Procurement Associate (Public Sector)

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The Opportunity

CEO is seeking a passionate, driven, and detail-oriented Procurement Associate (Public Sector) to join our growing Sales / Social Enterprise team. This individual will support expansion and sustainability efforts across the organization, with a focus on developing our social enterprise.

In 2016, CEO embarked on a 5-year strategic plan t to serve 9,000 participants annually. In order to meet this goal, the organization plans to expand its footprint in new places and build depth at its current sites through its impactful program model. Our social enterprise work crews are the centerpiece of CEO’s growth model. Every participant works as part of a transitional work crew to gain experience and income while concurrently working with CEO’s vocational staff to identify and secure long-term employment. Our Sales Team is tasked with expanding work crew opportunities for CEO participants through public and private partnerships.

The Role

The Procurement Associate (Public Sector) will work closely with CEO’s National Sales Director, the CEO Sales team, and the broader organization to provide assistance with proposals to create and expand transitional job opportunities for CEO’s participants. The Associate will help manage the research, content development, and timely submission of proposals. This is a new position for CEO, so we’re looking for an individual who is eager to take initiative and help refine internal processes for the business development activities across the organization.

Location for this position is flexible. Candidates can be based in one of our west coast or east coast offices.

Who We Are

The Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) provides employment services to people with recent criminal convictions. Across the United States, over 6,000 people participate in CEO each year, transitioning to employment that supports themselves, their families, and their communities. What began as a demonstration project of the Vera Institute of Justice in the 1970s to address employment barriers facing the formerly incarcerated following release in New York City has grown into the leading reentry employment organization in the country, where over 25,000 formerly incarcerated individuals have secured full-time employment since 1996. Since 2009, CEO has gained support to expand its programs through government, nonprofit, and private organizations including the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, the Ballmer Group, and the Irvine Foundation.

The Nitty Gritty

Responsibilities of the Procurement Associate (Public Sector) will include but are not limited to:

  • Serving as project lead for all public sector opportunities and ensuring on time delivery of high quality bids, proposals and reports
  • Managing and assessing workflow between CEO Sales team and Site Directors
  • Successfully identifying and establishing new public sector partnership with local, state and national entities
  • Identifying key decision makers and supporters within prospective organizations and managing relationships through strong communication and project management
  • Supporting the development and execution of strategies for growing CEO’s work crews
  • Researching potential public sector / governmental partnerships in CEO’s growing footprint at the city, county and state levels
  • Drafting, assembling, and submitting responses to government and private companies for bids and requests for proposals (RFPs) for contracts for CEO’s work crews
  • Developing subject matter expertise in the bid pricing structure and best practices and serve as lead bid pricing resource for CEO’s business development team
  • Tracking all business development related activities using Salesforce
  • Assisting the broader sales team in drafting and distributing proposals, concept papers, slide decks, and fact sheets as needed.

Who You Are:

  • You demonstrate commitment to and enthusiasm for CEO’s mission and interest in working in a fast-growing and results-oriented nonprofit environment
  • You're able to work with ambiguity
  • You’re flexible and adaptable, able to adjust course as needed
  • You have at least 2-3 years of experience in grant writing, technical writing, strategic communications, strategy, consulting, or business development (candidates with additional experience should still apply)
  • You’re highly detailed and organized, able to manage multiple priorities at once and while under pressure
  • You're able to thoroughly plan, delegate and adhere to timelines and requirements for bid and proposal development and submission
  • Your analytical approach helps you identify potential solutions to complex problems that are not always easily defined
  • You’re a strong writer and researcher who comes with experience drafting proposals (experience with government bids and grants highly valued)
  • You’re highly tech-savvy, with experience using PowerPoint, Excel, Word, and Salesforce
  • Preferred: You’re experienced in developing diverse pricing models (a plus)

Compensation and Benefits

The compensation range for this position is $60,000-$70,000 annually, commensurate with demonstrated experience and abilities. We also offer a comprehensive benefits package, including medical and dental coverage, paid parental leave, participation in a retirement plan, sick and vacation leave, paid holidays and more. We're a workplace that promotes continual learning and teamwork, offering lunch and learns, team outings, holiday gatherings and more for our staff.

More About Us
We welcome diversity and highly encourage applications from people of color and people with convictions. We are an equal employment opportunity for all regardless of race, color, citizenship, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, veteran or reservist status, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law.

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