The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is a regional economic development agency that represents a partnership of federal, state, and local government. Established by an act of Congress in 1965, ARC is composed of the governors of the 13 Appalachian states and a federal co-chair, who is appointed by the president. Local participation is provided through multi-county local development districts. ARC's mission is to be a strategic partner and advocate for sustainable community and economic development in Appalachia.
This position serves as ARC's subject matter expert on intermodal transportation, managing projects and initiatives which complement the success of the Appalachian Development Highway System (ADHS) and Local Access Road program to enhance the Region's access to the national and global supply chain. Working in close coordination with a core team, the position develops and manages a portfolio of intermodal transportation 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. The position provides transportation technical assistance to states, communities, LDDs, local businesses, transportation and trade organizations, and other stakeholders to enhance the Region's transportation access, enabling Appalachian businesses to engage, compete, and succeed.
This position reports to the Director, Planning and Research Division.
Serves as ARC's lead subject matter expert for intermodal transportation projects, activities and programs.
Works with ARC staff, state and regional stakeholders, and intermodal experts to explore, identify and execute on advancing ARC's strategic role in transportation in the Appalachian Region; works collaboratively to determine future transportation priorities and initiatives.
Coordinates and facilitates Network Appalachia, an advisory working group with members from each of the thirteen states in the Appalachian Region which meets biannually to discuss and implement regional intermodal projects, initiatives and strategies.
Formulates intermodal transportation research needs, then manages transportation planning and research projects. Aggregates, communicates and disseminates outcomes and findings to inform and execute ARC's prioritization and implementation of transportation related strategies and programs.
Serves as project manager for all intermodal transportation projects administered by ARC, including providing technical assistance to grant recipients during project development and implementation to ensure regulatory requirements are satisfied.
Strategizes, coordinates and provides technical assistance to eligible applicants in the Appalachian Region in competing for transportation funding opportunities, including USDOT discretionary grant programs.
Responds to inquiries from ARC staff and regional stakeholders who have a vested interest in the ARC intermodal transportation program.
Prepares information for use in preparation of ARC budget requests and annual reports.
Provides support to the ADHS/LAR programs and other transportation activities, as needed, including problem-solving and strategic planning.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
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0343 Management And Program Analysis
Analysts, Business Management
Business Management Analysts
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Conditions of Employment
Prior to hire, the selectee must successfully complete a federal background investigation.
Ability to travel.
The candidate must have relevant experience as a transportation planner, policy analyst, or engineer, with knowledge of intermodal transportation systems and planning methods to sufficiently perform the job duties. The candidate must have knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position, including a deep understanding of how domestic and global supply chain access impacts economic competitiveness. The candidate will have experience working as part of a collaborative team with an ability to become a key member of ARC's core transportation and planning staff. In addition, the ideal candidate will have existing contacts and extensive experience working with relevant stakeholders (state DOTs, USDOT, MPOs, railroads, ports, etc.) as well as the ability to initiate, develop and grow effective business contacts related to transportation objectives.
Intermodal Transportation Knowledge and Experience
Experience and knowledge working on intermodal transportation planning, projects and initiatives with an understanding of how modes are connected and coordinated to maximize economic reach.
Knowledge of intermodal transportation systems and components related to goods movement, supply chain logistics, and domestic and international trade.
Experience and credibility to work with a wide-range of stakeholders, "talk the language" of intermodal transportation, and be able to represent ARC at a wide-range of meetings.
Transportation Knowledge and Experience
Knowledge and understanding of the relationship between economic development and transportation policies and projects.
Experience working on rural transportation issues, particularly rural access to markets, and knowledge of the Appalachian Region's unique opportunities and challenges.
Experience with strategic planning activities, including determining priorities, vision, mission, goals, and research objectives for transportation-related subject areas or programs.
Experience with and/or knowledge of transportation funding programs and strategies, including national discretionary grant programs like TIGER or INFRA and innovative financing tools like TIFIA, state infrastructure banks, and public private partnerships.
Knowledge of federal and state transportation programs and initiatives.
Knowledge of the principles and strategies necessary to develop competitive proposals for transportation discretionary grant programs.
Knowledge of local, state, federal, international, and commercial relationships in transportation policy development and implementation.
Ability to interpret and apply laws and regulations pertaining to federal and state transportation programs.
Knowledge of qualitative and quantitative techniques for analyzing and measuring the effectiveness, efficiency, and productivity of transportation programs.
General Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Project Management - Knowledge of the principles, methods, or tools for developing, scheduling, coordinating, and managing projects and resources, including monitoring and inspecting costs, work, and contractor performance.
Program Management - Knowledge of the principles, methods, and tools for managing a broad program and technical area of expertise, including strategic planning and monitoring progress toward achieving established program goals.
Adaptability - ability to accept and apply changes to work processes, information, team; recovers quickly from setbacks and finds alternative ways to reach goals or targets; navigates change through positive communications and supportive actions
Communicating - selects appropriate and effective way to communicate to audiences in diverse situations; listens actively and asks questions to understand other perspectives or confirm understanding; awareness of and responsive to verbal and non-verbal communication styles; provides status updates which reduce or eliminate the need for follow up from requestor
Writing - recognizes or uses correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling; communicates information (for example, facts, ideas, or messages) in a succinct and organized manner; produces written information, which may include technical information that is appropriate for the intended audience; produces written material that is timely, accurate, succinct and relevant to recipient's needs.
Collaboration -ability to interact and work effectively with others to accomplish goals despite differences, changes, roles or resources; treats others with respect, dignity, and professional courtesy; values the contributions of others through listening, sharing relevant information and considering new ideas; affirmatively shares lessons learned and relevant information.
Critical Analysis - ability to identify, research, analyze, design, manage and communicate data and outcomes sufficiently to various audiences to accomplish work outcomes; develops, recommends, and/or implements innovative and effective approaches to solve problems.
Accountability - makes best use of resources to accomplish work priorities; takes responsibility of balancing quality with deadlines; takes appropriate action(s) to fulfill commitments to others; owns, acknowledges and corrects mistakes; immediately communicates updates and changes to others
Decision Making - Makes sound, well-informed, and objective decisions; perceives the impact and implications of decisions; commits to action, even in uncertain situations, to accomplish organizational goals; causes change.
Networking - Ability to maintain existing professional networks and develop productive working relationships with transportation stakeholders and customers, including local, state, and federal partners.
Problem Solving - Ability to be creatively and effectively solve problems in a way that addresses competing interests.
Customer Service - Ability to interact and work effectively with others to accomplish goals despite differences, changes, roles or resources.Ability to exercise sound professional judgment and deal with staff and outside parties in a tactful and courteous manner.
Planning and Evaluating - Organizes work, sets priorities, and determines resource requirements; determines short- or long-term goals and strategies to achieve them; coordinates with other organizations or parts of the organization to accomplish goals; monitors progress and evaluates outcomes.
This job does not have an education qualification requirement.
ARC generally follows the General Schedule Salary Table of the Federal government. ARC's grade NF-13 is equivalent to the federal grade GS-13. 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 is entitled to continue his or her retirement and life/health insurance benefits. A non-federal selectee will be offered a benefits package (including health, retirement, paid time off, commuting subsidy, etc.).
Prior to hire, the selectee must successfully complete a federal background investigation.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Only the most qualified applicants will receive a phone call for an interview.
Background checks and security clearance
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