Director Of Procurement (immediate Opening) Vacancy In Idea Public Schools

Hiring Organization / Company: Idea Public Schools
Basic Salary: To Be Discussed
Employement Type: Full-Time

Job Details:

About IDEA Public Schools:

At IDEA Public Schools, we believe in college for ALL and we are committed to ensuring that all our students graduate from college. IDEA Public Schools has grown from a small school to the fastest-growing network of tuition-free Pre-K-12 public charter schools in the United States sending 100% of our students to college. 50% of our students graduate from college in 6 years – that’s 3 times the national rate for students in our communities!

IDEA was founded in 2000 as a single school with 150 students in the Rio Grande Valley. When interest exceeded building capacity, to meet the demands, IDEA’s co-founders committed to serving more students in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas and beyond. We now serve over 65,000 students across Texas and Louisiana. Be on the lookout for IDEA schools opening near you—with continued growth in our current regions and new launches in Tampa Bay, FL (2021), and Jacksonville, FL (2022)!

When you choose to work at IDEA, you are part of our IDEA Team and Family. You will work alongside team members who set and reach ambitious goals every day, are excited to continue to grow with IDEA, and work relentlessly to make college for all a reality.

To learn more about IDEA, check out this video.

Role Mission: IDEA’s Director of Procurement provides and leads the organization’s procurement process as outlined by TEA. The Director of Procurement manages the purchasing department staff that facilitate the RFP/Bid process, manage contracts, approve requisitions and is responsible for providing support to all financial management users related to the procurement process. The Director of Procurement sets clear expectations for the entire organization’s procurement process and is committed to continuously improve processes to support and advance the goals of IDEA Public Schools. The vision of the Director of Procurement is to provide the highest level of customer satisfaction by facilitating the efficient acquisition of goods and services while keeping in compliance with policy and procedures.


Drive talent of the Purchasing staff to accomplish 100% of daily/monthly goals

  • 99% of requisitions approved in 2 business days
  • 98% of purchase orders closed within 45 days of purchase order date
  • 98% of purchase orders fully received within 30 calendar days of purchase order date
  • Ensure Purchasing staff review all requisitions for 100% account code accuracy as per TEA’s Financial Accountability Systems Resource Guide
  • Provide requisition throughput and processing statistics by 10th business day each month to the Managing Director of Procurement
  • Ensure the percentage of invoices received without purchase order that should have a purchase order is below 1%
  • Provide follow up for frequent offenders possibly via conference call or onsite training to “close the procurement gap”
  • Provide statistics for Business Office PTG dashboard by the 15th business day each month
  • Organize and develop tracking data on all awarded RFP/Bids
  • Participate in weekly check-ins with Managing Director of Procurement on PTG trends and strategy for improvements
  • Strive for culture of continuous improvement through check ins, tactical meetings, step backs, PTG’s and conferences
  • Develop 90% of A players (Talent Review classifications) within the Purchasing requisitions staff

Vendor Maintenance and Compliance

  • 100% of all vendors have CIQ, SB9, gov and W9 information in MUNIS
  • 100% of vendors are coded correctly for 1099 status
  • Ensure new vendors are added to MUNIS within 1 business day of request
  • Ensure TIN # matching is verified with IRS
  • Process 100% of 1099’s and mail out to vendors in January
  • File 100% of 1099’s with the IRS by January 31
  • Correct 99% of any 1099 errors indicated by the IRS within 3 months of notice
  • Conduct biannual vendor maintenance of cleanup in MUNIS to inactivate vendors, as needed

100% of campus and HQ business clerks onboarded and trained on the procurement process within 2 weeks of hire

  • Conduct onboarding of new business clerks and financial management users within 2 weeks of being hired on the RFP/Bid process, contract execution, and requisition processes
  • Provide continuous improvement sessions by gathering trend data for financial manager quarterly trainings and summer institute
  • Participate in weekly financial management users conference call to discuss trends and compliance and communicate 100% of policy changes and updates
  • Take an active leadership role in Beginning of Year committee and attend 100% of all meetings
  • Maintain communication with other campus/department managers around contract execution and the RFP/Bid process

100% compliance with applicable state/federal laws, regulation, and local policies and procedures

  • Ensure 100% State and Federal grant-related and public works contracts are in compliance
  • Comply 100% with Financial Accountability System Resource Guide
  • Ensure no vendor relations are entered into with vendors whom have been debarred
  • Negotiate contracts, pricing, and terms of business with suppliers and review opportunities towards savings by utilizing negotiation and procurement best practices in line with internal policy
  • Attend Region One and TASBO trainings on new laws and regulations concerning procurement
  • Update purchasing policy and procedures manual on a quarterly basis or as laws change
  • Update forms on department website (HUB) for internal use quarterly or as regulations or local policies change

End of Year Process

  • Draft end of year memos pertaining to requisition cut off dates
  • Ensure that 100% of purchase orders are received and closed out by fiscal year end date of June 30
  • Prepare purchase order roll over letter for campuses and departments, if needed, by August 30th

Live values of IDEA

  • Believes and is committed to our mission: that all students are capable of getting to and through college
  • Is driven by outcomes and results, and wants to be held accountable for them
  • Has a propensity for action, willing to make mistakes by doing in order to learn and improve quickly
  • Thrives in an entrepreneurial, high-growth environment; is comfortable with ambiguity and change
  • Seeks and responds well to feedback, which is shared often and freely across all levels of the organization
  • Works through silos and forges strong cross-departmental relationships in order to achieve outcomes
  • Embodies IDEA’s core values

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Directly manage Purchasing Clerks, Finance Procurement Analyst and Finance Procurement Specialist


  • Problem Solving
  • Communication
  • Managing Others to Deliver Results

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Experience with different IT databases or systems
  • Basic understanding of Finance
  • Data analysis
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong contract review and negotiation skills
  • Exhibits and cultivates high customer service centric approach to procurement functions
  • Project management and task prioritization principles
  • Education: Bachelor’s degree required; Business or Accounting preferred
    • Preference given to candidate with the following:
      • Master of Business Administration
      • Master of Science in Accounting
    • Experience:
      • Minimum 3 years professional-level experience in high volume, deadline critical procurement environment, preferably in school
      • Experience overseeing transactions and outcomes that are subject to public review and
      • Experience managing multiple priorities and multiple non-exempt
      • Substantive track record of adding value in previous
Ability to:
  • Manage and develop non-exempt procurement personnel
  • Implement policies and procedures
  • Provide exceptional customer service and training to end users
  • Communicate clearly and articulate system and financial information to internal and external stakeholders
  • Evaluate and develop data, and recommend improvement procedures
  • Prepare reports and analysis for senior management
  • Work with numbers in an accurate and rapid manner

Compensation: Salaries for people entering this role typically start between $ $82,000 and $100,900, commensurate with relevant qualifications and experience. This role is also eligible for a performance bonus based on individual and organization goal attainment

Job Location Information:
City: San Antonio
State: Tx
Country: Us
Location: San Antonio, Tx 78216
Job Listing No# : 41581

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