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Program Analyst (Mid-level)

Are you looking for an exciting and challenging opportunity? Then Applied Research Associates (ARA), Inc. may have just the thing for you. We’re seeking a Program Control Analyst for a full time position within the Department of Defense (DoD) providing analytical and administrative support to an Assistant Secretary of Defense-level office. Candidates must possess a strong background and proven history in supporting senior-level DoD officials and advising on critical issues facing the Department or other government agencies. This requires someone with strong analytical skills, who is detail oriented, possesses problem solving abilities, and can thrive in a cross-functional setting. Actual work location may include the Pentagon, or other government location.

Primary Responsibilities & Functions:

  • Develop and implement procedures to improve coordination and situational awareness among component organizations
  • Conduct detailed investigative research, data collection and summarize for senior government officials’ use
  • Work effectively under deadlines and manage multiple issues with evolving requirements
  • Notify appropriate staff of their respective assignments, and monitor progress to assist in their timely completion using Office of Secretary of Defense (OSD) tracking tools
  • Monitor congressional issues that influence the office, including:
    • Responding to all tasks that relate to Congressional issues or questions
    • Identifying issues that require proactive engagement with key Congressional staff, and recommend assignment of related responsibilities within the office or component.
    • Manager of scorecards for Freedom Information Act, Government Affairs Office, NDAA Statutory Requirements, Office of Legislative Council tasks
  • Develop effective communications with all internal components and other OSD organizations

Required Skills & Qualifications: 

Must hold an Active DoD Top Secret security clearance and be eligible for Sensitive Compartmentalized Information (Active SCI adjudicated by the Defense Intelligence Agency is preferred)

  • Requires a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent with seven to nine years of Executive Support or related experience
  • Proven track record with DoD acquisition, systems engineering and program management support across multiple programs and portfolios
  • Expertise in DoD roles and missions, and organizational structure
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Office applications
  • Innovative and fresh thinking with a ‘can do’ attitude
  • Ability to manage and prioritize numerous concurrent assignments
  • Organized individual, with prioritization and time management skills
  • Applicant must be a U.S. citizen


Applied Research Associates, Inc. is an employee-owned international research and engineering company recognized for providing technically superior solutions to complex and challenging problems in the physical sciences. The company, founded in Albuquerque, NM, in 1979, currently employs over 1200 professionals and continues to grow. ARA offices throughout the United States and Canada provide a broad range of technical expertise in defense technologies, civil technologies, computer software and simulation, systems analysis, environmental technologies, and testing and measurement. The corporation also provides sophisticated technical products for environmental site characterization, pavement analysis, and robotics.

At ARA, employees are our greatest assets. The corporation realizes that employee ownership spawns greater creativity and initiative along with higher performance and customer satisfaction levels. ARA gives its employees the tools, training, and opportunities to take more active roles as owners. The culture is challenging; innovation and experimentation are the norm. Employees are eligible for contributions which not only add to the company’s success, but also their own through the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). The motto, “Engineering and Science for Fun and Profit” sums up the ARA experience. For additional information and an opportunity to join this unique workplace, please visit our website at

Experience Required
  • 7 - 9 years: Supporting senior-level DoD officials
  • 7 - 9 years: Detailed investigative research and data collection
  • 7 - 9 years: Program management support across multiple programs and portfolios
Education Required
  • Bachelors or better
Behaviors Required
  • Functional Expert: Considered a thought leader on a subject
  • Detail Oriented: Capable of carrying out a given task with all details necessary to get the task done well

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.

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