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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 is GS-12) position located in the Philadelphia Regional Office, 900 Market Street, Room 602,  Philadelphia, PA 19107.  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 U.S. Economic Development Administration ( is an operating bureau within the U.S. Department of Commerce with seven offices: headquarters in Washington, DC, and six regional offices across the U.S. (Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, Denver, Philadelphia, and Seattle).

The mission of the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) is to lead the federal economic development agenda by promoting innovation and competitiveness, preparing regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy.

EDA executes its mission through grants and technical assistance to communities across the country in order to generate new employment, help retain existing jobs, and stimulate industrial and commercial growth.

EDA is the only federal government agency solely focused on economic development. The EDA is looking for an energetic and innovative individual who will enjoy working in a dynamic and mission-driven organization to serve as the Administrative Specialist.


The incumbent of this position will serve as an Economic Development Specialist for the Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) Philadelphia Regional Office (PRO).  As an Economic Development Specialist, you will have the opportunity to develop and implement significant new program strategies; analyze key business and industry policy questions and contribute to significant agency decisions, policy recommendations and positions.  You will assist on initiatives with our Federal and non-Federal partners for the purpose of revitalizing, expanding, and upgrading distressed communities' physical infrastructure in order to attract new industry, encourage business expansion and generate or retain long-term private sector jobs and investment.  

You will serve as a technical authority for EDA and authoritatively and independently handle a broad range of programmatic areas and functions where you will apply your knowledge of the theories, dynamics and factors underlying economic development programs.  You willfully brief EDA grant recipients and applicants (distressed communities, economic development agencies and organizations, public officials and civic leaders) on regulations, guidelines, and other requirements for EDA programs, funding opportunities, and investment activities.

In addition, you will serve in an advisory capacity for the investment applicants and on comprehensive technical and financial requirements to assure maximum and timely impact and results for EDA economic development investments. 

You will prepare and present informational briefings and status updates to the Area Director regarding applications, project progress, and important issues that may impact project schedules or budgets.  You will assess applications to determine whether they meet eligibility requirements of EDA regulations, selection criteria as stated in the Federal Funding Opportunity, and are consistent with the Regional Office's strategic plan. You will validate 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.


Specialized experience GS-9 grade level:   One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7, with economic development grant-making and monitoring processes; experience providing technical assistance on grant-making programs or policies; experience using statistical and compliance websites such as, StatsAmerica, US Census, etc.

Applicants may 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. OR I have a 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.


Email your resume, Cover Letter, professional references, and proof of non-competitive eligibility (NCE) to Kimberly Trimble ( and copy by COB January 31, 2018.

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 Veterans Affairs
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