The Director, Supplier Diversity designs and implements enterprise strategies that will have lasting impact to the University of Virginia’s supplier diversity program. The incumbent will lead a dynamic team focused on achieving a best-in-class program, backed by a robust set of performance metrics that light the path toward strategic focus areas and high impact change. The Director, Supplier Diversity will ensure an optimized approach to local, small, woman-owned, and minority-owned businesses gaining increasing business in design and construction projects, and partner with the Director, Strategic Sourcing to maximize supplier diversity opportunities in Facilities, IT, Scientific Discovery, and Services. The incumbent will build relationships across a broad spectrum of stakeholders from university leaders to suppliers to various state officials, working with intent to deliver tangible results.
Reporting to the Director of Procurement and Supplier Diversity Services, the Director, Supplier Diversity will be charged with implementing a newly developed strategic plan. They will arrive at UVA soon after a thorough programmatic review has been completed and at a time when significant resources, including financial support, are being invested to help the Director, Supplier Diversity achieve the mission and vision of the program.
Strategic Planning and Leadership
Design and implement enterprise strategies that will have lasting impact to UVA’s supplier diversity program.
Partner with Strategic Sourcing Director to implement sourcing practices and policies that improve opportunities for local, small, woman-owned, and minority-owned businesses to compete.
Partner with Capital Construction & Renovations to maximize supplier diversity opportunities throughout the full construction project life cycle.
Identify and pursue opportunities to collaborate with the Health System.
Maintain a robust set of program metrics that monitor and measure the performance of the program.
Design tailored economic impact plans for each department and ensures that each unit has the best tools and resources for sourcing to local, small, woman-owned, and minority-owned businesses.
Cultivate a supplier inclusion mindset across the University.
Lead a team of individuals committed to supplier diversity and inclusion.
Supplier Development and Reporting
Create a front door to the University for local, small, woman-owned, and minority-owned businesses to pursue opportunities to provide goods and services.
Work with Director, Strategic Sourcing and the Capital Construction & Renovations team to publish contract and sourcing opportunities in an easy-to-understand, accessible format.
Implement strategy to track performance data on how many local, small, woman-owned, and minority-owned businesses respond to and are awarded contracting opportunities; year-over-year development of supplier relationships once they are awarded their first contract; market gap and lost opportunity; and, other critical performance measures.
Develop market penetration plans for local, small, woman-owned, and minority-owned businesses.
Analyze and articulate the big picture of what UVA buys and what local, small, woman-owned, and minority-owned business sell and where current and potential opportunities lie.
Host capability meetings and introduce new businesses to departments, Procurement, and Capital Construction & Renovations.
Oversee the delivery of state and federal compliance reporting and plan development.
Community Partnerships and Initiatives
Build rapport and trust with local community businesses.
Direct the development of a highly accessible community portal that publishes UVA’s historical spend, upcoming contracting opportunities, and how-to guides that make it simple to get started at UVA.
Oversee the design and matching service between contractors and sub-contractors.
Articulate the types of goods and services UVA buys on a regular basis and provides both data and insights to community members and entities interested in incubating new business growth in the local surrounding area.
Identify and pursue key initiatives that cultivate new business opportunities within the community.
Represent UVA at various community events.
Engage with the Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity (SBSD) to learn about their focus, strategies, goals, and initiatives.
Follow state legislation activities to ensure UVA engages on critical issues.
Partner with state relations office to support understanding of key legislative issues and UVA’s position on those matters.
Partner at the state-level to influence ideas and strategies for improving accessibility and opportunities to state-certified and Virginia state small, woman-owned, and minority businesses, and all other classifications recognized by the state.
Partner with Virginia Association of State College & University Purchasing Professionals (VASCUPP) peers to understand current practices and align on strategies, metrics, and compliance reporting.
