Manager, Engineering & Air Safety

Location US-VA-Tysons (McLean)
Posted Date 2 months ago(08/11/2023 11:42 AM)
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Engineering & Air Safety - Manager, Engineering & Air Safety

External Description

Manager, Engineering & Air Safety


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 75,000 pilots at 43 U.S. and Canadian airlines) seeks an experienced Manger, Engineering & Air Safety for our McLean, Virginia, office.  The Manager, Engineering & Air Safety directs, monitors, and coordinates the effective and efficient utilization of the Engineering and Air Safety (E&AS) Department resources and leads joint efforts with other departments and associated committees of pilot representatives to ensure the achievement of Association goals; develops and determines Association-wide air safety policies and positions for approval by the Executive Board and Board of Directors; and, assists in the interpretation and application of established policies and positions.  In the absence of the Director and Assistant Director of Engineering and Air Safety, they will coordinate the activities of the E&AS Department. 


They oversee the day-to-day work of a team of six to eight staff members and work in conjunction with department management in a coordinated fashion.  They assign work projects and are responsible for providing effective direction on matters within the Association's Engineering and Air Safety Structure.  Their role is to be a management leader, developer, and instigator of new and improved policies and procedures as well as advisor and consultant on implementing established positions or policies.  Their major responsibilities include administrating the functions of the department in a manner which best promotes the development and approval of Association responses to government agencies concerning technical issues and related matters; assignment of personnel to and attending industry and government meetings; making assignments to staff for administrative matters; assisting the Director and Assistant Director in the preparation of the department budget; preparing evaluations; and, remaining responsible for other administrative matters in the department.  They also coordinate and work directly with other ALPA departments, primarily Government Affairs, Communications, Legal, and Representation.


Success in this position requires supervisory experience, patience, and the ability to communicate effectively with Association leadership, member volunteers, MEC Officers, and staff.  Their people and communication skills with peers, members, and Officers are sound and they have demonstrated the ability to multitask on multiple projects in a fast-paced and collaborative team environment.


(Note:  the foregoing staff numbers fluctuate and are used for informational purposes only and do not constitute a contract, real or implied, between the employee and ALPA.)


Travel:  0 - 40%.


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



  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant area, e.g., Aviation, Engineering, or other related field, from an accredited college or university, master’s degree preferred; or, the equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • ATP pilot license or equivalent aeronautical experience and extensive knowledge of aircraft flight operations, FARs, CARs, national and international aviation standards, aircraft and ground systems, and ATC strongly preferred.
  • Must have experience managing staff/employees on a day-to-day basis.
  • Knowledge of FAA and inter-governmental process functions strongly preferred.
  • Ten (10) years of experience in the fields of aviation safety and/or airline flight operations (or any combination of the above) required.
  • Must possess the interpersonal, managerial, and leadership skills to effect decisions in support of ALPA interests amongst aviation community groups.
  • Strong policy level as well as technical writing skills required.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, oral and written, for effective interaction with internal staff, pilots, and external contacts.
  • Must be a self-starter with professional maturity and sound judgment, capable of independent decision-making.
  • Must possess excellent time management skills; be able to work in a fast-paced, multi-tasking environment; and, transition easily between projects.
  • Solid presentation and public speaking skills strongly preferred.
  • Software: Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint.


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).  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.)


ALPA offers competitive salaries with terrific benefits, including:

  • 401k Plan with Non-Elective Employer Contribution of 11% plus 2% into a Market-Based Cash Balance Plan after 180 days of employment.  No employee contribution required!  The 401k plan includes a Roth option and 4-year vesting schedule.
  • Generous health care benefits on day one – PPO, Kaiser (where available), and a High Deductible Health Plan which includes coverage for medical, dental, and vision benefits for employee, spouse, and/or dependent children;
  • 27 days paid vacation and holidays per year plus 2 volunteer days per year;
  • Generous sick and bereavement leave;
  • Competitive parental leave;
  • Company-paid premiums for disability and life insurance;
  • Flexible Spending and Health Savings accounts;
  • Retiree health plan;
  • Education Assistance Program; and,
  • Optional benefits including pet insurance, excess life insurance, legal plan, and qualified transportation fringe benefits, where available.


Relocation not provided.

Sponsorship not available for this position. 




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