HR Generalist

Washington, DC
Full Time
Human Resources

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.

Position Summary:

ARC seeks an experienced HR Generalist to support our full employment life cycle including payroll onboarding, reporting, and performance management, with a strong emphasis on benefits administration for health and welfare plans as well as retirement Plans. This position will primarily be responsible for benefit plan administration for both Non-Federal and Federal staff and special projects, coordinating the agency's day-to-day contact and responsibilities with third-party vendors, Federal agencies, insurance carriers, and others for all matters pertaining to payroll and benefits administration. This position works closely with the Director of Human Resources to ensure HR strategies align with and support the agency’s objectives as well as federal, state, and local regulations.

Required Qualifications:

  • Relevant experience demonstrating application of human resources best practices, principles, laws and regulations, and/or programs including knowledge of federal, state, and local HR regulations and benefits (i.e. ADA, EEOC, FMLA, HIPAA) including the ability to stay up to date and apply information to ARC structure and process.
  • Demonstrated experience of 2-3 years in benefits administration with some experience in payroll and HRIS data management. 
  • Ability to learn and apply HR regulations and processes within the Federal Sector including, benefits, and retirement systems.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Bachelor's degree and 2 to 3 years of relevant experience.
  • PHR certification highly desired.
  • Must possess and maintain 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-11 (DC locality). This position is located in Washington, DC.

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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