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Assistant Director of Procurement Services & Contract Management
Northern Illinois University

Date Posted Aug. 21, 2020
Title Assistant Director of Procurement Services & Contract Management
University Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL, United States
Department Procurement&Strategic Sourcing
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Associate/Assistant Director
  • Financial Planning/Budget Management

Primary Function
The Assistant Director is a full-time, regular civil service position. This position provides primary support to the Director of Procurement Services and Contract Management, and acts for and assumes full direction for the Office of PSCM in the absence of the Director for all administrative or operational matters. This position manages departmental resources, sets operating policies for the department, and coordinate and facilitate various planning programs for the unit.

Duties and Responsibilities (generally)
The Assistant Director works independently and reports to the Director regarding overall PSCM programs and alerts the Director to those situations requiring immediate attention. The work of the Assistant Director is evaluated by the Director. The person in this position should have good inter-personal skills, must possess knowledge of University business practices, must value and exhibit accuracy, efficiency and ethical leadership, and must be able to work with short deadlines. In addition, the person in this position must be committed to the vision, mission and core values of the university.

Minimum Required Qualifications for this position

1. A bachelor’s degree in business, public administration, law, or a related field (with a minimum of 24 business credit hours)

2. A total of eight (8) to ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience in procurement and contracts management, including at least five (5) years of supervisory experience over a major segment of a procurement or materials management business function.

3. Demonstrated experience in a public organization with a diverse employee population in a collective bargaining environment.

4. Demonstrated ability to assess data, clearly formulate innovative ideas and recommendations, communicate decisions concisely and clearly, both verbally and in writing.

5. Demonstrated experience managing multiple, complex projects simultaneously, including many that are vastly different in scope and scale and highly sensitive.

Specialty Factors
Education and Experience Preferred

  • Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM); or, Certified Public Purchasing Officer (CPPO) Certification
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, with the ability to interact efficiently with academic leaders, faculty, staff, students and vendors;
  • Must have strong communication skills, both written and verbal;
  • Superior interpersonal communications skills in management and conflict resolution techniques, with a consultative approach to problem solving, and promoting collegiality.
  • Proven management experience and administrative skills to motivate, organize, direct, and evaluate staff.
  • Ability to provide visionary leadership and motivation to department staff;
  • Ability to prioritize projects, tasks, and functions and to determine the relative importance of selected duties, established deadlines, office functions, and implement integrated information technology systems that support departmental functions.

List the knowledge, skills, and abilities critical to the performance of this position.
Demonstrated ability to apply complex procurement, contracting and management principles and procedures, state law, and record keeping techniques and methods.

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