Job Announcement: Training Coordinator

Part Time 32 hours/week

To all interested parties:

IATSE Local 481 is sad to report that our long-time training coordinator, Gregg McCutcheon, is retiring at the end of June. We will be accepting applications to fill this position, starting immediately. The following is a description of the duties of the job and recommended experience. If you are interested in this position, please see the contact information at the end of this document.


IATSE Local 481 is a labor union that represents over 850 motion picture technicians and artisans in the five New England states of MA, ME, NH, RI, & VT. Local 481 members work in over a dozen different crafts on projects ranging from feature films and television productions to documentaries, commercials and new media. The crafts include, grip, props, costume, sound, lighting, and set dressing, as well as others. For more information on the Local go to the website:

Local 481 has a long legacy of providing training for its members, and over the past 10 years the training program's capacity has grown significantly. We typically offer between 30 to 50 classes each year and the local has developed a strong core of in-house trainers. Over 80 percent of our courses are taught by Local 481 member/trainers and volunteer mentors. We also benefit from strong relationships with area vendors who support our courses with donations of gear, equipment and facility space.

New members join the Local each year and the work methods and technology utilized by crew members is in constant change. This creates the need for basic and advanced training (awareness and skills-based) for our current members, so that they work safely, advance in their crafts, and work effectively on the work site. Additionally, we have seen a need to continue developing and building a skilled workforce in Local 481 crafts, especially when production demands exceed Local 481 member capacity. This has required identifying sources of potential craftspeople and technicians with proper skills and experience beyond the Local 481 membership to fill available positions.

The Training Coordinator's primary role is to oversee the development and implementation of a high-quality training program that enables our members, in all crafts, to be well-trained, in-demand, aware of workplace hazards, obtain industry-recognized certifications, and build skills in their craft. This involves conducting needs assessment and working with Craft Representatives, Safety & Training Committee members, and the Executive Board to determine the best training responses, while working within a pre-determined budget. This position is also responsible for securing resources (grants, vendor donations, etc.) to hold down expenses while keeping training on target and effective. The Training Coordinator also provides member support and advocacy by assisting in successful connection to social services and resources for those who may need them.



Experience in the design and implementation of employee training programs or workforce development programs.

Experience managing people and moving projects from conception to implementation

Knowledge of and/or experience in motion picture production and/or labor union administration

Experience working with state agencies, labor and industry organizations



High energy, ability to work independently and hit the ground running

Excellent written, listening and verbal communications skills

Excellent organizational and time management skills

Ability to work with and, at times, lead diverse groups of individuals and organizations to achieve a common goal

Computer literacy, specifically in Microsoft Office, Excel, PowerPoint, and the ability to conduct web research

Ability to be part of a small collaborative work team/office

Ability to work a flexible work schedule including up to 33% of Saturdays and 20% of Sundays during the year



Member Training Development

Oversee the assessment of training needs for each of the Local 481 crafts and identify emerging training needs

Survey Local 481 Craft Representatives, the Safety & Training Committee, officers, and members

Review applicability of other IATSE stagecraft & motion picture local's training programs both regionally and nationally (Safety Pass, ESTA, etc)

Survey other appropriate available curriculum content

Prioritize training needs and training responses for the year

Identify and help secure public or private sources of funding and "in kind" donations for the program


Training Program Implementation & Administration

Supervise assembly of materials and packages

Identify, secure and develop in-house trainer capacity and secure high quality external trainers as needed

Work with trainers to assist with development of their class design, methods and materials

Develop a master training schedule, annual Course Catalog and secure training sites

Supervise registration lists and communication with trainers, members, and Craft Representatives

Help keep current all training materials and manuals

Help with site set-up and break-down of classes

Maintain all files pertaining to training contracts, course offerings, and cost reports

Work with membership to build awareness and the means to obtaining important licensure and certification

Attend and present reports at quarterly General Membership meetings and all Executive Board meetings


Workforce Development

Attend meetings with state stakeholders (MA DET, MFO, MPC, Higher Education, etc.) to assess possible constructive partnerships in workforce development

Work with other IATSE regional motion picture locals to assess their needs and partner when appropriate

Identify immediate and longer term workforce needs

Survey current programs and best practices in other states, locals and organizations

Work with public and private institutions to create programs to help fulfill those needs.

Manage and oversee Local 481's role in workforce development programs



Provide awareness, study materials and advocacy for members seeking hoisting licensure and other certifications.

Assist members in need who can benefit from financial or other social services with Actors Fund, ETCP and others through active listening, advocacy and referral-making. Maintain confidentiality.



The position will be part time, 32 hours per week maximum. Compensation will be based on qualifications and experience. A Health & Retirement benefit package is part of the total compensation.

Please submit cover letter and resume to:

Chris O'Donnell

Business Manager

IATSE Local 481

10 Tower Office Park

Suite 218

Woburn, MA 01801

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Woburn, MA 01801

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