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Department: Technical Operations
Division: National Security Division
Purpose: This position is responsible for monitoring and addressing issues that relate to and impact on industry members in the two primary areas of product support and Engineering Management, and Quality Assurance. The product support area includes all phases of equipment and product life cycle support, including Integrated Logistics Support (ILS) policy, maintenance/depot maintenance, flexible sustainment, supply, spare parts, field support, technical publications, training, and so on. The engineering management focuses on design, manufacturing, reliability of products, and data interoperability and long-term storage. The quality assurance area includes all government relationships that affect product integrity and contribute to increased customer satisfaction. This position serves as the staff liaison to member bodies addressing these issues and to outside agencies.
Nature and Scope of Work: This position reports directly to the Assistant Vice President, Technical Operations.
This position is responsible for monitoring issues, regulations and developments as they relate to and impact on industry members in the areas of product support engineering management, and quality assurance in coordinating the activities of the committees, subcommittees, task groups and panels established to address these issues. These bodies may take the initiative to formulate positions to be presented to such federal agencies as DoD, NASA, EPA, DoL and GSA, as well as their various bureaus and commissions; or respond to government inquiries dealing with special areas of concern that require industry input. Some of these groups may have government, civilian, both domestic and international and/or military officials participating in or observing deliberations.
Serves as principal liaison to one or more member committees, subcommittees, panels and task forces. Works closely with the chairmen of executive and steering committees and key industry officials of these groups to identify and clarify issues. Provides assistance as well as technical advice. Participates in seeking industry consensus; drafting and refining AIA's positions on the various issues and topics under consideration; and in making these viewpoints known to appropriate agency officials.
Confers with various civilian and military officials within the administration and agencies to gain attention and favorable consideration of AIA's viewpoint on subjects of current interest. Arranges and coordinates joint government-industry working groups and project teams within assigned area of responsibility in order to gain consensus on major issues affecting the aerospace industry.
Occasionally attends congressional hearings to become aware of the legislative considerations impacting on the incumbent's areas specialization. Can assist the Office of Legislative Affairs in drafting testimony to be presented at such hearings.
Serves as a central resource person, and as such responds to inquiries from member companies, government officials and the public seeking information and background data on incumbent's areas of expertise. These inquiries can range from general questions to highly specific requests that may take days to assemble the required data and background information.
Makes all meeting arrangements for committees in areas of responsibility. This includes assisting in topic selection, development of background information and materials, selection of site and hotel/company facility, arranging for meeting and sleeping rooms and menus, taking minutes and finalizing these after comment, and approving expenses associated with each meeting.
Contributes articles and news items to the AIA newsletter highlighting issues and developments within own areas of expertise and responsibility. May also contribute to various government publications as requested.
As directed by the president, may serve as principal staff liaison to several Board of Governors ad hoc groups dealing with current industry issues.
Conducts several committee-generated surveys a year on topics of immediate interest. Gathers data compiled by the committees; formats, reproduces and distributes it to committees and other interested parties.
Develops and populates web sites within the AIA home page for product support and quality assurance.