Program Director, Buffalo Purchasing Initiative



The Buffalo Purchasing Initiative (BPI) is an initiative representing fourteen large employers in the Buffalo Region (Buffalo State College, Catholic Health, the City of Buffalo, Erie County Medical Center, Highmark Health, Independent Health, Kaleida Health, KeyBank, M&T Bank, Moog, Rich Products, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, University at Buffalo, and Wegmans). The mission of the BPI is to create a convening resource for its members to explore strategies and share resources to expand purchasing opportunities for local businesses owned by people of color. Since 2019, BPI staff and members have been working together to form strategic relationships with local businesses of color and business development partners to create a sustainable pipeline of businesses and ultimately increase the number of contracts and purchase orders businesses of color secure with BPI members. BPI objectives are to:

  • leverage the members’ demand to advance economic inclusion in the region
  • help create jobs and employment opportunities
  • serve as ambassadors of economic inclusion with peers



The Program Director, as sole employee of the BPI, will lead the work by acting as a facilitator between all fourteen member organizations and as a liaison between local businesses owned by people of color, local business service organizations, and the procurement representatives. The Program Director will need to be flexible, work independently and be capable of embracing a variety of roles, from facilitator to analyst to project Director to advocate. The Program Director will work, on a regular basis, with a Purchasing Council comprised of procurement staff from each BPI organization, helping them to uncover policy and procedural barriers to inclusion, removing those barriers, identifying new purchasing opportunities, and connecting them to businesses that can respond to those opportunities and fulfill the need for goods or services. The Program Director will report quarterly to an Executive Committee, the BPI’s oversight body, comprised of CEOs and other leadership from the member organizations.



  • Plan, prepare and convene regular Purchasing Council meetings that provide a platform for knowledge sharing and building expertise. Facilitate meetings and follow up with individual members to provide support for the ongoing efforts to find new opportunities and engage staff from across their organizations in BPI efforts as needed.
  • Work with individual members outside of group meetings to understand their upcoming contract needs, understand their procurement processes, and evaluate individual opportunities.
  • Coordinate collective and individual activities and programming with BPI members such as supplier pitches, training workshops (e.g. DEI, communications), and best practices sharing sessions.
  • Develop strategy to identify and connect BIPOC businesses to the BPI members.
  • Identify supply gaps, or goods / services needed by BPI members that are not being met by local businesses and determine the feasibility of supporting local BIPOC businesses to fill the demand identified.
  • Work to understand any challenges facing the BIPOC suppliers and connect them to business service organizations or any relevant providers of technical assistance, financing, or other business supports if needed.
  • Work with local business service organizations to match BIPOC businesses to contract opportunities and leverage available services to support capacity building for those businesses that are not yet ready to match with the major employers.
  • Partner with business service organizations to design and facilitate special events and initiatives, such as matchmakers or training workshops.
  • Collaborate with BPI’s data analytics partner on the collection of BPI member spending data, interpreting the data analysis, reporting results to members and utilizing the data to set spending goals and strategies with BPI members.
  • Oversee the supplier database management partner to ensure inclusion of locally headquartered businesses owned by people of color as they are identified (i.e. by the BPI Program Director, members, partners or otherwise). Understand usership and gather user input and support the training of new database users.
  • Potentially manage future part-time staff or interns who will assist on data management, research, event planning, or other support tasks, as needed.
  • Provide BPI updates to the Executive Committee on a quarterly basis, and an annual review and report of overall progress of BPI activities including challenges and opportunities for the initiative.
  • Work to ensure overall sustainability of the initiative and the institutionalization of change for each BPI member organization so that new behaviors eventually become common practice.


  • Interest in and commitment to leveraging corporate and institutional resources and cooperation to build wealth for individuals in the Buffalo Niagara region and close equity gaps
  • Previous work experience in program design / management, non-profit management, business development or economic development, and in working to make and communicate a case for change
  • Experience facilitating large groups and consulting and managing individual partner / client relationships
  • Strong organization and time management skills; entrepreneurial spirit; self-motivated and flexible; ability to complete tasks with minimal oversight and to work independently is a must
  • Experience in local community development and / or working with communities of color in Buffalo
  • Effective oral communication and interpersonal skills
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, or significant experience managing a small business required
  • Fluency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Basic knowledge of university, hospital, or corporate supply chains and / or local and inclusive procurement practices is a plus
  • Exposure to, or experience with small businesses a plus
  • Advanced experience with Excel or database management a plus
  • This position is based in Buffalo, NY. While some activities may take place virtually, it is not a remote position. No compensation will be provided for relocation.



The Buffalo Purchasing Initiative offers a highly competitive compensation package that includes salary and generous benefits. U3 Advisors, in its ongoing capacity support to BPI, will continue to serve as the employer of record for the Program Director.


To Apply

Please apply with resume / CV and cover letter through the  U3 Advisors website . Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.


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  • Buffalo, NY