Senior Regulatory Counsel
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 60,000 pilots at 34 U.S. and Canadian airlines) seeks a Senior Regulatory Counsel for our Washington, D.C., office. Serving as an integral member of the legal team, the Senior Regulatory Counsel provides legal representation and legal advice to ALPA senior staff, officers, committees, governing bodies, and members. Reporting to the General Counsel and Director of the Legal Department, s/he represents the Association in federal and state court litigation at the trial and appellate levels, at administrative agencies, and in arbitration. A high degree of competence in the substantive and procedural aspects of regulatory proceedings before the Department of Transportation (DOT), the U.S. Department of State (State Department), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and air service negotiations is required as s/he successfully handles the most difficult or complex cases and projects.
S/he works closely with Government Affairs staff as they craft and/or respond to legislation and policy initiatives, especially as they pertain to representing the Association’s interests with the FAA, the State Department, and/or air service agreements. S/he also provides legal advice and counsel to staff and pilot leaders at all levels of the Association including National Officers, Master Executive Councils (MECs), and ALPA Committees, especially the International Affairs Committee and Governing Bodies. This advice includes a wide range of legal matters in various areas of legal expertise including DOT statutes and regulations, air service agreements, general trade laws, the Federal Aviation Act and the Railway Labor Act, and matters before other administrative agencies, e.g., the FAA, the State Department, the Department of Transportation, as well as the Department of Labor (DOL). S/he often coordinates with ALPA staff in other Departments.
At times, issues may be time-sensitive and of critical importance to the Association and Association issues. Working in coordination with other departments and committees, s/he will be relied upon to make recommendations regarding the strategy and actions that should be taken in each situation. Travel, at times on short notice, is required.
Local, national, and international travel: 20 – 40 %.
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 local metropolitan area, determine what others have said or written, and converse with others and exchange accurate information, including courtrooms.
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.)
Relocation not provided.