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Alaska Airlines Corporate Counsel - Labor and Employment in Seattle, Washington

Company Alaska Airlines

The Team

Guided by our purpose, core values, and leadership principles, we are creating an airline people love. Our corporate teams set the strategies and operational plans to ensure the success of our company. Whether we use our expertise in accounting, human resources, finance, planning, legal, marketing, or any of our operational divisions, our shared passion for travel and our guests is what motivates us to achieve excellence each day. If you share our passion for creating an airline people love, we want to hear from you.

Role Summary

The in-house legal team works in a “shared services” environment. Employed by Alaska Airlines, the attorneys provide legal services for Alaska Airlines (AS), Horizon Air (QX), and Alaska Air Group (AAG). The individual in this role will be part of the labor and employment team within the Legal Department responsible for handling advice and counseling, labor arbitrations, litigation, and other tasks involving legal risk management for AAG, AS, and QX.

Key Duties

  • Provides advice on issues relating to labor and employment law to labor relations, human resources, and operational division personnel at AAG, AS, and QX.

  • Conducts legal research and analysis and investigates matters bearing on labor and employment law matters.

  • Drafts, reviews, and negotiates contracts, letter agreements, and settlement agreements.

  • Responds to demand letters and agency charges and manages and handles arbitrations and litigation, with or without assistance from outside counsel.

  • Negotiates or participates in negotiating labor contracts upon request from Labor Relations.

  • Collaborates with other in-house lawyers to establish common expectations with law firms and realize economies.

  • Keep Legal division colleagues and other stakeholders abreast of legal developments and exposure.

  • Manages outside legal counsel, including reviewing legal costs.

  • Travels for client matters and to industry-related legal conferences.

Job-Specific Experience, Education & Skills

Corporate Counsel

Required

  • 7 years of experience of relevant law firm, government, or in-house experience, including extensive and current experience advising on compliance with federal and state labor and employment laws and risk avoidance for both union represented and non-union workgroups.

  • Juris Doctor degree from leading law school, with strong personal academic credentials.

  • Admission in good standing to practice law in at least one U.S. state and eligible to practice as in-house counsel in the State of Washington.

  • Ability to quickly come up to speed on Company’s unique policies and processes, including collective bargaining agreements and industry specific regulations.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, appropriate for lawyers, operational leaders, and human resources, including the ability to explain issues to individuals without a legal background.

  • Practical judgment and the ability to balance business needs with potential legal risks even in ambiguous situations.

  • Strong interpersonal skills and comfortable with direct, frequent interaction with corporate clients.

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook).

  • Minimum age of 18.

  • High school diploma or equivalent.

  • Must be authorized to work in the U.S.

Preferred

  • Deep knowledge and understanding of one or more of the following subjects: traditional labor law, preemption principles, workplace investigations, diversity and inclusion programs, applying rules of privilege in a corporate setting, California specific labor and employment laws, and/or employee benefits.

  • Trial experience or experience handling labor arbitrations or collective bargaining.

Sr. Corporate Counsel

Required

  • 10 years of experience of relevant law firm, government, or in-house experience, including extensive and current experience advising on compliance with federal and state labor and employment laws and risk avoidance for both union represented and non-union workgroups.

  • Juris Doctor degree from leading law school, with strong personal academic credentials.

  • Membership in good standing in at least one state bar, preferably Washington State.

  • Experience a law firm, in-house, or government attorney role.

  • Proficient in understanding and knowing how to apply rules of privilege in a corporate setting.

  • Ability to think quickly on your feet, convey grace under pressure, find practical solutions and simultaneously manage workloads, multiple client demands and shifting priorities in a fast-paced, highly detailed environment where flexibility is key.

  • Excellent problem-solving capabilities, judgment, written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills, and ability to collaborate with colleagues as needed regarding issues outside of primary practice area.

  • Ability to work independently, manage time and multi-task.

  • High school diploma or equivalent.

  • Minimum age of 18.

  • Must be authorized to work in the U.S.

  • Demonstrate high standards for professional integrity.

Preferred

  • Deep knowledge and understanding of one or more of the following subjects: traditional labor law, preemption principles, workplace investigations, diversity and inclusion programs, applying rules of privilege in a corporate setting, California specific labor and employment laws, and/or employee benefits.

  • Trial experience or experience handling labor arbitrations or collective bargaining.

Job-Specific Leadership Expectations

Embody our values to own safety, do the right thing, be kind-hearted, deliver performance, and be remarkable.

Total Rewards

Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air pay and benefits can vary by company, location, number of regularly scheduled hours worked, length of employment, and employment status.

  • Free stand-by travel privileges on Alaska Airlines & Horizon Air

  • Comprehensive well-being programs including medical, dental and vision benefits

  • Generous 401k match program

  • Quarterly and annual bonus plans

  • Generous holiday and paid time off

For more information about Alaska/Horizon Total Rewards please visit our career site and view benefits.

FLSA Status Exempt
Employment Type Full-Time
Regular/Temporary Regular
Location Seattle
Equal Employment Opportunity We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Affirmative Action (AA) employer that is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We take affirmative action to ensure equal opportunity for all qualified applicants and employees and do not discriminate based upon race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, reproductive health decisions, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disability status, genetic information (including family medical history), political views or activity, or other legally protected characteristics. We also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state, and local law. We may use your information to maintain the safety and security of Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air, its employees, and others as required or permitted by law. People of color, women, LGBTQIA+, immigrants, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Requisition Type Management
Job Locations USA-WA-Seattle
Requisition ID 2022-9487
Category Corporate & Operations

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