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 59,000 pilots at 35 U.S. and Canadian airlines) seeks an experienced Paralegal for our office in Memphis, Tennessee. Under general supervision and within the limitations of Association policy, the Paralegal provides contractual and legal research support and assists in the analysis of contractual disputes. S/he works closely with MEC officers, representatives, and committee volunteers to assist in gathering information and evidence in order to review and analyze potential contract issues and supports and assists in the development of strategies and tactics for resolution. S/he interacts with pilot members to assess whether potential disputes exist under the collective bargaining agreement, and if so, works with management representatives to informally resolve the dispute while also handling contractual appeals of disputes that are not resolved earlier in the resolution process including the subsequent processing of cases to the System Board of Adjustment, the preparation of the cases at the Board, and the preparation of post-hearing briefs. S/he also provides support and assistance in the preparation and processing of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) enforcement cases at all stages, up to and including appeals and filing appeal briefs. Individual responsibility and administrative ability are both required to ensure that tasks are carried out as assigned and important deadlines are met.
Travel: 10 – 40 %.
Minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
High school diploma required; bachelor's degree in relevant area, e.g., English, Paralegal Studies, Political Science, Pre-Law, or related field, from an accredited college or university preferred; or, the equivalent combination of education and practical experience.
Two (2) years of paralegal experience required, five (5) years strongly preferred.
Paralegal Certificate required.
Labor law experience strongly preferred.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, oral and written, for effective interaction with internal staff, external contacts, and pilots.
Understanding of pilot contract, corporate practices, and Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs) preferred.
Knowledge of pilot scheduling and work rules preferred.
Excellent organizational skills.
Able to work independently and to be proactive in identifying and responding to issues and problems.
Accurate word processing speed of 60+ wpm strongly preferred.
Software: Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint required; SharePoint preferred.
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 and nationally). 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, 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.)