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Director Retirement Services

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Alaska Airlines Seattle , WA 98113

Posted 4 months ago


Managing Director of Compensation and Benefits


Alaska Airlines is one of the most respected names in aviation and flies throughout its namesake state and the Lower 48, as well as to Hawaii, Canada, Mexico and Costa Rica. Our roots date to 1932 and are symbolized by the Alaska Native painted on the tails of our aircraft. Guided by what we call the "Alaska Spirit", we pride ourselves on providing a lifeline to remote communities while delivering renowned service to everyone we fly. This commitment has brought us national and international recognition. We've been honored with a variety of awards by readers of Travel + Leisure, Conde Nast Traveler, USA Today and others. Alaska, with Virgin America, is the premier airline for people on the West Coast, and together with its sister carrier Horizon Air, flies to more than 115 destinations. The two airlines are subsidiaries of Alaska Air Group Inc. (NYSE:ALK) with annual revenues exceeding $7 billion.


Role Summary
The Director Retirement Services contributes to Alaska Airlines success by developing and delivering retirement benefit programs from design to delivery. The successful candidate has pension and 401(k) leadership experience, including the ability to interpret procedures and policies in accordance with ERISA, HIPAA, DOL, IRS, plan documents, summary plan descriptions, and other organizational rules. This Director analyses and implements retirement benefit changes as directed by Alaska leadership.

Scope & Complexity

  • This leadership role directs retirement services initiatives and activities for Alaska Airlines. This Director frequently interfaces with senior leadership, legal counsel, consultants, and actuaries on pension and 401(k) issues. The Director will assess operational effectiveness and recommend changes or process improvements.

Key Duties

  • Designs, develops, and prepares plans to deliver successful implementations of pension and retirement benefits.

  • Contributes to and leads analyses, assessments, and designs of company retirement and pension programs.

  • Develops and maintains policies and procedures for pension and retirement benefits.

  • Interprets and administers policies and procedures in accordance with ERISA, HIPAA, DOL, IRS, plan documents, SPDs and other organization rules.

  • Consults with end users to develop requirements for programs, policies, communications, and to develop effective delivery methods to meet end user requirements.

  • Communicates and guides planning and implementation activities to support the adoption of program or process changes.

  • Reviews, analyzes, and implements program changes, ensuring deadlines are met.

  • Uses data trends and metrics to assess performance to deliver improvements.

  • Participates in special projects and serves as project lead for deploying key initiatives and change management efforts for new programs and policies.

  • Fosters a culture of engagement, holds self and others accountable through trust and authentic relationships.

  • Promotes a high performance culture by cultivating and motivating direct/indirect reports through coaching, mentoring, and by providing regular and meaningful feedback.

  • Identifies and provides career development opportunities through developmental assignments and formal/informal training.

  • Ensures delivery of excellent customer service to Alaska's employees and retirees.

Job-Specific Skills & Education

  • A Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree.

  • A minimum of 6 years of pension benefit and defined contribution experience.

  • A minimum of 6 years of leadership or management experience.

  • Demonstrated experience designing, developing, and deploying company-wide retirement benefit and pension programs.

  • Demonstrated experience using analytic/statistical techniques to determine and assess program utilization averages, medians, and standard deviations, perform trends analysis, and conduct cost forecasting for retirement, benefit, or reward program's ongoing operation, effectiveness, and enhancement.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of ERISA and IRS regulations governing health and welfare plans.

  • Proven ability to leverage business acumen and analytic capability to position the organization as a critical business partner.

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

  • High school diploma or equivalent.

  • Minimum age of 18.

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

Job-Specific Leadership Expectations

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

  • Strong communication (e.g., verbal, written, presentation) and interpersonal skills, with the ability to create collaborative relationships that drive outcomes in the best interest of the company, with others in the organization, and with key external business partners.

  • Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to create collaborative relationships that drive outcomes in the best interest of the company, with others in the organization, and key external business partners.

  • Inspirational leader who will promote the Alaska values, act with a high sense of urgency, and have unquestionable integrity.


The location for this position is in Seattle, Washington


For eligible employees, our company offers a unique total rewards package that few companies can match, including insurance coverage for medical, dental and vision care, 401(k) retirement savings plans, monthly and annual incentive bonus plans, time off and a generous employee travel program. Our values reflect who we are at work and in our communities: Own Safety, Do the Right Thing, Be Kind-Hearted, Deliver Performance, and Be Remarkable. Alaska Airlines also fosters a diverse and inclusive culture and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air do not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, alienage or citizenship status, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by applicable law. Employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants are also protected by law.

Alaska Airlines y Horizon Air no toleran discriminacion o acoso en base a raza, color, credo, religion, origen nacional, estatus migratorio de residencia o ciudadania, edad, sexo, orientacion sexual, identidad de genero o expresion, estado civil, discapacidad, estado veterano protegido, informacion genetica o cualquier otra base protegida por la legislacion aplicable. Empleados o aspirantes que indaguen, discutan o revelen su compensacion o la remuneracion de otros empleados o aspirantes tambien estan protegidos por ley.

  • Job ID:* 32682

  • Location:* Seattle, WA

  • Full/Part Time:* Full-Time

  • Regular/Temporary:* Regular

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