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Benefits Specialist

ALPA Herndon Full-Time
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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.  Anticipated 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 62,000 pilots at 33 U.S. and Canadian airlines) seeks an experienced Benefits Specialist for our Herndon/Tysons, Virginia office.  The Benefits Specialist works collaboratively with the Association’s Lead Benefits Specialist, benefits attorneys, and other members of the Retirement & Insurance (R&I) Department in providing assistance to pilot governing bodies on all subjects that affect their employee benefits program(s). Under minimal supervision, s/he provides technical support on benefit issues to the R&I staff and pilot representatives; drafts and reviews summary plan descriptions for retirement and welfare plans; drafts and reviews benefit-related communications for MEC publications; assists in drafting the benefit portions of letters of agreement and collective bargaining agreements; reviews pilot benefit plans and policies for compliance with applicable legal requirements; prepares quarterly R&I newsletters for distribution; assists in the preparation of retirement, insurance, and welfare benefit proposals for negotiations; participates in the training of R&I pilot committee members by preparing and giving presentations at benefits training events and various R&I seminars; provides technical assistance to Labor Relations Counsels; may act as an in-house consultant on benefit-related matters; and, conducts ERISA and tax code research.  The successful candidate will have a thorough understanding of employee benefits, current trends and legislation, and will be expected to remain current in these areas. 


 


Local, national travel, and international travel:  –10-20%.


 


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



Minimum Requirements:


 


  • Bachelor's degree in relevant area, e.g., Business, Human Resources, Pre-Law, or related field, from an accredited college or university is required; or, the equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Certification as an Employee Benefits Paralegal or Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS) preferred but not required.

  • Minimum three (3) years of experience as an ALPA Benefits Specialist or in a comparable position elsewhere, five (5) or more years of benefits-related experience strongly preferred.  At management discretion, applicable experience may be substituted for some of the above requirements.

  • Working knowledge of the design and operation of retirement and welfare benefits plans.

  • Working knowledge of all laws applicable to retirement and welfare benefits (e.g., ERISA, ACA, FMLA, HIPAA, and Internal Revenue Code) required.

  • Ability to interpret benefit laws, policies, and processes.

  • Airline experience and/or experience working with collectively bargained plans preferred.

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, oral and written, for effective interaction with MEC members, MEC committees, individual members, internal staff, and external contacts.

  • Demonstrated ability working as an integral part of a team.

  • PHR and/or SPHR certifications a plus.

  • Software:  Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, and Outlook required.

     

    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 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 https://jobs-alpa.icims.com/jobs/1324/benefits-specialist/job


 


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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Human Resources Information System (Hris)
Welfare Plans
Benefit Compliance
Benefits Coordination
Welfare Benefits

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The Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA) is the largest airline pilot union in the world and represents nearly 53,000 pilots at 38 U.S. and Canadian airlines. Founded in 1931, the Association is chartered by the AFL-CIO and the Canadian Labour Congress. Known internationally as US-ALPA, it is a member of the International Federation of Air Line Pilot Associations.

ALPA provides three critical services to its members:

Airline Safety and Security: ALPA’s founders chose “Schedule with Safety” as their motto, and that theme remains central to the union’s work today. Over its history, ALPA has been a part of nearly every significant safety improvement in the airline industry. The Association has helped to make airline travel the safest mode of transportation in human history. More than 600 working airline pilots volunteer to serve on the local and national safety and security committees that help guide the Association’s work. The union’s aeronautics engineers and safety and security experts provide unparalleled independent analysis on emerging airline safety and security issues, as well as federal and industrial policies. ALPA is routinely granted "interested party" status in most major airline accidents, which means that ALPA accident investigators assist the National Transportation Safety Board and the Transportation Safety Board of Canada during on-site investigations and participate in associated public hearings. The union’s commitment to unbiased, fact-based evaluation of airline safety and security issues has won the Association an unrivaled reputation for excellence throughout the airline industry.

Representation: Over the decades, ALPA pilot groups have negotiated scores of contracts with hundreds of airlines. Today, ALPA staff offers its members the finest financial analysis available, in-depth knowledge of the Railway Labor Act (the legislation that governs airline pilot contracts), and the legal experience to defend pilot contracts. By leveraging the combined resources of all union members, ALPA is able to bring unmatched expertise to bear on matters affecting its members’ salary, benefits, and working conditions.

Advocacy: ALPA’s staff and pilot volunteers consistently represent pilots’ views to all airline industry decision-makers, including Congress, Parliament, the White House, and federal agencies. In Washington, D.C. and Ottawa, Ont., ALPA lobbyists successfully promote legislation that helps pilots and work to stop policies that harm pilot interests. National officers and pilot representatives are routinely called on to give their expert opinion before legislative committees and other influential governmental bodies.

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