Program Analyst (Business & Workforce Investment)

Washington, D.C
Sep 16, 2023
Sep 23, 2023
Full Time

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 seeks a highly organized and collaborative team player to join our Business and Workforce Investment team as an Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development Program Analyst to coordinate and manage the full lifecycle (reviews applications, recommends approval, monitors progress, issues amendments and closes grants) of federal grants management; provide technical assistance to communities on developing strategic entrepreneurship and small business development-related projects; design and implement strategic initiatives(e.g., regional entrepreneurial ecosystem building); and assist organizations and communities in designing and managing significant projects as part of 'ARC's new funding sources in partnership with the entrepreneurship and small business development program manager. This role's grant portfolio will include investments generally related to entrepreneurship development, small business development, and industry cluster development. The incumbent applies knowledge of federal regulations and interprets and applies Commission policies and procedures related to management of ARC grants implemented under the Appalachian Regional Development Act (ARDA) of 1965. This position works closely with program team members and reports to the Division Director.


Conditions of Employment

  • Successful completion (prior to hire) and maintenance of background security review; U.S. citizenship required.
  • 25% travel within the thirteen-state Appalachian region may be required. Must possess & maintain a valid driver's license.


Required Qualifications:
  • Understanding and experience with federal grants management processes and technical assistance consistent with sound business and industry practices, including ability to monitor, evaluate and administer assigned grants. 70% of the workload includes tasks associated with grants management through the entire grant cycle, with the other 30% dedicated to stakeholder engagement, oversight of initiatives and programs, and delivery of grants technical assistance.
  • 4-6 years of grants management expertise; ARC will also consider grantee.
  • 4-6 years of experience in economic and entrepreneurship development and an understanding of industry cluster development. A successful candidate will understand barriers in rural areas and be able to pursue solutions creatively.
  • Experience in assisting communities or nonprofit organizations on developing regional projects to access new funding opportunities such as POWER, ARISE, INSPIRE, etc.
  • 4-6 years of effective and direct oversight of strategic projects and delivery of technical assistance to communities, organizations, and/or businesses.
  • 4-6 years of effective coordination of working groups, leading the deployment of new strategies and/or initiatives related to entrepreneurial ecosystem development and sector-based strategies (e.g., agriculture and food systems, tourism, high technology, biotech, new energy solutions, advanced manufacturing, manufacturing, wood products, etc.)
  • Guide entrepreneurship and small business development priorities through ad-hoc analyses. Examples include identifying which industries (current and future) can have the greatest economic impact; ensuring that ARC-sponsored entrepreneurial tools (e.g., entrepreneurial ecosystem tool) remain up-to-date and readily available; and mapping the entrepreneurial ecosystem connections across the region.
  • Collaborate with internal Research and Evaluation team on research projects focused on entrepreneurship and business development.
  • Ability to plan, facilitate and engage diverse groups and individuals, including federal, state and local partners, resulting in the ability to advance goals in a consultative, innovative, and collaborative manner.
  • Excellent writing skills, including project memos for leadership, program whitepapers, and presentations. Must be able to communicate information to a variety of audiences. Business writing skills are required.
  • Adept knowledge of and ability to apply laws, regulations, rules, policies, procedures, processes, and methods governing the administration of Federal grants, cooperative agreements, and awards including financial methods, procedures, and practices to assess the financial stability of recipient of Federal grants or cooperative agreements.
  • Strong attention to detail, effective customer service communications, and ability to use various software such as grants management applications, Excel, and Word.
  • Core competencies: accountability, adaptability, collaboration, communication, and critical analysis with emphasis on quickly solving problems.
  • Bachelor's degree required.
  • Ability to thrive in a collaborative environment bringing an energetic and innovative approach to work.
  • Successful completion (prior to hire) & maintenance of background security review; U.S. citizenship required.
  • Ability to travel (up to 25%) and possess and maintain a valid driver's license.


  • Bachelor's degree required.
  • 4-6 years of relevant experience.

Additional information

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 Lisa Pansegrouw. If an applicant has any questions or concerns, he or she should reach out to Director of HR at 202.884.7770 or at

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 (DC locality). This position has a hiring salary range of $125k to $140k. 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.

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