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Director of Procurement Services

Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City, New York (US)
$140,000 - $150,000 per year; commensurate with experience and qualifications.
Date posted
Mar 26, 2024

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Position Type
Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), an internationally renowned college of art and design, business and technology of the State University of New York, invites applications for the position of Director of Procurement Services.



Under the direction of the Associate Vice President of Finance, the Director of Procurement Services leads the Purchasing Department by setting policies, developing procedures which improve efficiencies, establishing metrics for tracking departmental performance, advising and training the College community on procurement policies and procedures, and meeting customer requirements while ensuring effective use of College resources.

Supervising a professional and administrative team, the Director of Procurement Services guides the solicitation of publicly advertised request for proposals (RFP)/bid documents; the development of specifications, standards and performance criteria; and the processing of contract negotiations resulting in final contracts for services. In addition, the Director conducts research and resolves issues associated with contracts or other purchases, and interprets and assures compliance with SUNY and College policies and procedures, as well as state laws and regulations.


  • Creates and administers all Purchasing Department policies, procedures, and related forms; educates and trains staff and faculty across the campus who are involved in procurement processes to ensure compliance with public standards.
  • Directs and oversees the daily operations of the Purchasing Department, including assigning projects to purchasing agents and support staff, and monitoring their workloads to ensure that service to campus and external communities is provided in a professional, ethical, and timely manner.
  • Ensures ethical and competitive transactions in managing RFP processes, sourcing new suppliers, establishing relationships with vendors, negotiating purchasing contracts, and solving purchase order questions and discrepancies.
  • Is the Finance and Administration division liaison to the Office of the General Counsel on all procurement matters.
  • Ensures that all procurement activities are executed in accordance with College and SUNY policies; ensures that best practices are consistent with all federal, state and city laws and regulations.
  • Ensures compliance with Equal Employment Opportunity requirements and promotes diversity among suppliers to the College.
  • Oversees the development of college-wide periodic reporting of procurement metrics and communicates the findings to senior management.
  • Provides professional support and contractually proscribed interventions to ensure vendor compliance with specified terms and conditions; coordinates with the General Counsel and college community to ensure that appropriate notice and documentation is available to support college actions, as required.
  • Reviews and analyzes processes to reduce errors; provides training and support to staff to ensure ongoing process improvement.
  • Delivers on a customer service mission to departments campus-wide.
  • Incorporates sustainability principles in all college purchasing.

The preceding description is not designed to be a complete list of all duties and responsibilities required of the position; other duties may be assigned consistent with the classification of the position.



Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree plus at least 10 years of progressively responsible experience in the procurement of goods and services, preferably in higher education or in the public sector.
  • Highly developed business and communication skills.
  • Proven ability to manage a large, complex workload within tight time constraints.
  • Possesses the organizational values of integrity, flexibility, and ethics.
  • Knowledgeable about public sector procurement policies and procedures, in addition to relevant federal, state, and city regulations and laws; familiarity with higher education policies and regulations preferred.
  • Demonstrates management skills for leading a customer service-oriented staff.
  • Knowledge of BiTech/Finance Enterprise preferred.



Please note all offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of the background check process.


Salary: $140,000 - $150,000 per year; commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Work Schedule

Days/Hours: M-F, 9am-5pm, in person; work schedule subject to change based on needs of the department.


The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) provides comprehensive employee benefit programs designed to help keep our faculty and staff and their families healthy, safe, happy, and productive. Our programs also include a variety of components to help our employees improve the quality and balance of their work and family lives, and to help them prepare for their futures.

  • Retirement Plans
  • Health Care Plan and Dental Plan
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Commuter Benefit Plan
  • FIT Tuition Exemption Program
  • Paid Time Off (Vacation, Personal, Sick and Holidays) 
  • 4-day Summer Workweek
  • Qualifying Employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program

For a full list of FIT benefits, visit our benefits webpage.

Pay Equity by State Employers

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor's Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at

Visa Sponsorship 

Fashion Institute of Technology is not able to provide visa sponsorship for this position.

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Statement

FIT is firmly committed to creating an environment that will attract and retain people of diverse racial and cultural backgrounds. By providing a learning and working environment that encourages, utilizes, respects, and appreciates the full expression of every individual's ability, the FIT community fosters its mission and grows because of its rich, pluralistic experience. FIT is committed to prohibiting discrimination, whether based on race, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender identity, religion, ethnic background, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military service status, genetic information, pregnancy, familial status, citizenship status (except as required to comply with law), or any other criterion prohibited by applicable federal, state, or local laws. FIT is committed to providing equal opportunity in employment, including the opportunity for upward mobility for all qualified individuals. Applications from minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged. Inquiries regarding FIT's non-discrimination policies may be directed to the Affirmative Action Officer/Title IX Coordinator, 212 217.3360,  

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Requirements

This position will be required to constantly read and comprehend, occasionally perform calculations, constantly verbally communicate, frequently analyze, and constantly write. The working conditions for this position will be on campus primarily in an office environment or residence hall. The physical requirement for this position will require occasional sitting, constant standing, occasional bending, frequent walking, and occasional lifting 10 lbs. or less. 



In order to considered for this position, please submit the following documents online:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Unofficial transcript 
  • A list of three references with telephone numbers and email addresses

Returning Applicants - Login to your FITNYC Careers Account to check your submitted application materials.

Review of applications will begin immediately until the position is filled.

Please note that due to the volume of applications, we will not be able to contact each applicant individually.

Additional information about the Fashion Institute of Technology can be found at:

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