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The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC), Economic Development Administration (EDA) is seeking to fill an Economic Development Specialist, GS-1101-09 (Full Performance Level GS-12) position located in the Denver Regional Office, 1244 Speer Blvd., Suite 431, Denver, CO  80204.  Relocation support is not authorized.  EDA is ONLY accepting resumes from qualified veterans that are eligible under the Schedule A, 30%+ disabled veterans, or Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA) non-competitive hiring authority. For more information on veteran hiring authorities, please visit:


The Economic Development Administration leads the federal economic development agenda by promoting innovation and competitiveness, preparing American regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy.  Our dynamic culture recognizes employees' contributions and achievements, promotes teamwork and results-driven performance, and provides opportunities for learning and professional growth.  Our employees are the Bureau's most important resources.  Join our team if you are energetic, results driven, customer-focused, and like working in teams.

Position Description

The incumbent of this position will serve as an Economic Development Specialist for the Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) Denver Regional Office (DRO).  This position supports the appropriate Director on business and industry matters related to the development and processing of grant proposals and the subsequent award of grants for Public Works, Planning, University Centers, Technical Assistance, Planning Partnerships, Revolving Loan Fund programs, and Economic Adjustment Programs.

In your capacity as an Economic Development Specialist, you will review EDA applications to determine whether they meet eligibility requirements of EDA regulations, meet selection criteria as stated in the announcement of Federal Funding Opportunity, and are consistent with the DRO’s strategic plan.  You will be responsible for program management tasks to ensure the following:

  • That data in the database management system is accurate and up to date and applications scheduled for Investment Review Committee meetings are at a level of completeness which allows the applications to be efficiently acted upon in a single meeting;
  • That EDA applications are in compliance with program requirements, deficiencies are resolved, approval documents are prepared accurately and timely;
  • That EDA investments are implemented and completed in accordance with EDA regulations and the provisions of the Financial Assistance Award;
  • That intended impacts and investment returns (jobs/private investment) from program investments are documented;
  • That policies and procedures established by the Operational Guidance are met; and
  • That projects are started and completed in accordance with the time schedules identified in the Special Terms and conditions of the Financial Assistance Awards.

The ideal candidate would have experience in grants management, developing economic development approaches, and analyzing socio-economic trends within regions or communities. The incumbent will be involved with a broad range of programmatic areas and functions where you will apply knowledge of the theories, dynamics, and factors underlying economic development programs, including economic development grants, development and implementation of approaches that meet customer needs, and the execution of vital initiatives.


The ideal candidate would have experience in the following:

  • Ability to interface with internal and external customers in a professional manner.
  • Skill in grant making and monitoring processes.
  • Skill in reviewing economic development grant applications and post-approval monitoring for compliance.
  • Ability to assist communities or regions in preparing an economic development strategy.
  • Skill in assessing economic development challenges.
  • Skill in dealing with all levels of senior officials, media and culturally diverse communities.

Specialized experience at the GS-9 grade level: one year of specialized experience with economic development grant-making and monitoring processes; experience providing technical assistant on grant-making programs or policies; experience using statistical and compliance websites such as, StatsAmerica, US Census, etc.

Applicants may also qualify with successful completion one of the following: (a) all of the requirements for an LL.B., J.D., or masters or equivalent degree in a related field that demonstrates the competencies necessary to do this work; or (b) two full years of graduate-level education in a related field that demonstrates the competencies necessary to do this work.


Combination of experience and education that meets the minimum qualification requirements. If you wish to substitute education for specialized experience, you must submit a copy of your college transcript (official or unofficial) from an accredited education institution for verification.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.You will be required to provide proof of U.S. citizenship if selected for this position.

To Apply

Email your resume, Cover Letter, professional references, and proof of education to Jodi Duncan (, Acting Administrative Director, and copy, by COB December 28, 2016

Note:  Your cover letter should clearly indicate the position for which you wish to be considered. Please ensure the content of your resume adequately addresses the qualification requirements of the position as listed in the solicitation announcement.

Selection will be made without discrimination for non-merit reasons such as race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, handicapping condition, marital status, sexual orientation, or political affiliation.

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  • Department of Labor
  • Department of Veterans Affairs
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