Job Overview

Summary

Founded in 1901, NIST is a non-regulatory federal agency within Commerce. NIST's mission is to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life. To learn more about NIST, follow NIST on youtube, twitter, or facebook.

The incumbent will serve as the Chief, Materials and Structural Systems Division in the Engineering Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, Maryland. 

Duties

The incumbent will serve as the Chief, Materials and Structural Systems Division in the Engineering Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, Maryland. The responsibilities of the position are to plan, coordinate, lead and direct the overall scientific and technical programs; control the budget; and recruit personnel for the Division. The incumbent will lead and manage the Division to achieve scientific and technical excellence in its measurement science research and to achieve impacts through broad-based end-use of standards and tools resulting from the research. The Division:

  • Promotes U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness in areas of critical national priority by anticipating and meeting the measurement science and standards needs for materials and structures used in construction, manufacturing and infrastructure in ways that enhance economic prosperity and improve the quality of life.
  • Carries out mission functions in building materials and structures; engineering and manufacturing materials; sustainability metrics and practices; national earthquake hazards reduction; national windstorm impact reduction; national construction safety teams; and other authorities for disaster and failure event studies.
  • Carries out other measurement science research and services to support mission functions as may be necessary, including sustainability, service life prediction, and life cycle assessment of materials performance; safety and resilience performance of structures; and cyber-physical systems.

Responsibilities of the position include leading and managing the Division’s engagement with industry, standards and codes development organizations, and other federal agencies, including establishment of mutually beneficial international collaborations.

The incumbent will be responsible for program planning and management, including development of program and project proposals for annual budget requests, management of programs to achieve results in accordance with milestone schedules and within budget, and development of partnerships with other Engineering Laboratory Divisions, NIST Laboratories and universities. The incumbent also will be responsible for budget planning and control, development of other agency and private sector funding, solvency management for the Division, and formulation of budget initiative proposals. In addition, the incumbent will be responsible for personnel management, including staff supervision, laboratory and office safety, recruitment, performance management, pay-for-performance, succession planning, and leadership and employee development.