The Targeted Business Program (TGB) Associate reports to the Executive Director in the Office for Business & Community Economic Development (OBCED) and assists in the management and implementation of the University of Minnesota’s Targeted Business/Supplier Diversity Program (TGB). The TGB Program Associate will work closely with Purchasing Services, Capital Project Management, University of Minnesota colleges, external vendors and community stakeholders to identify contracting opportunities for women, minority, and disabled-owned businesses in order to advance the University’s goals and business objectives related to Supplier Diversity. The Associate will be primarily responsible for the identification, implementation and achievement of goals specifically related to the TGB inclusion of construction contracts, using subject matter expertise and strategic thinking to effectively leverage the University’s Supplier Diversity goals and drive key business outcomes.
Duties and Responsibilities (75%) • Provide assistance and direction on all matters of construction supplier diversity; and ensure the program’s policies and processes are continually reviewed, developed and implemented • Assist in establishing organizational, college and departmental goals, monitor progress, and support leadership in recommending and executing action where necessary • Work closely with university construction management, purchasing representatives and the external construction community to review and identify contracting opportunities for Targeted Businesses • Monitor active construction projects to ensure levels of participation are maintained by contractors and sub-contractors • Conduct monthly project audits of project workforce to determine contractor compliance status • Facilitate pre-bid, pre-award and other project informational meetings as appropriate to explain Targeted Business requirements for construction projects • Maintain communications with representatives from other universities and implement process improvement initiatives for contractor compliance resulting in high performing contractors • Review and evaluate appropriate TGB construction project documents; complete bid evaluations and provide compliance information according to TGB scoring criteria in relation to construction cost and applicable project goals • Coordinate networking events to maximize opportunities and provide information on employment and training programs for women, minorities and persons with disabilities interested in construction trades • Analyze and compile statistical information, prepare statistical reports to remain current on industry standards, processes and procedures • Implement innovative solutions to meet the University’s construction supplier diversity goals across all campus locations
Supplier Diversity Compliance (25%) • Monitor supplier goals and performance, providing regular communication and recommendations as necessary to meet proposed inclusion commitments • Collaborate with University Capital Project Management to identify potential inclusion opportunities for Targeted Businesses on construction projects • Design data driven strategies to achieve maximum inclusion for Targeted Businesses • Disseminate information and provide assistance in the coordination and implementation of other departmental community economic development programs or activities • Promote Supplier Diversity initiatives across all departments and colleges to ensure the continued understanding, integration, success, and credibility of the Supplier Diversity Program • Assist in establishing Targeted Business goals and ensuring alignment with Supplier Diversity efforts • Assist with training that provides field-ready diversity tools, best practices, and benchmarking to support the needs of the Supplier Diversity mission • Support the Executive Director in organizing and attending Supplier Diversity events (i.e. Supplier Diversity Expo, trade shows, OBCED workshops, conferences and symposiums) • Develop and deliver Supplier Diversity training forums for internal stakeholders and the appropriate external customers, suppliers, and potential suppliers • Perform other related duties as assigned by the Executive Director
This is a 100%, 12 month continuous position with benefits.
Essential Qualifications: • BA/BS or a combination of related education and work experience to equal four years. • Demonstrated proficiency in project management • Excellent oral and written communications skills • General knowledge of principles, techniques and procedures associated with contract compliance and contract management • Ability to compile and organize statistical reports, empirical data, and benchmarking data • Knowledge of applicable federal, state, and local laws governing Affirmative Action, EEOC and women/minority-owned businesses • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to manage and resolve conflict in a collaborative and respectful way • Excellent oral and written communications skills • General knowledge of industry standard purchasing practices, policies and procedures • Ability to compile and organize statistical reports, empirical data, and benchmarking data • Knowledge of applicable federal, state, and local laws governing Affirmative Action, EEOC and women/minority-owned businesses • The ability to effectively advocate for continuous advancement and inclusion of women/minority disabled-owned businesses within the University vendor pool • Demonstrated experience in, and an ongoing commitment to, working effectively with and across diverse communities including people of color; underrepresented groups, new immigrant populations; people with both visible and invisible disabilities; women; people of various gender and sexual identities and expressions; and first-generation students from economically-disadvantaged background • Maintain professionalism and interact effectively with all levels of University personnel, general public, political factions, and diverse communities on politically sensitive issues
Preferred Qualifications: • Experience in construction Supplier Diversity programs • Previous experience in supplier diversity programs • Ability to conduct surveys, analyze data and provide solutions and/or strategies to increase inclusion for protected classes • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Google Docs, Relational Data Bases
Internal Number: 335114
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