This employee is responsible for planning, executing, and finalizing economic inclusion projects and activities. This includes implementing and administering the City of Akron’s Disadvantaged/Minority/Women Business Enterprise (D/M/WBE) programs. The incumbent ensures work quality and adherence to established policies and procedures related to diversity and inclusion in City procurement and contracting.
This employee will also be responsible for developing and managing a supplier development/strategic partnership program to strengthen the diverse supplier pipeline. They will also review and monitor City of Akron contracts to assist in setting goals and benchmarks to maximize participation in business opportunities for D/M/WBE businesses. The employee will be responsible for developing a performance reporting framework for the supplier diversity program and contract compliance aimed at assessing program effectiveness.
The employee will work under the general administrative direction of the Finance Director in collaboration with the Purchasing Division and Engineering Division to increase participation of D/M/WBE business enterprises in contracts involving architecture, engineering, construction, professional services, nonprofessional services and the purchase of goods.
Assists in establishing and directing the overall Supplier Diversity and Contract Compliance program direction.
Manages the review of contracts, projects and plans, and development of policies and programs.
Establishes goals and other metrics for procurement, contracting and subcontracting with D/W/MBE business enterprises.
Prepares and distributes all scheduled and ad-hoc reports for diverse supplier activity; reports on established goals and other metrics; maintains benchmarks and goals for diverse spend; and identifies targets for participation in procurement and contract solicitations.
Develops and promotes educational opportunities, joint ventures, and partnerships aimed at increasing D/M/WBE business participation in City opportunities.
Provides guidance to procurement and engineering personnel in identifying key participation areas of spend that are available from D/W/MBE suppliers.
Matches D/M/WBE businesses with City of Akron opportunities.
Represents the City at various governmental and networking events to further the City’s goals related to diversity and inclusion in spending.
Plans and/or assists in the development and planning of outreach events that enable the supplier diversity program to achieve its mission; conducts and attends D/M/WBE program meetings, procurement/trade fairs, corporate supplier diversity networks, community-focused events and other outreach activities, and serves on related diversity committees where appropriate.
Makes pre-award and post-award compliance reviews; conducts pre-construction conferences with contractors and subcontractors or their representatives to explain compliance regulations.
Assists in the preparation of reports and maintains current information on federal and state laws, rules, and regulations relative to minority and women owned business development.
Presents reports to City departments, City Council, and business partners recommending action to be taken to accomplish objectives and reports on established metrics of current program successes and failures.
Investigates existing contract practices to detect and correct barriers for D/M/WBE businesses.
Reviews contracts to determine actions required to meet equal opportunity provisions of local, state, or federal laws.
Researches policy recommendations and drafts and designs inclusion policies to reinforce diversity in the procurement and contracting processes.
Monitors contract performance to determine necessity for amendments or extensions of contracts and compliance to contractual obligations.
Reviews employment practices of subcontractors to assure nondiscriminatory recruiting, hiring, placement, training, etc.
Drives to work sites, meetings, and training.
Performs related work as required.
Requires graduation from an accredited college or university with a baccalaureate degree in business, public administration, purchasing, economics or a related field and five years of increasingly responsible professional experience performing procurement, contract compliance, or supplier diversity activities including contract negotiation, development, and administration. Possession of a valid State of Ohio driver’s license is required.
Knowledge of principles and practices of economic inclusion programs and activities. Knowledge of principles and practices of general business development. Knowledge of project management techniques. Knowledge of regulatory standards and policies related to economic inclusion. Knowledge of federal, state and local economic inclusion programs and current federal, state, and municipal legislation in the field of equal employment opportunities for minority groups. Knowledge of principles and processes for effectively doing business within the City of Akron.
Skill in evaluating technology needs for operational efficiency and enhancement of economic inclusion for disadvantaged, minority and women-owned businesses. Skill in operating appropriate computer equipment and the use of all related hardware and software. Skill in effective communication with internal and external partners, both orally and in written form.
Ability to implement and maintain positive internal and external relations. Ability to identify and implement additional efforts to promote the City’s economic inclusion initiatives. Ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented. Ability to organize, analyze, interpret, and evaluate laws, policies and procedures. Ability to prepare meaningful, concise, and accurate reports. Ability to evaluate information to determine compliance with standards. Ability to effectively organize and present data. Ability to adapt and respond to multiple priorities and demands. Ability to resolve issues in a positive manner and handle a variety of issues of a sensitive nature. Ability to evaluate minority and women owned business issues and develop effective solutions. Ability to safety operate a motor vehicle.
Internal Number: ContComplOff2020
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