Purchasing Agent

Purchasing & Contract Department

Position Summary 

The Purchasing Agent assists the Purchasing & Contracts Director with a variety of professional duties involved in the ethical procurement and contracting of materials, supplies, services and equipment for college departments and operations. Develops bid specifications, opens and awards bids, and drafts contracts. Performs a wide variety of responsible and complex administrative duties for the department. Provides information and assistance to all college departments regarding fiscal rules and procedures. Provides informal and formal solicitation and contract administration services in conformance with established College, State and Federal policies and procedures. The Purchasing Agent assists in the management of travel functions, maintains stock levels and Central Stores inventory and serves as backup related to materials handling duties including assists shipping and receiving functions.    

Minimum Qualifications 


Preferred Qualifications 

  • Demonstrated ability for strong organizational and communication skills  
  • Forklift experience  
  • Supervisory experience of student workers  

Major Responsibilities 

  • Administer and coordinate procurement and contract functions to secure and maintain the commodities and services required by all College departments; expedite the delivery of purchased materials, make necessary adjustments with suppliers regarding replacements, incomplete orders or damages supplies.
  • Receive, examine and process department requisitions and check requests; answer questions and provide information to College staff. Assure the College’s procurement and contracting process is conducted in accordance with all federal and state laws.
  • Assist the Director in contract administration including but not limited to; creating contracts, maintaining contract records, monitor contract performance, prepare contract-related correspondence.
  • Assist the Director in the management of the College travel program including but not limited to; review, approve and track travel authorizations and travel reconciliations in a timely manner.
  • Ensures all procurement and contract files are complete with appropriate documentation.
  • Assists with inspection of incoming items purchased on Purchase Orders and recording receipt of items into ERP system.
  • Works with team to ensure timely and accurate receipt and delivery of goods.
  • Assist in managing College surplus inventory including re-allocating equipment on campus
  • Maintains the Capital Asset list and physically inventories annually. Works collaboratively with the Director to determine the disposal of assets in compliance with College policy.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, as well as working with broadly diverse communities
  • Maintains knowledge and awareness of digital accessibility including the American with Disabilities Act and Section 508.
  • Produces and remediates digitally accessible materials in accordance with FLC standards.
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Work Conditions 

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that an employee can expect while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  

  • Moderate noise (i.e. business office with computers, phone, and printers, light traffic).  
  • Ability to work in a confined area.  
  • Ability to sit at a computer terminal for an extended period of time.  


Salary is $43,000 to $50,000,  plus a comprehensive benefits package.  

Application Process 
A complete application packet includes: 

  • Cover letter addressing interest and qualifications for position 
    • Include details regarding how your personal and professional experiences allow you to encourage a learning environment grounded in equity and inclusion.  “How do you envision contributing to Fort Lewis College’s commitment to equity and inclusion?” 
  • Resume 
  • Names and contact information for three current, professional references 

Submit materials as one PDF file via email to: 



Application materials received by October 3, 2021, will receive full consideration. 

The position will remain open until filled. 


The successful candidate will be required to submit original, official college transcripts,  

and pass a background check. 

The College and the Community

Fort Lewis College, a public institution located in Durango, Colorado, offers degree programs in arts, business, education, health fields, humanities, social and natural sciences, and teacher education. Our inspiring mountain campus is located atop a scenic mesa overlooking historic Durango and situated between the San Juan Mountains and the desert Southwest. We are committed to accessible and high-quality baccalaureate education, and our hallmarks are remarkably close relationships between students and faculty, the freedom of intellectual exploration, and the challenge of experiential learning. Our 3,300 students come from 48 states, 17 countries, with 36% Native American and Alaska Native backgrounds, and 11% Hispanic backgrounds. Durango is a thriving multicultural community of 18,500 set along the beautiful Animas River Valley. Averaging 300 sunny days per year, the community is known for its outdoor lifestyle and friendly, festive atmosphere. Durango is also the cultural and economic hub of the Four Corners region, rich in dining, shopping, and entertainment, and linked with airline service to hubs in Denver, Phoenix, and Dallas.

Equal Opportunity

Fort Lewis College does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin, sex*, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, family or domestic status, political beliefs, veteran status, pregnancy, or genetic information. Accordingly, equal opportunity for employment shall be extended to all persons. The College shall promote equal opportunity, equal treatment, and affirmative action efforts to increase the diversity of students, faculty, and staff. The College is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. To file a report, get resources, read policies, or make an appointment, See www.fortlewis.edu/CARE.

Questions about Title IX sex discrimination? Other discrimination questions?
Office of the Title 9 Coordinator
Molly Wieser
230 Skyhawk Station
1000 Rim Drive
Durango, Colorado 81301
(970) 247-7241 wieser_m@fortlewis.edu
Office of the Equal Opportunity Coordinator
David Pirrone
192 Education Business Hall
1000 Rim Drive
Durango, Colorado 81301
(970) 247-7182 djpirrone@fortlewis.edu

Information about Fort Lewis College’s alcohol and drug policy, sexual assault policy, campus security policies, campus crime statistics, fire safety procedures and fire statistics, and campus/community resources can be found in the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. Hard copies are available upon request.

* Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Part 106 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, including in admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and CFR 106 to Fort Lewis College may be directed to FLC's Title IX Coordinator and/or to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights of the Department of Education.

ADAA Accommodations

Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To request an accommodation, please contact Kristin Polens by phone 970-247-7459 or email kpolens@fortlewis.edu at least five business days before the assessment date to allow us to evaluate your request and prepare for the accommodation. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed. Please ensure that you have this information available well in advance of the assessment date.