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Program Analyst [Business]

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. ARC’s 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 facilitator to manage Federal grants, provide technical assistance to communities on developing strategic investments, and implement initiatives in the Region. This position will have a focus on industry cluster development. The portfolio of the role will be investments generally related to business, manufacturing and community capacity building, as well as education, health, and workforce development. This position reports to the Division Director.

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 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
  • 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.  ARC’s grades denoted by “NF” are equivalent to the GS chart. 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 Allison Thiriez. If an applicant has any questions or concerns, he or she should reach out to Allison Thiriez at 202.884.7712 or at

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