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Program Analyst [Intermodal Transportation]

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.


The Program Analyst serves as a transportation and economic development analyst developing and managing projects and initiatives which complement the success of the Appalachian Development Highway System (ADHS) and Local Access Road (LAR) program to enhance the Region’s access to the national and global supply chain.  Collaborating with a core team, the analyst develops and manages a portfolio of transportation and economic development activities and implements strategies to link the Appalachian Region, especially its rural and economically distressed counties, to the ADHS, interstate highway system, freight rail corridors, air cargo facilities, inland and coastal ports, and other domestic transportation systems.  This position provides transportation technical assistance to states, communities, Local Development Districts (LDDs), local businesses, transportation and trade organizations, and other stakeholders to enhance the Region’s transportation access and maximize the economic impact of existing and proposed transportation infrastructure enabling Appalachian businesses to engage, compete, and succeed. 

Required Qualifications:

  • Relevant experience as a transportation planner, policy analyst, or engineer, with knowledge of intermodal transportation systems and planning methods
  • Knowledge of intermodal transportation systems/components related to goods movement, supply chain logistics, and domestic and international trade and their connection to economic development
  • Ability to initiate, develop and grow effective business contacts related to transportation objectives
  • Demonstrated project management, collaboration, and problem-solving skills
  • ARC competencies: accountability, adaptability, collaboration, communication, and critical analysis
  • Applicants should thrive in an open, collaborative environment and bring an energetic and creative approach to his or her work while demonstrating a willingness to roll up their sleeves
  • Successful completion (prior to hire) and maintenance of background security review
  • Ability to travel (25%)

Why ARC?

The ARC team works collaboratively with our states and development districts to strengthen the future of our communities through investments in areas such as health, entrepreneurship, coal-impacted regions, and infrastructure.  ARC offers a collaborative work environment, convenient location near Dupont Circle, and a competitive benefits package which includes health insurance, retirement, 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.  

Equal Employment Policy
ARC is an equal opportunity employer. Selection for positions will be based solely on merit. ARC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, politics, marital status, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, age, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, or any other factor prohibited by law. ARC will provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact Allison Thiriez at 202.884.7712 or at

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