Director, Supplier Diversity

Fairfax, VA
Commensurate with education and experience.
Nov 09, 2021
Dec 10, 2021
Full Time
Director, Supplier Diversity

The George Mason University, Fiscal Services Department, invites qualified candidates to apply for the Director, Supplier Diversity position. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.

About Fiscal Services and Purchasing:

Fiscal Services supports the university's mission by promoting financial best practices, forming strategic partnerships, establishing efficient systems, and pursuing continuous improvement. We create and maintain a sustainable financial framework and strong internal controls to promote sound fiscal management, careful stewardship of university resources, and accountability. We foster innovation to support Mason's overall mission by employing new methods to deliver financial services and collaborating on process improvements and new initiatives. Fiscal Services Provides accurate and timely financial data to ensure comprehensive reporting, compliance, and analysis to enable strategic decision-making. The Purchasing Department oversees the procurement of goods and services by collaborating with units in making strategic purchasing decisions in addition to ensuring all Commonwealth and Mason purchasing policies are followed.

About the Position:

The Director, Supplier Diversity supports the University by identifying and implementing strategies for success to advance Mason's Small, Women and Minority-owned business program (SWaM). The Director will drive the leadership, planning, organizing and implementation for this effort in four key areas: internal advocacy, external development, political outreach and data reporting. This position reports to the Chief Procurement Officer and is a member of the Purchasing Department.


  • Lead the development, implementation, and administration of Mason's SWaM program, including policies, procedures, and processes that increase engagement with diverse suppliers;
  • Raise awareness of the SWaM program at all levels, provide coaching to university departments, and formulate partnership approaches with the other institutions of higher education and state agencies to support the University's program;
  • Establish and maintain strategic partnerships with diverse supplier organizations identifying mutually beneficial opportunities to increase engagement, foster connections and increase community presence;
  • Establish program metrics and related data strategies to measure and drive program results, analyze performance relative to external benchmarks, and meet all internal and external reporting requirements;
  • Use sophisticated analytical tools, discernment, thought leadership and good judgment to identify innovative solutions in the development of process, tool and system development and implementation;
  • Develop robust partnerships with both internal stakeholders and external partners; and
  • Proactively lead change through effective communication and change management strategies to maintain stakeholder alignment with supplier diversity program goal.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master's degree or equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • Demonstrated experience in supplier performance management and strategic sourcing techniques;
  • Superior analytical ability to conduct detailed analyses of financial information, procurement data, and market intelligence and develop actionable insights;
  • Proven ability to develop and maintain influential and collaborative relationships with internal and external partners;
  • Proficiency in the utilization and application of data and analytics as a tool to inform Supplier Diversity strategy;
  • Advanced Excel skills with the ability to create pivot tables and write formulas;
  • Advanced PowerPoint skills with the ability to prepare presentations for executive-level stakeholders;
  • Superior writing, oral communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills; and
  • Excellent flexibility and adaptability with a strong work ethic and entrepreneurial spirit to accommodate large responsibilities and multiple priorities.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Proven track record and experience in leadership and management of supplier diversity initiatives within a complex organization;
  • Prior experience implementing Supplier Diversity programs in the fields of construction, architecture and engineering; and
  • 5+ years' experience in a procurement and/or or supplier diversity role in a government or higher education environment.

For full consideration, applicants must apply by 12/08/2021 at; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, a list of three supervisory references with contact information.

Great Careers Begin at Mason!

George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report "Up and Coming" spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.

Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason's diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.

If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at!

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New hires starting after August 15, 2021, must have received at least one COVID-19 vaccination by their start date, be fully vaccinated within 45 days of their start date, and submit documentary proof unless they have an approved medical or religious exemption by their start date. For updated George Mason University COVID-19 vaccination requirements, please visit George Mason University Vaccination Requirements .

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