Aviation Safety and Cyber Security Specialist

Location US-VA-Tysons (McLean)
Posted Date 9 months ago(01/16/2020 8:58 AM)
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Engineering & Air Safety - Aviation Safety and Cyber Security Specialist

External Description


Aviation Safety and Cyber Security Specialist


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 63,000 pilots at 35 U.S. and Canadian airlines) seeks an experienced Aviation Safety and Cyber Security Specialist for our Tysons (McLean), Virginia office.  The Aviation Safety and Cyber Security Specialist serves as a coordinator to the Association on the aspects of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Transport Canada (TC) new airspace entrants and cyber security matters of importance to the ALPA membership.  As such, s/he leads any number of efforts representing the Association’s stance(s) to ensure that new entrants into North American airspace system and operations - including drones, Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), commercial space, and supersonic aircraft - are safe.  S/he acts as liaison between the membership, the Engineering and Air Safety Department, other departments, government agencies, and industry.


Working closely and collaboratively with National Officers, committee representatives, staff, and members to interpret ALPA positions and policies, s/he then initiates and, in conjunction with supervisor approval, coordinates actions to ensure ALPA’s objectives are achieved.  S/he also provides aviation safety assistance to ALPA committees and pilot groups, including advising pilot leadership on safety initiatives such as the safe introduction of UAS, air traffic control modernization, and cyber security.  S/he also assists in coordinating ALPA participation in the FAA’s safety data analysis program activities and acts as department cyber security SME.


Travel:  10 - 20%.


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

Minimum Requirements:


  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant area, e.g., airline operations, air traffic control, aviation safety, cyber security, or other aviation related field, from an accredited college or university required; or, the equivalent combination of education and practical experience.
  • Four (4) years of applicable experience and demonstrated expertise in aviation safety or security required, five (5) or more years strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge of aviation and flight terminology as well as the airline operations environment required.
  • An understanding of aviation safety concepts; new entrants’ challenges and issues, air traffic control, the airline industry; airline pilots; and, the laws and regulations that affect safety and the industry strongly preferred.
  • An understanding of cyber security as it pertains to aviation.
  • Familiar with Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) rules and policies.
  • Knowledge of FAA/TC regulations and advisory materials pertaining to aviation safety.
  • Ability to learn quickly and adapt to changing demands is extremely important.
  • Software: Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint required.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, oral and written, for effective interaction with internal staff, external contacts, and pilots.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Able to work independently and to be proactive in identifying and responding to issues and problems.
  • Able to work flexible schedule on short notice as needed.
  • Pilots license or air traffic control certification preferred but not 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.  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 and/or 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.).  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.)



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