Benefits Specialist

Location US-VA-Tysons (McLean)
Posted Date 2 months ago(04/29/2024 3:39 PM)
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# Positions
Experience (Years)
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 77,000 pilots at 41 U.S. and Canadian airlines) seeks an experienced Benefits Specialist for our office in Tysons (McLean), Virginia.  The Benefits Specialist works collaboratively with the Association’s current Benefits Specialists, Benefits Attorneys, and other members of the Retirement & Insurance (R&I) team in providing assistance to pilot governing bodies on all subjects that affect their employee benefits program(s), particularly group life, health, dental, disability, and Section 125 plans.  The Benefits Specialist provides technical support on benefit issues to the R&I staff and pilot representatives; has familiarity with summary plan descriptions and other benefit plan documents; familiarity with ERISA and the tax code; drafts and reviews benefit-related communications for Master Executive Committee (MEC) publications; prepares quarterly R&I newsletters for distribution; assists in the preparation of retirement, insurance, and welfare benefit proposals for negotiations; participates in the training of R&I pilot committee members by preparing and giving presentations at benefits training events and various R&I seminars; provides technical assistance to Labor Relations Counsels; and, may act as an in-house consultant on benefit-related matters.  The successful candidate will have a thorough understanding of employee benefits, current trends and legislation, and will be expected to remain current in these areas.


Local, national, and international travel:  10 – 20%.


ALPA is an equal opportunity employer 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, caste, disability, neurodiversity, 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.


This position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement.

ALPA is a member-driven, staff supported, union with two internal professional unions.



Minimum Requirements:


  • Bachelor's degree in relevant area, e.g., Business, Human Resources, Pre-Law, or related field, from an accredited college or university is required; or, the equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Five (5) years of experience working in employee benefits required, more strongly preferred. At management discretion, applicable experience may be substituted for some of the above requirements.   
  • Working knowledge of the design and operation of retirement and welfare benefits required.
  • Working knowledge of legal requirements applicable to retirement and welfare benefits (e.g., ERISA, ACA, FMLA, HIPAA, and Internal Revenue Code) required.
  • Ability to interpret benefit laws, policies, and processes.
  • Airline and/or union experience a plus.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, oral and written, for effective interaction with MEC members, MEC committees, individual members, internal staff, and external contacts.
  • Demonstrated ability working as an integral part of a team.
  • Certification as an Employee Benefits Paralegal or Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS) preferred but not required.
  • PHR and/or SPHR SHRM certifications a plus.
  • Software: Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, 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 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, 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;
  • 15 days paid vacation and 12 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.
  • Partial remote work opportunities. 

PROJECTED ANNUAL SALARY RANGE:  $75,552.00 –$107,889.00


Relocation Not Provided.

Sponsorship not available for this position.








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