Chief Procurement Officer for Higher Education

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Date:  Nov 15, 2023

Springfield, IL, US, 62706

Job Requisition ID:  32371

Agency: Executive Ethics Commission
Closing Date/Time: 12/08/2023
Salary: $150,000
Job Type: Salaried Full Time
County: Sangamon; Cook
Number of Vacancies: 1

Please attach a DETAILED Resume/Curriculum Vitae (CV), a copy of your transcripts or diploma for all degrees
earned, and a copy of any applicable professional licensures to the MY DOCUMENTS section of your
application. Please note that the Executive Ethics Commission must verify proof of higher education for
any degree earned (if applicable) before any offer can be extended. You WILL NOT be considered for the
position if you attach a CMS100, CMS100b or any other document in lieu of a Resume or CV.

Position Overview

The Executive Ethics Commission (EEC) of the State of Illinois seeks a highly experienced leader to manage and authorize procurement activity as set forth in the Illinois Procurement Code (30 ILCS 500 et seq.) and the Governmental Joint Purchasing Act (30 ILCS 525 et seq.) for procurements related to the State’s public universities.

The Executive Ethics Commission (EEC) is a nine‐member commission. Five commissioners are appointed by the Governor, and one commissioner each is appointed by the Attorney General, Secretary of State, Comptroller, and Treasurer. The Commission promotes ethics in public service and ensures that the State’s business is conducted with efficiency, transparency, fairness, and integrity by facilitating compliance, implementation, and enforcement of the State Officials and Employee Ethics Act ("Ethics Act"). The EEC appoints the Chief Procurement Officer (CPO), subject to Senate confirmation, and provides support in furtherance of the independent procurement role of the CPO. The Chief Procurement Office reviews and approves procurements for the State’s public universities, ensuring transactions under its jurisdiction are fair, transparent, accountable, and in the best interest of the State.

Responsibilities of the CPO are as follows:

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.

  • Ensure procurement practices are conducted in an ethical and economically efficient manner.
  • Appoint State Purchasing Officers to function with delegated procurement authority and supervise that authority.
  • Develop procurement rules and procedures in accordance with the Illinois Procurement Code and the Governmental Joint Purchasing Act.
  • Communicate with the public, vendors, governmental units, and State officials in public meetings, hearings, and other matters associated with procurement activities.
  • Cooperate with the other State CPOs, as necessary, in the development of procedures to ensure uniformity, economy, and efficiency in procurement practices where warranted.
  • Ensure coordination of procurement activities with procurement-related initiatives such as diversity, veterans, and green programs.

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with sufficient business-related academic preparation.
  • Minimum of ten years of procurement-related experience within the public sector (State, federal, or local).
  • Demonstrated eligibility to test with the Universal Public Procurement Certification Council as a Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) or Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO), so that certification can be obtained within 12 months of appointment.
  • Knowledge of State and/or Federal procurement and procurement-related laws, rules, and procedures.
  • Superior organization and managerial skills; a dynamic, collegial, consensus-building leadership style; strong negotiation skills; the ability to adapt and continuously improve the effectiveness of procurement procedures.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.


  • At least 5 years of experience in public administration with the State of Illinois government and familiarity with the State of Illinois’ procurement operations.
  • Prefer a Juris Doctor, master's, or other advanced degree.
  • Experience in a senior-level role directing procurement operations and supervising procurement staff.
  • Current certification by the Universal Public Procurement Certification Council as a Certified Professional Public Buyer or as a Certified Public Procurement Officer.
  • Experience in construction or construction-related procurements.

Conditions of Employment

  • The Chief Procurement Officer appointment is for a term of five years and is subject to Senate confirmation. The term for this position will commence on 7-1-2020 and will conclude      6-30-2025.
  • The preferred position location is in Springfield, Illinois, but Chicago, Illinois will also be considered as a potential headquarters location.
  • By law, the Chief Procurement Officer must be able to receive certification by the Universal Public Procurement Certification Council within 12 months of appointment. Prerequisites to test for certification include:


    1. 3 years of procurement experience within the previous 10 years. A minimum of 50% of the required years of experience must be in the public sector (remaining experience may be from either the public or private sector).
    2. 72 contacts hours of procurement-related coursework/training completed within the previous 10 years.


For detailed information on becoming certified with UPPCC please visit


The annual salary shall be $150,000 beginning July 1, 2020, as adjusted by the lesser of a set percentage based on the Employment Cost Index, Wages and Salaries for State and Local Government Workers, issued by the U.S. Department of Labor or 5% at the beginning of year three and year five subject to appropriation.  This position is eligible to be a member of the State of Illinois Group Insurance program with health, dental, vision, and life insurance coverage options. State employees become members of the State Employee’s Retirement System upon employment with the State of Illinois. 

Equal Opportunity and Commitment to Diversity


The Executive Ethics Commission provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, ancestry, national origin, citizenship, sex or gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, age, disability, genetic information, service in the military, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws and ordinances. Equal employment opportunity applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leave of absence, compensation, and training.

The Executive Ethics Commission is committed to the fair and equal employment of individuals with disabilities under the ADA. It is the Executive Ethics Commission’s policy to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the company. The Executive Ethics Commission prohibits any harassment of, or discriminatory treatment of, employees or applicants based on a disability or because an employee has requested a reasonable accommodation.

The Executive Ethics Commission is committed to creating and maintaining a workplace in which all employees have an opportunity to participate and contribute to the success of the agency and are valued for their skills, experience, and unique perspectives. This commitment is embodied in agency policy and organizational culture.



NOTE: This is a non-code position. This position is not subject to collective bargaining and does not require a grade from Central Management Services.

Work Hours:  Monday - Friday / 37.5 hours/week


Work Location: 401 S. Spring St Springfield, IL 62704


Agency Contact:

Michelle Casey


Phone #:217-558-1393


Job Family:  Leadership & Management; Fiscal, Finance & Procurement


Revolving Door:

Certain provisions of the revolving door restrictions contained in 5 ILCS 430/5-45 apply to this
position.  As a result, the employee should be aware that if offered non-State employment during 
State employment or within one year immediately after ending State employment, the employee shall, 
prior to accepting any such non-State employment offer, notify the Office of the Executive 
Inspector General for the Agencies of the Illinois Governor (“OEIG”) or may be subject to a fine.


The main form of communication will be through email. Please check your “junk mail”, “spam”, or “other” folder for communication(s) regarding any submitted application(s). You may receive emails from the following addresses:


Nearest Major Market: Springfield