Fresno State campus

Assistant Director of Procurement & Public Works

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Work type: Management (MPP)
Location: Fresno
Categories: MPP, Administrative, At-Will, Full Time, On-site (work in-person at business location)
Position Description

Assistant Director of Procurement & Public works
(Administrator I)

Compensation and Benefits

The Anticipated Hiring Salary is $84,000 - $100,000 per year and is competitive and negotiable depending on the strength of qualifications. This is a CSU Management Personnel Plan (MPP) position.

The CSU system provides a comprehensive benefit package that includes medical, dental and vision plans, membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS), sick and vacation time, and 14 paid holidays a year. Eligible employees are also able to participate in the fee waiver education program. A summary of benefit information can be found here.


Job Summary

Working closely with the Director of Procurement, the Assistant Director of Procurement and Public Works will have the responsibility for management of the public works contracting functions of the Procurement department, including the direct supervision of the public works staff in the department regarding daily operational tasks.  In addition to management responsibilities the position will be responsible to prepare, review, edit and negotiate contracts for a wide variety of products and services.  As a delegated contract signatory, incumbent will be responsible to review contracts for reasonableness and appropriate fiscal and legal safeguards.  The Assistant Director of Procurement and Public Works will advise and assist other University divisions regarding appropriate procurement policy and procedures, as well as ensure procurement activity processed through the department complies with CSU, State and federal regulations.


Key Qualifications

  • General knowledge of purchasing principles, practices, and procedures.
  • Knowledge of computer office systems and ability to use a broad range of related technology, systems, and software packages (Microsoft Office Suite, Google apps, etc.)
  • Knowledge of principles of institutional planning and budget processes.
  • Considerable knowledge of the principles and practices of effective management and supervision, motivation, performance evaluation, and progressive discipline.
  • Demonstrated ability to quickly learn, the methods and procedures of purchasing, including the processes of competitive bidding as required by the California State Statutes and Codes.
  • Ability to create, analyze and evaluate program information and complex records to provide data for review in meeting programmatic goals and enhancing processes.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret financial data and make strategic business decisions.
  • Exercise sound administrative judgment and initiative in the development of new methods and procedures and in the solution of difficult organizational problems.
  • Ability to develop and implement short and long-term plans and initiatives to meet established development goals and objectives.
  • Review and evaluate program service delivery methods and systems including administrative and support systems and internal relationships; identifies opportunities for improvement and implements changes to standard operating procedures to enhance services.
  • Collaborate willingly with others to help advance the goals of the department and university. Promote a positive and service oriented collegial work environment demonstrating courtesy and respect towards others.
  • Ability to facilitate group participation, consensus building and foster employee development through coaching, counseling, and training.
  • Interpersonal skills with demonstrated commitment to serving a diverse population with cultural competence, sensitivity and diplomacy and tact.

To view the full list of qualifications and job responsibilities, please click the Position Description button above.


Education and Experience

  • Five years of responsible public works buyer experience, which includes experience in either the formal competitive public works bidding process, developing public works contracts, and working with the different processes and procedures associated with public works.
  • Equivalent to five years of responsible purchasing experience equivalent to a Buyer, which includes full functional knowledge of and skills in either the formal competitive bidding process, developing contracts, service agreements, leases or buying and contracting for an organization.
  • Two years of management experience.
    • Preferred Experience:
      • Bachelor’s degree in purchasing, marketing, accounting, business or related field.
      • Experience with buying and contracting for a public agency (higher education, school district, state, county, and/or city agency, etc.).
      • Experience with public works bidding and contracting.
      • Five years of CSU Public Works Buyer experience.


Department Summary

Procurement and Support Services is responsible for providing goods and services and a variety of support functions related to material and service acquisitions, printing services, warehouse and property services and mail services. Our professional staff is courteous, ethical and every effort is made to promote positive relationships with all of our customers.


Deadline & Application Instructions

Applications received by March 16, 2023 will be given full consideration by the search committee.

  • Applications received after that date will be forwarded at the request of the Hiring Manager and/or search committee.

Please click “Apply Now” to complete the employment application for California State University, Fresno. Interested applicants must complete the application and attach the following: 1) their most recent resumé/vitae, 2) a cover letter that addresses their specific qualifications and interest, and 3) contact information for three professional references.


Fresno State

California State University, Fresno is one of 23 campuses in the California State University System. The University's mission is to boldly educate and empower students for success through our values of Discovery, Diversity and Distinction. The current student population is more than 25,000, including a large percentage of students with diverse and culturally rich backgrounds. The University serves the San Joaquin Valley while maintaining deep involvement with the state, nation, and across the globe.

Metropolitan Fresno, with a multi-ethnic population of over 527,000, is located in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley. The campus is within driving distance of Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks, San Francisco, Los Angeles, the Monterey Peninsula, beaches, sailing, lakes, and numerous ski resorts. Fresno boasts one of the most reasonable housing markets in California and offers a wide array of locally grown fruits and produce.


Equal Employment Opportunity Information

California State University, Fresno is committed to maintaining and implementing employment policies and procedures in compliance with applicable state and federal equal employment opportunity laws and regulations. Executive Orders 1096 and 1097 prohibit discrimination, harassment, and retaliation on the basis of a protected status: race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex (including gender identity), sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, mental disability, physical disability, medical condition and covered veteran status. Fresno State's commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring, and retention. We are proud to be an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer.


Vaccination Interim Policy

CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so.  Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to


Supplemental Information

Following a conditional offer of employment, a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate may start work with California State University, Fresno. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may result in the withdrawal of the offer of employment. Current employees who are offered positions on campus will be required to undergo a background check for any position where a background check is required by law or that Fresno State has identified as sensitive.

The person holding this position is considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

This position may be a "designated position" under the California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. This will require the filing of a Statement of Economic Interest on an annual basis and the completion of training within six (6) months of assuming office and every two (2) years thereafter.

Fresno State is a tobacco-free, smoke-free and vapor-free campus.

Fresno State is not a sponsoring agency for staff or management positions. (e.g. H1-B Visas)

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