Deputy Director of Procurement Services (University Procurement Director)

New York, NY
Feb 03, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


A Deputy Director of Procurement position is available to direct institutional procurement policies, procedures, and objectives in accord with University, New York State and New York City rules and regulations, and participate in reviewing and negotiating major procurement contracts, sourcing agreements and change orders. Reporting to the Director of Procurement Services, the Deputy Director will administer supply chain and strategic sourcing initiatives resulting in complex competitive procurements (i.e. Requests for Proposals, Invitations to Bid, Single/Sole Source Justifications), plus awards of contracts for commodities and services; ensure the achievement of strategic purchasing program initiatives, such as the utilization of Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprises, Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses and sustainable/green energy commodities and services. The Deputy Director will be responsible for a distinct, assigned University-wide procurement portfolio, such as revenue generating initiatives of the University; information technology; finance and legal services; and the commodity and service based areas of academic affairs, student affairs, facility operations, human resources and public safety/security. The Deputy Director will coordinate with other senior Procurement management to ensure seamless backup coverage and support to the University community; guide staff on the various "best practice" procurement methodologies including evaluation and selection processes which will achieve the University's goals and deter protests by unsuccessful bidders/proposers; participate in developing required Board resolutions; and coach assigned staff through all aspects of contract administration.


Bachelor's degree and eight years' related experience required.

The ideal candidate will have the following knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Eight years' progressively responsible large-scale professional service contracting, procurement or purchasing management experience required.
  • Relevant advanced degree, professional licensure, or certification preferred.
  • Knowledge of public sector procurement plus relevant state and city policies, procedures, rules, regulations and laws in a higher education institution or government agency strongly preferred.
  • Experience using PeopleSoft or other similar financial systems including related e-Business financial and accounting applications for life-cycle procurement functions strongly preferred.
  • Detail oriented and accurate with strong quantitative, financial, and critical analysis skills plus evaluation and research skills.
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills, plus negotiation and presentation skills.
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to establish plans, manage a large workload, multiple assignments, conflicting priorities and meet deadlines in a time-sensitive office.
  • Work effectively individually and collaboratively with diverse stakeholders of various organizational levels.
  • Advanced proficiency using computers and standard MS Office, financial and database applications and systems.


Directs and effectively administers centralized procurement, contracting, and accounts payable operations and systems.

  • Develops and manages policies, procedures, and objectives for the university's purchasing program according to CUNY policy and applicable regulations
  • Reviews procurement contracts; coordinates contract compliance, change orders and problem resolution practices in consultation with legal counsel and government agencies
  • Reviews, approves, and oversees individual procurement transactions to ensure compliance
  • Advises university and campus-based staff on budget and accounts payable matters related to procurement
  • May participate in contract negotiations with vendors/suppliers, including bidding and selection
  • Makes recommendations designed to reduce costs, update systems, and provide environmentally approved materials and services
  • Performs related duties as assigned.


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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; review of applications will begin October 4, 2016.


CUNY Job Posting: Managerial/Professional


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: Deputy Director of Procurement Services (University Procurement Director)

Job ID: 15568

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular


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