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The Air Line Pilots Association, International Website
Posted on 10/13/2020

Benefits Specialist

The Air Line Pilots Association, International


New York | Virginia

CEBS Designation



The Air Line Pilots Association, International, the largest airline pilot union in the world and the largest non-governmental aviation safety organization in the world (representing over 59,000 pilots at 34 U.S. and Canadian airlines) seeks an experienced Benefits Specialist for our office in Rockville Centre, New York or Tysons (McLean), Virginia. The Benefits Specialist helps to develop and implement the JetBlue Airways (JBU) Master Executive Council’s goals by providing professional and technical support to the JetBlue pilots in the understanding of the JetBlue welfare and retirement benefit programs, specifically, Group Life, Health, Dental, Disability, Retirement Plans, and Section 125 Plans. S/he also provides continuity by establishing relationships with company representatives, ALPA staff, and outside service providers such as investment managers, trustees, third party administrators (TPAs), insurance brokers, CPAs, actuaries, and claims adjustors.

S/he provides support to the pilot group concerning their company- and union-sponsored employee benefit programs, including 401(k), disability, health (medical, dental, vision, and account-based programs), life, and AD&D. S/he works closely with and supports the members of the pilot group’s Master Executive Council (MEC) Retirement & Insurance (R&I) Committee, as well as function as an in-house consultant to other MEC committees in the area of employee benefits, and as a daily contact in the MEC Office for individual pilots, providing information and assistance in the benefits area.

S/he will develop and conduct regularly scheduled benefits-related seminars for pilots. S/he also works with the company to resolve benefits issues for members. Because s/he works with members of the MEC, MEC committees, and other ALPA staff to provide the required benefit consulting expertise for the member or project under consideration, the successful candidate will have a thorough understanding of benefits, current trends and legislation, and will be expected to maintain knowledge in these areas.

Local, national, and international travel: 20 – 25%.

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

Minimum Requirements:
• Bachelor's degree in relevant area from an accredited college or university is required; or, the equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Five (5) or more years of experience working in employee benefits required, ten (10) or more years strongly preferred.
• Working knowledge of the design and operation of retirement and welfare benefits required.
• Working knowledge of legal requirements applicable to retirement and welfare benefits (e.g., ERISA and Internal Revenue Code) required.
• Working knowledge of laws on benefits and compensation required.
• Airline and/or union experience a plus.
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, oral and written, for effective interaction with MEC members, MEC committees, individual members, internal staff, and external contacts.
• Certification as an Employee Benefits Paralegal or Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS) preferred but not required.
• Software: Microsoft Word, Excel, 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, 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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