Assistant Director of Procurement Services (Purchasing and Contract Management)

  • Company: Christopher Newport University
  • Location: Newport News, Virginia 23606 USA
  • Salary:
  • Date Posted: March 6, 2023
  • Closing Date: April 2, 2023


Independently develop specifications for solicitations, coordinate and formulate contracts for a variety of highly specialized and complex goods and services in compliance with regulatory and statutory requirements. Communicates with University Vice-Presidents, and other high-level administrators, faculty, and staff members to determine technical specifications and appropriate contractual terms and conditions needed to procure goods and services, capital construction, and provide legal protection to the University and the Commonwealth. Develop and maintain departmental analytics, including spend analyses, KPI reporting and other ad-hoc reports as needed. Remains knowledgeable on current laws, policies and procedures; advises University staff as appropriate. Directly supervise the Purchasing Contracting Officer staff. Serve as the back up to Director of Procurement Services in the Director’s absence.


1. Supervision of Contract Officers; prepare performance evaluations; establish and manage Contract Officer workloads; address performance issues; ensure staff have the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to accomplish goals.

2. Resolves complaints and solve problems; initiate action to resolve complaints; exercise analytical skills and use sound judgment to mitigate and solve problems; establish positive working relations with departmental staff, vendors, end users and other university personnel; positively promote the procurement function.

3. Develop and maintain internal procurement trainings and training materials for procurement staff, faculty, and University staff; serve as agency lead procurement trainer.

4. Effect procurement of goods and services; process requisitions in eVa in accordance with established time-frame; ensure all procurement’s are processed in accordance with State and University policy and procedures.

5. Effect procurement of capital outlay and construction as well as Professional Services as needed.

6. Review transactions of delegated authority granted to departments of procurements up to $10,000 for compliance with procurement laws, regulations, policies and procedures.

7. Establish, advertise and manage term contracts in eVA; manage a variety of complex high dollar procurements; ensure term contracts are renewed and/or rebid timely; review contracts solicited at least every 6 months to ensure proper contract administration.

8. Accurately develop specifications for solicitations; interface with departments and vendors as needed to ensure specifications are complete and provide guidance; ensure procurement files are properly documented; review and recommend sole source and emergency procurements; remain knowledgeable on current procurement laws, policies and procedures.

9. Support University initiatives and departmental goals through data analytics and strategic sourcing efforts; assist in identifying and championing opportunities to leverage procurement power, in areas including but not limited to, cost savings, revenue generation, contract development, process improvements, and waste reduction.

10. Serves as a backup to the Small Purchase Charge Card (SPCC) Administrator; on an as-needed basis, perform monthly audit/review of SPCC transactions to ensure compliance; train cardholders in proper card usage, security and procurement guidelines. Review and update, as needed (at a minimum annually) the Small Purchase Credit Card Manual and the Small Purchase Credit Card Program Administrator Manual.

11. Promotes participation of SWaM-owned business. Assist in the development of SWaM strategies.

12. Develop and maintain very positive and professional customer service and/or relations within the office/department and with all constituencies to include students, faculty, staff, guests, and employees. Demonstrates a positive and professional attitude and treats everyone with dignity and respect. Fully support the “Student’s First” value at CNU and routinely goes the extra mile in providing service.

13. Reviews and communicates safety issues to assure a safe and healthy workplace and a reduction in work related absence.

14. Follow workplace safety regulations and adhere to applicable standards, processes, and programs established for your position.

15. Report unsafe work conditions to your supervisor.

16. Immediately report work-related incidents to your supervisor and participate in accident investigation requests.

17. Promote a safe and healthy work environment by ensuring the implementation of safety regulations and applicable standards, processes, and programs established for employees under your supervision.

18. Ensure employees under your supervision are trained in safety standards and procedures for their positions.

19. Report work-related incidents within 24 hours according to the procedures established by the university, state and federal guidelines.

20. This position is designated as a “responsible employee” who has the authority to redress sexual violence, who has the duty to report incidents of sexual violence or other student misconduct, or who a student could reasonably believe has this authority or duty.

21. Other duties as assigned by the Director of Procurement Services.

Application Process

Interested parties are requested to submit a cover letter; current resume; and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three professional references at the time of application. Review of applications will begin at 11:59PM EST on April 2, 2023. Applications received after 11:59PM EST on April 2, 2023, will be accepted but considered only if needed. Search finalists are required to complete a CNU sponsored background check. Christopher Newport University (CNU) will make a reasonable effort to accommodate persons with disabilities in the application and/or interview process. Persons with disabilities who require accommodation should contact the CNU Human Resources Office by calling (757) 594-7145.

Contact Info

Phone: 757-594-7145
Closing Date: April 2, 2023