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Senior Benefits Attorney

The Air Line Pilots Association, International

in Herndon VA

The Air Line Pilots Association, International

Applicants are advised that relocation of our Washington, D.C. metropolitan area offices is in progress, from offices near the White House and in Herndon, Virginia, to Capitol Hill and Tysons, Virginia.  Anticipate completion in summer 2019.

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 61,000 pilots at 33 U.S. and Canadian airlines) seeks a Senior Benefits Attorney for our Herndon/Tysons, Virginia, office.  We are looking for an experienced benefits attorney who can build and maintain relationships with pilot governing boards, councils, and committees, as well as with the airline benefits professionals and outside consultants and advisors, while handling complex benefit issues.  The Senior Benefits Attorney works in a fast-paced, collaborative culture, supporting pilot groups on issues that encompass the entire range of employee benefits matters, including defined benefit plans, defined contribution plans, profit sharing plans, nonqualified deferred compensation plans, health and welfare benefit plans, and employee fringe benefit plans.


  • provides legal support to pilot groups on benefit matters;
  • drafts, reviews, and analyzes pilot retirement, healthcare, and welfare benefit plans for compliance with the collective bargaining agreement(s) and applicable law;
  • reviews and analyzes proposed legislation affecting pilots' retirement, healthcare, and welfare benefits;
  • drafts ALPA testimony with respect to proposed employee benefits legislation;
  • drafts, reviews, and makes recommendations with respect to agreements between ALPA and its insurers, brokers, and other service providers;
  • interprets retirement, healthcare, and welfare benefit plan language and related documentation in connection with individual or group benefit disputes and testifies as a subject matter expert (SME) in grievance arbitrations;
  • assists in negotiating pilot retirement, healthcare, and welfare benefits, which includes reviewing current collective bargaining agreements in order to identify negotiable improvements and make appropriate recommendations;
  • conducts legal research and analysis and investigates issues relating to benefits matters;
  • makes presentations to national committees and pilot groups; and,
  • keeps abreast of legal, legislative, and administrative developments in employee benefits.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Juris Doctor (JD) or Master of Law (LLM) from an approved school of law required.
  • Member in good standing of the Bar.
  • Fifteen (15) years of legal experience in employee benefits practice, more preferred.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of ERISA, ADEA, ADA, USERRA, and the benefits sections of the Internal Revenue Code.
  • In-depth knowledge of the design and operation of retirement, healthcare, and welfare benefits.
  • Superior legal and analytical skills, with the ability to select the most effective and practical solution to complex benefits issues.
  • Ability to demonstrate confidence and executive presence in business transactions.
  • Ability to work effectively as a member of a team.
  • Ability to organize and coordinate long-term projects.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and use independent judgment to formulate decisions and/or solve problems, under time pressure and urgent conditions.
  • Ability to work efficiently, meet demanding deadlines, and manage complex projects in an ever-changing environment.
  • Must possess strong interpersonal skills and be comfortable advising senior management and key pilot groups.
  • Local, national and international travel, at times on short notice, is required: up to 35%.

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

Physical Demands:

Note: The physical demands described herein are characteristic of those that must be met to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential physical activities of this position described below.

Constantly operates a computer/smartphone/tablet.  Regularly required to maintain a stationary position, move about the office and the local metropolitan area, determine what others have said or written, and converse with others and exchange accurate information.

Regularly required to sit, stand, bend, reach, and move about the office and travel (locally, nationally, and, infrequently, internationally).  Also includes occasional bending, stooping, squatting, and/or pushing and pulling or moving, e.g., to pack, unpack, and/or move cases.

Occasionally required to move, raise, reach, and/or retrieve binders, books, boxes, and files up to ten (10) pounds (lbs.).  While on travel, could be responsible to move, raise, reach, and/or retrieve luggage weighing as much as 50 lbs.  (Assistance may not always be available.) 

Please apply online at

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;
  • $3 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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