Policy Advisor

Washington, DC
Full Time
Office of Federal Co-Chair

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 a Policy Advisor to perform and manage strategic initiatives and projects supporting the Federal Co-Chair in the areas of relationship management, project management, policy development & management, and communications.  Responsible for providing recommendations on key regional development and community/economic development policy issues affecting the operations of the agency and ARC programs.  This role will also coordinate the Federal Co-Chair's media/communications efforts with communications team.  This position reports directly to the Federal Co-Chair, who is a Presidential appointee.

Required Qualifications:

  • Sound knowledge of OMB Circulars and methods governing the administration of Federal grants, cooperative agreements, and awards, grants/assistance management processes and techniques.
  • Adept ability to maintain policy options and proposals for the Federal Co-Chair concerning Commission policy, especially as it relates to rural economic and community development.
  • Ability to research, gather, and analyze data to complement writing projects and obtain pertinent and accurate information.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with programmatic staff in their efforts to use communication tools in alignment with the program objectives.
  • Ability to travel (up to 50%) and must maintain a valid driver's license.
  • Bachelor’s degree and 3 to 5 years of relevant experience related to economic development and legislative initiatives.
  • Hill experience a plus.
  • Possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities to achieve results and provide value to the commission.
  • Through a combination of collaboration, facilitation and problem-solving skills can synthesize details into useful information and strategy.
  • Possess a keen understanding of the organization and can build a detailed understanding of the organization and have the capability to effectively collaborate with and influence multiple stakeholders.
  • Excellent planning skills and ability to conduct effective meetings whether in-person or virtual.
  • Demonstrate the ability to lead multiple and simultaneous programs using best practices and the ability to adjust to the changing nature of the environment, to adjust to various complexities and to continue provide improved business results.

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, etc.  This is a federal position so all federal benefits will apply.  This position is a GS12 (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 [email protected]


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