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Benefits Attorney

The Air Line Pilots Association, Int'l

in Herndon VA

The Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA), the largest airline pilot union in the world and the largest non-governmental aviation safety organization in the world (representing over 57,000 pilots at 33 U.S. and Canadian airlines) seeks an experienced Benefits Attorney for our Herndon, Virginia, office.  The Benefits Attorney represents ALPA’s interests in a broad range of employee benefits matters.  S/he is responsible for providing legal and tax advice with respect to the pilot employee benefit plans negotiated by ALPA, including qualified defined benefit plans, defined contribution plans, nonqualified deferred compensation plans, welfare benefit plans, and other employee fringe benefit plans. 

The Benefits Attorney drafts, reviews, and analyzes pilot retirement, healthcare and welfare benefits plans, and proposed amendments for compliance with collective bargaining agreements and applicable law; reviews, analyzes, and drafts proposed legislation affecting pilots’ retirement, healthcare, and welfare benefits; drafts, reviews, and makes recommendations on service agreements between ALPA and its insurers, brokers, and other plan service providers; interprets retirement and welfare benefit plan language and related documents in connection with benefit disputes; reviews current collective bargaining agreements for negotiable improvements and makes appropriate recommendations; assists in negotiating pilot retirement, healthcare, and welfare benefits; keeps abreast of legal, legislative, and administrative developments in employee benefits; drafts articles for newsletters; makes presentations to national committees and pilot groups; and, responds to requests for assistance from ALPA officers, national committee members, and others.  Travel, at times on short notice, is required.  

Local, national, and international travel:  Up to 35 %.

Minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Juris Doctor (JD) from an approved school of law required.
  • Member in good standing of the Bar.
  • Seven (7) years of related experience in employee benefits practice required. At management discretion, Master of Law (LLM) may be substituted for some years of experience.
  • In-depth knowledge of ERISA, the Internal Revenue Code, and the legal requirements applicable to retirement, healthcare, and welfare benefits required.
  • Current and in-depth knowledge of the design and operation of retirement and welfare benefits required.
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Ability to organize and coordinate long-term projects.
  • Ability to use independent judgment to formulate decisions and/or solve problems under time pressure and urgent conditions.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, oral and written, for effective interaction with internal staff, external contacts, legal and aviation professionals, and pilots.
  • Experience using online legal research, Westlaw, or the equivalent, preferred.

ALPA offers competitive salaries with excellent benefits, including:

  • 26 days paid vacation and holidays per year;
  • Generous sick and bereavement leave;
  • Generous health care benefits – PPO, two HMO’s (where available) and a High Deductible Health Plan which includes coverage for medical, dental, and vision benefits for employee, spouse, and/or dependent children;
  • Company-paid premiums for disability and life insurance;
  • $2 for $1 matching 401(k) retirement savings plan; Roth 401k;
  • Flexible Spending and Health Savings accounts; and Retiree health plan.

The Air Line Pilots Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Relocation Not Provided

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