Paralegal [Office of General Counsel]

Washington, DC
Full Time
Office of General Counsel
Mid Level

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’s Business and Workforce Investment team works to connect as many people as possible with ARC's grant opportunities, critical research and inspiring success stories.

Position Summary: 

ARC is seeking a Paralegal to support the Office of General Counsel with the J-1 program and all aspects of grant agreement contracting. This position reports to the General Counsel and work closely with members of the General Counsel’s staff as well as directors and staff of the grants team.

Required Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of legal aspects related to contract and grants management.
  • Good communication skills with clear articulation.
  • Strong legal writing, proofreading and editing skills.
  • Demonstrated effective organizational skills and a high level of attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaborating with a team.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Suite, specifically Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Ability to learn and use grants management software.
  • Strong technology knowledge with virtual meeting platforms such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams.
  • Strong business acumen skills.
  • Core competencies: accountability, adaptability, collaboration, communication, critical analysis.
  • Ability to thrive in a collaborative environment and bring an energetic and innovative approach to his or her work.
  • Bachelor's degree.
  • Experience responding to Freedom of Information Act requests is a plus.
  • Paralegal certificate a plus.
  • Ability to stay up to date and apply information to ARC structure and process.
  • Successful completion (prior to hire) and maintenance of background security review.
  • Minimum travel (~10%).  If travel is needed, must maintain and possess a valid driver’s license.


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. This position is an NF-10 (DC locality). This 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


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