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The position exists to administer and direct the Supplier Diversity Program that facilitates Minnesota State's commitment to creating and maintaining a supply chain that resembles the diversity of its student body and surrounding business community. The Supplier Diversity Manager is responsible for developing a comprehensive strategy for implementing and operating Minnesota State's Supplier Diversity Program across the system. The incumbent is responsible for managing Supplier Diversity portion of the Equity Scorecard to track and report on college/university and system performance related to contracting with women-owned and minority-owned firms.
External work includes managing and supporting Minnesota State's work to advance effective and successful relationships with its vendor community and other public entities per Board of Trustees policies, directives, and priorities. The incumbent ensures equal opportunities for small, woman-owned, minority-owned, veteran-owned, and economically disadvantaged businesses and optimize their participation in competing for Minnesota State procurement opportunities. The employee will promote efficient, effective and responsible working relationships between vendors selling to Minnesota State, and the college/university/system office buyers and contract administrators/users who purchase vendors' products or services.
Bachelor's Degree (accounting/finance/business/public policy/related) or an equivalent combination (minimum of 4 years) of education and experience in the following:
Experience using qualitative and quantitative analysis sufficient to evaluate program results and to critique the analytical methods and results of other public program professionals.
Experience with governmental budgeting and legislative processes sufficient to consolidate multiple program activities and to propose legislative initiatives to meet current and future program needs.
Knowledge of law and administrative procedures sufficient to serve as a technical expert before departmental policy committees and other public forums.
Knowledge of public policy and administration principles sufficient to design, implement and evaluate public program and financial reporting systems.
Experience with project planning and operations sufficient to organize projects, establish goals and timetables, clarify mutual expectations and evaluate results.
Working knowledge of complex purchasing and contracting processes and strategies.
Ability to read and comprehend public administration literature and program bulletins, manuals, rules, etc., sufficient to design and develop financial and program reporting systems and appropriate documentation.
Ability to write reports, bulletins, procedures, rules, and correspondence sufficient to describe, promote and justify current and future program initiatives and outcomes.
Ability to communicate orally sufficient to mobilize action to achieve organizational goals, to coach and advise other program staff, to speak to individuals and groups to resolve differences of opinion and to testify before departmental policy committees and at other public forums.
Ability to adapt to continuous organizational and program changes sufficient to work constructively under pressure and cope with ambiguity and setbacks.
Skills in human relations sufficient to build networks of colleagues throughout the public sector and to effectively persuade clients and other governmental officials by understanding complex and oftentimes, competing relationships and political agendas.
Master's Degree in Business
Two (2)years' experience or more with Minnesota State (or other higher education environment) and/or the State of Minnesota related to working with small woman-owned, minority-owned, veteran-owned and other economically disadvantaged businesses.
Minnesota State is the largest single provider of higher education in the state. With 37 institutions, including 30 community and technical colleges and seven state universities, Minnesota State serves 64 percent of the state's undergraduate student population.
We employ more than 15,900 dedicated faculty and staff focused on student success. We provide essential training and specialized certification options for business, industry, and professionals throughout Minnesota.
The work location is in the heart of downtown St. Paul, right in the skyway system. Benefits include excellent low cost and low deductible health and dental insurance, retirement package, tuition waiver at Minnesota State institutions (after three years of employment) and flexible working hours. Minnesota State System Office is proud to be a Minnesota Yellow Ribbon agency.
At Minnesota State, we have a GREATBENEFITSPACKAGE! Our generous benefits include 11 paid Holidays, Vacation Time, Sick Time, six weeks of Paid Parental Leave, low cost medical ($36.64 per month single and $250.00 per month family) and dental insurance with low deductibles ($150 – $1500), a Pension Plan, 457(b) and 403(b) retirement plans and other retirement investment options, pre-tax medical and dental expense (with roll-over option) and dependent care accounts, employer paid life insurance, short and long term disability, as well as professional development and a tuition waiver program for employees and their dependents, etc. We promote the health and well-being of our employees and take work/life balance seriously.
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About Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, System Office
With its 31 institutions, including 24 two-year colleges and seven state universities, the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is the largest single provider of higher education in the state of Minnesota. The colleges and universities operate 54 campuses in 47 Minnesota communities and serve about 250,000 students in credit-based courses. Overall, the system produces about 33,500 graduates each year. In addition to credit-based courses, the system offers customized training programs that serve about 153,200 employees from 6,000 Minnesota businesses each year. The law creating the system was passed by the Minnesota Legislature in 1991 and went into effect July 1, 1995. The law merged the state's community colleges, technical colleges and state universities into one system. The system is separate from the University of Minnesota.