Oversee the AFS Technical Services Department and direct its activities to ensure that they are aligned with the goals of the AFS strategic plan. Administer the AFS research portfolio of internally and externally funded projects, managing the technology transfer of these programs to the industry. Provide supporting liaison to the technical committees and research board to assist them in achieving the Society’s goals and objectives; also provide support for technical publications, i.e. the International Journal of Metalcasting, and serve as a technical resource to the AFS members and the metalcasting industry.
Evaluate the technical challenges and opportunities facing the industry over the coming five to ten years, and shape a technical-services program in which AFS leads the industry in adapting to coming changes and seizing new opportunities.
Manage a streamlined process of high-impact research proposal development and execution (from committee to division to Research Board to contract to completion to communication of results to AFS members).
Provide staff support to the Research Board, and assist the Board in evaluating and prioritizing proposals.
Evaluate outside research consortia opportunities for cost-effectiveness and benefit and lead AFS participation as budgeted/appropriate. Help communicate benefits to members.
Evaluate and supervise Technical Services staff, ensuring consistent delivery of superior member service and efficient/effective performance of responsibilities, as documented in goal-setting and performance reviews.
Regularly review foundry-industry participation levels in all AFS technical committees, and lead participant recruitment/outreach drives on a consistent basis. Encourage participation, including members of Future Leaders in Metalcasting, in committees.
Ensure compliance with AFS Committee Handbook, and all other AFS policies.
Technical Services Responsibilities:
Ensure delivery of technical services to AFS members.
Position AFS to be the association of choice in providing technical assistance to member companies.
Ensure AFS has the right mix of technical skills on staff and/or contract consultants to meet that objective, within budget parameters.
Technology-Transfer Programming Responsibilities:
Facilitate the transfer of technology to AFS members through publications, meetings, and webinars, working with the Marketing & Communications Division.
Develop innovative AFS conference and trade-show technical programming. Ensure conferences adhere to strict budgets, including revenue and expenses.
Coordinate offerings with AFS Institute where appropriate.
Serve as a frequent public speaker at AFS chapter meetings across North America and other industry events.
Serve as a technical resource for AFS publications, such as the International Journal of Metalcasting (IJMC), Modern Casting, etc. Edit IJMC, or supervise the editor.
Collaborate with other AFS divisions to deliver a strong ROI to corporate and individual members, and to communicate that value to members and prospects.
Perform other duties as assigned
Required Skills or Experience:
A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in an engineering, metallurgy or materials science curriculum required.
Successful experience in managing administrative and technical personnel and contractors. Must be able to set measurable goals and ensure they are achieved.
Extensive knowledge of metallurgy, the metalcasting industry, manufacturing methods, and supply chains.
Demonstrated track record as a team player and team leader. Ability to deliver and model superior member service throughout an entire division; and collaborate/communicate effectively with other AFS
Due to the high level of interaction with industry, government agencies, and the public, the successful candidate must be proficient in both written and verbal communications in English.
Frequent travel is required.
Required to stand, walk, sit, use hands to finger or feel objects, reach, balance, stoop. Vision abilities include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.
The work is classified as Light Physical Demand Level (PDL) by the US Dept. of Labor’s Dictionary of Occupational Titles. Frequencies: Occasional (1-33%); Frequent (34—66%); Continuous (67-100%)
Lift up to 20 lbs. on an occasional basis floor to waist.
Carry up to 20 lbs. on an occasional basis up to 25 feet.
The American Foundry Society (AFS) is a non-profit association serving members of the metalcasting supply chain both in the United States and abroad. AFS provides members with advocacy efforts in Washington, D.C., technical education through its Institute, as well as the transfer of innovative research and technology to the industry, its suppliers and those who buy castings. Membership is individu...al or corporate and is made up of three markets, including: metalcasters and producers of metal cast parts; metalcasting suppliers; and casting buyers/original equipment manufacturers (OEM’s). Student membership is also extended to future leaders of the metalcasting industry at a nominal cost.
The society was founded in 1896 and serves close to 800 corporate members and 7,500 individual members including metalcasting suppliers and OEM facilities in more than 41 countries worldwide, covering all metalcasting processes and materials.