Senior Executive Director for Strategic Procurement, Contract Management and Community Relations
Job no: 496326
Position type: full-time
Location: Lewisburg, PA
Categories: Finance / Business Support, Other
Reporting to the Vice President for Finance & Administration, this full-time position is responsible for overseeing the University’s strategic procurement, contract management, and certain other business services, and coordinating local and regional community relations. The Senior Executive Director works as an integral member of a finance team with the Associate Vice President, Treasurer and Controller and the Associate Vice President for Facilities and Campus Sustainability. In addition, this position coordinates much of its work with the University’s Office of General Counsel and other functional leaders on the Operations and Management Group.
In managing the areas detailed below, this position will:
- with a keen sense of vision and strategic leadership, develop and implement plans and strategies to accomplish University goals effectively and in compliance with applicable legal requirements;
- provide leadership and work collaboratively with other key colleagues and departments from Library & Information Technology and Facilities where significant purchasing occurs, to the division of Student Affairs where working with students and understanding the student experience is crucial for managing successful business services ventures and developing valuable community relations;
- develop exceptional relationships with vendors, members of the campus and broader community and other constituents;
- serve as a liaison with other departments, vendors and other campus constituents, assuring prompt and effective delivery of essential goods and services to the University and providing excellent customer service in a helpful, consultative manner;
- enhance the range and quality of procurement services ensuring fiscal responsibility, efficiency and accountability and provide leadership, direction and supervision of direct reports;
- utilize current and emerging technology solutions to strategically serve the procurement, contract management, and business services needs of the University;
- create, manage, review and implement effective policies and procedures across the campus community including appropriate documentation and process improvement;
- provide appropriate training to direct and indirect reports and for faculty and staff across campus as appropriate to enhance procurement and other business services; actively support a diverse and inclusive workforce
Strategic procurement services – Oversee all aspects of the University’s procurement needs. Directly responsible for evaluating campus–wide spend analysis, strategic vendor relationships, procurement consortiums and supporting functional areas e.g. facilities, technology, athletics, construction, academics etc. Ensure the University’s sustainability and diversity initiatives are reflected in procurement policies, and practices.
Auxiliary operations – Manage the business relationships, contracts and coordination with vendors and all appropriate University functional areas for auxiliary operations including dining, student health services, events management, and the bookstore.
Other business services – Manage the business relationships, contracts and coordination with vendors and all appropriate University functional areas for box office, laundry, campus dollars, sports properties, memberships, and real estate services and initiatives.
Community Relations – Coordinate local and regional community relations and represent the University within the local and regional community, including on certain community committees and boards and at appropriate meetings of special interest.
• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent successful career progression
• Eight years of progressively responsible experience in procurement and contract management or related skills
• Demonstrated ability to develop and enhance excellent relationships and partnerships
• Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with a broad range of constituents in both written and oral forms
• Appreciation for and understanding of a mission oriented University including a focus on service and ability to work within a collaborative team environment with cross-functional teams
• Experience with large complex integrated ERP systems or relevant procurement systems.
• Previous supervisory experience
• Excellent negotiation and contract skills
• Advanced analytical, reporting and presentation skills
• Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion
• Proficiency with desktop computer software applications such as ad hoc report writers, Excel, Word and PowerPoint
• A demonstrated results driven focus with proven problem-solving skills, and an ability to troubleshoot situations and manage multiple tasks and deadlines
• Previous experience in or understanding of higher education
• Applicable certifications in the procurement field (CPPB, CPP, CPPM) and/or other business, management credentials (MBA, CPA etc.) and or relevant advanced degree.
• Previous experience in managing relationships with third-party stakeholders
• Experience using Workday Finance and Adaptive Insights
Founded in 1846 and located along the banks of the Susquehanna River in historic Lewisburg, Pa., Bucknell University is an undergraduate-focused institution that stands uniquely at the intersection of top-ranked liberal arts, engineering and management programs. Our students choose from more than 50 majors and 60 minors in the arts, engineering, humanities, management, and natural and social sciences, as well as extensive global study, service-learning and research opportunities. Bucknell’s 3,600 undergraduate and 100 graduate students enjoy a low 9:1 student-faculty ratio and exceptional opportunities to collaborate with faculty mentors.
Bucknell’s beautiful 450-acre campus includes first-rate facilities and is home to more than 90 percent of its students. Residential life is vibrant with about 150 student-run organizations, 27 NCAA Division I athletic teams, a robust arts culture, and a strong student commitment to community and global service work.
Bucknell is committed to fostering an environment that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion, and we seek candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports the growth and development of a diverse campus community. The University provides equal opportunity without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, marital status, veteran status or disability in admissions, employment and in all of its educational programs and activities. We encourage individuals from historically underrepresented groups to apply.
Located in central Pennsylvania, Lewisburg features a variety of restaurants, beautiful Victorian homes, the restored art deco Campus Theatre (owned by the University), charming shops and boutiques, and the Barnes and Noble at Bucknell University Bookstore. About 33,000 residents live in the region.
The city of Williamsport is about a 30-minute drive from campus, and Penn State University’s main campus is about an hour away, as is Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s state capital. Bucknell is about three hours from New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.
The cost of living here is low compared to that of major U.S. cities and suburbs. Bucknell’s surroundings yield fresh produce, cultural activities and events, and many opportunities for outdoor activity on the Susquehanna River and in the nearby state parks and forests. The Lewisburg Area School District receives excellent reviews for its schools at all grade levels. Lewisburg Area High School is consistently ranked among the top 50 high schools in Pennsylvania for SAT scores and statewide exams.
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