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Organization TypePublic Interest
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ProfileSenior Benefits Attorney Duties: Under minimal supervision, represents the Association’s interests in a wide range of complex employee benefits matters. Responsible for providing comprehensive legal and tax advice with respect to pilot employee benefit plans negotiated by the Association, including defined benefit plans, profit sharing plans, target benefit plans, 401(k) plans, nonqualified deferred compensation plans, ESOPs and other stock bonus plans, cafeteria plans, flexible spending plans, and VEBAs, as well as insured and self-insured medical, disability, and life plans. Drafts, reviews, and analyzes pilot retirement, healthcare, and welfare benefit plans and proposed amendments for compliance with the collective bargaining agreement and applicable law; reviews, analyzes, and drafts proposed legislation affecting pilots' retirement, healthcare, and welfare benefits; drafts testimony on proposed employee benefits legislation; drafts, reviews, and makes recommendations on service agreements between insurers, brokers, and other plan service-providers; interprets retirement, healthcare, and welfare benefit plan language and related documentation in connection with benefit disputes; assists in negotiating pilot retirement, healthcare, and welfare benefits; drafts articles for newsletters; makes presentations to national committees and pilot groups; conducts legal research and drafts memoranda on employee benefits issues; reviews current collective bargaining agreements for negotiable improvements and makes appropriate recommendations; keeps abreast of legal, legislative, and administrative developments in employee benefits; and, responds to requests for assistance from Association officers, national committee members, and others. Provides mentoring, training, and on-site assistance to less-experienced department staff.
Qualification and Experience
Requirements: JD Degree or LLM form an approved school of law required. Member in good standing of the Bar. 12 years of related experience in employee benefits practice required, 15 years' strongly preferred. Comprehensive knowledge of ERISA, the Internal Revenue Code, and the legal requirements applicable to retirement, healthcare, and welfare benefits required. Current and in-depth knowledge of the design and operation of ERISA retirement, healthcare, and welfare benefits required. Ability to organize and coordinate long-term projects. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, oral and written, for effective interaction with internal staff, external contacts, and pilots. Ability to use independent judgment to formulate decisions and/or solve problems, under time pressure and urgent conditions. Experience using online legal research, Westlaw or the equivalent, preferred. Software: Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook required.
Job ID: 2017-0023