Benefits Specialist

Location US-WA-Seattle
Posted Date 2 months ago(08/12/2022 9:02 AM)
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Insurance/Benefits/Pension/Retirement - Benefits Specialist

External Description

Benefits Specialist  



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 65,000 pilots at 40 U.S. and Canadian airlines) seeks an experienced Benefits Specialist for our Seattle, Washington office.  The Benefits Specialist helps to develop and implement the Alaska Airlines (ALA) Master Executive Council’s goals by providing professional and technical support to the Alaska Airlines pilots in the understanding of the Alaska welfare and retirement benefit programs, specifically, Group Life, Health, Dental, Disability, Retirement Plans (both defined benefit and defined contribution plans), and Section 125 Plans.  They also provide 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.


They provide support to the pilot group concerning their company- and union-sponsored employee benefit programs, including defined benefit pension plan, 401(k), disability, health (medical, dental, vision, and account-based programs), life, and AD&D.  Working with experienced staff in the MEC office and ALPA national office, the Benefits Specialist works closely with and supports the members of the pilot group’s Master Executive Council (MEC) Retirement & Insurance (R&I) Committee, as well as functions 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. 


They will develop and conduct regularly scheduled benefits-related seminars for pilots, as well as prepare PowerPoint presentations and strategic communications.  They also work with the company to resolve benefits issues for members.  Because they work 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:  5 – 10%.


ALPA is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in a safe workplace. We prohibit discrimination, harassment and harmful behavior of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, gender identity, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or other protected characteristics as outlined in federal or provincial laws.  We highly value everyone and all are encouraged to apply, including minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities.


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, operation, and legal requirements of defined benefit plans; 401(k) plans; self-insured disability plans; and, other welfare benefits 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.
  • Experience preparing PowerPoint presentations and other strategic communications.
  • Experience in developing and planning a project from concept to go-live.
  • Certification as an Employee Benefits Paralegal or Certified Employee Benefit 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.)



Relocation not provided.









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