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Business Services Partner

Procurement and Contract Management Division

Recruitment #21-005479-0021


The Maryland State Department of Education is dedicated to supporting a world-class educational system that prepares all students for college and career success in the 21st century. With excellent stewardship from our divisions, we oversee State and federal programs that support the needs of a diverse population – students, teachers, principals, and other educators throughout Maryland.

This is a Management Service position and serves at the pleasure of the Appointing Authority.




The Business Services Partner (BSP) serves as the primary procurement and contract management officer, point of contact, and technical service provider to assigned Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) division leaders, offices, and units. The BSP will manage the department’s capacity to effectively meet the procurement and contract management goals of all divisions by working directly with MSDE program leaders.

The BSP advises and provides high-quality services covering all Procurement and Contract Management Division functional areas including, but not limited to, facilitating all procurement processes and stages (i.e., planning, defining requirements and needs, sourcing and solicitation, evaluation and selection, award, etc.), contract negotiations and execution, and tracking and record keeping.

Utilizing best in class strategies, the BSP will work with assigned divisional leaders and offices to implement and ensure procurement and contracting service level agreements to support MSDE’s multiyear strategic plan and Blueprint for Maryland’s Future initiatives. The BSP will oversee the entire life cycle that makes up MSDE’s procurement and contract management processes and practices to ensure high-quality services across the department.

In addition to managing all procurement and contract management processes, this position is responsible for serving as the subject matter expert to drive continuous improvement in MSDE’s internal and external business services practices. The BSP will also represent State Superintendent of Schools and MSDE leadership at statewide procurement advisory group meetings and trainings.


Education: A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. 

Experience: Five years of professional public sector procurement, or private sector contracting experience, which included activities such as soliciting, evaluating, negotiating and awarding contracts, advertising procurement opportunities, distributing specifications to vendors, coordinating bidder evaluation committees, conducting vendor debriefings, monitoring contract performance, eProcurement management, professional certification or procurement business operations. 

1. Candidates may substitute one year of experience in ensuring appropriate and consistent enterprise-wide interpretation of and compliance with enterprise level procurement laws, regulations, policies and procedures for the required education. 
2. Candidates may substitute certification as a Certified Public Manager from the National Association of Purchasing Management; Certified Professional Contracts Manager from the National Contract Management Association; Certified Public Purchasing Officer or Certified Professional Public Buyer from the Universal Public Purchasing Certification Council (National Institute of Governmental Purchasing, Inc. or National Association of State Purchasing Officers) for the required education. 
3. Candidates may substitute professional contract management experience or professional procurement experience, on a year-for-year basis, for the required education. 
4. Candidates may substitute a Doctorate of Jurisprudence (JD) degree or a Master’s degree in Business Administration for two years of the required experience. 
5. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer in Contracting, Industrial Management or logistics specialist classifications or administrative support specialty codes in the procurement or financial management fields of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience and education.  


Experience with State of Maryland Procurement laws, regulations, policies, application and software

Experience using Financial Management Information System (FMIS)

supervisory experience of Procurement staff

experience with eMaryland Marketplace

Contract Management Experience 


Please make sure that you provide sufficient information on your application to show that you meet the qualifications for this recruitment. All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date. We will not consider information submitted after this date. Successful candidates will be ranked as Best Qualified, Better Qualified, or Qualified and placed on the eligible (employment) list for at least one year.


The assessment may consist of a rating of your education, training, and experience related to the requirements of the position. It is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application. Please report all experience and education that is related to this position.



Online applications are highly recommended. However, if you are unable to apply online, the paper application and supplemental questionnaire may be submitted to: Department of Budget and Management, Recruitment and Examination Division, 301 W. Preston St., Baltimore, MD 21201. Paper application materials must be received in our office by the closing date for the recruitment. No postmarks will be accepted.

For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact the DBM Recruitment and Examination Division at or 410-767-4850, MD TTY Relay Service 1-800-735-2258.

We thank our Veterans for their service to our country.

People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruitment, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State's diversity.

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