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Eastern Washington University
  • Position Number: 5386606
  • Location: Cheney, WA
  • Position Type: Business and Financial Management

Director of Procurement and Contracts

About Eastern Washington University:
Eastern Washington University, a regional, comprehensive public university with an enrollment of over 10,000 students, is one of six state-funded four-year institutions of higher education in Washington, each governed by its own board of trustees. EWUs 300-acre main campus is located in Cheney, a community of 12,000 residents 16 miles southwest of Washingtons second largest city, Spokane. Eastern also offers programs in downtown Spokane at the innovative, energy-efficient Catalyst building, the SIERR building which is a hub for research, development and advancement of health sciences, and at Riverpoint, a campus shared with Washington State University. In addition, EWU programs can be found at select locations throughout the state, aligned with the needs of the community. Eastern contributes to the vitality of the region and the state through its wide array of bachelors and masters degrees in over 100 fields of study, as well as applied doctorates in physical therapy and educational leadership, offering accessible pathways to career success and personal development to students of all socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds.

Eastern Washington University has been recognized for its commitment to helping undergraduate students learn, grow and succeed by Colleges of Distinction, a nationally trusted resource guide for college-bound students. The honor recognizes Eastern as a 22-23 College of Distinction (CoD).

Tribal Land Acknowledgement
Eastern Washington University resides within the traditional homelands of the Spokane People and other tribes who are connected through their shared history of this region. This land holds their cultural DNA and it is their Ancestors who are here and bring forth the knowledge of this place-the knowledge that comes from the land.

Job Summary:
EWU is currently seeking a Director of Procurement and Contracts. The director serves as the Chief Purchasing Officer for EWU and supervises the Department of Procurement & Contracts.
  • The Department is responsible for facilitating and overseeing the purchasing process university-wide, including maintaining vendor profiles, entering budget encumbrances, processing requisitions, reimbursements, and purchase orders, and administering and auditing the use of purchasing cards (p-cards), fuel cards, and corporate accounts.
  • In addition, the Department negotiates and executes all contracts for the purchase of goods and services and public works for the university, including managing competitive solicitations.
  • Further, the Department is responsible for affiliation agreements for practicum placements, interagency agreements and memoranda of understanding, data sharing agreements, international placement agreements, and grant/research contracts.
  • The director is also responsible for EWUs supplier diversity program.
  • The salary for this position is $85,793 - $120,110. Where the hired candidate will begin within this range is dependent on education, experience and skills.
  • In addition to salary, the university offers a comprehensive benefits package including health insurance, life and disability insurance and retirement. In addition, EWU offers generous vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays per year and fringe benefits, such as tuition waiver for employees and eligible family members, discounted EWU sports tickets, full access to our campus workout facilities at a minimum fee and free transportation through STA buses. For additional information regarding insurance benefits please see our Benefits page:

Required Qualifications:
  • A masters degree in business administration or closely related field; or a juris doctorate.
  • A minimum of two (2) years of professional experience in procurement, public works bidding, or contract management.
  • Ability to maintain professional and collaborative interactions with other staff and university constituents. Exceptional customer service skills.
  • Ability to manage a complicated workload, set priorities, communicate consistently with campus constituents, and meet required deadlines.
  • Strong analytical skills for problem resolution and complex contract analysis.
  • Demonstrated experience promoting cultural humility, diversity, inclusivity, and workplace civility.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Previous experience serving in a supervisory/managerial/executive capacity with direct supervisory experience over a team of individuals.
  • Previous experience working in bidding and contracts for a public entity.
  • Experience with ERP systems, such as Banner, and other operational software programs.
  • Experience in forecasting, development, and management of operating budgets.

Other Skills and Abilities:

Job Duties:

Conditions of Employment:
  • During the course of university employment this position will be involved in the receipt of, or accountability for, university funds or other items of value; as well as the unsupervised access with the developmentally disabled, vulnerable adults or children under the age of 16. The offer of employment is contingent upon successful completion and passing of a background check prior to beginning employment.
  • All new employees will comply with EWU Immunization Policy 602-02 and provide proof of immunity or vaccination to MMR before beginning work at EWU. Waivers for the immunization requirements are available for medical or sincerely held religious beliefs.
  • Upon hire employees will complete required DEI, Hazing, and Harassment and Title IX training. The online training is located at or complete the training in person or via Zoom. In person and Zoom training opportunities will be posted on InsideEWU and are listed on our Human Resources site at:
Salary Information:
$85,793 - $120,110. Where the hired candidate will begin within this range is dependent on education, experience and skills.

Posting Date: 07/07/2024
Open Until Further Notice: No
Closing Date:
Screening to Begin: 07/22/2024

Special Instructions to Applicants:
Submit your application materials through our online applications portal provided below. If you are unable to submit through the applicant portal, please contact Human Resources Services at (509) 359-2381.

To apply, visit

EWU does not discriminate in its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship or immigration status, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, genetic information, age, marital status, families with children, protected veteran or military status, HIV or hepatitis C, status as a mother breastfeeding her child, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability, as provided for and to the extent required by state and federal laws.

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