University Administrator (University Executive Director of Strategic Sourcing and Chief Procurement

New York, NY
Jan 31, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


CUNY is the nation's leading urban public university, serving 520,000 students - more than 270,000 degree-credit students and nearly 250,000 in adult, continuing and professional education at 24 institutions in New York City. The University includes 11 senior colleges, seven community colleges, the William E. Macaulay Honors College at CUNY, the Graduate School and University Center, the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, the CUNY School of Law, the CUNY School of Professional Studies, and the CUNY School of Public Health.

The University Executive Director of Strategic Sourcing and Chief Procurement Officer is responsible for leading the University's Strategic Sourcing initiative and complex and critical negotiations in the purchasing cycle and for managing the day to day operations of the central office procurement department. Reporting to the Vice Chancellor of Budget and Finance, he/she works in close partnership with the State and City of New York, CUNY's Office of General Counsel, central office and college personnel and supplier community to design and implement a fair, consistent and competitive procurement process.

A key requirement of the position is the ability to drive change across the organization, and, in partnership with the colleges and strategic suppliers, move CUNY to the next level of sourcing and procurement results, incorporating the best practices already in place within CUNY with those in the industry, and providing the thought leadership to adapt new best practices

Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Develops and implements plans for an enterprise-wide procurement strategy aligned with strategic sourcing and supplier diversity principles.
  • Defines a Strategic Sourcing roadmap of commodity and service categories that leverages purchasing volume of all CUNY institutions and establishes enterprise-wide contracts.
  • Establishes a customer-service focused center of excellence to effectively and efficiently acquire the necessary products and services needed by CUNY institutions through active central management of enterprise-wide contracts.
  • Designs and implements methods for assessing contractual performance of major suppliers, initiates supplier improvement programs, manages and negotiates variations within and outside the scope of contracts while enforcing contract remedies where required.
  • Plans, directs and manages all University-wide procurement and contracting functions which include direct and indirect authority over staff in the acquisition and contracting of goods and services.
  • Manages the development of bidders' lists and University's vendor file and reviews and evaluates specifications for soliciting responses to compete bids and requests for proposals.
  • Ensures all sourcing is in compliance with applicable procurement rules, regulations and statues.
  • Analyzes data and reports on performance, savings generated and additional procurement opportunities.
  • Leads the implementation and continuous improvement of CUNY's procurement and strategic sourcing software; and ensures that the system's functionality is optimally utilized.
  • Develops and provides oversight of training programs for procurement staff and customers and confers with CUNY management and representatives of the colleges regarding procurement issues.
  • Plans, directs and manages the University's purchasing card operation. Serves as the liaison to the State and City regarding procurement.
  • Serves as the Chair of the CUNY Procurement Directors' meetings and serves on and/or leads other committees and task forces.
  • Travels to suppliers and CUNY colleges as necessary.


Bachelor's degree in business, materials management, supply chain management or a related field and eight years' relevant experience required.

The successful candidate will possess the following knowledge, skills and professional attributes:

  • Eight years progressively responsible experience overseeing financial management, procurement or related areas, for large organizations, preferably in a governmental setting or higher educational organization, of which no less than five years are in a senior supervisory capacity.
  • Master's of Business Administration or Masters in a related field and/or Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO) or Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) designations and Juris Doctorate degree are preferred.
  • Knowledge of government procurement, source selection methodologies, bid specifications, statements of work, requests for proposals and solicitations, contract formation and/or administration is critical.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide effective leadership, vision, supervision, professional development, and training to ensure individual staff development and achievement of organizational goals and provide a high level of customer-focused services and continuous improvement in the procurement area.
  • Superior analytical, communication, and interpersonal skills, and has the capacity to think strategically and creatively.
  • Demonstrated experience in implementing strategic sourcing principles.
  • Strong understanding of information technology, benchmarking and performance metrics.

The candidate must also be mindful of the University's goals and initiatives in regards to Minority and Woman Owned Businesses (MWBE) and Service Disable Veterans Owned Business (SDVOB)


University Administrator


Salary commensurate with education and experience.

CUNY's benefits contribute significantly to total compensation, supporting health and wellness, financial well-being, and professional development. We offer a range of health plans, competitive retirement/pension benefits and savings plans, tuition waivers for CUNY graduate study and generous paid time off. Our staff also benefits from the extensive academic, arts, and athletic programs on our campuses and the opportunity to participate in a lively, diverse academic community in one of the greatest cities in the world.


For full consideration, submit a cover letter and rsum online via CUNY's web-based job system, addressing how your experience and credentials fulfill the responsibilities and qualifications outlined.

The direct link to the job opening from external sources is:



Open until filled.


CUNY Job Posting: Executive


CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply. At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups. Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.

Location: Central Office

Job Title: University Administrator (University Executive Director of Strategic Sourcing and Chief Procurement Officer)

Job ID: 14496

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular


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