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Director of Procurement - US Based Remote Opportunity

Common Application · 30+ days ago


Do you have a passion for higher education? Do you want to make a positive impact on the college admissions process? Our staff help to remove barriers and encourage students to forge their path to a better future. Common App is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to the pursuit of access, equity, and integrity in the college admission process. Each year we support more than 1 million students, one-third of whom are first-generation, as they apply to our nearly 1100 diverse member colleges & universities using the Common App's free online application. 

If you are an experienced procurement leader and want to be part of a mission-driven non-profit that uses innovative technology to advance the college admission process, Common App may be a great match for you. Common App is currently searching for a Director of Procurement.


As a key role within the Finance & Portfolio Support division, reporting directly to the VP of Finance & Portfolio Support, you will lead a dynamic Procurement team providing a comprehensive suite of procure-to-pay services. Your responsibilities encompass strategic leadership and direction for the Procurement team, coupled with active engagement in cross-functional collaboration. This includes overseeing all procurement activities such as efficient sourcing and purchasing of goods and services, as well as collaborating with the Legal team on contracts in close alignment with the organization’s strategic goals. Additionally, you will play a pivotal role in optimizing the procurement process and providing crucial support to organizational leadership.



This role requires:

  • Candidates must live in the United States.
  • 8-10 years of experience in a leadership role within a Procurement department or related field. 
  • 6-8 years of experience as a people manager. 
  • Bachelor’s degree in Purchasing/Supply Chain, Business, or a related field. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted.
  • In-depth knowledge of procurement best practices, industry trends, and regulations.
  • Proficiency in procurement software and enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems.
  • Strong negotiation, contract management, and vendor evaluation skills.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and team management skills.
  • Analytical mindset with the ability to use data to drive decisions.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.
  • Visionary Leadership: Develop a compelling vision for the organization and communicate it effectively.
  • Strategic Thinking: Identify and capitalize on opportunities to drive organizational growth.
  • Risk Management: Assess and mitigate risks that could impact the organization's success.
  • Financial Acumen: Understand and manage budgets and financial performance. 
  • Adaptability: Ensures effective performance when faced with ambiguity, changing environments, and demands.
  • Detail Oriented: Ability to apply strict attention to minutiae and able to “sweat” the details.
  • Relationship Management: Able to build constructive and effective relationships with a broad and diverse group of business partners. 

The ideal candidate will possess:

  • Professional certification(s) such as Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM)
  • A passion for higher education.


Target hiring salary range $135,000-140,000


Common App is a virtual first environment. We value our employees’ time and efforts. Our commitment to your success is enhanced by our competitive salary and an extensive benefits package including: 

  • Paid time off
    • Vacation Leave (starting at 10 days per year)
    • Sick Leave (15 days per year)
    • Paid Holidays (New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Memorial Day, Juneteenth, July 4th, Labor Day, and Thanksgiving Day)
    • Floating Holidays (9 days to be used at employee’s discretion)
    • Mental Health Days (12 per year)
  • Healthcare
    • Medical (2 plan options with Cigna including an option for 100% employee coverage)
    • Health Savings Account (HSA) with annual employer contribution starting at $1,500 or Flexible Spending Account (FSA), depending on plan election
    • Dental (plan with MetLife offering 100% employee coverage)
    • Vision benefits (plan with Cigna offering 100% employee coverage)
    • Short + Long Term Disability (100% employer paid)
    • Life + AD&D (100% employer paid)
    • Additional Voluntary Life + AD&D insurance available
    • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Added compensation
    • 403(b) Retirement Plan with 5% employer contribution + additional 5% employer match
    • Stipends (virtual office set up and monthly remote work support)
  • Future growth opportunities within the organization

We work to maintain the best possible environment for our staff, where people can learn and grow. We strive to provide a diverse, collaborative, team-oriented, creative environment where each person feels encouraged to contribute to our processes, decisions, planning, and culture.


To apply for this opportunity, send your resume and cover letter with salary expectations.

Last updated on Mar 13, 2024

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