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April 28, 2024 | Tom Ballard

New leader sought for Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership

Deadline to apply is May 8.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is seeking a new Director for the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Program after Pravina Raghavan began her tenure as the Director of the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund  last month.

The Director of the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership Program directs and controls the activities of the MEP, specifically responsible for the following:

  • Providing leadership to the NIST MEP national office and the system of MEP centers, such as through the development and leadership of the system’s strategic approach to sustaining and growing the economic competitiveness of U.S. manufacturers, particularly small and medium-sized manufacturers.
  • Representing the MEP in national manufacturing policy and strategy, including representing NIST to and/or with the Department of Commerce to national stakeholders including the Office of Management and Budget, the National Economic Council, the U.S. Congress, and others on budget, and other matters concerning the Program.
  • Serving as an expert in developing, maintaining and growing federal-state partnerships and public-private partnerships that bring together federal, state, and private sector policies and resources towards an “eco-system” that helps grow the economic competitiveness of U.S. manufacturers.
  • Participating in exchanges of technical information and plans, organizes, and operates appropriate mechanisms for coordinating technical activities and programs.
  • Participating in important liaison and representative functions with senior manufacturing and technology-based economic development programs of foreign governments, industrial laboratories, universities, and Federal and state laboratories for the prime purpose of facilitating programs under the direction of the MEP.
  • Initiating and coordinating 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.

The Tennessee Manufacturing Extension Partnership, a program operated by the University of Tennessee’s Center for Industrial Services, is part of the national MEP organization.

Deadline to apply is 11:59 p.m. EDT on May 8. More details can be found here.

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