Director, Information Technology & Services
The Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA), the largest airline pilots union in the world and the largest non-governmental aviation safety organization in the world, seeks an experienced IT professional in our Herndon, Virginia, office. ALPA represents nearly 50,000 pilots at 32 airlines in the United States and Canada. With a rich history that spans more than 80 years of collective engagement, ALPA has earned its role as the preeminent voice of airline pilots across North America. It constructively involves all stakeholders that can affect the interests, careers, and professional lives of our pilots. Founded in 1931, the Association is chartered by the AFL-CIO and the Canadian Labour Congress. ALPA is also a member of the International Federation of Air Line Pilot Associations (IFALPA), made up of pilot organizations from 97 nations.
ALPA is a member-driven, staff-supported association. Pilots make decisions at all levels through the democratic process and all decisions start with its pilot groups. Each pilot group consists of all the pilots at a given airline, with one or more Local Executive Council (LEC), generally corresponding to the pilots’ major domiciles. Members elect and are represented by their Local Council Status Representatives who make up each pilot group’s Master Executive Council (MEC). The Local Council Status Representatives elect the officers of the MEC and also sit on the Association’s Board of Directors, the Association’s highest governing body, which elects the National Officers. The Chairmen of each MEC comprise ALPA’s Executive Board, its next highest governing body. ALPA’s Executive Council, which bears fiduciary responsibility for the Association, includes both elected Executive Vice Presidents and the National Officers. With 320 employees and two internal unions, ALPA is headquartered in Washington, D.C. and its national office is in Herndon, Virginia.
To serve our membership well, the Director, Information Technology & Services is responsible for the oversight of ALPA’s Information Technology (IT) infrastructure and applications and centralized purchasing within the guidelines of Association and Information Technology Advisory Committee (ITAC) policy. The Director is an active member of the senior leadership team, aligning IT operations with the overall business strategy and providing guidance to the National Officers, ITAC, General Manager, and other department directors to ensure that ALPA’s information technology assets are working efficiently and effectively per best practices. S/he shares his/her knowledge with other directors to better focus the Association on its technology vision. The director leads and mentors department staff and advises Association leadership about technology investments and policies; and, directs the activities necessary to keep the technology infrastructure running seamlessly, efficiently, and effectively while ensuring compliance with Association policy. S/he is also responsible for the technical, administrative, and budgetary control in IT as well as remaining current with applicable and emerging technology. A high level of professionalism is crucial to this role. Four direct reports.
Travel Required: 10 - 20%
Minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
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 District, 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 and nationally). May also include 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.). Sporadically, could be responsible to move, raise, reach, and/or retrieve binders, boxes, cases, and/or files weighing as much as 50 lbs. (Assistance will usually, but may not always, be available.)