Program Analyst [Economic Development] – The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC)

Apr 20, 2021 | Jobs

Organization Overview:
The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is an economic development agency of the federal government and 13 state governments focusing on 420 counties across the Appalachian Region. ARCs mission is to innovate, partner, and invest to build community capacity and strengthen economic growth in Appalachia to help the Region achieve socioeconomic parity with the nation.  

ARC seeks a collaborative program analyst to manage Federal grants, provide technical assistance to communities and organizations to develop strategic investments, and implement initiatives in the Region. The grant portfolio primarily focuses on manufacturing sectoral development, economic development (e.g., retention & expansion and attraction), and entrepreneurial ecosystem development.

The program analyst will oversee a grant portfolio, ushering projects through the grant cycle’s pre- and post- award phases. Pre-award activities include providing technical support for the development, review, and processing of funding applications. The analyst identifies proposal deficiencies and works with applicants to resolve them. Additionally, the analyst prepares approval memos and project announcements before sending them forward for management’s approval. Post-award activities include checking in with recipients to ensure performance progress and sound grant management procedures. The analyst processes payment requests and closes out awards upon completion. The analyst also prepares for and assists with audits of project records and properly maintains physical and electronic project files. Additionally, the analyst works with states on required annual and four-year plans to ensure alignment with ARC investment priorities. This position reports to the Division Director of Business and Workforce Investment.

Required Qualifications:

  • Experience with federal grants management processes and techniques consistent with sound business and industry practices including ability to monitor, evaluate and administer assigned grants and develop specialized agreements for grants
  • Experience (minimum five years) in economic development, with an emphasis on business development, manufacturing and industry cluster development, as well as an appreciation for barriers in rural areas and an ability to creatively pursue feasible solutions
  • Ability to plan, facilitate, and engage diverse groups and individuals, including federal, state and local partners, resulting in the ability to advance linkages between businesses and raise awareness of economic opportunities in existing and emerging industry sectors
  • Aptitude to support growth of businesses, specifically sector-specific experience in manufacturing or advanced manufacturing
  • Excellent business writing skills, including reports, memos, and presentations 
  • Core competencies: accountability, adaptability, collaboration, communication, and critical analysis
  • Ability to thrive in a collaborative environment bringing an energetic and innovative approach to the work
  • Successful completion (prior to hire) and maintenance of background security review; U.S. citizenship required
  • Ability to travel (up to 25%) as conditions are determined given COVID-19

Why ARC?
ARC offers a collaborative work environment and a competitive benefits package which includes health insurance, 401(k), paid time off, commuting subsidy, professional development, etc. This is not a federal position, however, if a federal employee is selected for this position and transfers without a break in service of more than three calendar days, he or she may be able to continue his or her retirement and life/health insurance benefits. ARC generally follows the General Schedule Salary Table of the Federal government.  ARCs grades denoted by NF” are equivalent to the GS chart. The grade ranges for this position is NF 12-13. Temporary telework due to COVID-19; position is located in Washington, DC.

Equal Employment Policy
ARC is an equal employment opportunity employer and endeavors to make reasonable accommodations to the known physical or mental limitations of qualified applicants with a disability unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the operation of ARC’s business. If an applicant believes he or she requires such assistance to complete the application or to participate in an interview, he or she should contact the Director, Human Resources. If an applicant has any questions or concerns, he or she should reach out to the Director, Human Resources at 202.884.7712 or at

ARC Disclaimer

I certify that the facts contained in this application are true and complete to the best of my knowledge and understand that, if employed, falsified statements on or attached to this application shall be grounds for dismissal.

I authorize any person, organization, or company listed on this application to furnish to ARC any and all information concerning my previous employment, education, and qualifications for employment. I also authorize ARC to request and receive such information and conduct reference and job-related background checks. I release ARC, all employers, and all those that provide background information from any and all liability and damages for receiving or releasing information. If a conditional or tentative offer is made, I agree I may be requested to undergo inquiries and I understand that employment is contingent upon satisfactory outcome of those examinations and inquiries.

I understand that if I am hired, I will be required to provide proof of identity and legal authorization to work in the United States and that federal immigration laws require me to complete and I-9 Form in this regard.

I understand that this employer does not unlawfully discriminate in employment and no question on this application is used for the purpose of limiting or eliminating any applicant for consideration for employment on any basis prohibited by applicable local, state, or federal law.

I understand and agree that, if hired, my employment if for no definite period and may, regardless of the date of payment of my wages and salary, be terminated at any time in accordance with ARC policies.

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