We seek a dynamic candidate with a demonstrated record of implementing complex initiatives with measurable outcomes and/or tangible results. Compelling candidates will have expertise in supplier diversity and will have experience building highly effective community partnerships, as well as relationships with other key stakeholders. They will also have experience leading teams and using data to drive decision making and/or to effect change. Candidates must demonstrate a clear commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
At least 7 years relevant experience in supplier diversity and contracts and sourcing
Expert-level knowledge of supplier diversity strategies, trends, and performance metrics
Proven track record of achieving supplier diversity goals in a variety of settings and circumstances
Proven experience analyzing data and drawing insights from data
Hands-on experience in the development of a sustainable data model that ensures quality and accessibility of critical performance metrics
Proven experience participating in Capital Construction & Renovations sourcing and contracting procedures and protocols
Knowledge in procurement practices and protocols in construction and non-constructions categories
Proven experience marketing opportunities to local, small, woman-owned, and minority-owned businesses, including development and oversight of marketing and training assets
Proven results in developing a successful supplier onboarding and training strategies
Experience developing supplier diversity strategies in Health System setting preferred
Expert verbal and written communicator, breaking down barriers and building bridges among a large and diverse group of stakeholders
Proven ability to perform public speaking and presentations
Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Teams)
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required
Ability to think strategically, combined with understanding of day-day operations and capacity to execute
Highest level of integrity
Ability to juggle multiple priorities; self-directed and motivated
Strong interpersonal skills with a high level of emotional intelligence
Thoughtful, transparent, and exceptionally collaborative
Committed to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment
To Apply or Nominate
UVA Executive Search Group, an internal search firm in the Office of the President, is assisting in the recruitment of the next Director, Supplier Diversity.
Confidential inquiries and nominations should be directed to AJ Davidson, Senior Search Consultant with ESG, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University of Virginia (UVA) ranks as one of the top Universities in the nation. A vibrant and student-centric institution, UVA is animated by the forward-looking spirit of its founder, Thomas Jefferson. In 2021, the University was ranked fourth best public university by U.S. News & World Report. In each of the 20 years since U.S. News began ranking public universities as a separate category, UVA has been in the top four, and it has consistently ranked in the Top 30 among the best of all national universities, public and private. UVA brings together a diverse global community of approximately 25,000 students, hailing from virtually every state in the nation and 111 countries. UVA encompasses twelve schools in Charlottesville, as well as the College at Wise, a small, liberal-arts college in Southwest Virginia. In Charlottesville, the University employs nearly 30,000 people, including approximately 16,000 faculty and staff and approximately 12,000 UVA Health employees.
In 1987, UNESCO named the University (in conjunction with Monticello) a World Heritage Site. This rare distinction has been bestowed upon only the world’s most culturally significant landmarks, and UVA is the only U.S. university and one of only four worldwide designated as such. As a proud recipient of this honor, UVA is one of only two such sites still being used for its original purpose. Today, the original Academical Village continues to bring Jefferson’s vision to life every day. The Rotunda – originally the University’s library – still serves as the heart of the University. The eastern and western sides of the Lawn retain the unique pavilions and student living quarters as originally sketched. These buildings continue to play a major role in the University’s community, housing our most honored faculty and student leaders and enabling them to live and learn together.
The University has begun to more deeply explore the critical and previously unrecognized role of the enslaved laborer in the construction of this historic landscape. The Memorial to the Enslaved Laborers, 2020 winner of the The Architect’s Newspaper’s Project of the Year, sits within the borders of the World Heritage Site and seeks to formally acknowledge the work and the individual lives of the enslaved Black Americans who built and sustained the every-day life of the University.
In August 2018, Jim Ryan became the 9th President of the University of Virginia. A respected and accomplished educator and legal scholar, Ryan earned his law degree from UVA and then served on the University’s School of Law faculty for 15 years. From 2013 to 2018, he acted as dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the Charles William Eliot Professor of Education. The President is advised by the academic deans and the cabinet. This leadership team is dedicated to advancing the University’s academic mission, research enterprise, and strategic vision.
After President Ryan’s inauguration in 2018, the University set out on an inclusive process to define our strategic direction, which resulted in a new forward vision for the University.
The 2030 Strategic Plan—also known as The Great and Good Plan—provides a roadmap for the future of UVA as it enters its third century. The plan outlines our vision of becoming the best public university by 2030—and one of the very best in the world, whether public or private—and how we will achieve this. To succeed, we believe we must be great, but also good, recognizing that in the not-too-distant future, it will likely be impossible for a university to be truly great if it is not also good. To accomplish this, we must strive not just for excellence, but excellence for the purpose of advancing the common good within our community, Commonwealth, and world.
