Associate Air Safety Coordinator

2 months ago
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Engineering & Air Safety - Associate Air Safety Coordinator

External Description


Associate Air Safety Coordinator 


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 seeks an Associate Air Safety Coordinator for our Herndon, Virginia, office.  ALPA represents over 57,000 pilots at 33 U.S. and Canadian airlines.  The Associate Air Safety Coordinator works on different aspects of safety, security, and pilot health, particularly in regard to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Transport Canada (TC) on matters related to proactive safety/security programs and Safety Management Systems (SMS). 


S/he provides staff coordination and acts as a liaison to government, industry, and professional groups on behalf of the Air Safety Organization (ASO), other Association committees and MECs, and the Engineering & Air Safety department, as assigned by the department Director or Manager.  S/he provides coordination and support for a wide variety of areas across proactive initiatives such as the safe introduction of Unmanned Aircraft Systems, air traffic control modernization, and proactive safety programs such as Aviation Safety Action Programs (ASAP), Flight Operations Quality Assurance (FOQA) programs, and Safety Management Systems.  S/he must be able to learn, understand, and communicate the benefits and concerns that emerge from changes in safety data programs; effectively represent the Association by interacting with government and industry safety officials on a continual basis and build and maintain a network of contacts; and, in coordination with pilots, department management, and other staff, develop and coordinate written communications to membership, government, and industry groups outlining ALPA positions on a wide variety of air traffic-related and other issues.


Local, national, and international travel: 5 - 10 %.


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


Minimum Requirements:


  • Bachelor's degree in relevant area, e.g., unmanned aircraft systems, air traffic control, airline management, aviation safety, aviation science, or other related discipline, from an accredited college or university; or, the equivalent combination of education and practical experience. Additional airline-related experience may be substituted for the academic requirement.
  • Minimum three (3) years of related experience in the aviation industry, five (5) years preferred.
  • Knowledge of aviation and flight terminology as well as airline operations environment strongly preferred.
  • Basic understanding of the SMS concept and ASAP and FOQA programs preferred.
  • Former employment at airlines and/or the FAA in a relevant capacity a plus.
  • Special expertise in U.S. and Canadian Aviation Regulations (FARs and CARs) and knowledge of ICAO and/or international safety data systems a plus.
  • Understanding of aviation safety concepts; air traffic control; the airline industry, domestic and international; airline pilots; and, the laws that affect aviation safety and the airline industry desired.
  • Knowledge of FAA/TC regulations and guidance helpful.
  • Understanding of how safety initiatives and data analysis processes are used for advancing safety is beneficial.
  • Ability to learn quickly and adapt to changing demands required.  
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, oral and written, for effective interaction with staff, pilot members, and external contacts.
  • A pilot’s license and/or air traffic control certification is preferred.
  • Software: Microsoft Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Excel.


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 sometimes 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 binders, boxes, cases, and/or files weighing as much as 50 lbs. (Assistance may not always be available.)     

Relocation Not Provided.




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