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The Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC) Director of Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCOR) is responsible for developing policy and procedures, daily operations,

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Directs the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research program of the Science and Technology Division. Administers, interprets, and implements policies, rules, regulations, laws, short and long term goals, and strategic plans to researchers. Represents the program internally to other divisions within the departments, and externally to the media, local, state and federal governmental agencies, state legislators/legislature, congressional offices, legislative audit, private organizations, and the public. Manages daily operations of an organization in conjunction with enforcement of laws, rules, regulations, policies and procedures, distribution of funds, and control of processes that ensure the effective and efficient operation of state government. Monitors and evaluates programmatic and operational performance and effectiveness, compliance with state and federal law, regulations, and policies. Determines and directs operational/legislative changes required for improvement or compliance. Recommends proposed legislation, attends legislative sessions, testifies before legislative sub-committees, and monitors and tracks proposed and new legislation. Prepares, reviews, and submits reports concerning activities, expenses, budgets, government statutes and rulings, and other items affecting policies or programs. Serves on committees, board of directors, national associations, and focus groups to stay abreast of developing issues, program initiatives, and current organizational policy. Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

Knowledge of laws, Arkansas codes, government regulations and agency rules. Knowledge of state government operations and structures. Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources. Knowledge of budgetary and fiscal management practices. Knowledge of program operations and services. Ability to analyze complex problems, interpret operational needs, and develop integrated, creative solutions. Ability to work effectively with a wide range of professionals, a diverse customer base and the public. Ability to communicate both orally and in writing. Ability to direct, plan, and implement policies, objectives, and activities of an agency. Ability to conduct presentations to legislative and other government committees regarding programs or budgets. Ability to prepare, review, and submit reports concerning activities, expenses, budgets, government statutes and rulings, and other items affecting business or programs. Ability to testify in court before control or review board or at legislature.

Minimum Qualifications:

The formal education equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in business administration, public administration or a related field; plus six years of progressively more responsible experience in economic research and development operations, including four years in a professional managerial capacity.

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