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Baldrige Program Seeks Examiners for 2014 Board

December 2, 2013

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The Baldrige Performance Excellence Program is seeking applicants for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Board of Examiners for the 2014 Award cycle.

Serving as an examiner is an opportunity for personal and professional development and growth. It is an opportunity to work as part of a diverse team of professionals from all sectors of the U.S. economy. Examiners are volunteers who want to make a difference and help drive breakthrough improvement in their own organizations and contribute to the transfer of role model practices to advance the nation.

The Examiner Application is now available online and will be open until January 9, 2014.

Baldrige examiners are part of an elite group of more than 400 professionals who commit their knowledge, skills, and time to help evaluate applicants for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award—the only Presidential award for performance excellence.The board is comprised of senior leaders and experienced management professionals from across all sectors of the U.S. economy, including manufacturing, service, small business, health care, education, government, and nonprofit. Examiners make a major contribution to the national effort to recognize and promote performance excellence, and they benefit from an unparalleled networking and educational experience.

Examiners have the unique opportunity to explore in depth examples of best practices, innovation, planning strategies, and ways to engage customers and the workforce, which builds their professional acumen. A Baldrige Examiner brings back all of that valuable learning to his or her own organization.

Examiners are selected based on knowledge of the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence, industry expertise, good oral communication, good written communication, skills at leading a team, and team-participation experience. More information on who should apply is available.

As part of the Examiner Preparation course, examiners evaluate a case study (a fictitious Baldrige application) and engage in peer learning; in-depth Criteria training; and facilitated team, leadership, and technical writing training. Examiners then volunteer 100+ hours in the evaluation of an actual Baldrige Award applicant, which includes independent, consensus, and site visit reviews. Baldrige examiner training has been named a top-10 leadership development program by Leadership Excellence magazine for three consecutive years. 

Read testimonials of why others serve and a video that features Baldrige examiners sharing their experiences on the board.

The application for appointment to the 2014 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Board of Examiners will close Thursday, January 9, 2014, at 6 p.m. ET. Complete information is available on the Baldrige Become an Examiner page. Contact examappl@nist.gov for more information.