Specialist, Purchasing

Camden City Board of Education | Camden, NJ


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Posted Date 3/09/2023
Expiration Date4/09/2023

Specialist, Purchasing

In our District, we put students first. Our vision: all Camden students will attend a high quality school where they are valued, challenged, and prepared for college and careers that positively impact their community and the world. High quality schools have a great teacher in every classroom, are housed in safe, clean buildings equipped to meet the needs of 21st century learners, with the support of an efficient and effective Central Office. All this is possible only with the right team members in place, working together with partners and the community to provide all students the academic, social, and emotional supports needed to succeed in school and beyond. Read more here.


The Specialist, Purchasing (“Specialist”) provides purchasing support for the district and completes general departmental office duties. This Specialist will ensure all district purchasing is completed with timeliness, accuracy, quality and compliance. The Office of Finance will support the vision for Camden City School District by ensuring that the district orients financial decisions toward what is best for students and does so in a financially sustainable way. Reporting to the Senior Manager, Procurement and working closely with a wide variety of departments and stakeholders, the Specialist is responsible for supporting the implementation of the vision and strategy that will guide the district’s financial approach


  • Bachelors degree from an accredited college or university Preferred;
  • Minimum 2 years of Procurement experience preferably in the public sector and/or in settings that serve low-income students and communities;
  • Requires intermediate understanding of the Microsoft Office Suite, including fluency with Work and Excel used to analyze and evaluate data
  • Experience and Familiarity with online accounting and budget software system, such as SMARTs
  • Experience in the formal Competitive Contracting process, State contracts, and Pricing Cooperatives
  • Exceptional attention to detail, organizational, and follow up skills;
  • Criminal history background check, physical and proof of eligibility to work in United States;


Major responsibilities of the role include, but are not limited to:

  • Collaborates with Purchasing Coordinator in handling the day-to-day activities of the Procurement department.
  • Assist the Senior Procurement Manager in the procurement process to fulfill the needs of each department that complies with federal and state laws
  • Assist the district with the Procurement Manager through the competitive contracting process, which includes meeting with departments, creating timelines, bid and request for proposal packets that will, at times, needs to meet tight deadlines
  • Maintain strong working relationships with staff, vendors; providing strong customer service to all stakeholders
  • Maintains up to date Purchasing Manual and documents used to assist in providing ongoing training to departments
  • Support the Procurement Manager in end of year processes like audit and 1099 preparation
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Supervisor or Supervisor’s designee


An ideal candidate for this role will demonstrate the following and/or have experiences with:

  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Comfort and experience with entering data into online systems, cleaning and improving the quality of existing data and manipulating large, complex data sets into clear and easily understandable reports
  • Creative and outside-of-the-box thinking
  • Must be detail oriented, with accurate data entry skills
  • Strong interpersonal and teamwork skills
  • Flexible, optimistic approach; committed to overcoming challenges; comfortable with change and ambiguity
  • Ability to work independently and manage multiple responsibilities simultaneously
  • Desire to grow professionally and seek out new opportunities to learn
  • Integrity and clarity in all communications and interactions
  • Commitment to the success of all Camden students; specifically to raising the academic achievement of children in high-poverty communities
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced and achievement-oriented environment
  • Strong problem-solving and project management skills - strong organizational skills, attention to detail, the ability to balance the big picture with detailed steps to reach the end goal and the ability to balance multiple projects under tight deadlines
  • Fluency in all Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint) and basic Web browsers and searches
  • Willingness to go above and beyond to contribute to the success of a dynamic team committed to a new future for urban education
  • Demonstrated ability to learn quickly and take initiative


We are seeking individuals who will exemplify the District’s core values:

Respect and Humility

We serve our community by recognizing the strengths, experiences, and perspectives of others. We humbly recognize our own limitations and incorporate lessons we gain from our reflective practice.


We use evidence to inform decisions and to ensure that we are accountable to our students and families.

Communication & Collaboration

We communicate openly and work collaboratively, recognizing that getting to the best possible decisions requires input from others. Honest communications build trust and establish a community that assumes best intentions.


With respect for the complexity of this work and the history that precedes us, we focus on persistence, resourcefulness, and inclusiveness to drive toward solutions


  • Senior Manager, Purchasing


Salary Range:

  • Competitive based on qualifications and previous experience

Employment Period

  • Twelve months, non-tenureable position

Union Affiliation

  • Non-affiliated
Starting Minimum Salary: $54,272
Starting Maximum Salary: $89,972

(Pending availability of funds and Superintendent’s approval)

Type of Job (K-12 or Higher Ed.)

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