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    The Deputy Director, Manufacturing Extension Partnership Program serves as the focal point for Manufacturing Extension Partnership Program (MEP) contacts with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Department of Commerce (DOC) on MEP program matters; the incumbent directs the overall program planning function to ensure the effective development and presentation of the unit’s programs, and to ensure MEP fully meets the needs and requirements of NIST, DOC and Congress.

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    The Deputy Director serves as the focal point for MEP contacts with NIST and DOC on MEP program matters; the incumbent directs the overall program planning function to ensure the effective development and presentation of the unit’s programs, and to ensure that MEP fully meets the needs and requirements of NIST, DOC, and Congress.  The incumbent is also responsible for the monitoring and evaluation of all MEP programs, to ensure that they are executed in a manner consistent with the policy decisions of NIST and DOC, and with the general management policies and procedures of the Federal Government.  The incumbent recommends to the Director, MEP, programmatic changes as needed with the resources allocated, and assists the Director in reprogramming of allocated resources needed to support programmatic changes.  The Deputy Director performs, among others, the following specific duties:

    • As a member of the MEP management, the incumbent participates fully in the determinations of major MEP/NIST policy issues.
    • Represents the MEP Director in concluding fiscal and other agreements for the assumption or continuation of modernizing America’s manufacturing base through transfer of modern manufacturing technology and techniques to small and medium-sized manufacturers.
    • Directs program analyses and evaluations of selected program areas for determination of national needs for current and potential MEP services. Existing programs are analyzed in the context of MEP objectives, programmatic and technical strengths and weaknesses are identified. Directs preparation of program alternatives, recommendations, submissions, and speeches, and is responsible for internal and external communication.
    • Initiates and coordinates long-range and strategic planning activities of MEP assuring that it takes into account assessments of future manufacturing needs, current priorities, and technical opportunities as articulated by the Administration, Congress, state and local governments, industry, and the general public.
    • Coordinates the formulation of the MEP budget and assures adequate consideration of all program alternatives and coordinates the preparation of the narrative materials that support the MEP budget.
    • Assures proper MEP participation in important liaison and representation functions with senior officials and scientists of manufacturing and industrial organizations, universities, federal and state governments, professional organizations, and trade associations for the primary purpose of facilitating the work of MEP in dealing with current national problems which require effective technology transfer and manufacturing assisted services.
    • Collaborates with the Directors and Deputies of NIST Operating Units (OU’s) in various periodic and special Institute program planning and review meetings dealing with matters such as long and short-range program planning, establishment of adjustment of levels of effort or priorities, the coordination of inter-laboratory activities, and the accommodation of new or emerging needs of science, technology, technology transfer, manufacturing modernization, in the general fields of NIST competence. 
    • The incumbent is responsible for the design, implementation, and management of programs to enhance U.S. competitiveness by assisting industry through provision of the traditional NIST services in addition to the new responsibilities outlined in the Omnibus Trade Act.
    • Serves as Acting Director of MEP, in the absence of the Director.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Occasional to frequent travel may be required.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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    0340 Program Management

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