standards;
ii. Respond to concerns regarding disputes over alleged breaches of contract, copyright infringements, delinquent payments, representation, collaboration, and such related matters;
iii. Translate model contracts, articles, and other Business Affairs material into Spanish;
iv. Participate, in online panels and seminars to educate members on Business Affairs issues.
- J.D. and NY Bar certification (CA certification a plus);
- Spanish language proficiency, both written and oral, particularly with regard to creating written translations of contracts and other legal writing.
- Familiarity with legal principles regarding contracts, copyright, fair use, privacy, and free expression.
- Familiarity with standard business practices in the Theater industry.
- Proficiency with legal research and writing.
- Excellent organizational and time management skills.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Impeccable attention to detail.
- Demonstrated ability to work independently.
- Knowledge of MS Office suite of products.
- Familiarity with online CRM tools (like Zoho) a plus.
Part-time (average of 25 hours/week)
If you feel you are well suited for this role and believe in the mission of the organization, please send a cover letter and resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Dramatists Guild is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status.