A Carnegie Research 1 university, UVA has strong partnerships with leading federal and state agencies and some of the world’s largest companies across a wide range of industries. Sponsored research awards total $441 million from all sources, including federal and state agencies, industry, and private foundations. In 2020, UVA researchers made 241 invention disclosures, with 56 patents issued. UVA’s Licensing and Ventures Group helps bring innovative companies and products to market, making Charlottesville one of the most vibrant venture capital markets in the country. UVA has a large research park located near the Charlottesville airport.
The UVA student experience is unique. That experience is punctuated by many distinct aspects of University life: the elegance of the architecture; the Honor System and the resulting community of trust; the Lawn and its residential community for faculty and students; the primacy of student self-governance; the diversity of the student body; the emphasis on service; and the beauty and history of the surrounding area. Founded on long-held values of academic excellence, this experience is also marked by retention (97% for first-years) and graduation (six-year rate of 94%) rates, which are among the highest in the country. These dimensions of the student experience—along with many others—shape our graduates to be driven, intellectually curious, and community-minded citizens of integrity and purpose. The current student body is made up more than 16,000 undergraduate and nearly 8,000 graduate students.
UVA believes strongly that diversity and inclusion are a means to excellence. The University of Virginia Board of Visitors in 2020 endorsed goals with specific actions to advance racial equity at the University. These initiatives were rooted in the analysis and recommendations of President Jim Ryan's Racial Equity Task Force, convened in the summer of 2020. This important work is now ongoing across the institution.
The University and its associated organizations have developed a formidable financial foundation with approximately $13.9 billion invested in the University of Virginia Investment Management Company’s (UVIMCO) long-term pool. The annual endowment contribution supplementing the Academic Division’s operating budget is approximately $249.3 million, equivalent to 12% of its $1.99 billion annual operating budget. The Medical Center’s annual operating budget is $1.95 billion. In 2016, the Board established a strategic investment fund by aggregating a variety of operating reserves totaling nearly $2.1 billion; approximately $100 million of investment returns annually from this fund are dedicated to transformational investments in the quality of UVA education, research, and health care services. An important element of our endowment growth has been the performance of UVIMCO, which achieved a 11.8% return over the past ten years, compared to a benchmark of 8.5% as of May 31, 2021. This stewardship of the University’s financial resources has recently led all three major rating agencies to reaffirm triple-A ratings. The rating agencies noted the University’s excellent reputation; student demand, highly selective admissions, and broad geographic reach; sponsored research prowess; superior wealth and liquidity management; exceptional strategic positioning supported by strong planning, risk management, and ongoing prospects to support programmatic investments; the Medical Center’s prominent clinical reputation and ability to compete for patient care revenue; and remarkable donor support, among other factors.
Now entering its third century, the University of Virginia offers an affordable, world-class education that is consistently ranked among the nation’s best. UVA admits talented students from across the Commonwealth, the nation, and the globe, without consideration of their financial situation. UVA is one of two public universities that has a need-blind admission process that meets 100 percent of admitted students’ demonstrated need. The University offers robust student scholarship support to attract the best and brightest students from all backgrounds, while protecting against excessive student debt.
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University Advancement is the primary driver of constituent engagement and fundraising efforts for UVA. It includes the Health System Development Office and comprises approximately 270 team members. University Advancement is charged with securing philanthropic support for pan-University priorities and strategic initiatives, and several UVA schools and units have established management partnerships with University Advancement for their development efforts. They work in close partnership with the independent foundations and fundraising offices associated with other UVA schools and units to form a holistic enterprise supporting shared strategic goals.
In support of its aspirations to be the best public university in the nation and among the best in the world, the University launched the Honor the Future capital campaign with a quiet phase beginning in the summer of 2017, followed by a public launch in October of 2019. UVA set an ambitious goal of $5 billion with a target completion date of June 30, 2025. As of June 30, 2021, $3.6 billion has been committed to Honor the Future, more than was received in the entirety of the previous campaign that ended in 2013.
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