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The Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC) Manufacturing Solutions Director is responsible for developing policy and procedures, daily operations, program support, and technical assistance for Arkansas Manufacturing Solutions (AMS), a national Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) center and program of the Science and Technology Division. This position is governed by state and federal laws and agency policy.

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Administers, interprets, and implements policies, rules, regulations, laws, short and long term goals, and strategic plans to serve Arkansas manufacturers. Represents the program internally to other divisions within the Authority, and externally to the media, local, state and federal governmental agencies, state legislators and staff, congressional offices and staff, legislative audit staff, 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 and 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 hearings, 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 as required by stakeholders. Serves on committees, boards 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 the agency. 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 and/or legislature bodies.

Minimum Qualifications:

The formal education equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in engineering, business administration or a related field; plus six years of progressively more responsible experience at an executive level of industry, including four years in a professional managerial capacity.

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