Program Analyst [Infrastructure]

Washington, DC
Full Time
Division of Critical Infrastructure

Organization Overview:

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is an economic development agency of the federal government and 13 state governments focusing on 423 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. 

Position Summary:

ARC seeks a Program Analyst to work with the Critical Infrastructure Team. This role will be responsible for reviewing and managing a portfolio of federal grant projects related to physical infrastructure (water, sewer, gas, electricity, broadband, etc.), downtown redevelopment, and natural/cultural asset development.  Collaborate with communities and state partners to improve deployment of grant funds towards critical infrastructure investments. Develop innovative strategies and partnerships with key organizations to advance smart technologies and entrepreneurial approaches to improving the region’s infrastructure. This position reports to the Division Director.

Required Qualifications:

  • Solid experience in community economic development, with an emphasis on rural areas and an appreciation for barriers in rural areas and an ability to creatively pursue solutions suited to low-income rural areas.
  • Demonstrated experience in one or more of the following areas: industrial site development, downtown/Main Street development, tourism development, outdoor recreation, renewable energy and power production development, broadband deployment, and brownfield development.
  • Adept in the grants management processes and techniques consistent with sound business and industry practices including ability to monitor and administer assigned grants and develop specialized agreements for grants.
  • Strong ability to facilitate diverse groups and individuals, including federal, state, and local partners, to advance their goals in a consultative and collaborative manner. 
  • Confidence with public speaking and experience with providing training and technical assistance to organizations in group and one-of-one settings. 
  • Ability to thrive in a collaborative environment; bring an energetic and innovative approach to work.
  • A bachelor’s degree or higher degree in a related field.
  • Two years of work experience in one of the subject matter areas listed above, and with full life cycle grants management.
  • Successful completion (prior to hire) and maintenance of background security review.
  • Ability to travel (25%) and must possess a valid driver’s license.

Why ARC?

Great Benefits:  ARC offers a collaborative work environment and a competitive benefits package which includes health insurance, 401(k), paid time off, commuting subsidy, professional development, and teleworking. 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 (DC locality). This position is an NF-12 (DC locality). This position is a hybrid position located in Washington, DC and requires three “in-person” days in the office.

Strong Mission: Curious about the work we do at ARC? Read more about our newly released strategic plan, Appalachia Envisioned, to check out our goals for the next five years. Our team is dedicated to innovation, partnerships, and investments in the Appalachian Region to help achieve socioeconomic parity with the nation. See our work in action at the Appalachia Envisioned Roadshow, where ARC is hitting the road to highlight those strategic goals and how Appalachia’s 13 states are working to achieve them. 


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 Lisa Pansegrouw, Director, Human Resources at 202.884.7770 or at [email protected]


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