Accounts Payable Specialist

Washington, DC
Full Time
Finance & Administration
Mid Level

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 is seeking an Account  Payable Coordinator to coordinate and process all payment related activities of the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), including auditing invoices for completeness and approvals and performing general ledger reconciliation. The incumbent creates monthly reports of accounts status. This position reports to the Director, Finance & Administration and is an integral part of the accounting team.

Required Qualifications:

  • Adept knowledge of general accounting principles.
  • Demonstrated experience of 2-3 years of Accounts Payable/Receivables invoicing and payments.
  • Demonstrated effective organizational skills, high level of attention to detail, professional demeanor including complete respect for the confidentiality of sensitive data, discretion and a customer service perspective.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting/Finance or five years of solid accounts payable experience.
  • Two years of relevant work experience demonstrating application of accounting best practices.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Suite, especially Outlook, Excel and Word.
  • Core competencies: accountability, adaptability, collaboration, communication and critical analysis.
  • Ability to thrive in a collaborative environment and bring an energetic and innovative approach to his or her work.
  • Successful completion (prior to hire) and maintenance of background security review; U.S. citizenship required.
  • Minimum to no travel. If travel is needed, must maintain and 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. 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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