Towson University (TU) is one of the nation’s top 100 public universities. Located north of Baltimore, TU currently enrolls over 22,000 students and is the second-largest university in the prestigious University System of Maryland. Towson University values diversity and fosters a climate that is grounded in respect and inclusion to cultivate the intellectual and personal growth of the entire university community.
Towson University is accepting applications for a Director of Procurement. This position will provide leadership and expertise to the office of Procurement. The Director is responsible for the acquisition of more than $100,000,000 in goods and services each year, including mission-critical academic, facilities, technology, and support services. Directs and coordinates all aspects of day-to-day operations and assigned staff. Ensures the fair procurement of goods and services using best value practices while adhering to a strict professional code of ethics. This is accomplished in full compliance with applicable policies, laws, and regulations, including State mandates such as the Minority, Small Business, and Procurement Card programs. The Director is a procurement representative with the University System of Maryland (USM), Board of Public Works, UMB Construction Service Center, and other State agencies. This position routinely creates and negotiates contractual agreements/legal documents and works with legal counsel. Develops policies and procedures, oversees Property Records, provides guidance to the campus leadership and departments, and is responsible for the fiscal department budget and a key member of the University fiscal year-end closeout team. Responsible for the fiscal department budget and a key member of the University fiscal year-end closeout team. The Director also oversees departmental technology applications and provides functional expertise in the management of business technology.
The Director for Procurement performs the administrative and managerial functions necessary to plan, implement, review, and control the operations of Procurement to be in compliance with and support of the policies, mission, and strategic plan of the University. Responsible for the procurement of goods, services, and projects to ensure the University receives maximum value for expenditures. Determines specifications, solicit bids or proposals, establishes or recommends the establishment of orders and contracts, assures receipt of goods or services, and authorizes payments for compliance with the requirements of state law, USM regulations and policies. Prepare contract documents necessary to clearly document the obligations of the parties and mitigate risk to the University through the use of appropriate contract terms, insurance, and bonding. Maintain organizational structure and staffing to effectively accomplish the organization’s goals and objectives while overseeing recruitment, training, supervision, and evaluation of unit staff. Maintain qualified contractors for ongoing campus maintenance needs. Oversees departmental use of technology (e.g., PeopleSoft, Asset Tracking, ProCard Database, Dashboards, and Procurement Portal). Provides recommendations to ensure compliance with university and state regulations. Must work effectively with a wide variety of University clients and maintain a very high level of client support and service.
Successful candidates will....
Have a Bachelor’s degree.
Have a minimum of three years of progressively responsible experience, in a supervisory role, in procurement or supply chain management.
Have a professional purchasing certification from a nationally recognized entity
Have an advanced Degree
Have prior experience working in public procurement
Have experience working in a higher education environment.
Salary and Benefits
Competitive salary and full University benefits that include 22 days of annual leave, up to 14 holidays, personal and sick days; excellent health, life, and retirement plans; and tuition remission. To learn more about our benefits, please click here.
This position will be open for a minimum of 14 days. For consideration, please submit a cover letter and resume with your online application.
The safety of our students, faculty, staff, and neighbors has been our top priority and the focus of every one of our decisions since the earliest days of the COVID-19 pandemic. The University System of Maryland (USM) has recently determined that mandating a COVID vaccine for all faculty, staff, and students at all schools in the USM is both a reasonable and necessary means of protecting our health and safety. As a prospective hire at TU, proof of your full COVID19 vaccination must be demonstrated before you begin employment with the University.
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About Towson University
The largest comprehensive university in the Baltimore area, Towson University is nationally recognized for its excellent programs in the arts and sciences, communications, business, health professions, education, fine arts and computer information systems. Located in suburban Towson, eight miles north of Baltimore, our beautifully landscaped, 328-acre setting offers a pleasant environment for study and a diverse campus life, as well as easy access to a wealth of university and community resources. Towson University's educational experience branches out to off-campus locations throughout Maryland, including a number of online options. Our many interdisciplinary partnerships with public and private organizations throughout Maryland provide opportunities for research, internships and jobs. Towson University is a founding member of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU).